For the third year in a row, we’re doing the SixTAY Days of Writing challenge here on TAY, with one difference: It’s happening two months ahead of schedule!
With COVID-19 keeping many of us inside, I asked you if you’d be interested in having the event come early, and enough of you were! So to help stave off cabin fever, we’re inviting anyone and everyone to participate!
Here’s how it works: From the dates of April 2 to May 31—a span of 60 days—I challenge each of you to write and publish one article on TAY every day that you are able!
That sounds scary, but it is possible, and you can do it!
There is one formatting rule: Tag each article you write as part of this challenge as “SixTAY Days of Writing 2020.” That’s it!
Yes, this challenge is difficult, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. In past years, participants have shared how it’s improved not just their writing, but their discipline, patience, and acceptance with imperfection as well.
“But I’m afraid that what I write won’t be good enough if I only have a day to write it!”
It’s more important to write something for this challenge than it is for that thing to be super long or brilliantly written. Don’t be embarrassed about making something that you aren’t 100% happy with. Just try to focus on writing about topics you’re keen on and that passion will come through.
“I’ve never posted on TAY before! How do I get started?”
As long as you respect others, you are absolutely welcome here! Please read this guide on how to get started writing on TAY.
“Dude, I live a busy life! I won’t be able to write an article every day!”
I get it. Life is busy. This is not an “all or nothing” challenge. If you’re able to write even 20 articles in a span of two months when you usually write eight (or none at all!), that’s still a very impressive accomplishment! If you honestly run out of time for one day, publish what you have if it makes sense on its own. If you’re going to write at your usual rate, you can just carry on writing how you want separately from this challenge. And it’s never too late to jump in, even in the last week!
“But what if I can’t think of something to write about?”
As far as the subject matter, TAY mainly focuses on video games and anime, but don’t let that constrain you! If you have a story or thoughts on any topic you think is worth telling, then go for it! Bonus points if you can tie it back to one of TAY’s main interests, but it’s not a prerequisite. I recommend keeping a journal of some sort to write down ideas for articles. Just jot down something interesting that you think you could write a few paragraphs about.
“I already have a running series/ open forum on TAY. Can I use that as part of this challenge?”
Absolutely! If you already publish something weekly, you’ve already got your idea for eight articles! TAY already has people hosting all of its open forums, so don’t host your own without permission, but you are absolutely free to host a debate as long as you engage with commenters!
Feel free to ask any questions about this event in the comments! If you want to join, please say so in the comments, and I’ll add you to a list on this post throughout the event. But you can join at any time just by using the tag!