Write Your Novel in 365 Days 2023

WRITE A NOVEL IN 365 DAYS 2023

January 1, 2023, is either here are just about here depending on when you catch this post. And no matter which side of the date you fall on, Welcome to 2023!

This is a new year for resolutions, clean slates, and fresh journals, which leads us to the 365-day novel writing challenge.

This challenge was inspired by a quote I came across on Facebook several years back, by Brad Paisley. I’m certain what he said was not meant to be taken literally but I figured, hey, why not?

Tomorrow is the first blank page of 365-page book. Write a good one. ~Brad Paisley

When I read the quote, I thought, what would it really take to write a book in 365 days besides sitting down and writing one?

Then I saw another shareable moment that read:

12 new chapters. 365 new chances. ~Unknown

Within the span of twenty minutes this challenge was born, one that I am giving to myself and offering to you as well.

SO WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 365 DAYS?:

A novel (Young Adult, New Adult, General Adult) will contain roughly 50,000 for YA, 70,000 to 90,000 words for Adult, depending on the genre. Genres like thrillers and science fiction run around 90,000 to 120,000 words and even upwards of 150,000-plus words, while middle-grade manuscripts require a lesser tome of roughly 20,000.

To get a bit more information about word count you can check out the blog, “Ask the Agent” by clicking the link.

Putting things down to daily requirements for word count within the 365-day challenge is all it takes to give you a picture of how easy it is to start the first draft of your novel and finish it within a year’s time.

Here it goes:

  • 20k Novel: 54 words PER DAY
  • 50k Novel: 137 words PER DAY
  • 70k-90k Novel: 192 to 245 words PER DAY
  • 90k-120k Novel: 245 to 329 words PER DAY
  • 120k-150k novel: 329 to 411 words PER DAY

And if you just want to try your hand at something like a Novella, you will need between 20,000 and 40,000 words. That is 55 to 110 words PER DAY. With a novella, you can go up to 49,999 words before being considered a novel.

Not very many words, huh? But this is a challenge after all, and I want to give you a little something to work with.

First, let me give you the rules or guidelines.

365-DAY CHALLENGE RULES:

  1. Choose a Genre and Demographic you’d like to write your novel for.
  2. Decide which bracket of word count you are in.
  3. THE RANDOM WORD OF THE DAY-Using a word each day chosen from the random. word list, fulfill your word count requirement by weaving the direction of your narrative around the given word. ( A list of words is at the bottom of this post. You can also do a Google search for random word engines and create your own list of 365 words.)
  4. How to create Chapters: 52 chapters or 12 chapters in all:
    • EXAMPLE for a book with 80k words-  You will have roughly 1,600 words a week, the length of a chapter. Create 52 chapters (one for each week)
  5. Write for 365 days!

And that is it in a nutshell … mostly. This challenge is about having fun but there are going to be days this year when you just don’t have even five minutes to set aside for fun. Life does happen. Here are some things to keep in mind should you decide to take this challenge:

  • For days that you can’t write, double up on the days that you can. Grab the words assigned for the given day and write. For example, double up words on Monday and Friday of each week and leave yourself time to rest over the weekends.
  • Feel free to follow your creativity: If you are feeling like you have more than 250 words for the day, GIVE MORE! Again, double or even triple up your writing goal for the days when the juices are flowing.
  • Have fun!

LIST OF RANDOM WORDS:

January

manual
other
protest
cord
walk
explicit
necklace
infix
young
attraction
coalition
board
chimney
telephone
realism
loan
earwax
hypothesize
relieve
serious
predict
response
champagne
circumstance
original
make
weapon
haircut
cupboard
plane
dine

February

aware
fax
engineer
water
forget
engine
anger
tone
piece
circulate
month
belt
request
stable
nature
outer
cower
school
depressed
tire
pension
peasant
interference
divide
Sunday
announcement
version
revive

March

driver
practice
ambiguous
expand
notion
pioneer
eat
mole
certain
crutch
grave
craftsman
gap
season
photocopy
desire
appearance
quarter
reign
chord
banish
pace
willpower
concede
infinite
vain
policy
secretary
praise
deport
represent

April

plane
financial
spokesperson
slime
bedroom
plead
cause
cord
school
negotiation
disagree
harm
threat
bank
wedding
crop
fork
broccoli
star
radiation
software
gold
tumor
text
blackmail
scheme
honest
illustrate
achievement
evening

May

closed
compliance
colony
punish
conscious
look
at
original
murder
scan
wedding
upset
mind
twin
perceive
brown
announcement
potential
job
dorm
god
infrastructure
confuse
lose
bird
fall
relation
motorcycle
banquet
ego
systematic

June

musical
impulse
particular
concentration
insure
correspond
freight
wire
provoke
supply
brain
table
pleasure
change
small
spokesperson
cover
diplomatic
owner
shortage
competition
slippery
bless
valid
convict
amputate
robot
swarm
depart
ear

July

river
vacuum
reinforce
research
us
property
conclusion
helmet
hear
put
gap
habitat
captain
credit
error
jam
award
chauvinist
hostile
curve
contrary
profound
study
greeting
strange
depend
presence
seek
swarm
canvas
unique

August

tie
product
dialect
absorption
palm
participate
muggy
witness
agency
past
tissue
lineage
statement
vegetable
prospect
dentist
mutual
resist
X-ray
area
plaintiff
bishop
scratch
recommend
bold
regard
bark
cross
praise
year
dip

September

expenditure
thigh
occupation
morale
family
body
alcohol
constraint
have
disability
conviction
exclude
salon
court
shark
voyage
fastidious
mine
theater
criminal
opposite
berry
wealth
wine
humor
picture
display
jockey
honor
comment

October

lot
courtship
civilization
waiter
south
plaster
expectation
woman
unpleasant
coma
devote
remind
classify
settlement
outfit
ambition
management
policy
forest
admit
hostile
lecture
dog
artist
heaven
joy
in
coerce
team
private
fence

November

bargain
plane
dignity
contain
teach
beginning
interest
prestige
helmet
replacement
elapse
nationalist
grass
ice
goat
wilderness
learn
dry
delay
broccoli
up
stab
stem
boat
duke
allowance
farewell
rotate
ground
microphone

December

load
extort
top
mold
value
exchange
lawyer
sun
nervous
rally
curl
salt
flight
fan
delete
skate
ice
tendency
employee
climb
stay
feign
electron
quest
damage
complete
romantic
distinct
partnership
free
whole

Happy Writing!

*Revised from January 2017 I came for the soup, by Candice Coates

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