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This SOB took off like no one’s business with 2012’s inaugural outing, so here are some things you should know:
- Please update at least once a week. Some people loved holding on to a month’s worth of daily counts and then turning them in all at once, but keeping the numbers up to date is a manual process for me. I’m doing my part, so PLEASE help a girl out.
- When submitting more than one day at a time, please put a comma, semicolon, dash, etc, to separate the counts by date.
- If you add on to a daily count already turned in, please note whether the count is the new total or to be added to the previous submitted total.
- Any problems, questions, concerns? Please just email me, or ask it via the Twitter hashtag.
Yet each day, we allow a dozen or more distractions (from bonafides like family and work, to internet rabbit holes) to take us away from our goals. Having participated in NaNoWriMo 2011, I came away from the experience understanding the importance of support from fellow writers on the same quest.
I didn’t go it alone. I had friends reaching for the same accomplishment right beside me. We talked, we laughed, we commiserated, we cheered.
And most unbelievably, I crossed the finish line for the first time.
Much like NaNoWriMo (though with no budget to speak of), #WIP500 is here to connect writers on a simple quest. Consider it your 2014 writing resolution.
Commit yourself to 500 words per day on any work(s) in progress. Do 500 words on 1 story. Do 100 words on 5 stories. Just follow your muse or cattle prod or whatever gets you writing and go with it.
If you saw the math at the top of the page, you know that in 365 days you could write 182.5K words. Imagine how many stories you will tell.
Please do not include everyday blogs (unless your goal is to be a prolific blogger). This is the honor system, though. No one is going to check over your work to make sure you really have 500 words. The words you count should be the ones you genuinely believe further your writing goals.
I say ‘can’ because it’s all optional. If you want to lurk in the dark corners rather than announce your participation, that works. As long as you’re writing.
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