I finished up 2012 with a vague intention to write more in 2013. I asked folk on G+ what I could do to turn this vague intention into a more solid reality, and they did
did not disappoint.
Mary Gardiner made some great suggestions, starting with:
The usual: make a public commitment, make a shared commitment, make it aI think these are excellent ideas, so I got in touch with my friend Bice Dibley and asked him if we wanted to be my writing frenemesis for 2013.
competition, somehow organise it so that your writing is a commitment to
another person rather than to yourself.
He agreed, with his usual aplomb, came back with an idea on how to make it a public and shared commitment, and also a bit of a competition.
Here’s how it’s going to work:
- Week 1, jml picks a word starting with ‘A’, we both write something
- Week 2, Bice picks an ‘A’, we both write something
- Repeat 24 more times, skipping ‘X’ because no one likes xylophones and because we want Christmas off
- Words aren’t restricted to a particular field – anything goes. It must, however, be a single word
- Deadline for posting is 00:00 Monday UTC, the post must also specify the word for next week if it’s your turn for it
- Aiming for around 600 words per post
- Each week we put £5 into a pot, if either doesn’t publish a post or pick a new word by the deadline, he forfeits the pot to the other
- Whether a post is on topic is judged by general acclamation, and is largely left up to our own consciences
The first post is due in less than thirty-six hours. I’m pretty excited about it.
Also, Mary has written up her excellent suggestions on how do to more writing, and I would urge you to read them if you have a similar resolution.