Sign up for WeSeWriMo '12: Web Serial Writing Month

7 years ago | epiguide (Member)

Hey guys. My name's Kira, and I'm the admin of the EpiGuide Web Fiction and Entertainment Community as well as the writer of About Schuyler Falls, a serial drama that's been online since 1997.

I'm posting 'cause the EpiGuide, or Eppy as we call it, is hosting a month-long writing marathon, starting on August 1 and running through August 31, where creators of original, regularly-produced web-only entertainment are challenged to write as they've never written before. And I'd love to invite you to join in!

For those who haven't participated or even heard of this thing before, Web Serial Writing Month, or WeSeWriMo, was inspired by the famous NaNoWriMo, but where we part company from this huge event is that rather than a single goal for all writers, WeSeWriMo offers each serial creator/writer to set his or her own benchmark. Since webserials come in many different formats and genres, from text-based narratives to podcasts to screenplays and beyond, milestones may vary.

The idea is to stretch ourselves to the limit, so each participant is strongly encouraged to set goals that are ambitious. One good rule is to judge your regular output, then try for a minimum of 150%. For example, if you usually produce one episode/installment a week, try setting your monthly goal to six episodes. Someone else might aim for 31,000 words -- a thousand words a day for the entire month. Goals should be ambitious yet realistic.

We're a decidedly low-key, low-tech project so far, and admittedly we lack the automated tools of NaNoWriMo. But we hope to grow in future if participation warrants it. Any willing volunteers (programmers, moderators, publicists) are gratefully invited and encouraged to help us add to the WeSeWriMo experience!

Joining is easy:

1. Sign up for a free EpiGuide account.

2. Add your series/site/project and goal to the official WeSeWriMo 2012 registration thread by August 1, 2012.

3. Have fun!

Once we process your info we'll add you to the official list and you'll get some free goodies, such as a blog, a banner, access to the WeSeWriMo '12 forum where you can meet the other participants, and other extras.

Hope to see some of y'all joining in. BTW, if you've never seen the EpiGuide: we've been around since 1998, and are avid creators and supporters serialized fiction and the webfiction community as a whole. We also do monthly (well, usually monthly) podcasts featuring serial recaps, news and previews, so you're also welcome to participate by submitting material that way too.

If you have any questions, let me know! Thanks Chris and everyone else for reading.

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  1. Tim Sevenhuysen (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    I'm going to be participating in some way, and I plan to write a blog post for 1889 Labs soon about it, too. Should be fun!

    Special People: superhero fiction with a fistful of twists.
    http://SpecialPeople.TimSevenhuysen.com
  2. epiguide (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    Ooh that's great to hear you'll be taking part, Tim. And the blog post is icing on the cake. Will you be working on <b>Special People</b> or a new project, do you think?

  3. Wildbow (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    I have to admit I'm a little lost as far as what EpiGuide (the site/organization, not the person) is doing here.

    Given that I update twice a week, I'd be aiming to write three updates a week for the month of August while participating in this contest? And I'd be doing it on an Epiguide account in addition to my own?

    August is a busy month for me, and I'm away a fair bit on the weekends (without access to electricity) so I'm probably not going to jump on board, but I do have some friends who're considering starting their own serials, and this might be the nudge they need to get going, if you accept new authors?

  4. epiguide (Member)

    Posted 7 years ago

    I have to admit I'm a little lost as far as what EpiGuide (the site/organization, not the person) is doing here.

    Hey, personally, I'm flummoxed as to why, or even how, some inanimate object used as a weapon by archers is posting here. :) No, seriously -- it's my username, is that a bad thing? My RL name is Kira, as I mentioned.

    Or--wait, are you saying you don't think the EpiGuide's admin should visit the WFG to promote a project that benefits the entire serialized webfiction community? Do you think the Eppy and WFG are competitors or something? I highly doubt Chris feels that way; I sure know I don't. Just as WFG isn't primarily a forum community (though it has a small one here), we're not a directory (though we have a small one on our site). We fulfill different needs and roles. I've always felt there should be more overlap, not less, among the various webfiction sites. Everyone is welcome at the EpiGuide, as long as they're on topic, and I've never gotten the impression that the same isn't true of WFG.

    Of course if others agree with Wildbow, particularly Chris, then I apologize for overstepping.

    Given that I update twice a week, I'd be aiming to write three updates a week for the month of August while participating in this contest? And I'd be doing it on an Epiguide account in addition to my own?

    As to the first question, that sounds like a good goal, yep! But the second question I'm not certain how to parse. You don't have to post any of your writing on the EpiGuide. The Eppy is just where you'd register and post your goal, if you want to take advantage of any of the mutual support and other benefits of being an "official" participant. Just like NaNoWriMo, if you've ever participated there.

    August is a busy month for me, and I'm away a fair bit on the weekends (without access to electricity) so I'm probably not going to jump on board, but I do have some friends who're considering starting their own serials, and this might be the nudge they need to get going, if you accept new authors?

    Oh absolutely! WeSeWriMo is the perfect opportunity to work on a new project, and over the years we've had plenty of new serials get a good head-start (not to mention an installment buffer) thanks to their goals. So please do let your friends know, if you think this would be a good opportunity for them. Thank you! (Frankly I envy you your weekends, it sounds like you have a nice country retreat somewhere. I'm in NYC and getting away would be blissful.)

    Anyway my apologies again if I've inadvertently broken a rule here. I know WeSeWriMo has been discussed before and I didn't think it would be a problem to post about it this year.