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Welcome to the 90-Day Novel Challenge

Are you ready to write a novel?

The 90-Day Novel Challenge begins June 10, 2024, but you can begin your self-paced 90-Day Novel Challenge any time you’d like.

Day 24: Think Outside the Box

Day 24: Think Outside the Box

This tip will dramatically increase your writing speed. You have tons of time in your day during which your brain is underemployed. If you're like most Americans, you're filling every idle moment of your day with noise. Let's put that time to work for your writing...

Day 23: Sustainable Writing

Day 23: Sustainable Writing

Do I have to write every day? What if miss a day? Can I make it up? Building healthy, sustainable routines is always more important than your specific productivity. Writing is a long-term mission, and healthy routines will get more out of your weeks, months, years,...

Day 22: The Old College Try

Day 22: The Old College Try

As you move through your scene list, you may soon arrive at "The Old College Try." This key moment of your manuscript occurs in the middle of the second act. Your protagonist will make a half-hearted and unsuccessful attempt to stop the hemorrhaging in his life and...

Day 20: Two Important Questions

Day 20: Two Important Questions

Did you have a good week with your writing? How are you supposed to even answer a question like that? Instead of a nebulous, unanswerable question, today's episode presents two specific questions you can ask to assess your week's performance. It's important to stay...

Day 19: Better Writing Software

Day 19: Better Writing Software

A poor workman may blame his tools, but there's no denying that the right tools can make you better and faster at your work. Programs like Microsoft Word and Google Docs are nice, but they really weren't designed for writing books. As your book document becomes longer...

Day 18: What If I Don’t Wanna Write?

Day 18: What If I Don’t Wanna Write?

Writing a novel is a marathon, not a sprint. The Novel Matrix system helps a lot. It provides a useful strategy to capitalize on your natural inspiration, but also gives you a framework to move forward when you're not sure what to do next. Most of the time, that's...

Day 17: Save That Cat

Day 17: Save That Cat

It's time to show your reader that the protagonist is fundamentally likeable and worth rooting for. It's time to "Save the Cat." As you work through your novel manuscript over the 90-Day Novel Challenge, we'll spotlight some of the key plot moments when you're likely...

Day 16: Build Your Writing Muscle

Day 16: Build Your Writing Muscle

In these early day of writing, it's more important to build a healthy, sustainable writing routine than it is to achieve a particular word count. Just like exercise, if you jump in too fast and do too much, you'll burn out and kill your potential before you even...

Day 15: Write the Scenes in Any Order

Day 15: Write the Scenes in Any Order

It's time to start writing! Let's explore another big advantage of using a system like the Novel Matrix: you now have the power to write the scenes of your book in any order. This will allow you to put your creative energy to its best and highest use, while still...

Day 13: Crush Your Protagonist

Day 13: Crush Your Protagonist

Are you being terrible enough to your main character? If your protagonist is going to change and turn into a person that does impossible stuff, things are going to have to get really bad first. As Kurt Vonnegut famously said, "Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and...

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