You probably don’t write on an ancient typewriter, like the one in the picture above. Whatever works for you is great–but if you want to put some money on it, it’s even better.
For the past few weeks, writers participating in the Any Good Thing Writing Challenge have been pumping out words–400 x 5 days per week per person. While the March results aren’t in yet, here are the results of February’s Writing Challenge:
Folks who wrote 5 out of 7 days produced, on average, 13,698 words.
Our “highest volume” writer generated 16,432 words.
Our “most consistent” writer wrote for 25 days out of the month–blowing past the expectation of 20 days. This writer basically squeezed an extra week of writing into the month.
Our “highest daily average” was 1040 words.
Our group daily mean was 627 words per day of writing.
And collectively, AGT Writing Challenge participants wrote 99,983 words.
If these numbers are encouraging to you, I hope you’ll consider joining us for our April Writing Challenge, which starts April 3 and goes through April 29. Here’s how it works:
- You commit to writing at least 400 words each day for five days of the week, Sunday through Saturday. That’s 2000 words per week or 8000 words–an academic article, 16 blog posts, 8 book reviews, a chapter in a novel…whatever you are aiming for–in 4 weeks.
- Email me at email@example.com to let me know you are participating. Let me know your name, your email address, how you want to pay, if you want to join our FB group, and if you’d like an accountability partner.
- You send me a check for $20 to cover one month of participation or pay via PayPal. (Be BE SURE to mark the funds “friends and family” so I don’t have to pay a processing fee, please. I love hosting this Writing Challenge for free, but I can’t lose money on it.) I don’t cash your check…yet.
- Each day that you write, you email what you wrote to firstname.lastname@example.org. (No, I’m not going to read it, but, yes, I’m going to make sure it’s new words each day.) Include the word count in the subject line to make my life easier.
- If you write at least 400 words for 5 days a week for 4 weeks, you get all your money back. (Plus probably more.) That’s $1 per day of writing.
- If you write for 19 days of the 20, you get $17 back. If you write for 18 days, you get $14 back. If you write for 17 days, you get $11 back. If you write for fewer than 17 days, though, you surrender the full $20.
- Any funds surrendered for not writing the full 20 days go into a kitty that is divided between all those who wrote each of the 20 days MINUS $5 that will be awarded as a gift card to one 20-day-writer whose name is drawn at random.
This is a free exercise, so there’s no cost to participate (unless, of course, you don’t meet your goals), and all the money pooled goes back to participants.
To get started, just email me at email@example.com with the info requested in #2 above. If you can’t participate now, we’ll do it again in May.
Participation also gets you into our secret Any Good Thing Writing Challenge Facebook group and, if you want, an accountability partner you can email daily or weekly (as you prefer) to summarize what you’ve been working on and access to our Google Sheets check-in, so you can monitor your progress in the context of other participants. If there are other ways you want this group to be helpful to you, just let me know.