A recent writing marathon photo surfaced in a Facebook group, so I shared it on my Facebook page. I asked people to tell me how they felt about this idea using gifs. It was as hilarious as I figured it’d be.
Basically, Ted Roach’s idea was to write 70,000 words in roughly 2 days. Now, for me, there is just no way I could do that. And Ted said he didn’t quite do it either. Here's what he said about it:
This was a challenge that I set for myself to see how far I could push my writing in one weekend. By doing this, I was able to brainstorm, create a basic outline, a detailed 4-part story structure outline, and write 20k words (after losing 8k due to a computer crash). It allowed me to push myself beyond what I normally write.
This gave me a delightful idea, and I’d love to challenge you to do the same.
Do you think you could write 20,000 words in two days? I believe it’s doable. I believe if I applied myself and blocked out two days with breaks in between, I could write 20,000 words.
Now, there’s a caveat: it has to be quality content. Usually, when there are challenges like this one, it’s just “write whatever you can! Vomit out the words onto your computer!” I don’t want to do that, and I don’t want you to do that.
Let’s see if we can write 20,000 words of high-quality content.
I’m doing the 2-Day Writing Marathon challenge on September 1 and 2.
And guess what? You can download the Writing Marathon Challenge PDF and start whenever you want. Pretty cool, eh?
All I ask is that you share it with your friends and tell me if you hit your word count.
An expert editor, seasoned writer, and author-centric marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with authors and business owners every day. Her blog posts have been featured on popular websites like The Book Designer and Positive Writer. She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist and her novel-in-progress, The Suicide Tree. She lives in Oklahoma with her two dogs, Chanel and Wednesday.