July 29, 2013 by Ifeoma Dennis
So yesterday on Twitter, some awesome writers agreed to join me in the August Marathon…yay!! Super excited this dream is about to come true…we’re about to embark on a very productive marathon!!
So far, there are eight of us-
UPDATE Aug 10: Amy McNulty, Amy Trueblood, Beth, Christie, Connie, Eliza, Emma, Farah, Jayd, Jennifer, Jessica, Jo, Karen, Kelli, K.K Hendin, Kristy, Krystal, Laurie, Lauren, Leslie, Lindsay, Lindsey, Lori, Megan, Mikaila, Natalie, Poppy, Rene, Rory, Roselle, Sara, Sarah, Sarita, Stacey, Suzanne, Tabitha, T.A Brock, Talynn and Tawney ARE joining us too! Yayyy! And yes, Amanda‘s done with her outlines so she’s joining us. Double yay!!
I recommend we follow each other on Twitter because we’d be writing besties henceforth! 😉
If you’re reading this and you want to join us, you’re free!! All you need to do is…join! lol
And whether you’re drafting or revising, this marathon would work for you…
Here’s the plan.
1. Using #wipmarathon on Twitter:
– What we can use the hashtag for:
- Announce your proposed goal for the day everyday on Twitter
- Update daily word count/scene count/chapter count before going to bed
- Find out who’s writing at the same time with you.
- Talk about anything that’s bugging you while writing…anything!
We’d inspire each other on our weak writing days, that’s the most important thing.
2. A weekly Check-In every Saturday (because the last day of August falls on a Saturday too):
I’d put up a linky tool here every Saturday morning EST so you can link back to your posts, and everyone else will check out each other’s posts and offer encouraging words. Since we’re not that much, I don’t think it’d be a daunting task.
Here’s the format of our weekly check-ins, just so we can keep things organised.
Blog Post Title: WIPMarathon Check -In #1 (or the succeeding number)
Last Check-in Wordcount + ChapterCount (+ scene count if you’re revising):
Current WC + CC (or SC):
WIP Issues this week: And how you fixed them, if you did. If you didn’t, we can help you solve it!
What I learnt this week in writing: Anything new you learnt from a book on writing, or a blog article that helped you improve your writing. Even if there’s nothing new you learnt, share one writing tip with us!
What distracted me this week while writing: Any fun or not-so-fun thing that happened, or that you did. Just share!
Last 200 words: This means the last 200 words you typed before writing your update! This is optional, but I think it’d be fun! And it help us to close our scenes/ chapters on a tense note.
N.B: It’s not compulsory you do the check-in posts, you’re free to only use the #wipmarathon hashtag on Twitter but it’d be nice if you do both so we can get a more detailed feedback from each other every week.
ONE LAST THING:
We’ll have to do our first check-in BEFORE the FIRST of August! It’d be a sort of introduction and I have a linky text tool here so we can all link back. It’d be closing July 31!
This is going to be the format for the introduction:
Blog Post Title: WIPMarathon Intro
Marathon Goal: You’re free to ramble here. Tell us what you want to achieve. A novel in a month? 5K? You can do it 🙂
Stage of writing: Writing your first draft or the tenth? Revising? Do tell.
What inspired my current project: Share with us! And the genre too.
What might slow down my marathon goal: Maybe if you write it down, you can conquer it?? Hehe
Let me know if you have any suggestions to add!
Apparently, you have to click on the linky tool below to link back to your own introductory post before the first of August. It’s going to open on another page (because my blog is not self-hosted). But that’s still cool!
On the first of August, we’ll check out everyone’s goals AND get to business.
So bring it on, August! Let’s DO THIS. Because I know we can.