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60k Challenge

Post by Zach on Mon May 26, 2014 5:36 pm

I've been slowly working myself up to being able to write 2,000 words a day consistently. Next month I'd like to do this EVERY day, so I'm making this challenge thread. Think you can pump out 60k in a month? Join me and give it a shot. If you are interested, just post below. It would be nice to have a few others doing it too for motivation's sake.


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Re: 60k Challenge

Post by Yellowsocks on Mon May 26, 2014 5:47 pm

cant do 2k - but am doing 500 pd for all of 2014

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Re: 60k Challenge

Post by Zach on Mon May 26, 2014 6:15 pm

Hey, it's all good. You should totally still stop in here once we get rolling next month. Writing is writing and words are words.

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Re: 60k Challenge

Post by victorya on Mon May 26, 2014 10:06 pm

I needs to do this but me and motivation are on the outs right about now. Still, will try to reconcile
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Re: 60k Challenge

Post by J_Kyle on Tue May 27, 2014 4:13 am

I was planning on doing 50k next month, but I could bump it up to 60. I'm trying to work out some better habits for writing this year, so that seems like a good goal to aim for. After all, you know what they say. Shoot for the moon; if you miss, you'll float in the black emptiness of space until you die of starvation.

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Re: 60k Challenge

Post by Zach on Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:19 am

Here we go! Day one. Best of luck!

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Re: 60k Challenge

Post by J_Kyle on Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:30 pm

How many people are doing this, anyway? Just the two of us?

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Re: 60k Challenge

Post by Zach on Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:44 pm

I guess. Anyhow, I got 2019 words today. Woo!  Def 

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Post by Zach on Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:45 pm

Well, it sounded like Victorya was in, so three?

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Re: 60k Challenge

Post by J_Kyle on Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:55 am

Ah, cool. I'm still down even if it's just the two of us, but the more the merrier.

Zach wrote:I guess. Anyhow, I got 2019 words today. Woo!  Def 

Nice! I'm shooting for like 10k over the first three days so I'll have some leeway. I'm bound to miss a day later on, and I'm much better at building up a buffer than I am at closing the gap.

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Re: 60k Challenge

Post by Zach on Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:43 am

Took a bit of a hit today and only ended up with just over 1k. I'm cat sitting until Wednesday (my friend has 10) and that has thrown off my routine a bit. Confident I can make that bit up though. Just too tired after work today. Lame sauce, but I'll deal.

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Re: 60k Challenge

Post by J_Kyle on Sun Jun 08, 2014 7:37 pm

Traveled this weekend so I didn't get much writing done. Fortunately, I'd actually gotten a few thousand words ahead at one point earlier in the week, which puts my day eight grand total at...

Sixteen thousand flat.  Rolling Eyes 

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Re: 60k Challenge

Post by J_Kyle on Sun Jun 15, 2014 7:16 pm

Halfway through, and a stately seven words ahead of schedule.

An astounding amount of those words are just last-minute freewrites from day to day, but it's surprising how much usable stuff I'm getting overall. I've already earmarked a handful of "hey, maybes" to go back and look at.

Once I have time to revise, that is.

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Re: 60k Challenge

Post by J_Kyle on Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:27 pm

Home stretch now. Anyone still in this thing?

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Re: 60k Challenge

Post by catmgrant on Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:47 am

I wish I could've done this, but 60K words in one month is a tall order. I try to at least write 100 words day though, which doesn't sound like much, but it adds up. It is a more reachable challenge when I'm struggling to steal hours in the day to do *any* writing.

For those who did this--what is your strategy to write that much? Was it productive in the sense that you wrote material worth keeping?

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Re: 60k Challenge

Post by J_Kyle on Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:58 pm

Finished last night an hour before deadline!

Strategy wise, I did a lot of standalone scenes, and a good number of character intros and interactions that didn't take place in any existing story. I had a good number of free writes near the end of bad days as well, but I tried to keep to some rules.

For one thing, I tried not to let the little stuff outweigh the more important writing. So if I wanted to do a five hundred word free write, I needed to move five hundred words of actual plot first (usually in a story that I'd been working on). Some of those free writes and scenes ending up developing into full stories as well, which gave me an excuse to do MORE free writes. There was a good bit of word count padding, but I got a handful of useful first drafts out of it that I might not have otherwise written.

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