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April 6, 2016

Write Up A Storm Today!

Write Up A Storm No dateIt’s here. The first anniversary of Write Up a Storm.

We’re writing up a storm from 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 PDT. If you missed the tips, you can read them on our Facebook page.

Eighteen hours 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 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’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 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. PDT.

Fae Rowen‘s on duty from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PDT.

Orly Konig-Lopez will be onboard from 10:00 a.m. to noon. PDT.

Fae Rowen returns from noon to 7:00 p.m. PDT.  (Yes, I plan on getting a lot of writing done!)

Jenny Hansen runs totals and presides over the closing ceremonies from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. PDT.

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 and word counts on our Facebook page.

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.

11 comments on “Write Up A Storm Today!”

  1. What a great way to celebrate this milestone, Happy anniversary. You sure have given me lots to mull over in the past year.

  2. Fours hours in (well, a little more since friends from Germany started early) and we already have 15,043 words! Join us.

  3. Pinned, shared, and liked your page on FB. Happy Anniversary...and have fun! 🙂

  4. Ooooh, y'all are on FIRE over at the Facebook event. So proud of our peeps!! For anyone who ISN'T on Facebook, post your totals for the day here in the comments section. Can't wait to see what y'all have gotten up to. 🙂

  5. Major distractions today ... but was able to capture 1,389 words. Hope to do better, but it's progress!

  6. Thanks for joining us, even though you had those major distractions, Christopher. And thanks for adding to our word count!

    It's the numbers girl with our grand total for Write Up a Storm III, the first anniversary event. Drum roll, please. You racked up a whopping 57, 027 words! Absolutely fantastic! Such a great effort will surely pay off down the road.

    Thank you all for joining us, supporting everyone to continue through the hours--and for keeping your hands on the keyboard and your brains engaged in creating your amazing stories. Your future readers are so lucky!
    57, 027 freaking words. The power of community. Thank you all.

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