Thursday, May 29, 2014

Get Wordies 10kWritathon


Welcome to the insanity that is a bunch of writers attempting to write 10000 words in one day! Join us for 12 hours of writing sprints, encouragement, fun and lunacy as we write wordies in a mad dash for the finish line of our blogs, novels, non-fiction or poetry. 

The Rules:

1. Write as much as you want to - 10, 100, 1000 or 10000 words. You decide!

2. Have fun! If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right. 

3. Encourage and support yourself and fellow writers. Don't stress yourself out if you can only write half a sentence. Every word is progress. 

4. There is no need for your sanity, editor, perfectionist and grammar-Nazi. They are not allowed.

5. Remember to breath and breath. 

6.Ask for help if you get stuck.

Schedules will be posted here for the games, and updated before each 10K Writathon. You can join in using the hashtag #GT10kwritathon on Twitter, follow us @GetWordies if you have any comments, questions, suggestions or just want to follow a random person.

Next 10k writathon will begin June 14th, 2014 at 8:00amCDST (GTM:-5:00). You can use your own time zone and post at the end of every hour. Just follow along with the schedule below.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Wordsprint Schedule Changes Coming

I have had a few suggested times to run our wordsprints on Twitter. Here is your chance to give your two cents worth. I want  to make these sprints benefit as many as I can. Monday - Thursday times are needed. I try not to do them at the same time my other lovely sprinters are running theirs. When commenting please add time zones and GMT times if possible. We have many outside the US that participate.

As the schedule changes I will post here and on Twitter @GetWordies.

I am also working on a plan for more of our #1k1hr writathons. Today's was good but not many participated. That was to be expected with it being Memorial Day  (US).  Also I'd like to run a #10kwritathon sometime in June. Let me know if there is a day that works best for you or even one that will not work.

We will not do any kind of sprints on Fridays. That day is reserved for #writeclub over @FriNightWrites.

In July we will be doing at least 1 10kwritathon to help out with CampNaNo wordie counts. In addition to that more 1k1hr sprints too.

Please comment below about your preferences.

Happy Writing my Wordies.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Writing Marathon

Monday May 26th we will be doing several 1k1hr wordsprints. Starting at 12pm CDST (GMT:-5:00). We will do at least 4 1k1hr with 10 minute breaks. Reporting wordie counts, whether new or edited, will be when the hour is up. Do not feel you need to make 1000 wordies in the hour, any wordies are better than none. You don't not have to use the whole sprint for writing, sometimes family has to come 1st. If you are editing click here to see how to report wordies count. Use hashtag #GetWordies for all reporting or communicating during the writathon. If you didn't use the entire hour add the amount of time to you wordies count post.
All prompts are suggestions only as are break suggestions. Many find them exciting to add things that they wouldn't normally add to their plot.

We may do more than the 4 scheduled 1k1hr sprints, if we have many joining in. Though we'll need a break from 2:20CDST to 3:30CDST.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Got Writer's Block???

Have you sat at your desk or laptop and just stared at the screen not knowing where to begin or where you need to go? Well, that's writer's block. Don't deny it, we all have had this feeling.

What is writer's block you ask... It's defined as the problem of not being able to think of something to write about or not being able to finish writing a story, poem, etc.  I suffer from it several times a year if not a month. Here I will tell you what has helped me and other places to look for help. It is NOT the end of the world, you can get through writer's block. Trust me you can.

What I do to get past a block:

  • Clean the house (It makes me feel accomplished and it helps)
  • Change the place you write in (I go from my room to the kitchen to the living room)
  • Write every thought down no matter how small. ( I have a steno notebook in my purse, by my bed, in the bathroom and one downstairs)
  • If continuing a work, read over what you have, edit it if need be. (It gets you back into the story, poem, etc.)
  • Do word sprints on twitter or with friends. 
  • Work on characters (back story) that have yet to appear in the story-line.
  • Write a short story with a character from what you're working on.
  • Set a specific time to write, whether it's for 10 minutes or more.
  • Use writing prompts over at on Twitter and our page 'Sprint Schedules'
  • Grab that dusty old dictionary, open it to a page and point to a word. Use that word in a sentence ten words or less. (Gets your creative mind working).
  • Change your writing music. (I jump from meditation to 70's & 80's rock even some rap)
  • Schedule your writing blocks with 10-15 minute breaks in between. This allows you to write and do small tasks during the break. (Getting things done helps me feel accomplished, whether it's writing or housework)
Here are a few websites that might help. Each person varies when it come to writer's block and how to over come it. Try different things and find what's help.

    Top 10 Tips for Overcoming Writer's Block By Ginny Wiehardt
    The 10 Types of Writers' Block (and How to Overcome Them) by Charlie Jane Anders

    Friday, May 2, 2014

    ~~~Write and Edit~~~

    I am back and feeling better so our #wordsprint -s will begin back up. If you noticed we have been doing them this week already.

    Now that #CampNaNoWriMo is completed use our sprints for editing. As for wordie counts for editing, use the number of deleted and newly added words for your count. If tracking is difficult and your writing program does not track changes make a best guess or use sentences edited instead. When using sentences editing use hashtag #sentedit with #GetWordies. You can add #amediting to your post if you wish. That will let everyone know what you are doing.

    I have been running some sprints early morning CDST(Central Daylight Savings Time GMT:-5:00) Been running them about 8am here. These are just extra sprints and not normal. Watch for hashtag #GetWordies.

    Our word sprints on Fridays will be run at our usual time but if you are joining in #writeclub  @FriNightWrites you can just add #GetWordies to you count post so I can add encouragement for you.