Free Writing Challenge

Idea to Outline in Five Days

Monday, January 18th - Friday, January 22nd


It happens all too often: you kick off your novel with a great idea, and then by 10,000 words, your momentum has all but fizzled out. Your characters are lost, your plot is stalled, and you are ready to throw your manuscript into the fireplace and burn it to ash.

But what if you could electrify your novel with a propulsive outline and FINISH YOUR NOVEL?

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Join Libbie Hawker, the best-selling author of over 40 novels, as well as the author of Take off Your Pants: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing, and Brian Murphy, writing coach and founder of How Writers Write, for this FREE five-day challenge.

In this challenge, you will learn:

  • How to develop a foolproof character arc and plot
  • How to pace any book for a can’t-put-down reading experience, and
  • How to ensure that your stories are complete and satisfying without wasting any time or words.

If you want to improve writing speed, increase your backlist, and ensure a quality book before you even write the first word, this is the challenge for you!

Details of the challenge

How the challenge works:

  1. Each morning, we will release a new video and a step-by-step writing assignment on our website.
  2. You will watch the video and then complete the assignment. 
  3. If you want engage and grow in our private Facebook group! Brian will post prompts and ideas to engage with the daily topic. Make some friends, ask the questions you can’t Google, and share ideas that have worked for you! 
  4. Each day, we will have a LIVE QA with Brian and Libbie for you to ask your outlining questions, clarify the prompts, or ask a question about fiction writing in general.

Expect to spend 20-30 minutes a day watching the videos and engaging with the content, and at the end of five days, YOU’LL HAVE YOUR OUTLINE SET! 

Meet the instructors

Brian Murphy

Founder and Educator

I founded How Writers Write in November of 2019 with one mission: to inspire and empower writers to tell their story.

After interviewing 75+ world-class authors, coaching hundreds of writers, and earning my MFA from NYU, I realized the big keys to helping writers are community, accountability, craft education, personal development, and access to industry professionals. How Writers Write was born out of this realization. It is my life’s mission to serve this generation of writers.

I live in Denver, Colorado with my amazing wife, two perfect daughters, and goldendoodle.

Libbie Hawker

Best-selling author

Libbie Hawker writes historical and literary fiction featuring complex characters and rich details of time and place. She is also the author of the runaway bestseller “how-to” guide for writers, TAKE OFF YOUR PANTS! OUTLINE YOUR BOOKS FOR FASTER, BETTER WRITING. When she’s not writing, Libbie can be found in her garden, at her spinning wheel, or hiking the trails of San Juan Island, where she lives with her husband and three naughty cats.

See what over 2500 writers have said about our challenges:

Great Challenge! The information taught can carryover to future plots and scenarios like a template.. 👏 Bravo!! Makes me wanting more.. Excited about possibility of other challenges!

You guys were awesome. I loved the lessons and think this has helped me tremendously.

I loved that the challenge was practical. It wasn’t vague with prompts where I would write to feel warm and fuzzy. Instead, it gave real steps for achieving my goals. As an educator, it gave me what I needed to create any future novel.

Brian, I want to commend you on your Challenge. Unlike many webinars, you did not dangle the promise of information to participants which would only be provided once you joined their class, seminar, groups, or whatever. 

This was easier than I thought it would be. I thought I would be spending hours upon hours each day and I wasn’t. Well laid out and executed. It was also easy to find materials in one place. Most challenges are difficult to maneuver.

I really appreciate what you all have done for the writing community! The overall setup and layout of this challenge was great and fairly easy to navigate, the announcements through both Facebook and e-mail were helpful, and the community aspect was great to follow. Everything was explained well! I like how interactive this challenge is and I’m certainly going to be utilising this process in future projects.

Frequently Asked Questions

What in the world is a writing challenge?

A writing challenge is a fun way to tackle a writing goal in a safe, supportive, and engaging community. A challenge is just a way to help you accomplish a writing goal in a fun and supporting environment.

How much does the challenge cost?

The challenge is 100% free! There is no cost to join or complete the challenge.

Wait… FREE? Why?

The mission of How Writers Write is to inspire and empower writers to tell their story. This challenge is a wonderful way to support writers. We also use challenges to introduce writers to How Writers Write and our new membership community, HappyWriter.

What is How Writers Write?

How Writers Write is a platform to help writers tell their story. We support writers through a podcast, free challenges like this one, and our writing community, HappyWriter.

Who are Brian and Libbie?

Our full bios are above, but both Brian and Libbie are totally committed to coaching, educating, and supporting writers. 

What if I am just starting my writing journey?

Wonderful! We build our challenges to support and engage writers at any stage of their writing journey. If you are brand new… great! If you are a grizzled pro… great! 

Do I need any special software or tools?

No! All you need is a computer and access to Facebook (if you want to engage in the group). Content is delivered via video and  posts each day on our website. You don’t need to purchase anything special!


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