With summer over and my book officially launched, it’s time for me to get back to writing. Since I work full time, I write evenings and weekends. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the motivation to work after, you know, work. I’ve found two things that work well for me. The first is the Freedom app, which puts me on internet lockdown during my write time.
The other is a good #wordwar.
What is a #wordwar?
Usually these are impromptu invitations sent out by writers to other writers on Twitter (using the hashtag #wordwar). The writers determine a game length, say 45 minutes or an hour. At a set time, the writers focus and get down to writing. Then, when the game time is up, all the writers check back in on Twitter with how many words they managed to write. Sometimes writers will play several rounds. The goal is simply to encourage each other to focus and work, and you’d be surprised how many words you can crank out when you feel accountable to someone.[line]
Want to #wordwar with me this weekend?
Did I mention these were impromptu games? That’s great, except I thought it might be helpful to make a few dates and times when we can meet up to write. To that end, I’m going to play 1 hour #wordwar games, beginning at the times below. Play one time or all of them depending on your schedule. Let’s get down to the business of writing.[messagebox title=”#wordwar length – 1 hour each round – All times are PST”]Saturday, 9/8 – Check in 5 minutes prior to the start time. Game begins at start time.
12: 30 PM
Sunday, 9/9 – Check in 5 minutes prior to the start time. Game begins at start time.
12: 30 PM
5 PM[/messagebox] [check]Rules at a glance:
- Check in 5 min. before start time by tweeting using the hashtag #wordwar. Not sure how to do that? See here.
- Write for one hour
- When the hour is up, check back in using #wordwar with the number of words you wrote in the hour.
- A half-hour break occurs between each round to offer a chance to stretch.
- It will look like this. Check in at 10:55 AM, write from 11 AM – 12 PM, check in at 12 PM, take a break before next round.
- Repeat, if you like.[/check]