The 10K word writing challenge is exactly what it is – a challenge. Trying to write 10K words during the Nano months is very challenging.
As writers, we challenge ourselves to write a particular word count. We get thrilled and excited to push ourselves to the limit. We may achieve it. Sometimes we may not. But every once in a while we try the impossible.
Hey multipassionaters, it’s Nicole and welcome back to Jewellz Pages. Today we are going to be speaking on the topic of challenges.
But in order to really get into it, there are three things I need you to do.
- Grab a pen and paper
- Pour yourself some happy liquid
- Get rid of all distractions
This is How to Writing Challenge – 10,000 Words in 24 Hours
During the months of April, July, and November we drop what we are doing, shut ourselves off from the outside world, and write. In our journey, we take part in sprints, marathons, challenges, and virtual write-ins.
Have you ever taken part in NaNoWriMo? Do you know that July is Camp NaNoWriMo month? During July writers have the opportunity to write 50K words or edit, draft and do much, much more to their manuscripts.
And they have 30 days to accomplish this. It is especially exciting because you join many others on their journey to complete their novels.
The NaNoWriMo team knows that writing is fun and so to aid us in accomplishing our goals, sprints, and challenges are formed. Throughout the entire month, we have the opportunity to participate.
Simply go to the website and sign in and you can start counting your words. In addition, other writers have created their own little challenges to help their community and followers to achieve success.
One such person who provides challenges is Mandi Lynn. She does a 10K writing challenge regularly. Last November, I participated in her challenge and it came in just at the right time.
This helped me to accomplish my goal of 50K words in 30 days. And it can help you to accomplish your word goal count.
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Here’s how I wrote 10K words in just 10 hours and how you can too.
The 10K Writing Challenge is usually advertised on Instagram and when you follow Mandi’s account you get the first-hand experience of when it’s happening and what is required.
Then about a week in advance, Mandi emails her subscribers to let them know when there will be a challenge coming up. You are required to reply and let her know you are interested in participating. She sends you a confirmation that you are added to the list.
However, mental preparation is a key factor in doing any challenge. Writing 10K words in 24 hours is not an easy feat.
So mentally, how can you prepare for such a challenge?
Remember there are hundreds taking part in her challenge. Some are visible on social media and post their status during the challenge, while others prefer to stay behind the computer.
The important thing is that you have tons of persons who are just like you, ready but nervous. And then you have tons who have done the challenge over and over again and they have become pros.
Knowing that you have so much support can really help you mentally. The beautiful thing is that as you share your writing status online, Mandi shares your stories in her stories and that gives you an extra boost.
Now it’s time for physical preparation. You can mentally prepare by physically prepping as well.
After I signed up for the challenge, I immediately told my family members that I would be taking part in a challenge that required at least ten hours of my time. Warning your family in advance prepares you for success.
In addition, if your family supports your writing career, they can be a source of comfort and support when needed. Now that you have your family on board you need a plan.
Planning out your week in advance will help you to be super productive and efficient on the challenge day. This may mean that if you wash on challenge day, you will switch it up and wash the day before or the day after.
If challenge day is the day you cook, you can plan to cook and store food or wake up super early and make lunch. Whatever the case, don’t ‘not do’ the chores but just reschedule.
When I took part I made sure all my chores were done earlier that week if possible and what could not be done, I did after challenge day.
The Night Before
Physical preparation also includes charging your devices and getting some sleep. So the night before you would want to charge your tablets, phones and laptops so that you can maximize use out of them.
I use a tablet and phone and I need to ensure they were on 100 when I started my challenge.
Sleep is super important because you are going to be staring at a screen for more than five hours the next day. And if your like me and get migraines, you are going to need all the sleep you can get.
So go to bed early so that you can have a restful night and set your alarm if you do so that you don’t start the challenge after time.
Where I live the challenge at 9 AM. I was able to do some last-minute tidying and chores before I sat down.
Before you Sit Down
Your writing space should be clean and free of clutter. You should have cooked meals ready for when you break and a steady supply of water. I suggest getting a large bottle and filling it.
Snacks are essential. When writing I snack a lot, especially nachos. Ensure that you have a good amount of snacks whether that maybe fruits, nachos, or something else.
Now it’s time.
This challenge is done in 45-minute sprints with a fifteen-minute break to the hour. When on break, get up and stretch your legs.
Sitting in one attitude for long periods of time results in cramping and unhealthy habits. So give your eyes a break and stretch those limbs.
Most important be sure to always SAVE your work when you are finished.
And that’s it. This the exact formula I used in order to join the challenge. If you are a fast writer you can accomplish 1000 words in one hour resulting in just 10 hours of writing.
As was said before, it is a challenge but the challenge is worth it. The reward of knowing you added 10K words to your manuscript is worthwhile. If you do five writing sprints especially in the Nano months you would have written an entire novel in one month.
So writer friends and multipassionaters, let’s do the challenge.
As always, please share this with your friends and spread the word of the 10K writing challenge. Don’t forget to continue the conversation down in the comment section. I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.
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