Juliet’s Olympic Thoughts

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This isn’t a dutiful homage to the Olympic Games – you’ll get plenty of that elsewhere. And as an antidote to the coverage itself you can always watch the BBC’s Twenty Twelve, with the wonderful Hugh Bonneville.

But what if there was such a thing as the Writing Olympics? Which events would we have?

The equivalent of the 100m and 200m sprints could be haiku poetry and ‘flash’ writing. 400m – a short poem. 1500m – a short story. 5,000m – a novella. 10,000m – a novel. 26km marathon – a saga/bonkbuster. Relay – an anthology. Javelin – unfavourable reviews?!

And who would be the medallists in each event? Difficult to pick outright winners from so many different participants. Maybe, as with sport, it’s who performs best at a given time. And perhaps all writers deserve a gold medal for ‘staying the distance’, whatever their chosen event.

Any other Olympic thoughts on writing?

8 thoughts on “Juliet’s Olympic Thoughts

  1. And of course there’s all that training, all the hours that must be put into it. The commitment and refusal to give up and continuing through the sweat, blood and tears to reach your goal! And then if you are away from it a while it’s that uphill struggle to get back on form. Very topical Juliet and a great analogy :) X

  2. But what a wonderful idea, Juliet! For a publisher or group of publishers! A sort of giant literary comp with all the prizes (medals) awarded on a single day. And wouldn’t the relays be fun? 10 x 10,000 word novels or 5 x 1,000 word stories. I do like your idea for the Javelin. The discus I suppose would be the idea of something falling flat and skidding along the ground – best remaindered book on the market!

  3. I’m with Sarah – right now all I can think of are the lonely hours of effort and determination! Although each book feels like a marathon, I’ve learned, through long distance running, that the trick is to take it a step at a time – anyone can take a single step – but, if you keep going, all those steps will get you to the finish line.

  4. I already think writing is like ice-skating, so maybe we could have ‘Writing on Ice’? Where competitors have to write whilst under unfavourable physical conditions – cold, hungry, cramped etc. You know, like real life…

    Great idea Juliet!

  5. Love your ideas for the various categories, Juliet! Not sure anyone could write a whole novel in one day, but perhaps a team of writers doing one chapter each (following a strict outline)? Guess we’d better all get in some more training … :-)

  6. Thank you all for your comments – lots of excellent analogies there, LOL! No doubt some of you were ‘in training’ up at the RNA conference last weekend …

  7. Perhaps all the tea we drink when writing could be referred to as “doping”?

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