All Year Writing

Do you prefer to write countless stories, but feel as if there can never be enough time to actually write? Well, there actually plenty of challenges that happen year round that allow you to keep up your most creative juices. However, I am not sure what they all are, but these are the big ones that I know for sure happen.

WriYe is the first of all year writing events. Essentially, that is also the short form for Writing All Year. You get to set your own word count goal for the entire year, though most people start their counts at a minimum of 50,000 words for the year, though you are able to go as high as you want to. At the end of 2013, when I was first signing up for that with a friend I met on another site, the two of us were going to be crazy and try for two million words. I have long since knocked that number down to a reasonable 500,000 words for the year, as I know I will be able to make that by the end of the year.

NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, is thirty days of writing fiction in November. This particular writing challenge is brought to you by the Office of Letters and Light, or the OLL committee. The goal for this one is 50,000 words and is not negotiable unfortunately. However, with this one, you are normally suppose to write a brand new story from scratch. You are not suppose to actually be able to continue previous works. Well, you can continue them, but hopefully you have reached at least 50,000 words by that time on your first piece of work. If you haven’t done so yet, then you are considered a rebel. It’s not a bad term to be called. 

As I plan on participating in this event once again this year to make it my third year in a row, I fully intend on classifying myself as a rebel this year. I have so many works in progress now to finish up before I want to start on even more crazy ideas that I have come up with.

Camp NaNoWriMo is another event ran by the OLL staff. I do not know a whole lot about this writing challenge aside from the fact that it runs twice a year, as this year will actually be the first year that I will be participating. It seems to be held in April and June to say the least. This challenge is one of those challenges that you can set your own word count, much like WriYe. However, you may get paired up into “cabins” based on what you decide to do for a word count.


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