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April 20, 2015

Write Up A Storm Today!

It's finally here.

We're writing up a storm from 4:00 a.m. to midnight PDT. 

Twenty hours (almost) of opportunities to connect with others, meet goals, and get your words "on paper."

We'll be writing from the top of every hour for fifty minutes. In the interest of health, we've planned a ten minute break at the end of every hour for walking around and other physical necessities. (If you need to work on a different schedule, say around breaks and lunch at work, that's fine. Keep track of your progress and, when you get a chance, let us know how you're doing.)

During that ten-minute break, you're welcome to post your word or page counts and anything else in the comment section here at the blog or on our Facebook Event page. (No other electronic "stuff" which might end up being a time sump and stealing your planned writing time!) We'll tally numbers and post them every hour. Or so. Heck, we'll be writing, too!

We've made our first goal-a hundred commitments to join us during the day.

We're hoping for at least a novella-length combined word count. (I'm betting we can get a novel's worth of word count.)

You can commit to hours or only a fifteen minute block of writing time. Just follow through on your goal. That's how you finish a book. And today is a chance to make headway on finishing your book. As Laura Drake says, "You can't sell a book if you haven't finished one."

So let's support each other and make this fun. Because it can be, with a community. Writing is, by nature, a solitary endeavor. That doesn't mean you have to feel alone. Join us.

Here's your dance card:

Laura Drake will start the party from 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Fae Rowen's on duty from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Orly Konig-Lopez will be onboard from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Jenny Hansen runs totals from noon to 3:00 p.m.

Fae Rowen is the clean-up batter from 3:00 p.m. to midnight. (Yes, I plan on getting a lot of writing done!)

Of course, we'll all be checking in throughout the day, even when we don't have "formal" responsibilities.

You can let us know you're writing as you begin, or you can share what you've accomplished when your writing stint is finished.

Today's the day. 

Write Up A Storm.

Share your experiences in the comments.

Fae Rowen

Fae Rowen discovered the romance genre after years as a science fiction freak.  Writing futuristics and medieval paranormals, she jokes  that she can live anywhere but the present.  As a mathematician, she knows life’s a lot more fun when you get to define your world and its rules.

Punished, oh-no, that’s published as a co-author of a math textbook, she yearns to hear personal stories about finding love from those who read her books, rather than the horrors of calculus lessons gone wrong.  She is grateful for good friends who remind her to do the practical things in life like grocery shop, show up at the airport for a flight and pay bills.

A “hard” scientist who avoided writing classes like the plague, she now enjoys sharing her brain with characters who demand that their stories be told.  Amazing, gifted critique partners keep her on the straight and narrow. Feedback from readers keeps her fingers on the keyboard.

When she’s not hanging out at Writers in the Storm, you can visit Fae at http://faerowen.com  or www.facebook.com/fae.rowen.


39 comments on “Write Up A Storm Today!”

  1. I'm starting at 9 a.m. Laura- how do you manage to get up so early to write? I would love to discover your secret for that since I work everyday but Monday and either have to write before work or after the kids are in bed!

    1. Lindsay, she goes to bed by 8 pm, right when I'm revving up, and we often chat in the morning, when she gets up and I'm going to sleep. It works for us. 🙂

  2. Fae, this is one of those days when my life is not my own. Soooo, I will be joining you at the tale end tonight around 7pm EST ... about 5pm PDL. See ya'all later 🙂

    PS: lately life has been throwing me so many curves my writing schedule looks like Swiss cheese ... but I rationalize that if I at least get something done every day. Thank God for rationalizations ... "they're more important than sex." 🙂

  3. Ha, ramblings! I'll be here this afternoon...waiting for you to join us. (Hope those curves don't snag you!)

  4. You bet, Tracy. Just follow the link to our Facebook event page to comment, read announcements and post your word counts. Glad you're able to join us!

  5. Finally got here. I'm just now starting so start me at 3 pm until or do we have a total of hours we can work that will count? No matter I'll still be tapping keys.

    1. We've got almost eleven hours left on the Storm clock, 50at70, so feel free to Write Up a Storm for as long as you want! We'll be collecting word count until midnight, West Coast time, so you can write into the wee hours of the morning!

    1. Ride that horse, Lily. Years ago that happened to me and I didn't write for a long while. Dumb sulk time. The story didn't go away--and it was better when I wrote it again. Write Up A Storm!

  6. Started at 4am. Taking a short break now. This has been an awesome event for me. Thank you so much! I didn't know I could do what I'm doing.

    1. Hurray, Judy. You never know until you try. Want to share a word count for our grand total?

      1. Total of 13,524. Started at 4AM and ended at 10:18PM Cali time. Thank you! I did not know I could do this. I'm doing it again. I think my whole writing process just changed.

        1. Wow, Judy! You rock! Congratulations, and thanks for the word count. (I feel like the greedy Cookie Monster, except I'm collecting word counts!)

    1. Right, C.K. We're still "on" for two more hours. We may be bleary-eyed, but join us anyway!

  7. Well crossed eyed but smiling I have logged in 1003 words. I put in a question twice but have not seen it process so far. I also input corrections in on 6 chapters of a rewrite corrections and additional new material but I don't know how we could count it. It was
    37 pages I think. Not sure but if it counts I'll go back and check. It felt real good to have the creative juices churning again. I had begun to think it was all over but now I know it is still there, just hiding.

    Thanks so much all the staff for the extreme effort this endeavor this took. It was a God send for me. So Fae and all still tapping, before DH wakes up, the pup and I are headed for the bed.
    Thanks again and nite.

    1. Thanks for checking in, 50at70. At roughly 250 words per page, that 37 pages of revisions and new material racks up a substantial word count. I'm going to add in your 1003 words and lots more for your pages to update our word count. (I have to admit, I became obsessed with the word count.)

      Congrats on all that great work!

      1. I am so glad you let me know. I had begun to think I was lost and had been set afloat with no paddle. But I decided that if none of it counted I was the big winner anyway. I was writing and and words were flowing out like they used to. I can't thank you guys enough. WOW I am so happy.

  8. In the final three hours, the Night Owls came through with 21,722 words!

    Our grand total for our first Write Up a Storm is 79,591 words.

    You are amazing. Absolutely amazing.

    Thank you for making this happen today.

    Thank you for making Write Up A Storm a success.

    See you back at the blog on Wednesday.

    Love from Laura Drake, Orly Konig-Lopez, Jenny Hansen, and Fae Rowen

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