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For Writers: Quarantine Writers’ Challenge!

Most of us around the world are stuck inside due to a virus that came out of nowhere…and that really sucks. Except, as long as we’re healthy, we writers have been presented with an opportunity: more time to write!

With this in mind, I wanted to challenge you. For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It’s a month (April and October) where writers all around the world vow to write 50,000 words in one month. I “won” NaNoWriMo in October 2018, writing my MG fantasy story. I was unemployed and had a new idea, so I just went with it. It was hard but also easy! I loved it. The focus and challenge spurred me on…

And so, I thought we could do this now.


Of course, I have no idea how long quarantine, self-isolation, social distancing, lockdowns and all that will last. Therefore, it doesn’t seem appropriate to set a definite figure for us all to reach. Plus, some people are now stuck homeschooling their children and working from home, and it’s all a very unsettling time.

Instead, I propose this: write 1k a day for as long as quarantine measures last.

This means that we could end up with 30k words written in one month or much more than that! Either way, it sounds good to me. 1k isn’t too much to ask…

And I don’t think we should be so strict as to say that this needs to be 1k a day towards the same project. For me, at least, I think as long as you write 1k towards something, you’re all good!

For those in the editing stage of a project, perhaps you could set yourself the goal of editing 1-2k of your project every day instead?

Basically, I just wanted to set an intention for myself to write every day while I have extra free time now. Therefore, I thought I’d challenge all of you, too!


Rules & Ideas for the Quarantine Writer’s Challenge:

  • Write 1k every day
  • 1-2k of editing your current project(s)
  • No perfectionism! Just write something, anything!
  • Story writing
  • Novel writing
  • Poetry writing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Essay writing
  • Article writing
  • Blog writing
  • Comic writing
  • All genres
  • All age groups
  • Everything goes, just write 1,000 words!


How to keep track:

  • You could map out a grid for each month, or use your calendar, and put a word count for each day. Total it up at the end of each month.
  • You could get a notebook and write out a word count and total count each day, week and month.
  • You could set yourself a set figure, like NaNoWriMo’s 50k for April, if you so desire.
  • You could colour in a block grid for each 1k, 5k, 10k, 15k, 20k, 25k and so on as milestone trackers.


Good luck! Let’s see how much we’ve completed over the period of self-isolation. We might as well do something productive and have a focus during these uncertain times…

(I’ll probably update you at the beginning of May to see where I got to!)




S. xx

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