So by now, most of you will have seen one of the few graphics I’ve been sharing online about a writing challenge I will do starting August 1st. If you haven’t, consider yourself warned. *wink*
What is this madness I speak of? Well… I’ve challenged myself even more considering the progress I made back in January with my dictation. If it was stupid easy for me, the queen of a very disorganized home office, to boost my writing and dictation from 1k wph to over 6.4k wph with a haphazard outline system, imagine the possibilities with a well-organized structure?
Let me put it to you this way. In January, I finished writing the first draft of a book I started back in 2012. 7 long years have passed and my many attempts at finishing that draft failed because I obsessed over rewriting the first few chapters. Many times over and then hid the blooming binder because I’d get upset.
After a few lickings from life, in January, I vowed to wrap up all my loose end projects and my first full length Regency novel (formerly titled Midnight Blaze) was the first to get ticked off my list.
I wrote – scratch that – dictated the rest of that novel in 7.75 hours over 8 days. Yup. 8 days with give or take 1 hr sessions split up in tiny sprints Write or Die style.
Now imagine for just a second: You’ve got that awesome idea you’ve been planning to write for eons. You just don’t have the time in between driving the kids to their sports, commuting in traffic, you’re too tired, etc….
What if I told you, that you could triple, even quadruple your word count per hour with 12 – 5 minute sprints?
No need to tell me, I know I’m nuts, but it is possible. I know it. I’ve done it and if I can, so can you. You have no excuse unless dictation isn’t your cup of tea and dictation isn’t for everyone. That much I can say for certain. However, the whole point of writing a first draft is to get that brilliant idea down and then you can fix it. One cannot edit a blank page.
So now I’ve got that off my chest, if you’re interested in showing your project who’s boss, why not do it with someone who is walking life on the crazy side of the rails this August?
My goal this August is to write as many category length romances I can in one month. If could write one 49.3k in just over a week, the potential to write almost a full 4 books is entirely possible if I committed to 2 hrs per day. I realize that most days I’m limited to only 1 hr, but there will be times when you can squeeze in an extra hour, so why not do it?
What do you think? Are you willing to challenge yourself? If so, I am setting up an email list with tips and tricks and words of encouragement for this challenge. No purchase is necessary, but the email list is to give you the information you’ll need for a successful mad sprinting month.
If you want to join in on the fun, click on the page tab labelled August 2019 Writing Challenge (menu option above) and it will take you to a Google form sign up.
Anyway, I’ll leave you on the note and I hope you’ll join me.
Be sure to give me a comment below of what your writing goal is for 2019.
I wish you all a very successful year with your writing endeavours and dreams.
Much love and gratitude to you all,
P.S. This challenge is open to all genres of writing. The tips and motivation chats are meant for all.