GYWO

  • Jan. 13th, 2017 at 9:58 AM
theemdash: (Writing)
Since I'm actually using DW now, and since I've picked up and reconnected with many people, and since we're coming up on the sign-up deadline (and since I'd love to have more SG-writers in my writing comm), I figured I'd give one final mention of [community profile] getyourwordsout.

GYWO is a community dedicated to encouraging you to write. It's open for pro writers, fan writers, hobbyists, novelists, poets—basically anyone who wants to write. In addition to the main word count challenge, there is additional support though monthly challenges, prompts, word wars, pep talks, craft discussions, and more.

This will be my NINTH YEAR running GYWO, and aside from SG-1 fandom, it's my favorite thing based on LJ/DW. While there is an emphasis on word count, I'm more interested in writers making the effort, and well, since I run it, it all trickles down as support.

Sign-ups are open through January 15. Look over the membership requirements and then follow the directions to leave your pledge and request membership. If you have general questions, you can ask them at the linked post, but I'm also happy to discuss personal concerns here.


[img: notebook paper with "GYWO 2017" printed in large black letters with a blue
shadow. under that, "writing decathlon" in handwritten black letters with an
orange shadow. printed at the bottom in black is "sign up dec. 14 - jan. 15"]
GetYourWordsOut: Year Nine!
Pledges & Requirements | GYWO.net


GYWO is also on Livejournal, Twitter, and Tumblr.

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Your Writing in 2017

  • Dec. 15th, 2016 at 10:43 AM
theemdash: (M Books)
It's time for my annual plug for one of my all-time favorite communities, [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout.


[img: notebook paper with "GYWO 2017" printed in large black letters with a blue
shadow. under that, "writing decathlon" in handwritten black letters with an
orange shadow. printed at the bottom in black is "sign up dec. 14 - jan. 15"]
GetYourWordsOut: Year Nine!
Pledges & Requirements | GYWO.net


GYWO is a community dedicated to helping you build a writing life. The idea was based around encouraging writers to write every month instead of just in a push for NaNo, a Big Bang, or some other event/story call. GYWO has grown to include more support for writers though challenges, prompts, and word wars, and through being a forum where writers can discuss problems and roadblocks or celebrate a success.

If you want to strengthen your dedication to writing, you should sign up. Whether or not you meet the writing goal is irrelevant as long as you are writing. I missed my goal 4 years running, but I was writing! Even during life trauma and depression, GYWO kept me writing something and it's made it easier to get back on track.

GYWO has a presence on Livejournal, Dreamwidth, Twitter, and Tumblr, so we're pretty much everywhere you want to be on the internet.

Sign-ups are open now through January 15. Look over the membership requirements and then follow the directions to leave your pledge and request membership. If you have any general questions, you can ask them at the linked post, but I'm also happy to discuss personal concerns here.

Please let your writer friends know about the community!

Your Writing in 2016

  • Dec. 17th, 2015 at 10:20 AM
theemdash: (Buffy/Angel Buffy)
It's time for my annual public post in which I plug one of my favorite communities, [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout. (And by "time," I mean that literally since I posted a similar post on Dec 18 last year.)


GetYourWordsOut: Year Eight!
Pledges & Requirements | GYWO.net


GYWO is a community dedicated to helping you build a writing life. The idea was based around encouraging writers to write every month instead of just in a push for NaNo, a Big Bang, or some other event/story call. GYWO has grown to include more support for writers though the challenges, prompts, and word wars, and through being a forum where writers can discuss problems and roadblocks or even celebrate a success.

If you want to strengthen your dedication to writing, you should sign up. Whether or not you meet the writing goal is irrelevant as long as you are writing. I haven't met my goal in the past 4 years, but I'm writing! Even during life trauma and depression, GYWO kept me writing something and it's made it easier to get back on track.

GYWO has a presence on Livejournal, Dreamwidth, Twitter, and Tumblr, so we're pretty much everywhere you want to be on the internet.

Sign-ups are open now through January 20. Look over the membership requirements and then follow the directions to leave your pledge and request membership. If you have any general questions, you can ask them at the linked post, but I'm also happy to discuss personal concerns here.

