January, 2015, and Beyond: 5 Writing Challenges to Get In Gear for the Rest of the Year!



By Royal Proclamation of His Royal Highness King Steve, HEAR YE! Steve The WriMo Forum‘s big 2015 reboot is here!

Are you looking for a friendly, fun place to chat (and write) with fellow writers in 2015? Haven’t thought that far ahead? Well, how about a friendly place with lots of fun challenges just for January? Steve the WriMo Forum is that place! Check out our list of challenges for January and the rest of 2015:

JWJ – Just Write January:
Time to get in gear for the rest of the year! Pick a goal (word count, consistency, time), and just write! WIPs allowed. You can also use anything you do for other challenges (here on Steve or external) for this. Non word count goals allowed.

SSSS – Silly Stevian Story Share:
Take your characters on a mad world-hopping adventure! You may use any story idea you like, but the catch is that for each episode, the setting changes, thus changing your characters accordingly. Madness results! Share each episode with fellow Stevians, read along with others’ adventures, and give/receive kind words and encourage along the way. Above all, it’s low on pressure, but high in fun! The challenge goes from January 1st – March 31st, but participants may choose a shorter time frame if so desired.

10kh – 10,000 Hours Challenge:
So apparently it takes 10,000 hours of doing something to become really good at it. This is a catch-all bucket challenge with no time limit, where no matter how much or how little time you spend on doing something, you can’t truly lose. The idea is simple. Keep writing, and watch your numbers go up! Even your most fantastic flailing fish-flop failures pave the pathway to eventual success!

Non Word Count Goals:
Rebels? – I don’t see any rebels here. Know why? Because there aren’t any! Most Steve challenges allow non-writing based goals by default. Need to revise your draft? Need to create an outline or synopsis? There is no separate sign up for this one. Whatever your To Do list is, drop it in your PPT or add a shortened version to JWJ (or other monthly challenge), tick off the list as they get done, and watch your % complete rise.

Stevetallica – Win ‘Em All:
The idea is meta-simple. Win at least one challenege a month, and be crowned a Mighty Master of All by the great King Steve himself. Any challenge of any length counts, external like NaNo/Camp or special Steve ones, month-long or shorter, or even self-imposed goals for the month.



My Admin Went To The Internet And All I Got Was This Stupid Blog Post

Guest post by your lovely admin, Agent Double Oh Zero.

Good morning/afternoon/evening/night, Stevians and followers! This, by the way, is NOT a real blog post, NOT a real pep talk, and NOT, in fact, anything very much in particular except an affirmation to those lost souls wandering in from all corners of the internet that this blog is not in fact a cyberspace desert wasteland. To kick off our very first blog post and also the NaNoWriMo Panic Party and Doom’N’Gloomatorium, we have a lovely musical number.

There was a time when muses were kind.

When their nitpicks were soft,

And their thoughts exciting. 

There was a time I didn’t mind

Getting it wrong,

For wrong was right writing.

There was a time

Then it all went wrong. 

I screamed in dreams that NaNo’s nigh,

When tears ran dry

Excitement kicking

I know my muse will never fly,

I dream plot comes, and this clock’s ticking.

But I was young, my drafts unmade.

I filled my blog with endless chatter.

There was no castle to fall and fade,

No characters dead, no hope to shatter

But the doubts, they come at night,

Blight your brain and cramp your fingers,

As they rip your darlings apart

And they turn your book to slime.

I typed from fall to winter time,

And filled my notebook with snips that lingered

In my mind with nauseous rhyme

But they were gone when NaNo came.

But still I hope words come to me

That this story will be polished

But for that I’ll wait and see

Hell, now I just hope I finish

Now NaNo panic’s got me fit to scream.

-The lyrics of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ from Les Miserables were COMPATIBLE. They have now been UPGRADED by Agent Double Oh Zero

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m having a rough start to my NaNoWriMo. I fleshed out characters. I actually spent more time on my world than merely deciding to pants. I outlined hard. This was my October.

Be Prepaaaaaaaared!

Thus I have telepathically inserted this post’s theme song into your heads.

For October, that’s fine, but one thing they never tell you is that November requires a complete change of mentality. Suddenly you’re switching from administrator to crazed penmonkey. I want so badly to actually finish this month, but I know I couldn’t write a word until I consciously decided to ignore my outline. Then I spat out some 600 words, which I didn’t immediately want to trash. Don’t get me wrong, the outline helped. It gave me a rough starting point. So to those of you just starting, it’s time to let go of your doubts. Time to let go of conscious control, no matter how badly you want to control the details. As Ms. Frizzle would say, it’s time to take chances! Make mistakes! GET MESSY!

I know I may never be ready to be brilliant, but I think I am prepared to suck wonderfully.

How’s it going for everyone else so far?