Hello and happy holidays, word sprinters! We hope your week has been full of cheer and a considerable helping of words, but if writing has been pushed to the sidelines lately, don’t feel too bad. We’ve spotted just the event to get you back on track.
On Sunday 29th December, word sprint legend Nicky Stephens (known on Twitter as @Rhapsody2312) has a mammoth writing marathon planned: the #10kWritathon. As you probably guessed by the name, the aim of the challenge is to write 10,000 words in one day, though if the thought of writing 10k makes you dizzy, feel free to aim for something lower.
Whatever your word count goal, Nicky has 12 hours of word sprinting games and challenges to help you reach it! Let’s take a peek at the schedule:
If you have keen eyes, you may have noticed the hour gap between the Bestseller’s List and Dashing events–that’s the Freestyle hour, to do with as you choose. You could spend 15:00 to 16:00 catching up if you’re behind on your word count, taking a well-earned break, grabbing some food, updating the world with your progress… The possibilities are endless!
All times listed in the schedule above are for your local area, which gets around the time zone problems that usually plague planned sprinting events–for example, 9 a.m. in GMT would be 4 a.m. in EST, which, unless you’re a very early riser, isn’t the best time to be sprinting. Instead, you can do your writing marathon between the far more comfortable times of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. for where you live! Good, huh?
If you can’t do the full 12 hours, dip in and out of the word sprints as time permits. Don’t forget to check in with other sprinters throughout the day with the #10kWritathon hashtag and report your scores for each game so that a winner can be declared!
Have some unanswered questions? Leave a comment below or contact @Rhapsody2312 with your queries, and be sure to follow her on Twitter to stay updated on any future #10kWritathon events!
Finally, a message from the hostess:
For those who feel slightly intimidated by the idea of writing 10k in a day, may I just say that it doesn’t matter if you reach 10,000 words, or 10. The idea is to inspire you to write, and have fun while doing so. Even if all you manage is half an hour of the game that sounds the most fun to you, jump in whenever it suits you, post your word count on Twitter, and allow yourself to feel proud that you made the effort and are that much closer to reaching your writing goals.
This isn’t a race to the finish line. It’s a three-legged sprint designed to get your logic, your muse, and your motivation to work together without realising that’s what they’re doing. So have fun, and try not to drop those plot eggs. They’re fragile. ;D
Are you excited yet? We are! Will you be joining us on Sunday for the #10kWritathon?