Monday, September 7, 2015

Time to Start the New Writing Season

Milk Wood

UPDATE: The daily 500 Word Snatch started September 14, Monday. For details, read below.

Summer flew by and we’re back to our routines, the writing one included.
For those of us who take writing very seriously, it’s time to plan ahead. So, I’d like to let you know about a few events I host. These events promote writing by using word-boosting techniques.
I present a prompt (its use is optional). The timer is set for 30 minutes and you aim to write at least 500 words. It’s that simple. You can work on anything you like, new material, your WIP, your blog posts; you can plot new stories or revise old material.

At this time of the year, many prefer to make use of these writing sessions to prepare for the upcoming NaNoWriMo.

Whichever your case may be, you’re welcome to join me at the following events.

Saturday 500 Word Snatch 
Goal: To write at least 500 words in 30 minutes.

I host the 500 Word Snatch write-in at Milk Wood in the virtual world of Second Life. The event takes place every Saturday at noon SLT (Second Life Time)/Pacific, 8pm PRT/UK.
This is a writing session. It’s not a reading or a critique session. However, if you’d like to have some help regarding a character you’re not happy with, a plot twist that doesn’t seem to be working, a setting that suddenly is not the right backdrop to a scene, feel free to ask for feedback.

Daily 500 Word Snatch
Goal: To write at least 1000 words in 2 periods of 30 mins with a break of 10-15 mins.

It’s not easy to have the time and the peace of mind to sit down to write amidst the demands of our busy lives. So, it’s important to have a schedule that helps us get organized.
To provide a friendly writing group and promote a writing routine, I plan to host daily write-ins at 2am SLT/Pacific, 10am PRT/UK in Milk Wood, Second Life.
During September (starting date to be announced) and October, the daily 500 Word Snatch write-in will take place Monday-Thursday. In November, I’ll host it Monday-Friday.
The daily 500 Word Snatch is hosted especially for writers in GMT+ time zones, nonetheless everyone is welcome.

Twitter Word Scrimmage (to be confirmed)
Goal: To boost your word count during the NaNoWriMo. The person who writes the largest amount of words is declared the winner. 

Most likely and for the third consecutive year, I’ll host a weekly word scrimmage on Twitter.
It will take place every Wednesday throughout the day for 12 hours. My shift will start at 2pm PRT/UK and last for 30 minutes, followed by a 30 minute break till the next host takes over.

UPDATE: The Twitter Word Scrimmage of the Virtual Writers didn't take place this year.

As you can see, there’ll be plenty of preparing and writing within the next few months.
Plan ahead and try to set up a writing routine. Let your family and friends know about it and ask them to respect the times you’ll be working on your story. It’ll save you a lot of stress, believe me!

Should you have any question, feel free to IM me in-world in Second Life or send an email to Join me. I’ll be happy to welcome you at one of my events!

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