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Create Your Own Wrimo Contest: CLOSED

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 10, 2012, 9:48 AM
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:new:The contest is over and the results have been posted here. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Submitted Wrimos!


If you'd like to sign up for any of these wrimos (or multiple), leave a comment on this journal stating which one (or more) you'd like to take part in. Make sure you include the name of the creator(s) in your comment!

:iconlucy-merriman:
DeReWriMo:
DeviantArt's Revision Writer's Month is designed to help you revise one of your existing pieces through a variety of exercises.

Week 1: Critique Week
Week 2: Rewind Week
Week 3: Redraft Week
Week 4: Tweak Week

To read all the details, click here.

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BioWriMo:
This wrimo asks you to write a biography for a secondary character.

Week 1: Birth and childhood
Week 2: Death
Week 3: Legacy
Week 4: Additional factors

To read all the details, click here.

Deviant Sign-ups: Lucy-Merriman

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FiDaNoMo:
Finish those Dang Novels Month aims to complete a novel in progress.

Daily: Write at least 2000 words throughout July

To read all the details, click here.

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GoPuWriMo:
The Goal of Publication Wrimo is all about editing your existing works from NaPo and FFM for publication. It is an AUGUST wrimo.

Day 1: Pick
Day 2: Brainstorm
Days 3-11: Edit - Round 1
Days 12-21: Edit - Round 2
Days 22-31: Edit - Final Round.

Read all the details here.
NOTE: I am not eligible to receive a prize as I am running the contest, but you can sign up for my wrimo!

:iconxxtoongirlfanxx:
MuInWriMo:
The Musically Inspired Wrimo asks you to use music for your writing inspiration. It is a JULY and AUGUST wrimo.

Daily: Listen to one piece of music from any genre to inspire a story, poem, or chapter.

Read all the details here.

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MixStyWriMo:
Mix Style Writing Month is about mixing a style you're comfortable writing with a style you want to become better at with the end goal of completing a 25-page piece.

Daily: Write as much as possible, but 80% of a page per day on average will get you there.

Read all the details here.

Contest Details


Summer is right around the corner, which for many means a little more time to relax and practice their craft. You may have even considered participating in a summer wrimo (short for writing month), but can't find one that suits your level of experience, need for comfort, or available time.

You may be the type of person who doesn't like wrimos like National Poetry Writing Month (NaPo) or National Novel Writing Month (NaNo) because of the pressure it puts on you to reach a lofty goal you know you can't reach. It makes writing feel like a chore, rather than something you enjoy. Or, you may be the type of person that loves wrimos because of the pressure it puts on you to reach a goal. You enjoy the feeling of accomplishment you get when it's all over.

Well, the Create Your Own Wrimo Contest will appeal to both of you!

One thing I would tell the members over at LITplease every time we ran a wrimo event is not to put too much pressure on themselves. The lofty, universal goals set in National wrimos should only be guidelines. If it's too much, set a different goal for yourself! A lot members found it hard to do that, because they always felt like they were not doing as well as other people. They ended up feeling like a failure, even though what they did accomplish was no less amazing.

The Create Your Own Wrimo Contest will allow participants to build a customized wrimo to keep them enjoying writing throughout the summer without slacking off in the goal setting department.

How to Participate


1. Design a wrimo that suits you. It can be for only the month of July, only the month of August, one to span both months, or two separate wrimos to take place in each month. See below for guidelines on designing your wrimo.
2. By July 1st, post your wrimo plans in a comment on this journal.
3. If you can't come up with the a wrimo on your own, take a look at the wrimos others have posted. You can sign up for one of them instead! Simply leave a comment stating the username of the wrimo's creator as well as specifying which one you wish to do (if more than one was created by them).
4. I will post all wrimos in this journal with the name of the creator as well as the names of anyone who has signed up to do that particular wrimo.

Once July 1st arrives, hopefully everyone has decided what they want to do for their summer wrimo. Start writing, have fun, and enjoy your summer!

