From 8:45 pm CST to 10:15 this Friday August 15 join us with the twitter hashtag #Chiwords
You do not need to write romance or be a part of RWA to join. The point is to encourage you to get some wordcount down with the online support of other writers.
Did I hear something about a prize?
There will be a prize. A book of romance fic-leanings from one of the many great books RWA conferences have netted me.
Why Write-ins are Awesome
Last year I joined my first blog accountability group. A group of YA writers decided they wanted to check in with each other weekly, so they did. As simple as that. I've done 3 different check-in challenges over the past year where I set my own weekly goals for writing, revision, critiquing--whatever, and then checked in.
The results: last year I drafted two manuscripts in 4 months. Yup. Two manuscripts. Four months.
These were first drafts*. One was for Nanowrimo, which has its own built-in word count goals and motivation system, but I don't think I would have attempted Nano last fall if I hadn't had so much progress with my other draft.
Checking in with other writers--whether it's word sprint check-ins on twitter, goals on blogs, or a simple text or phone call to a writer friend--works. Maybe overwhelming to some, but go ahead and try it. You might find you finish more than you would since others are counting on you.
*those unwieldy beasts which will be later dissected and torn apart, but without their existence THERE IS NO BOOK.
Hope to see you this Friday!
#Chiwords sponsored by: Chicago North RWA and Windy City RWA chapters
Additionally, Windy City's Four Seasons contest is currently open to entries through Sept. 30.