And now… a motivational message.

Today is February 16th, which means that those of us who are participating in Febnowrimo have just hit our halfway point.  I volunteered to offer the midway motivational message.  So here it is!

 Neil Gaiman says...

Neil Gaiman says…

My original goal was just like November – 50,000 words.  This averages to 1,667 words per day. THEN reality came to call.  Drear Mundania stomped in, tracked mud all over my carpet and put its grimy feet up on my couch.  I’ve just passed 17,000 words and there’s little hope I’ll make my original goal.  I’m feeling the weight of a lot of unexpected pressures right now.  Maybe I’ll just quit.

give up

Oh, heck no.  Not going to happen.

We can start with cliché.  Anything worth doing is worth doing well.  However, if that isn’t working, fine.  Don’t stand on perfection.  Don’t worry about the world or what they think.  Just WRITE.

atwood

Writing grows as you do.  Your idea will take shape around you.  The key to it all is to start, and not to stop until it’s done.

steinbeck

GO WRITE!

 

Of Writing Sprints and FebNoWriMo

I was reading over Twitter about a year back and I came across the account from Jane Espenson (@JaneEspenson).  Her career has the power to make me cry with envy.  As a producer she’s worked on such shows as Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica and Once Upon a Time.  She’s doing amazing things with her current project Husbands.  And there she was!  On Twitter!

Almost at once she sent out a tweet, asking anyone who saw it to participate in a writing sprint with her.  I thought it was a wonderful idea!  Just one problem.  What’s a sprint?

It turns out a “writing sprint” is when a group of writers gather together, either physically or in cyberspace, to totally ignore each other and everything around them.  We do one thing, and one thing only – we WRITE, at least for that designated amount of time.  The typical sprint is anywhere from 15-30 minutes.  After that you break and compare word counts, which hopefully will motivate you to focus while you’re writing.

I found out quickly I’m not a great fan of writing “sprints”.  For me 15 minutes is just getting started.  Even an hour is a drop in the bucket.  And while I love being in such illustrious company, Ms. Espenson can only host a sprint when her schedule allows.  So we both have to hopefully be on at the same time.

I went in search of another group.  Fortunately, I found a great one pretty quickly on Facebook – Endurance Writers.  Now THESE guys speak my language!!  Forget this 15 minute stuff – they’re hardcore.  The shortest “sprint” I’ve ever seen this group schedule is 2 hours, with a 7 minute break in between.  The longest I’ve seen is 6 hours, with different members hosting part of the session.  It’s fantastic!!  Not to mention productive.

This group has decided to find out if we can re-enact Nanowrimo this month.  Since it’s 30 days long in November, it will extend 1 day in both directions, beginning January 31st, and ending on my birthday, March 1st.  I didn’t have to think long before I agreed to join.  Writing with others is a fantastic motivation, but when they try for a word count of 50,000 in 30 days, it’s possible to make serious progress.

To that end I’ve included a new word count widget on the sidebar, which will track my progress this month.  Wish me luck!