Rules


1. This is a literature contest, therefore your wrimo must have to do with writing literature. It can include various components of reading, writing, and editing, but there must be at least some element of writing.
2. The type of writing can be any form of literature: poetry, fiction, scripts, or nonfiction, and any subcategory thereof. It can include any combination of style or genre.
3. Your wrimo must have at least one number and at least one date in it to define your goal (e.g. 1 per day until July 31st, 50 pages by August 31st, 2000 words by July 20th, etc.) but there is no minimum goal requirement. It's all about what YOU want and/or need.
4. Your wrimo design must be posted as a comment on this journal by July 1st at 9pm EST (if it's a July wrimo) to qualify for a prize. August wrimos must be submitted by August 1st at 9pm EST.
5. Participants can sign-up for any of the posted wrimos until August 5th at 9pm EST.
6. You may design your wrimo with somebody else, but you must then share any prizes.
7. It doesn't matter if your writing is going to be in another language, as long as you post your wrimo design here in English.

Prizes


There will not be prizes given out for successfully completing your wrimo as that would defeat the purpose of keeping this fun and pressure free. However, there will be prizes! As the prizes are about wrimo design and not wrimo completion, we don't have to wait until September to dole out the prizes. They will be distributed in August, however, to give people time to sign up for August-only wrimos.

There are five prize categories, three of which will be publicized, and two which will be kept secret. The secrecy is to make sure people are not designing a wrimo just to fit a prize category rather than their own writing needs. The prize categories and their prizes are:

1. Most Popular Wrimo (the one with the most sign-ups)
:bulletyellow: 400 points donated by ATrue
:bulletyellow: 40 points donated by thorns
:bulletyellow: Journal features donated by ATrue and IrrevocableFate

2. Most Original Wrimo (the one deemed most creative and/or surprising)
:bulletyellow: 400 points donated by ATrue
:bulletyellow: 40 points donated by thorns
:bulletyellow: Journal features donated by ATrue and IrrevocableFate

3. SMARTest Wrimo (the best goal-setting based on SMART goals below)
:bulletyellow: 400 points donated by ATrue
:bulletyellow: 40 points donated by thorns
:bulletyellow: Journal features donated by ATrue and IrrevocableFate

4. Category name TBA
:bulletyellow: 400 points donated by ATrue
:bulletyellow: 40 points donated by thorns
:bulletyellow: Journal features donated by ATrue and IrrevocableFate

5. Category name TBA
:bulletyellow: 400 points donated by ATrue
:bulletyellow: 40 points donated by thorns
:bulletyellow: Journal features donated by ATrue and IrrevocableFate

If you would like to donate a prize, please send me a NOTE. Prize suggestions include points, stamps, journal features, and critiques (notice how only one of the suggestions costs you any money).

10 Design Ideas


The possibilities for creating your own wrimo are literally endless. Here are 10 design suggestions/options to help get you started in brainstorming for your own:

1. Create a wrimo that has you writing once a day.
2. Create a wrimo where you aim to complete one large project over the summer.
3. Create a wrimo that where you try out new styles of writing you never have before.
4. Create a wrimo that encourages you to read as well as write.
5. Create a wrimo that focussing on a different style every week.
6. Create a wrimo where you edit existing works of your own to prepare them for publication.
7. Create a wrimo that gives you a head start on your school assignments for next year.
8. Create a wrimo where you write one letter per week for someone you love.
9. Create a wrimo that has you writing something in July, then editing it in August.
10. Create a wrimo has you writing critiques for writers on dA.

Tips for Goal Setting


While this contest is meant to be fun, it is also meant to keep you setting goals for your writing. One thing about goal setting is that you want to set a goal that is comfortable but still challenging. If you already write once a day in the summer normally, then simply setting a goal of writing once a day will not be challenging for you and is not really a goal you need at all. In that case, you could instead set a goal of writing poetry if fiction is more your style, or writing fixed form poetry if poetry is what you normally write. Setting a goal that is just a little harder than what comes naturally is what will give you that feeling of accomplishment when the summer is over. Remember though, you don't want to set a goal for yourself that is nearly impossible or you may be setting yourself up for failure and disappointment.

Have you ever heard of SMART goals? It stands for:

Specific
Measurable
Action-oriented
Realistic
Time-based

What this means is that you shouldn't set goals that are vague and unmeasurable, such as "become a better writer." A goal like this would bring up questions like what exactly do you have to do to become a better writer, what does "better" mean, and how will you know when you've achieved your goal? It also means you need to consider the challenge the goal presents. Is it too high or too low? "I want to write a 200 page novel that's ready for publication in 2 months by writing/editing 1 chapter a day" is specific, measurable, and action-oriented, but is it realistic? Saying you want to write that novel by the time you're 40 may be too low of a goal. But saying "I want to write a novel eventually" is worse because it doesn't have a time-frame in mind at all.

