Beyond NaNoWriMo

You may have already seen Ruth’s post about National Novel Writing Month, the month long writing marathon open to anyone interested. While NaNoWriMo has been going on since 1999, other versions of this intensive writing activity are popping up this year. Here are a few other examples that play off of NaNoWriMo’s crazy-intense goals. For digital writers, check out:

Digital Writing Month (DigiWriMo):

Because NaNoWriMo defines its novel-length writing challenge as 50,000 words, DigiWriMo follows their word count challenge. The point of DigiWriMo is to try to write 50,000 words digitally-by blogging, tweeting, whatever you’d like. The challenge is to think creatively: not only about what you write, but how people interact with what you write as well. See more about how DigiWriMo got started by reading this interview with the cofounders; or to participate, follow this link.

For academic writers (I’m looking at you, mentally-blocked dissertaters), there are a few option:

Academic Book Writing Month (AcBoWriMo):

AcBoWriMo started last year as a beta project when PhD2Published blogger, Charlotte Frost, challenged herself and a colleague to tackle all of their soon-due academic writing during NaNoWriMo. This might be a great way for those of us writing dissertations, theses, or even the dreaded semester-long essay to try to get a bulk of it done quickly. It doesn’t all have to be written gold, but at least it gives you a starting point to revise from. Check this out to see the (relatively) relaxed rules of AcBoWriMo. Interestingly, the 2011 AcBoWriMo inspired the #AcWri twitter tag and “fortnightly” live chats. This year, AcBoWriMo has turned into:

Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo):

In order to not exclude those not writing books, the AcWriMo folks have dropped the “Bo” from their name. Again, PhD2Published leads the charge for Academic Writing Month, but The Chronicle of Higher Education has picked up the call this year as well.

So, what writing competition are you considering? What one do you wish you felt up to tackle?

 

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