How to Succeed in the Challenge

The thought of writing 50,000 words in just 30 days may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.¬†There are ways to succeed and, if you follow these, you will make it.

The main thing to remember, is that this is the first draft. The first draft is where you get all your ideas down on paper, or the screen, so that you can go through these and put them in a way that makes sense by adding to them and removing those things that just make no sense. This is all dealt with in the second draft, third, fourth, etc depending on how many you want to do.

The important lesson that I always give myself, is that the first draft is written with your heart, and future drafts are written with your head.

It really does not matter if a comma is in the correct place or if a word is spelt correctly, as this can all be dealt with in future drafts. DO NOT look back, as this will most likely mean that you will fail the challenge. What you have written is already there and you want to be looking forward, change it in future drafts.

You will find times when it seems that you are just not getting anywhere, but this is the same for everyone. Week two can be the hardest one, but it does get better in week three, and week four does seem to be the easiest.

You want to aim for 1,666 words a day to reach the target, and you really should try to go for this, but in reality there are days when you just won’t manage it, but other days when you will find yourself flying. If you do find that you are doiing really well one day, there is no reason to stop, as this will help you to make up for those off-days.

The Facebook group is there to provide support, so make use of it. We will be doing regular posts throughout the challenge, as well as organising sprints, which are when we set a timer and we all write as much as we can of ourt book, as fast as we can. You’ll be surprised how well you do when you are not thinking about all those rules, which just get in the way.

Bridgwater Book Challenge Facebook Group

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Preparation Articles

The Challenge
Your Approach to Writing
Choosing Your Software
How to Succeed in the Challenge