SMART goals cover all the bases: what specific actions do you need to perform to accomplish your goal, when do you want to accomplished it by, how will you know you've accomplished it, how challenging will it be to accomplish your goal? Consider the who, what, when, where, why, and how of your goal and action-plan to get there.

An example of a SMART summer wrimo is:

I want to become a better writer by:
:bulletyellow: Reading Donna Bennett's "An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English" by August 15th
:bulletyellow: Writing five poems, two short stories, and two script scenes using what I learned and what inspired me in the anthology
:bulletyellow: Writing a critical analysis of one of the works in the anthology.

The person who created this wrimo may know that the anthology mentioned is his or her text for next year's English course, and that one requirement of the course is to write a critical analysis. Then again, he or she may simply be interested learning and practicing their craft. Whatever the reason, the goal is a SMART one.

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by-MK Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I guess:

MixStyWriMo: (Mix Style Writing month)

I want to mix styles/genres, so become better at one style.
I have been writing poetry and I want to become better a storytelling.
so making a story with my own poems as the start at each chapter.

my goal is to make a story by the end of August.
daily to get to writer as much as can each day (have a job, there is busiest in the summer)

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no clue If I did this right.
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ATrue Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
The only missing is the concrete rules (how many words will your final story be? and will you be writing multiple short stories or one long story.
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by-MK Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
long. at least 25 pages in word >_<. I am not good at counting words. it makes me dizzy.
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ATrue Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
ok, but youneed to have a specific target. Is the target 25 single-spaced pages.
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by-MK Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
yes.
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by-MK Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I know I used the word better. but I don't how to explain it in other words.
and if I finish my goal I have no reason to say I shouldn't try making it as a written work. (book)
I always wanted to, but keep saying to myself I can't, or it isn't possible.
so I want to fight for it, to get the spirit back to become a writer.
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ATrue Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
GoPuWriMo:

The Goal of Publication Wrimo is all about editing existing works for publication. It is an AUGUST wrimo.

Day 1: Pick 5 works you wrote during National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) and 5 works you wrote during Flash Fiction Month (FFM) that you wish to edit.
Day 2: Post your chosen pieces in a journal requesting critique. Re-read them and brainstorm ideas (either alone or with a friend) for possible edits, making sure to take notes so you don't forget anything.
Days 3-11: First round edits of all poems and prose, one each day, preferably alternating each day from poem to prose.
Days 12-21: Second round edits of all poems and prose, one each day, in any order.
Days 22-31: Final edits on all poems and prose, using any feedback received throughout the month to polish them off for publication.

At the end of the month, you may find that some pieces still require further edits, which is perfectly normal. But, hopefully, you have a few pieces that are ready to submit to publishers.

NOTE: I am not eligible to receive a prize as I am running the contest, but you can sign up for my wrimo!
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xxtoongirlfanxx Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Writer
I'm still not really sure what to do, but I was thinking of listening music for inspiration. Play one of your favourite songs each day, and close your eyes so your imagination run wild. When you have a good idea for a story or poem, right it down so you won't forget. If it helps, keep replaying the to either help you relax or help you remember your idea.

Is that a good wrimo idea?
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ATrue Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Sure it is! Now you just need to give it a name, like InMuWriMo(Inspiring Music Writing Month) or some other such thing, decide if it's a July or August prompt (or both), and set any addtional goals you might want to set (e.g. a certain number of poems or prose, different styles of music, etc.). Enter all the details into your next comment so I can see it all in one place please.
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xxtoongirlfanxx Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Writer
Name: MuInWriMo (Musically Inspired Writing Month)
Timeline: July and August
Goals:
~Play one of your favourite songs each day, and close your eyes so your imagination run wild. When you have a good idea for a story or poem, right it down so you won't forget. If it helps, keep replaying the to either help you relax or help you remember your idea.

~At least one poem, prose, or chapter (for multi-chapter stories) should be written each day. Fanfictions are included.

~Music can be of various artists, genres, and even languages, but you can only listen to one artist or genre each day.
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