Sunday Writing Challenge

Last week, QoB, challenged anyone who’d accept it to write a 1000 words in one week. They could be 1000 words about anything ““ a poem, some fiction, a short story, that paper you’ve been putting off doing. The point is to get us actually writing.

a pen and paperReception to the post was so positive that we’re going to make this a weekly affair. Every Sunday a new challenge will go up ““ you’ll have until the following Sunday to complete it.

This week: Write 280 words every day. That’s the length of a couple of tweets. It’s not a lot and if you blow past that number, that’s great for you. But for many of us, it’s the “˜every day’ part of writing that is the difficult part. This number is small enough to commit to without needing to carve out a huge chunk of time.

That’s it! You have until 10pm next Sunday night to check in and tell us how you did.


Need a little inspiration? Try this writing exercise:

“Sit in a restaurant or a crowded area and write down the snippets of conversation you hear. Listen to the people around you – how they talk and what words they use. Once you have done this, you can practice finishing their conversations. Write your version of what comes next in the conversation. Match their style.” (from

By [E] Slay Belle

Slay Belle is an editor and the new writer mentor here at Persephone Magazine, where she writes about pop culture, Buffy, and her extreme love of Lifetime movies. She is also the editor of You can follow her on Twitter, @SlayBelle or email her at

She is awfully fond of unicorns and zombies, and will usually respond to any conversational volley that includes those topics.

39 replies on “Sunday Writing Challenge”

Wow, I love this place. It’s like, in the span of a couple of weeks it went from being awesome to being freaking fantastically most awesome unicorn paradise. Also, I just found out about this challenge so I’m a few days behind but I just did a whole bunch of writing (for a submission that was due yesterday… eep!) and now I’m totally on board. I feel like Kermit when he yells “Yay!” and runs all over the place.

I’m SO in! I can’t start today, though, because I’m still grading the pile of papers from hell – unless I count “no structure, weak conclusion, very little analysis” (which I must have written in at least forty papers) towards today’s goal.

Right now I’m at the research stage (i.e. READ ALL THE THINGS), so nothing I write will be brilliant or final, but I’m sure it’ll help get me going for when I have to do the actual, brilliant, final writing. Plus, I always have trouble transitioning from research to writing, so I’m hoping the daily writing exercise will make it easier. Anybody else  signing up for the Academic Writing category of the challenge?

Hi guys! I’m excited so many people are on board for this week’s challenge!

I just wanted to say that if anyone has any challenges they’d like to issue, I’d be happy to include them. I mentioned in the comments that this one is aimed at one of my weaknesses (daily writing), but I would love to hear what other people want.


Aren’t tweets 140 characters? (Not that 280 words isn’t a good daily goal, anyway).

I was panicking when I saw the update in the open thread, but turns out I have written 1000 words this week after all! Being on a plane with my book already read, no magazine, and no electronic devices allowed was good for my writing.

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