Thursday, August 7, 2014

One Week to Your 10k Day Writing Marathon Day THREE

It is the THIRD day of the One Week to Your 10k Day Writing Marathon!

To recap, yesterday was day two, where we did the math for how long it would take us to do the 10K challenge and calculated our breaks. I decided I would have an 11 hour day with a goal of 909 words per hour. Upon further examination I learned that it takes me only about 30 minutes of straight typing to reach my goal. This is great because it means I'll be able to have longer breaks.

Preparing for the Challenge - Day THREE:

Today is day THREE of the 10k writing marathon week-long preparation!

Now that we know how long we will take, how our breaks will work and what we'll be writing, it's time to move on to the next step! 

We're going to work on learning how NOT to edit our work as we go and spend some time telling others about our marathon for support and to get them to join in on the fun!

Don't Edit as You Go!!

I cannot stress this enough for people undertaking this challenge. The purpose of this challenge is to get out 10,000 words on to paper. It's great for getting the story out there. It isn't supposed to look pretty right away. Not at all. In fact, parts of it will be very ugly. Editing comes another day, however.

Editing will cut into your typing time, making it ever harder to reach your goal. Remind yourself as you go on that you will get to the edit later. Does leaving it there bug you? You may not be as drawn in to your story as you think. Try to focus on the importance of getting your story out on to the screen rather than changing it around. Imagine that if you don't type it RIGHT NOW your characters and their lives will disappear, a story left untold!

Don't spend your breaks editing, either. The most you should allow yourself to do is take a breather by right-clicking on those red-lined words in order to give them the correct spelling. ONLY do this if the idea of red lined words is driving you crazy. Remember, the faster you get to 10,000 words, the sooner you can edit.


This may seem like a "duh" kind of thing but goals are always easier to accomplish when you tell others about them. They hold you accountable. They offer their support and ideas. Heck, they might even join in! What's better than racing some good friends for a 10k?

You'll want to announce it on facebook, firstly. Any professional or personal page, just let everyone know when and where and why.

Same goes for Twitter! Feel free to use hashtags like #10kWritathon #wordsprint #1k1hr and #amwriting! Let everyone know what's going on.

Tell your friends via text or when you're hanging out.

Put out blog posts explaining why you'll be participating!

One thing I'm going to do, I'm going to throw out a link so that everyone who wants to see what I'm writing can just head right on over and take a looksee. 

It's also a good idea, when hosting a 10K Writathon, to have individual word sprints for others who want to join in but don't want to make the full commitment to 10,000 words! I'll be doing individual word sprints at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm Eastern Time.

Also Today we're going to do the practice again to see how quick we get to our goal.

See You at The Finish Line!

-Alexandria Hathaway
Twitter: @AlexandriaMWolf

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