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The Ten Day Checklist

March 5, 2021 admin 0Comment

It's March 5th, which means we only have 10 days left until the Stephen King Writing Challenge starts!

This writing challenge is a particularly tough one, and I want to make sure you're prepared before we get started. So I've created a checklist to help you get ready.

It's grouped by categories because, yes, I am that much of a dork.


Personal Life

  • Figure out what times you're going to block out for writing. You're going to need at least an hour a day, unless you're a world champion speed typist.
  • Practice being unavailable during those times. It's one thing to say you're going to be alone in a room from 4-5pm. It's another to actually do it when your friends and family are trying to hang out.
  • Let your loved ones know that you're doing the challenge, and what that means for your schedule. If they haven't heard of the challenge, point them to this page.
  • Identify any upcoming projects or obligations that you might have to focus on between March 15th and March 31st. Taxes, March Madness, Grandma's 70th birthday, etc.
  • Whenever possible, take care of those obligations early or get them rescheduled for April.

Writing Prep

  • Outline the stories and creative projects you're planning on working on. Not trying to start a war between the planners and the pantsers here, but I know from experience that a good outline will save your bacon in this challenge.
  • Make sure all project and story outlines have a general beginning, middle, and end. Nothing worse than having the time and space to work on a creative writing project, then realizing you don't know how it ends!
  • Make sure that you have more stories/projects on the docket than you can possibly work on. For example, I'm going to be working on my short stories for all 14 days, so I have 20 short story ideas planned.

Social Media Prep

  • Start posting the goals you hope to hit during the challenge on Twitter and Instagram using #StephenKingWritingChallenge
  • Review the social media platforms of writers who are also doing the challenge.
  • Send a DM to me (@LioFromOhio or @LeighWillWriteThat) or Tina Capricorn (@tinasammich or @tinacapricornwrites) to confirm you're ready to go!

Need extra help? Just let me or Tina know.


The 2021 Stephen King Writing Challenge

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