Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Writing Dare to Start Thursday

What is a Writing Dare?

It's a challenge to accomplish a certain amount of writing - usually a novel - with in a limited amount of time. It's usually used as a tool to get something done, or sometimes to get something started. Often it's a group of people who challenge each other, and all post their goals and daily progress updates.

The most famous novel dare is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. Every November people join NaNoWriMo to try to push themselves to finish the rough draft of a novel in a single month. It's pretty challenging - asking for a 50,000 word novel by the end of the thirty day month.

The Clarion Workshop alumni also tend to challenge each other a lot, often setting the bar even higher, at 60,000 or even 90,000 in a month.

However, many of us need to run a dare when we don't have time for a really challenging goal. A slower paced goal can be a good way to get through a tough patch when there are a lot of other things demanding your time.

I will be posting my own goals and some description of what I'm working on by Thursday - when the dare begins in earnest!

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