October Platform Challenge

Want to get something done for yourself as a writer? The last month has been a good “goal-setting and getting done” time for me with draft 2 of Souls … and you might have noticed Journal Posts weren’t on my goal list…

October is another goal-setting month with the October Platform Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer of Writer’s Digest. Each day in October he gives a new command to help writer’s build their platform and it’s not too late for you to join me in conquering his daily challenges.

What’s a platform? The writer’s public presence to their audience.

Day 1’s challenge was: Define Yourself as a Writer. Here’s what I got:

JL Orchard is a copywriting Einstein, trade mag freelance journalist, and precocious fiction writer since age 13. She’s currently paring the pulp from her too-fat, high concept, fantasy before wedging it in the mailboxes of unsuspecting agents. Follow the more stimulating milestones of her journey on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/jlorchard.

Oct 2nd brought this challenge: Set Your Writing Goals. Here’s mine:


  • Complete Draft 2 of my novel by December 1
  • Complete October Platform Challenge
  • Investigate a writer’s sci-fi/fantasy convention to attend
  • Formulate idea for new novel


  • Publish a feature length novel

  • Present proposal for new novel

Day 3 … guess it? Start a blog, and if you already have one, write a post!

I guess if this Platform Challenge kicks me back in gear with keeping up with you guys, then it’s well worth the commitment.

So how about you? Are you ready to dedicate October to building your platform?