Monday, 29 September 2014

October is Spectober on Steve!

This month on Steve the WriMo Forum we're trying something a little different - a month that combines preparing for NaNoWriMo with a celebration of speculative fiction. Here's the announcement:

Hear ye, hear ye, it's almost October here at Steve! This month, we've got a whole bunch of awesome activities and exercises lined up to help whip your story into shape and prep for NaNoWriMo!

It's time for...ta daaaa...Spectober!

Q: What is this Spectober thing?
A: It's NaNoWriMo preparation. It's a WriMo. It's an organizational boot camp. It's mandatory fun.

Q: AHA, but what if I'm not DOING NaNoWriMo?
A: Welcome, rebels. Welcome to the dark side. We've reserved a special lightless hole in the Sinister Symphony of Sad Trombones just for you.
...Just kidding. You can do Spectober with any WIP, from an existing draft to the merest wisp of an idea. If you're a writer, then Spectober is for you!

Q: But wait! I don't have a story!
A: Aaaaaaaand Steve's got you covered! During the first part of the month, we'll work on idea generation.

Q: But no! I don't want to plan anything out just yet! I prefer to leave the details pretty vague.
A: That's fine. We've got plenty for you as well! We'll be doing a bunch of NaNo-related prep activities that don't involve stories. It's time to get organized and get pumped!

### Scheduled Events

1st-14th: Daily Plot Bunnies - come up with 14 brand-new story ideas in 14 days.
4th-10th: 7-in-7 Character or Bunny Drawings - draw 7 characters or 7 plot bunnies (or just 7 rabbits) in 7 days.
11th-17th: 7-in-7 Playlists - each day, pick a character (or if you're juggling multiple bunnies, you can do bunnies), and assemble and post a playlist of at least 7 songs for that character/bunny. Include links if you like.
18th-24th: 7-in-7 Pictures - each day, pick a character or plot bunny and then assemble at least 7 pictures that represent it. You can use Pinterest. If you already have a collection, add 7 more pictures to the collection.
24th-31st: 7-in-7 Inspirgency Exercises! What is an inspirgency? To borrow the NaNo term, it's when inspiration fails during NaNo. To pick ourselves up during those times, we'll each be making ourselves a series of exercises. We can repeat these as necessary during NaNo.

### Stuff That's Happening All Month

SpecNoWriMo - Write a work of speculative fiction in October! What is speculative fiction? It is science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, or anything in between. Use SpecNoWriMo to get a head start on your NaNo novel, or use it as a warm up for a different story. Any length fiction is allowed: you can write short stories, poetry, novellas, etc, but only speculative fiction words count.
The 90-Day Reading Challenge (or at least the last 31 days of it) - Writers are readers, so choose a novel-reading goal for the month and hunt down some great new books! Those of you who are already reading -- time to kick it in high gear and read those last few books!
NaNoPrepMo - Get all your NaNoWriMo plotting, planning, and organization done by October 31st!

### Weekly Stuff

#### Mondays of Mucking About
Discussion time! On Tuesdays Mondays we'll be talking about the craft of writing - everything from coming up with an initial idea to tackling the dreaded Editing Monster.

#### Tips Tuesdays
Tuesdays are all about getting (and staying!) organised. Schedules, software, managing RSI, finding motivation and getting ready for NaNoWriMo are just some of the things we might be talking about.

#### Worldbuilding Wednesdays
Each Wednesday, we'll be posting brainstorming exercises to help everyone flesh out their worlds. Everyone will post their work on Steve for discussion, feedback and general advice.

#### I Never Could Get The Hang Of Thursdays
Thursday is the day for general discussion and cries for help. We'll also have random challenges like decorating your writing space, showing off your stationery, coming up with ways to keep warm/cool, stealthy fort-building, photography, image manipulation, drawing characters/places/other cool stuff, cover creation and Stevian art creation.

#### Friday Flash Fiction
Each Friday, we'll post a prompt (or selection of prompts). Everyone writes a ~1k flash piece, which is then posted on Steve for discussion and feedback. There will be a total of 5 'FFF' challenges in the month.

#### Wonderful Weekends of Wordplay
Crazy free-for-all time! Well... sort of. Weekends are the time to focus entirely on ongoing projects or the things you really, really want to get done before November 1st.

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