Virtual Write-In, Anyone?

July 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm (Uncategorized)

As you all know by now, I’m a very effective procrastinator… if I’m writing at home, there will be any number of distractions to hand, usually things like laundry, Jeremy Kyle, the garden (oo! butterfly) and ice cream.

I’m sure there are quite a few of you out there who may be trying to get WIPs finished, edits done and rewrites conquered. So if you would care to join me, I would like to suggest a virtual write in on Twitter this Thursday 7th July.

What I suggest is that, starting from 10am, we write in 30 minute sprints – followed by 30 minutes break to discuss/show off/wail about how many words we’ve done, make a cup of tea, hang the washing out, put the dinner on etc. Then back again for another 30 minutes at 11am, followed by a break, and so on until we all get bored or have more pressing things to do.

Writing with other people, even just virtually via Twitter, works well – I do this a lot during Nanowrimo – it encourages you to carry on, especially if everyone else is doing better than you! And limiting breaks to 30 minutes stops you getting permanently distracted by something that was only supposed to take ten minutes.


If you’re going to join in, come and play on Twitter – just before 10am if you can, but if not, feel free to leap in at any time. Do one 30 minute burst, or do several – see how the mood takes you on Thursday. I suggest we can use the hashtag #vwi if it helps.

I’m aiming for 2,000 words on Thursday, and possibly those most beautiful of all words, THE END. Hope some of you will be there too.


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