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Sunday Writing Challenge

Last week, QoB, challenged anyone who’d accept it to write a 1000 words in one week. They could be 1000 words about anything ““ a poem, some fiction, a short story, that paper you’ve been putting off doing. The point is to get us actually writing.

a pen and paperReception to the post was so positive that we’re going to make this a weekly affair. Every Sunday a new challenge will go up ““ you’ll have until the following Sunday to complete it.

This week: Write 280 words every day. That’s the length of a couple of tweets. It’s not a lot and if you blow past that number, that’s great for you. But for many of us, it’s the “˜every day’ part of writing that is the difficult part. This number is small enough to commit to without needing to carve out a huge chunk of time.

That’s it! You have until 10pm next Sunday night to check in and tell us how you did.

 


Need a little inspiration? Try this writing exercise:

“Sit in a restaurant or a crowded area and write down the snippets of conversation you hear. Listen to the people around you – how they talk and what words they use. Once you have done this, you can practice finishing their conversations. Write your version of what comes next in the conversation. Match their style.” (from poewar.com)

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39 thoughts on “Sunday Writing Challenge”

  1. Wow, I love this place. It’s like, in the span of a couple of weeks it went from being awesome to being freaking fantastically most awesome unicorn paradise. Also, I just found out about this challenge so I’m a few days behind but I just did a whole bunch of writing (for a submission that was due yesterday… eep!) and now I’m totally on board. I feel like Kermit when he yells “Yay!” and runs all over the place.

  2. I’m SO in! I can’t start today, though, because I’m still grading the pile of papers from hell – unless I count “no structure, weak conclusion, very little analysis” (which I must have written in at least forty papers) towards today’s goal.

    Right now I’m at the research stage (i.e. READ ALL THE THINGS), so nothing I write will be brilliant or final, but I’m sure it’ll help get me going for when I have to do the actual, brilliant, final writing. Plus, I always have trouble transitioning from research to writing, so I’m hoping the daily writing exercise will make it easier. Anybody else  signing up for the Academic Writing category of the challenge?

  3. Hi guys! I’m excited so many people are on board for this week’s challenge!

    I just wanted to say that if anyone has any challenges they’d like to issue, I’d be happy to include them. I mentioned in the comments that this one is aimed at one of my weaknesses (daily writing), but I would love to hear what other people want.

     

  4. Oh, I think I’ll try this this week. I have to pull together my research for a presentation in March and have not been focused enough to get it done.   *fingers crossed* that I don’t get super bogged down by class and Board studying.

  5. I missed this somehow last week, but this might be helpful.  I write fanfiction, too, and sometimes the muse plays hide-n-seek with me, even if I’m sticking to an outline.  Damn her.  *lol*

  6. Aren’t tweets 140 characters? (Not that 280 words isn’t a good daily goal, anyway).

    I was panicking when I saw the update in the open thread, but turns out I have written 1000 words this week after all! Being on a plane with my book already read, no magazine, and no electronic devices allowed was good for my writing.

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