3 Amazing Things That Will Happen If You Write for 12 Hours Straight

During my failed attempt to write a novella in 24 hours, I pushed myself through two 12 hour stretches of marathon fiction writing last weekend.

And yes… the project was somewhat insane… and at times rather dramatic

With my priority set at getting as many words down on paper as possible during each of the 12 hour slots, I came to the following three major realisations about myself and my writing in the process:

1. The ideas will keep coming…

No matter how many times I write myself into a corner on the way, in the end I can get to where I need to be to complete the story and my brain will keep delivering the necessary brainwaves to help me revise and revise again until I am done.

2. It is essential that I trust myself…

Nothing can go wrong as long as I trust myself and believe in my ability to write all of the books and short stories (novellas don’t seem to be my thing) that constantly float around in my head.

3. It’s possible…

I gained a heap of confidence, learning that I physically can write for 12 hours straight… even if that requires eating pizza over my keyboard and typing with greasy fingers.

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If you also have some experience with marathon fiction writing and would like to share the things you have learned in the process, please feel free to add them in the comments below.

Image Attribution:By Pink Sherbet Photography from USA (A Case of The Rainy Day Blahs) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

2 thoughts on “3 Amazing Things That Will Happen If You Write for 12 Hours Straight

  1. I’ve never “competed” in a writing marathon as dramatic as this one, but I have participated in NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo. Something I’ve learned from those experiences is that discipline and will power is everything. Also, writing doesn’t happen by itself.

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