This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
Battling procrastination is a constant struggle for most writers, but with studies estimating the decline in economic output in the UK alone to be around £4 billion during the 2014 World Cup, it seems productivity is set to take an even steeper hit than usual.
Thankfully Penguin UK has unveiled a better (or at least more literary) way to waste time during the month-long sporting event. Targeting book lovers around the globe, the UK publishing house has assembled 16 teams composed of its greatest writers, representing 16 countries, to compete in the Penguin Cup.
While a lot of imagination will be required throughout the tournament (what with most of the writers being dead and all), it’s sure to be a fun World Cup alternative for the world’s literati. Matches haven’t started yet, but the build up certainly has. Spectators can follow the commentary and team lineup reveals on Twitter by using the #PenguinCupNews hashtag.
We’re feeling pretty good about our chances with the likes of William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie and J. K. Rowling taking to the pitch on England’s behalf (step away from the poisoned teacup now, Agatha).The USA is no doubt feeling equally confident, however, thanks to heavyweight midfielders David Foster Wallace, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Place your bets, book nerds. It could be anybody’s game.