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Writer Self-Challenge Bingo

Usually, writing bingos are either fandom-specific, ship-specific, or linked to certain themes or tropes. A couple months ago, we at Duck Prints Press got to talking – what if there was a “fulfill this challenge!” style bingo aimed at writers? Instead of squares for tropes or ships or kinks, the squares for this bingo are writing challenges, such as “write x words in a sitting,” “participate in a sprint,” or “draw a map or floorplan for a location in your story.” We’ve been developing it on and off ever since, and now we’re ready to share the results!

We now have a list of 100 writing challenges (you can see the full list here), ranging from pretty darn easy to really hard (but we haven’t rated their difficulty – what’s easy for one writer will be hard for another, so a difficulty rating would be meaningless). We pre-generated a few cards, just for fun…

Graphic of a 5 x 5 bingo card with writing in each square. The card is entitled "Writer Self-Challenge Bingo" And the columns of the bingo card are labeled B I N G and O. The squares are:
top row, left to right: read a book on your "to read" pile; write a story in a modern setting; use a word that has at least 10 letters correctly in a sentence; participate in a sprint; participate in a writing challenge (bingo, bang, NaNo, Kinktober, etc.)
Second row: create an OC, create a profile for an original character; write for a ship you've never written for before; make a list of ten names for use in a future story; write 1,666 words in a day.
Third row: write 1,000 words in a day; write a fandom crossover or fusion story; Free!; draw a piece of fanart (we don't care if you think you're bad at art, do it anyway); delete that thing you wrote and hate and  that brings you guilt.
Fourth row: write for 20 minutes; that thing you've been avoiding? work specifically on it; write about a character with whom you share no identities; use alpha/beta/omega dynamics in a story; that grammar rule you've never been quite sure about? research and read about it 'til you're sure.
bottom/fifth row: write fanfiction of your own original work; write pwp; write a story in a science fiction setting; join a writing-related discord; write a vignette.
Graphic of a 5 x 5 bingo card with writing in each square. The card is entitled "Writer Self-Challenge Bingo" And the columns of the bingo card are labeled B I N G and O. The squares are: 
Top/first row: send a prompt to a writer friend; delete that thing you wrote and hate and that brings  you guilt; answer one comment a day that readers have left for you; write about a character with whom you share no identities; write a story exactly one paragraph long
Second row: write a self-indulgent scene - anything, just because you want to; write a story exactly one sentence long; write a story in a science fiction setting; participate in three sprints in one day; write a story in a fantasy setting
Third/middle row: leave one comment a day on fics you read; use a word that has at least 10 letters correctly in a sentence; free!; write a story in first person pov; sprint for 15 minutes.
Fourth row: alpha read for another writer, or ask a writer to alpha for you; write 2,500 words in one day; write a fandom crossover or fusion story; sprint for 1 hour; that story you're stuck on? write 500 words of what definitely WOULDN'T happen next.
Bottom/fifth row: request a prompt from your followers/subscribers and fill it; write 500 words on a story you've been meaning to write but haven't started yet; sprint for 10 minutes; write a polyship; use alpha/beta/omega dynamics in a story
Graphic of a 5 x 5 bingo card with writing in each square. The card is entitled "Writer Self-Challenge Bingo" And the columns of the bingo card are labeled B I N G and O. The squares are: 
Top row: write 556 words in a day; sprint for 30 minutes; writer a reader insert; write 500 words of dialogue; create a drabble (exactly 100 words!)
Second row: gift someone a fic they'll love; subvert a trope; create a profile for an original character; create an oc, write a vignette
third/middle row: use alpha/beta/omega dynamics in a story; sprint for 15 minutes; free!; write 500 words of description; write pwpw
Fourth row: write for 20 minutes; write a self-indulgent scene - anything, just because you want to; flash fiction! write a full story under 1,000 words in one sitting; write a story or fanfic inspired by your favorite childhood cartoon, book, or media; send a prompt to a writer friend
Bottom/fifth row: make a list of ten names for use in a future story; write 500 words on a story you've been meaning to write but haven't started yet; write for a fandom you've never created for before; write your notp; write an original story (NOT fanfic)
Graphic of a 5 x 5 bingo card with writing in each square. The card is entitled "Writer Self-Challenge Bingo" And the columns of the bingo card are labeled B I N G and O. The squares are: 
top row: write a fix-it for some piece of media you hated; find a fandom with under 500 fics on AO3 and write for it; gift someone a fic they'll love; write at least 500 words a day for 5 days in a row; that story you're stuck on? write 500 words of what definitely WOULDN'T happen next
Second row: write somplace other than your usual writing spot; write 500 words of description; participate in a sprint; write about a character who shares one or more identities with you; that thing you've been avoiding? work specifically on it.
Middle/third row: flash fiction! write a full story under 1,000 words in one sitting; gen fic challenge; free!; create an outline for a scene, story, or plot arc; write a fandom crossover or fusion story.
Fourth row: sprint for 15 minutes; write a story in second person pov, write for a fandom you've never written for before; use a word that has at least 10 letters correctly in a sentence; write 500 words in one sitting.
Bottom/fifth row: write a story inspired by artwork (if it's fanart, ask permission!); send a prompt to a writer friend; write 500 words of dialogue; write fanfiction of your own original work; alpha read for another writer, or ask a writer to alpha for you.

…or, you can use this link to generate your own!

A screen capture of a website graphic that reads "Writer Self-Challenge Bingo! Click the button below to generate your own unique bingo card. Generate card!" There is no actual button, it's all a screen capture.

We are not running this as a formal event. Sadly, we just don’t have time right now to make rules, handle sign ups, track participants, create custom bingo cards, etc. However, we don’t think we need to! Everything you need to run your personal writer self-challenge bingo is right in this post – if you’re the kind of writer who’d find something like this helpful, we encourage you to use one of our pre-gen cards, make your own, or even just use this idea as a launching-off point from which to make a challenge that fits your brain.

And, if you do choose to use a bingo card, and end up writing and posting any fic, we encourage you to add it to our AO3 collection, and/or tag us so we can reblog/retweet/boost it!

As long as you’re writing using strategies that help you, the rules don’t matter, so get out there and write that thing!

(and, if you have ideas for more writing challenges we can add to our list, we’d love to hear them, and we’ll potentially add them to our bingo card generator list!)

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