Please let your writer friends know about the community!

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Your Writing in 2016

  • Dec. 17th, 2015 at 10:19 AM
theemdash: (SBP Sirius)
It's time for my annual public post in which I plug one of my favorite communities, [community profile] getyourwordsout. (And by "time," I mean that literally since I posted a similar post on Dec 18 last year.)


GetYourWordsOut: Year Eight!
Pledges & Requirements | GYWO.net


GYWO is a community dedicated to helping you build a writing life. The idea was based around encouraging writers to write every month instead of just in a push for NaNo, a Big Bang, or some other event/story call. GYWO has grown to include more support for writers though the challenges, prompts, and word wars, and through being a forum where writers can discuss problems and roadblocks or even celebrate a success.

If you want to strengthen your dedication to writing, you should sign up. Whether or not you meet the writing goal is irrelevant as long as you are writing. I haven't met my goal in the past 4 years, but I'm writing! Even during life trauma and depression, GYWO kept me writing something and it's made it easier to get back on track.

GYWO has a presence on Livejournal, Dreamwidth, Twitter, and Tumblr, so we're pretty much everywhere you want to be on the internet.

Sign-ups are open now through January 20. Look over the membership requirements and then follow the directions to leave your pledge and request membership. If you have any general questions, you can ask them at the linked post, but I'm also happy to discuss personal concerns here.

Please let your writer friends know about the community!

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Your Writing in 2015

  • Dec. 18th, 2014 at 4:20 PM
theemdash: (Daniel Home)
It's time for my annual public post in which I plug one of my favorite communities, [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout. I'm not just a moderator, I'm also a client!


GetYourWordsOut: Year Seven!
Pledges & Requirements | GYWO.net


GYWO is a community dedicated to helping you build a writing life. Its mere presence on your flist can be a reminder to write, though the challenges, prompts, and word wars can certainly offer further incentive. GYWO is also a place where you can go to discuss problems and roadblocks you're having with your writing or to celebrate a success!

If you want to strengthen your dedication to writing, you should sign up. Whether or not you meet the writing goal is irrelevant as long as you are writing.

GYWO has a presence on Livejournal, Dreamwidth, Twitter, and Tumblr, so we're pretty much everywhere you want to be on the internet.

Sign-ups are open now through January 20. Look over the membership requirements and then follow the directions to leave your pledge and request membership. If you have any general questions, you can ask them at the linked post, but I'm also happy to discuss personal concerns here.

Please let your writer friends know about the community!

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Your Writing in 2015

  • Dec. 18th, 2014 at 4:15 PM
theemdash: (Daniel Bandana)
It's time for my annual public post in which I plug one of my favorite communities, [community profile] getyourwordsout. I'm not just a moderator, I'm also a client!


GetYourWordsOut: Year Seven!
Pledges & Requirements | GYWO.net


GYWO is a community dedicated to helping you build a writing life. Its mere presence on your flist can be a reminder to write, though the challenges, prompts, and word wars can certainly offer further incentive. GYWO is also a place where you can go to discuss problems and roadblocks you're having with your writing or to celebrate a success!

If you want to strengthen your dedication to writing, you should sign up. Whether or not you meet the writing goal is irrelevant as long as you are writing.

GYWO has a presence on Livejournal, Dreamwidth, Twitter, and Tumblr, so we're pretty much everywhere you want to be on the internet.

Sign-ups are open now through January 20. Look over the membership requirements and then follow the directions to leave your pledge and request membership. If you have any general questions, you can ask them at the linked post, but I'm also happy to discuss personal concerns here.

Please let your writer friends know about the community!

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How to Write in 2014

  • Dec. 19th, 2013 at 9:04 AM
theemdash: (M Hugs)
I have done the crazy thing again and am ONCE MORE modding the massive and addictive [community profile] getyourwordsout for 2014. I've done the even crazier thing and have expanded the community to allow members to sign-up and participate wholly on Dreamwidth, and we'll be posting/reblogging/retweeting prompts, challenges, and writing and publishing information on the GYWO Tumblr and GYWO Twitter.

Suffice to say, this is our biggest year ever.


