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. A lifelong lover of books, she has edited over 300 books and has launched several Amazon bestsellers for her clients. Her award-winning blog teaches new and established authors how to write, publish, and market their books. She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist, The Rotting (in Shivers in the Night), and her novel-in-progress, The Suicide Tree. She lives in Oklahoma with her two dogs, Chanel and Wednesday.