Sign up for WeSeWriMo '15: 9th Annual Web Serial Writing Month

2 years ago | epiguide (Member)

Hey guys. My name's Kira, and I'm the admin of the EpiGuide Web Fiction Community as well as the writer of About Schuyler Falls, a serial launched 1997. (Yes, that's as crazy as it sounds!)

The EpiGuide webfiction community is hosting its annual month-long writing marathon, starting on August 1 and running through August 31, where creators of original, regularly-produced web-based fiction are challenged to write as they've never written before. And I'd love to invite you to join in because hey, that's what y'all do.

For those who haven't participated or even heard of this thing before, Web Serial Writing Month, or WeSeWriMo, was (duh) inspired by 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--sometimes multiple benchmarks, in fact. Since webserials come in many different formats and genres, from never-ending serials to serialized novels to screenplay-formatted works 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 chapter/installment a week, try setting your monthly goal to six. 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 2015 registration thread by August 1, 2015.

3. Have fun! (Also please spread the word, if you can. If you're part of other webserial or general writing communities, such as Jukepop or Wattpad, it'd be great for folks to help let other serial fiction authors know of this marathon made special for them!)

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 '15 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. The community is very quiet (my fault) but you'll find a set of new people doing other interesting things with webserials in different genres that are less represented here at WFG.

If you have any questions, let me know... and thanks very much for reading this far!

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  1. epiguide (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Bumping this (with apologies if that's considered rude) because registration is still going on, but the starting date is looming!

    August is sometimes considered a rough month to make any big ambitious goals. That's why WeSeWriMo is so perfect: you get to decide what's an appropriate challenge to you. Starting a new project? Stalled on an old one? Facing an epic case of writer's block? That's okay: please don't be intimidated just because the various WriMos often recommend 50,000 words or finishing an entire novella in a single month. Sometimes writing anything is a big enough accomplishment! (I'm going through that myself.)

    So make your goal ambitious for where you are NOW. Not writing anything? Pledge to write one paragraph a week. Seriously. I know many of the powerhouse writers think that's a joke, but it totally isn't, and believe me, no one appreciates how tough it can sometimes be to put a single sentence together, much less a paragraph. You know how sucky it is to be running a writing community and organizing a writing marathon yet not able to produce a word of my own serial? Well, it is, so if I can make that embarrassing fact public and face the demons, anyone can.

    Please pop over and give it a try. We'll struggle together, it'll be fun! :D

    -- Kira

  2. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    This sounds awesome, but... I'm not sure how many of us could write this much for an extra side project when we're already struggling to meet our regular serial update schedules. :(

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  3. epiguide (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Oh, I know, trust me! That's why it's a challenge. :) And another benefit is the flexibility of the goals:

    - a goal might be squeezing out one extra update so you have a single-installment buffer

    - heck, it can even just be the first couple of scenes for next month, if that's something you rarely have on hand but might help you get a headstart for September

    - it can be writing a behind-the-scenes post as an extra for your readers, if that's something you don't usually do

    - it can even be an outline for the next month's updates (see, what you write doesn't even have to be something anyone else will read)

    Basically, anything that pushes you a little farther than the norm is an accomplishment. Of course if it truly puts your regular work in jeopardy to stretch things a bit, then you have to do what's best for your work--you know best what keeps you on the right path and what keeps you comfortable.

    (Now, me, I must push myself out of my comfort zone, because unlike most people here (I hope, for your sakes!) I pretty much never produce a word without discomfort. :( But I think that's a rare--not to mention extremely embarrassing-
    -thing for an author to admit. So WeSeWriMo helps me with that: keeps me accountable.)

    But I totally get that writing challenges and marathons are sometimes more pressure than is healthy.

    I'm glad you took a look at the project, at least! Thanks. :)

  4. zephy669 (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I'm seriously considering doing this and finishing a serialized novella or novelette in a month. Sounds like it would be fun and a good way to network with others.

  5. TyroneAbbot (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I might consider doing this. I don't even have a serial let alone a site so I should get on that. Shiieeet.

  6. epiguide (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I hope you guys give it a try. Registration ends tomorrow, so you've got only one more day to take the plunge. C'mon, the water's warm! :)

  7. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Random thanks for this. It's one of a few things that's inspired me to relaunch my old serial as a webcomic, while maintaining my output for the current serial. Which I grant was likely not the intent, and means I don't qualify as I'm drawing instead, but my hope is personified math works better in this format.

    Writing a Time Travel serial: http://mathtans.wordpress.com
    Writer of the personification of math serial: http://www.mathtans.ca
  8. Lucy Weaver (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    This coincides nicely with my plans for August, so I'm signing up. Going well so far on day one.

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