GetYourWordsOut: Year Six!
Pledges & Requirements | GYWO.net


I know folks are often afraid of our pledge levels, or get discouraged early thinking about the possibility of not hitting the goal, but I would like to suggest that the only failure is never trying. GYWO is a lot more than just hitting a word count. It's about being part of a community of writers, making a commitment to writing, and aiming towards creating a writing life. If you can get in the mindset that trying is just as important as succeeding, I really think you'll get something important out of GYWO. I have a lot of writers among my friends, and I hope some of you who haven't tried GYWO before—or who have but haven't been back for awhile—will consider this, consider that this year is different from last, and that you'll sign up for 2014. (And if you already have a consistent writing life, consider signing up to help those of us who are still figuring it out! We need experienced writers, too!)

Sign-ups are open now through January 20. Please look over the membership requirements and then follow the directions to leave your pledge and request membership. If you have any general questions, you can ask them at the linked post, but I'm also happy to discuss personal concerns here.

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GYWO 2010

  • Dec. 16th, 2009 at 10:01 AM
theemdash: (Writing)
Sign-ups for [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout 2010 are now open! For those unaware, [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout is a year-long writing challenge. You sign up with a pledge to write a certain number of words and then write to that goal all year.

This year we have 6 pledge levels—single-project pledges at 100K and 150K, and multi-project pledges at 200K, 250K, 300K, and 350K. We've had 139 members travel all the way through 2009 with varying success and are hoping to make 2010 even better with more discussions, more prompts, more short-term challenges, and more writerly community building!

The only participation requirement of the community is that you check-in to report your word count each month, so if you're looking for a writer community or motivation to finally work on your novel or motivation just to keep yourself writing consistently all year, head over to [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout and check out this post with all the information about joining for 2010.

After working through our inaugural year, I think 2010 is going to be even better.

Sign-ups are open until Dec 31, so make sure you
get over there to make a pledge before 2010 starts!


Also, a suggestion to the fandom people around here who are curious but not "sold"—if you're planning to write a Big Bang this year, you might consider signing up for the 100K single-project pledge. Most Big Bangs have a minimum of a 20K completed story so if you plan a longer novel, 60K or 70K, then you should be able to complete the 100K SPP easily after counting all the words of false stats, rewrites, and the final draft.

Just something for you all to consider! :D

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword

  • Apr. 24th, 2009 at 2:01 PM
theemdash: (Editing)
SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY I SHOULD NOT BUY MYSELF A TACTICAL DEFENSE PEN.

I mean.
It's TACTICAL.
And DEFENSIVE.
AND A PEN.

. . .

It is totally time for the weekend to start.

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword

  • Apr. 24th, 2009 at 2:01 PM
theemdash: (Editing)
SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY I SHOULD NOT BUY MYSELF A TACTICAL DEFENSE PEN.

I mean.
It's TACTICAL.
And DEFENSIVE.
AND A PEN.

. . .

It is totally time for the weekend to start.

Writery Pimp

  • Dec. 2nd, 2008 at 8:12 PM
theemdash: (Writing)
For all the many writers on my flist, there's a new comm designed to help you [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout. Based around the idea that the only way to write is to, you know, write, [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout is designed to help writers stay motivated throughout the year by offering a goal and a community.

There are 4 levels of pledges (200K, 250K, 300K, and 350K) that you can pledge to write in 2009. We're counting words from any non-bloggy writing including original fiction, fanfic, nonfiction essays, scripts, poetry, songs, um greeting cards? Basically anything that can be considered a literary work (oh yes, I just called fanfic "literary").

[livejournal.com profile] sopdetly and I are spearheading this thing so you can expect group word wars, prompts, and other little motes of advice and encouragement. (Dudes, I have ideas.)

The introduction and guidelines are here, and once you join the community you can make your pledge. I hope some of you will join us or at least spread the word. We're planning to close the comm on January 1, so you have to join before then!

Get Your Words Out!

