Wednesday, 22 December 2010 16:01



It's like NaNoWriMo on speed. The Write-A-Thon will give you the rush and the accountability of a marathon without all the sweating! Yes, you can take years to write a book or you can get that first draft done RIGHT NOW! Why not? Sign up begin tracking your word count and connecting with other writers today!

About the Program

After years of writing and editing books at a breakneck pace, I’ve discovered that I like marathon writing. Although I can and have taken longer to write a book, I appreciate the focus that emerges when time is tight. In a deadline-bound writing marathon, all the crap of daily life falls away and the essential emerges. Plus, it’s just easier to clear out one’s schedule for a month or a series of weekends and work like crazy than to try to fit writing into everyday life.

Plenty of people have written books marathon style. Chris Baty, founder of National Novel Writing Month, believes that the deadline stands between most writers and their books. He created National Novel Writing Month to provide wannabe writers with the deadline they needed to complete a book. It worked. Every November, writers across the country participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) by writing a 50,000-word novel in thirty days. NaNoWriMo has given writers a once-a-year deadline for twelve years. Now you can get that deadline every month with Write-A-Thon, the proven writing program that gives writers the rush and accountability of a marathon without all the sweating.

How does it work?

Name your big hairy audacious writing goal (or even your teeny-tiny bold writing goal) and post it on your member page. Schedule your marathon and set your personal word counter. Then write and record your daily word count. Buddy with other writers to track each other’s word count. Post your member badge on your blog or on your Facebook profile to let other people know what you are doing. At the end of the write-a-thon, show the world you're a winner: grab a winner badge and post it. At the end of each write-a-thon, your counter resets to zero—so you can name a new goal and keep track of it all over again! Wow!

Need more support?

Write-A-Thon and the Write Now! Coach team are available to support you in a variety of ways!
Here’s how:

  • Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It) (Writers Digest Books, October 2011) will help you train for and finish the 26-day write-a-thon. The life skills, performance techniques, and writing tools presented in Write-A-Thon are based on scientifically validated research from positive psychology, inspiration from the world of marathon running, the author’s work as a writing coach, and the author’s personal experience of writing books fast.
  • Write Now! Weekly Writing Tips: Each week, members receive a weekly writing tip. More tips are available on our blog.
  • Write Now! Mastermind class: Each month, the Write Now! Coach hosts a live call with an author, agent, editor, or other publishing professional. Join us!
  • Write-A-Thon Coaching: Add one or more coaching sessions to help you schedule your Write-A-Thon, structure your book, or overcome writer’s block during the Write-A-Thon. After you've finished, we can help you compose your query letter, write a rocking good book proposal, or dream up your next big writing project. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to set up a complimentary consultation today.
  • Write-A-Thon Editing: So what do you do when you finish your big project? You get an editor. Our team is available to provide development editing (feedback on your book’s structure and content), copyediting (correcting grammar and improving format of your work) and everything in between. Contact our team for a complimentary consultation.

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