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January 2016 Weekend Writing Marathon — Ready, Set, Go! #WWMarathon

Friday, January 15, 2016

Weekend Writing Marathon

It’s time for our January Weekend Writing Marathon! Here are the parameters (not rules, just guidelines!):

  • The marathon runs from 5 p.m. (your time) Friday evening until bedtime (your time) Monday night (in the US, Monday 1/18/16 is a holiday for most people; if it isn’t for you, you can use the standard bedtime Sunday night as your cutoff).
  • I will be doing my own 1k1h sprints throughout the weekend, and I’ll send out a reminder on Twitter about 30 minutes before with the hashtag #WWMarathon if you’d like to sprint with me:
    …….9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Central time Friday 1/15/16

    …….10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central time Saturday 1/16/16
    …….3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time Saturday 1/16/16

    …….1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central time Sunday 1/17/16
    …….4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Central time Sunday 1/17/16

    …….9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Central time Monday 1/18/16
    …….1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central time Monday 1/18/16
    …….4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central time Monday 1/18/16
    …….9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Central time Monday 1/18/16

  • I’ll publish a new post each day of the marathon here on the blog in which I’ll share tips and tricks and/or motivation, and we can use the comments section to check in with our progress.
  • Set your own goal—and try to be realistic about it!—and post it below in the comments. What do you want to accomplish on your Work in Progress (WIP) this weekend? Check back in often and share your encouragement with the other participants (whether you’re participating or not).
  • Your goal doesn’t have to be a writing goal, it just needs to be something manuscript-related—whether it’s adding word count, editing, revising, getting some submissions sent off, marketing (writing blog posts, answering interview questions, etc.), or even research or background work on your story.
  • If something comes up that interrupts your writing time this weekend, don’t stress out over it! Just readjust and jump right back in whenever you can.
  • Helpful links/articles:
    #FirstDraft60 Day 29 — Using the #1k1h Method for Marathon Writing
    1k1h Writing-Sprint Tips
    #FirstDraft60 Day 14 — Don’t Think. Just Write
    Tips and Advice for Marathon Writing
    Quick Reference Resources for NaNo or other Writing Marathons
    Draft Writing vs. Regular Writing

What is your goal for the marathon this weekend?

  1. Friday, January 15, 2016 3:56 pm

    My goals for this marathon are:
    1. Write each of the four days
    2. Actually do all of the 1k1h sprints I have listed above 😉
    3. Write at least 5,000 new words in The Spymaster’s Daughter
    4. Do some research on English spies in the Napoleonic wars
    5. Flesh out my two main characters’ backstories a little more

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    • Friday, January 15, 2016 10:03 pm

      My alarm just went off ending tonight’s 1k1h sprint and . . . 896 words. I probably could have done more, but I went back and re-read the first 875 words of the chapter in progress (and lightly revised them) before I started adding new words.


  2. Carol permalink
    Friday, January 15, 2016 7:47 pm

    My goal is 1500 words.

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  3. loridee21 permalink
    Sunday, January 17, 2016 7:49 pm

    Wish I could’ve done this, but considering I work 12 hours both Friday and Saturday and had other commitments on Sunday–there was no way I could do this. Maybe next time.


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