Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It's baaaack . . . Write-A-Thon Contest!

On Friday, November 4, 2011, Precision Editing Group will be sponsoring our 3rd Write-a-Thon, and we're inviting writers to show us how many words you can write in 4 hours! This will also be a great kick off for those of you who are doing NaNoWriMo.

The contest will open at 4:00 Mountain Daylight Time and end at midnight (You choose the best 4 hours during that period of time, or break it up and track your time). The person who writes the most words will receive their choice of a $50 gift card OR a 30 page content edit by one of the Precision Editing Group Editors ($60 value). Other prizes will be awarded to various winners, which include an autographed copy of Variant by Robison Wells, and an autographed copy of Pumpkin Roll by Josi S. Kilpack.

Here's how it will work:

1-The Write-a-Thon will officially begin at 4:00 Mountain Daylight Time on Friday, November 4, 2011.

2-The blog titled "Start Now: Write-a-Thon" will post at 4:00 MDT--you need to enter your starting time and starting word count in the comment section of the blog when you begin.

3-Write for four hours--set a timer if you need to! You can break up your four hours, but please do not exceed four hours of total writing time.

4-When finished, come back to the PEG blog and put your end time, end word count, and total words written in those 4 hours as another comment on the blog.

5-All "end time" posts must be posted by 12:15 a.m. that night (technically Nov 5), Mountain Daylight Time (we're giving you 15 minutes to tally your numbers). To calculate your times based on where you live, go HERE and educate yourself about time zones.

6-Please be honest about your word count and use your time to write REAL words. You are your own time/word keeper and we are trusting that none of our dearly beloved readers would sell their integrity for $50 or 30 pages :-) You must have posted a start comment AND an end comment to be eligible to win either of the prizes.

7-The winner will be posted on Saturday, November 5th here on the PEG blog.

We'll also be adding up everyone's words. We're hoping to hit 100,000 words in one night.

Feel free to spread the word to other writers (Facebook, Twitter, personal blogs), wherever they may live--send them here to read up on the specifics. This contest is open to anyone, anywhere. While the prizes are a perk, the true challenge is to see how much you can do in a four hour period of time dedicated to writing. Order pizza for the kids, put the cell phone on silent, TIVO Letterman, and let your fingers go.

*Please ask any questions here, we'll answer them as soon as possible.


Michael D. Young said...

I'm on board. Can't wait to try it.

Heather Moore said...

Yay, Michael!

Susan said...

Dang it! This always happens on a evening when I have something big going on. One of these days I'm going to do it.

Precision Editing Group said...

Susan, start at 4:00 and write as long as you can :-)

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

Awesome! I'm in.

Diana said...

Will it begin at 4:00 AM or PM?
(Sorry if that's a silly question.)

Amy said...

Yes!!! So excited.

Annette Lyon said...

4:00 *PM*

Thanks for asking--good question!

(I couldn't get up that early to write. Glad it's in the afternoon!)

Joanna said...

I have a silly question. What do you mean by "enter your starting word count?" When you start writing shouldn't the starting word count be zero?

Heather Moore said...

Joanna, you can do it either way. For instance, if you are already part way into a manuscript, say 26,000 words, then you can say "starting at 26,000 words" then at the end of the 4 hours, you'll put "end word count 29,500" or whatever it was, making the total word count 4,500.

Or you can just post when you are starting, and when you post your conclusion, you can just put in total word count: 4,500.

Hogan's Hero's Swim School said...

I'm in. How fun.

Stephanie Black said...

Aww, man. I'm currently in revision mode, so what I'm working on doesn't qualify. Maybe next time! Sounds like a blast. Though I wouldn't win anyway . . . I'm not that fast!

Luisa Perkins said...

If it weren't my birthday, and we didn't have dinner plans, I'd be in! Have fun, everyone.