Sign up for WeSeWriMo '12: Web Serial Writing Month

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.


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!


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?


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?


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.


On reading this, I don't think Wildbow was saying that it wasn't appropriate to discuss. I think he was just confused as to how the details worked.


Yes. My bad. I worded that poorly. I can't really wrap my head around what the wesewrimo is necessarily asking for or offering, beyond pushing people who already write to write more for a single month. Even that sounds critical when I don't mean it to be. Just feeling like I'm missing something.


Very sorry if I inadvertently made you feel unwelcome, Epi.


As far as the second question (re: "I'd be doing it on an EPiguide account in addition to my own") - I suppose I was just thrown by the mention of free stuff (blog, banner, etc) - which sort of led me to wonder this is/was primarily to promote something like an alternative to wordpress/livejournal/blogger/etc.


I'll pass on the news to my friends.


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 Special People or a new project, do you think?


I think I'm going to work on Special People mostly, but if I have an idea for something else I might diversify a bit. I'm still working on what my goals are going to be.


Oh thats cool, Wildbow. Sorry for the misunderstanding. You did kinda word it a bit like, "WTF are you doing here?!!" which seemed a little surprising! :)


Have you ever heard of NaNoWriMo? The idea is to challenge yourself to create more than you usually do. NaNo has a specific 50K goal, to write a novel (really a novella) in November. (And now they have summer options too.) WeSeWriMo lets you pick your own goal, whatever challenges your stamina and creativity but is also specific to whatever your format or writing style is. There's a FAQ for WeSeWriMo if you have any specific questions that haven't been answered here.


The EpiGuide community is the host of the project, and posting your goal publically is one way to formalize it and basically state your intentions so that there's some way that you're accounting for your work. Our forum offers weekly check-ins where you can post your current goal status, and the blogs are available if you want a specific place to talk about your week and goals where other WeSeWriMo participants can see them, and the badges are just there if you want to show off with pride that you're undertaking the project.


It's not really a contest because the only thing you win is pride in achievement at having pushed yourself. Well, and a little award badge, but I highly doubt that's enough of an incentive.


So to answer your original question, what we're doing here for the past six years is providing a way for webserial writers to participate in a monthly writing marathon that suits our unique format, rather than trying to meet NaNoWriMo's goal, which is aimed at novelists who want to complete a book. Many serials don't have an end, and many webcomics, virtual series or audo/video webseries (which we also invite to participate) aren't even 'regular' narrative text, so WeSeWriMo lets everyone dance to their own tune.


-- Kira


I think you guys have already got things clear up, but, for the record, I've got no problem with the announcement. :-)


Thanks, Chris! I figured you wouldn't. If there's anything I can do for you, don't hesitate to let me know.


Hey, I'm sorry for the bump, but I wanted to let you know that there's just over a week left to sign up for WeSeWriMo, and also that we've done our latest EpiCast focusing on the monthly challenge, including interviews with some familiar webfiction names, including Angie of Nox and Grimm,Cecilia of Daron's Guitar Chronicles, Ashley of Spy Like Me, Ty of Mysteries of Our Lives, and Murazai of Chaos Fighters: Chemical Warriors, as well as your regular cohosts me (author of About Schuyler Falls and Michael of Footprints. You'll learn about how WeSeWriMo began, how these writers participated in the past (and whether they reached their goals or not), what their goals are this year -- if they've chosen to participate, how to cope with unique obstacles, how using the Eppy community's tools and resources has helped them succeed, and what extra goals one can include to take advantage of the unique aspects of web-based publishing.


The full interviews with all these writers--each separate interview was at least a half-hour long--will be available over the next couple of days.


This EpiCast also has summer previews of webserial installments, instead of our usual news and recaps (because of the length of the interviews). And some great music courtesy, as always, of Jonathan Coulton and his amazing creativity. (I'm determined to find a JoCo song for every topic we cover, and luckily the guy is so prolific (and quirky, topic-wise) that I've been successful so far.)


The podcast is up at the EpiGuide's podbean site or the Eppy itself. I hope you enjoy the show! And btw any writers who ever want their installment recaps or previews (or serial news) included in our almost-monthly podcast, be on the lookout for our calls for submissions when it's time to submit.