Welcome back! Thanks for stopping by again, or if you’re just checking us out, thanks for your interest! I know we promised a fantastic post by the lovely Taylor Eaton (and there is certainly one coming), but first thing’s first: we’re on Sprint Watch, and we’ve sighted two awesome word count initiatives for the month of October!
It’s no secret that avid sprinters are crazy motivated, but it seems like our fellow word counters are stepping their writing goals up a bit this year. Normally, we’re all fidgeting anxiously by now, awaiting NaNoWriMo with chewed up pencils and caffeine at the ready. Maybe some of us are scribbling away at outlines, while others are preparing mentally to tackle the 50k word challenge from scratch. But this year, others are so excited for NaNoWriMo that they’ve started a month early!
The first sighting was that of #NaNoWarmUp, an awesome exercise in which writers stretch their literary muscles and take their characters for a jog around the block to prepare for November. The challenge: write 25k words, roughly 806 per day, in the month of October. That’s half of NaNoWriMo!
The #NaNoWarmUp challenge is the brainchild of Kat Zhang and Savannah J. Foley of the Pub(lishing) Crawl blog. Sprinters who participate on Twitter and on the NaNoWarmUp blog itself can earn some serious wordsmithing cred as well as fun goodies, such as free books!
But if you’re one of those awe-inspiring writers who bowls over the 50k minimum every NaNo, 25k may be a piece of cake. So, if you’re looking for an even tougher challenge, you might want to consider trying…
Just flat-out impatient for NaNoWriMo to start? That’s okay—it’s awesome, and we’re eagerly awaiting it too! If you’re about done tapping your foot, you can hop in on #OctoWriMo for a 50k writing challenge and earn your #NaNoWarmUp trophy in the process.
This hashtag was created by Katie O’Shea, who apparently decided two books are better than one and took it into her own hands to extend NaNoWriMo to October. Participants can write one 50k book in October and one in November, or write one longer novel over the two month span. The original rules for NaNoWriMo are that you begin and finish a book of a minimum of 50k words, but who will know if you just continue your #OctoWriMo project? We won’t, unless you confess. ;)
Katie also provides some fun giveaways on her blog to participating sprinters, so be sure to check it out!
Are you as excited as we are? We’re already well into October, but with numerous #WriteClubs and other planned sprints ahead, there’s still time to get cracking on your October NaNo feats! If you don’t have time, that’s okay, but we expect to see you in November. ;)