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September 25, 2015

Write Up A Storm - Back By Popular Demand

Write Up a Storm

It's b-a-a-a-ack!

During our first event on April 20th, we wrote a whole book! The final word count for our first Write Up a Storm was 79,591 words.

We promised a follow-up event, and it's coming up just in time to jump start your engines for NaNoWriMo. Writers in the Storm is holding another "Write Up a Storm" event on Monday, October 12. It happens to be Columbus Day, so perhaps you'll even have the day off!

Held on our Facebook page, Write Up A Storm is a one-day sprint-writing bash, designed to motivate and sustain your writing throughout the day. Even if that day job impinges on your time, you can participate before work, during lunch and after hours.

To register: https://www.facebook.com/events/1679032802316238/

Every one of us will be there with you - here at the blog and over at the Facebook event page. Writing. Piling up word count. Supporting each other.

We'll be writing all day and keeping track of word count totals. You can post your word count in a comments for that Monday post, or at the end of every hour if you want to encourage others--or challenge them.

Here's a short list of simple things you can do to prepare for Write Up A Storm:

  1. If you're a plotter, work on that outline for your new idea. You don't have to finish the outline, but have enough to get you through three (or six) chapters.
  2. If you're a pantser, work your process so you've got the beginning of your story solidly ready to put words on the page.
  3. Know your characters–their motivation, their character arcs, what they want more than anything else in the world.
  4. Know what keeps your characters from getting what they want, whether it's another person, lack of something, like education, or maybe something from their past.
  5. Mark the date on your calendar. Set an alarm on your phone.
  6. Commit to a definite number of minutes–even if it's only ten–of solid writing time.
  7. Complete any research necessary to write the section you plan to work on.
  8. Contact other writer friends to participate for support. They will thank you on Tuesday, October 13, when they look at what they've accomplished.
  9. Finish routine chores like the laundry and grocery shopping during the week-end.
  10. Pre-cook meals for the day.

Are you willing to commit to writing on Monday, October 12? Are you willing to share your word count? How about sharing a tip to help all of us get ready?

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We look forward to seeing you at the event! Click here to register.

~ Fae, Jenny, Laura and Orly

Photo credit: Sierra Godfrey Fong

16 comments on “Write Up A Storm - Back By Popular Demand”

  1. I think I need this - so I'm giving it a try in spite of my very full Mondays. I think it will help me get through the day, too!

  2. Hey, Jenny ... this might be something I can do ... even though this year I'll be in the middle of a job-job 🙂 One question: Can I jump start after midnight that Sunday? I have truly weird hours. Oh and yes, I am so glad to be back with WITS after my long-winded break 🙂

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