Acres of Ink Challenge 2019

2019 looms and so does the blank page. Well, the blank blog page, anyway. If you’re too focused on writing your WIP (aren’t we all?) to keep your blog up to date, I have a solution for you.


This little quiz is 52 questions long – perfect for keeping your blog fresh with at least one post a week for 2019. It’s designed for writers of fiction and focuses on something close to my heart: story development.

Let’s face it, every writer likes talking about their WIP on their own terms. This challenge gives you a great excuse to do just that, whilst honing some details that you may not have thought of yet. If you play your cards right (or, at least, use #AcresofInk2019 on Twitter) you’ll even get a retweet (and a follow) from yours truly.

How it works:

Every question correlates to a week in the year. Answer the question on your blog, promote it on Twitter using #AcresofInk2019 and I’ll find you to retweet it. Then bask in the glory of your imagination as readers “Oooh!” and “Ahhh!” at your genius creative brain.

So, what are the questions?:

Option 1: Click here to download a PDF of the 2019 Acres of Ink Blog Challenge Poster >>

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Option 2: Simply steal the words below:

  • Week 1 | Your inspiration / motivation for writing the book
  • Week 2 | Write a paragraph pitching your book and then distil it into no more than 3 sentences (basically, a blurb). Show both.
  • Week 3 | Who is the book for and why will they love it?
  • Week 4 | Your favourite thing that DIDN’T make it into the book (such as a background story, description or an erased character)
  • Week 5 | Chapter 5, Line 5… share 5 lines of your WIP and then invite 5 writers to do the same.
  • Week 6 | An interview with your protagonist
  • Week 7 | Favourite relationship in the story
  • Week 8 | Alternative realities: what could have changed everything, and how?
  • Week 9 | Your favourite secondary character
  • Week 10 | Your thoughts on… (writing) Gardeners and Architects
  • Week 11 | Your favourite minor character
  • Week 12 | Language: Why a character speaks the way they do / unique slang
  • Week 13 | Your book is now a film. What will work well? What won’t?
  • Week 14 | What (if anything) would you like to express through your writing?
  • Week 15 | Recipes in your book
  • Week 16 | Your thoughts on… how to get the words down
  • Week 17 | Unseen Footage: Write a short scene that fits into your book but won’t make the final cut
  • Week 18 | Your writing habits
  • Week 19 | Which character is most likely to survive an apocalypse?
  • Week 20 | Tell us about… religion in your book
  • Week 21 | An interview with your villain
  • Week 22 | What you find easiest / hardest about the writing process
  • Week 23 | Top 5 quotes from your book
  • Week 24 | A minor character is now your protagonist. How do they fare?
  • Week 25 | Illustrations of three of your characters
  • Week 26 | Your protagonist was born a different sex. Does your story change?
  • Week 27 | Your favourite location in your novel
  • Week 28 | Tell us about… sports in your book
  • Week 29 | Guest post: Get a friend who is familiar with your novel to speak about it
  • Week 30 | Describe (or show) your book’s ideal cover
  • Week 31 | Book recommendations | Fans of your book might also enjoy…?
  • Week 32 | What is your protagonist’s biggest weakness?
  • Week 33 | Your favourite scene
  • Week 34 | Your thoughts on… Self-publishing or Traditional publishing?
  • Week 35 | An interview with a character of your choice
  • Week 36 | A day in the life of your protagonist
  • Week 37 | Which writer would you trust to finish your book if you weren’t able?
  • Week 38 | What is your villain’s biggest regret?
  • Week 39 | Your book is now a film. Who is in your Dream Cast?
  • Week 40 | A day in the life of your villain
  • Week 41 | Your favourite sub-plot
  • Week 42 | Your thoughts on… killing your darlings
  • Week 43 | Your most frustrating character
  • Week 44 | The character people would introduce to their parents
  • Week 45 | Tell us about… Travel in your novel
  • Week 46 | Speak about someone else’s WIP
  • Week 47 | Your thoughts on… queries and rejection
  • Week 48 | What are your goals as a writer?
  • Week 49 | Tell us about… Crime and punishment in your novel
  • Week 50 | The character you’d least like to meet in a dark alley
  • Week 51 | Your villain was born a different sex. Does your story change?
  • Week 52 | Happily Ever After… Is it possible for every character to get what they want?

Happy blogging!

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