Writers in the Storm is having its annual “Writing Event” on Friday, April 13.
Write Up A Storm is a one-day sprint-writing bash on Facebook, 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. We’ll be here. Writing. Piling up word count. Supporting each other, from 6 a.m. EDT to 1 a.m. EDT. This is your chance to push toward completing your WIP for summer contests, pitches, and submissions.
The four of us will be monitoring and encouraging—and writing—throughout the day, although there will be some "unsupervised" blocks. Laura Drake will begin the day, followed by a three-hour non-assigned stint, then Julie Glover takes over and hands the reins to Jenny Hansen. After a three-hour non-assigned break, Fae Rowen will lead the final challenge into the night.
Beware those non-assigned time slots. Any or all of us may be checking in to see who's writing and comment or share what we're working on.
We’ll be writing all day and keeping track of word count totals from you, our fabulous readers. You can post your word count in a comment on Facebook during the day, and we’ll add it to the tally. You can post every hour if you want to and encourage others–or challenge them. Hmm, is this a WITS Throwdown in the making? We’re hoping that the combined word count will add up to a novella. Actually I’m hoping for a full-length book, but I'm a notorious optimist!
Here’s a short list of simple things you can do to prepare for Write Up A Storm:
- 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.
- 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.
- Know your characters–their motivation, their character arcs, what they want more than anything else in the world.
- 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.
- Read. When writers stop reading, they stop writing. So read to fill your writer well. Read like a reader and enjoy yourself.
- Mark the date on your calendar. Set an alarm on your phone.
- Commit to a definite number of minutes–even if it’s only ten–of solid writing time. Or commit to a word count for the day.
- Complete any research necessary to write the section you plan to work on.
- Contact other writer friends to participate for support. They will thank you on Saturday, April 14, when they look at what they’ve accomplished.
- Finish routine chores like the laundry and grocery shopping during the week.
- Pre-cook meals for the day.
Are you willing to commit to writing on Friday, April 13? Are you willing to share your word count? How about sharing a tip to help all of us get ready?