(Yes, I totally stole the comm name from the Wonderfalls episode "Karma Chameleon." FTW! \o/ )

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Writery Pimp

  • Dec. 2nd, 2008 at 8:12 PM
theemdash: (Writing)
For all the many writers on my flist, there's a new comm designed to help you [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout. Based around the idea that the only way to write is to, you know, write, [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout is designed to help writers stay motivated throughout the year by offering a goal and a community.

There are 4 levels of pledges (200K, 250K, 300K, and 350K) that you can pledge to write in 2009. We're counting words from any non-bloggy writing including original fiction, fanfic, nonfiction essays, scripts, poetry, songs, um greeting cards? Basically anything that can be considered a literary work (oh yes, I just called fanfic "literary").

[livejournal.com profile] sopdetly and I are spearheading this thing so you can expect group word wars, prompts, and other little motes of advice and encouragement. (Dudes, I have ideas.)

The introduction and guidelines are here, and once you join the community you can make your pledge. I hope some of you will join us or at least spread the word. We're planning to close the comm on January 1, so you have to join before then!

Get Your Words Out!

(Yes, I totally stole the comm name from the Wonderfalls episode "Karma Chameleon." FTW! \o/ )

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My Horror Let Me Show You It

  • Jun. 19th, 2008 at 8:11 AM
theemdash: (M Ew)
It was muggy this morning as I walked down the ramp to the parking garage. So muggy and overcast that it almost combined to form a mist. The light flickered overhead like a power outage threatening in a storm. An alarm, constant from a truck, trill-beeped like an eerie omen. "The zombies are loose," it seemed to say, but that would be ridiculous of course.

The zombie-mist faded as I stepped from underneath the cover of the garage and suddenly there were other people, co-workers I didn't recognize because I didn't arrive quite on time. The security guard was familiar, a casual acquaintance even, and we smiled when we said hello—more than polite.

The trill-beep of the truck's warning completely lost in my memory, I entered the cafeteria, saying hello to another acquaintance, thinking belatedly that in response to his friendly "How are you?" I should have said, "Better once caffeinated." I strolled past more-familiar co-workers, smiling and nodding hello once they saw me, dodging the woman who was paying more attention to her coffee than the collision in the making. I turned the corner sharply, part of my normal routine, and pulled on the refrigerator that holds the soda.

It took me a moment to realize it was still padlocked shut.

The coke was safely nestled in its cold cell, red labels bright against the brown-liquid. Like taking a trip to the zoo, I could only tap at the glass. I then realized what the trill-beep zombie alarm was warning. . . .






And now that I have proper change, I'm taking my ass to the vending machine. COOOOOOOOOKE!!!!!

My Horror Let Me Show You It

  • Jun. 19th, 2008 at 8:11 AM
theemdash: (M Ew)
It was muggy this morning as I walked down the ramp to the parking garage. So muggy and overcast that it almost combined to form a mist. The light flickered overhead like a power outage threatening in a storm. An alarm, constant from a truck, trill-beeped like an eerie omen. "The zombies are loose," it seemed to say, but that would be ridiculous of course.

The zombie-mist faded as I stepped from underneath the cover of the garage and suddenly there were other people, co-workers I didn't recognize because I didn't arrive quite on time. The security guard was familiar, a casual acquaintance even, and we smiled when we said hello—more than polite.

The trill-beep of the truck's warning completely lost in my memory, I entered the cafeteria, saying hello to another acquaintance, thinking belatedly that in response to his friendly "How are you?" I should have said, "Better once caffeinated." I strolled past more-familiar co-workers, smiling and nodding hello once they saw me, dodging the woman who was paying more attention to her coffee than the collision in the making. I turned the corner sharply, part of my normal routine, and pulled on the refrigerator that holds the soda.

It took me a moment to realize it was still padlocked shut.

The coke was safely nestled in its cold cell, red labels bright against the brown-liquid. Like taking a trip to the zoo, I could only tap at the glass. I then realized what the trill-beep zombie alarm was warning. . . .






And now that I have proper change, I'm taking my ass to the vending machine. COOOOOOOOOKE!!!!!

I've Been Plagiarized

  • Apr. 30th, 2008 at 11:16 AM
theemdash: (Default)
Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris for alerting me to the fact that my Jack/Daniel fic Bruised was plagiarized and turned into a Jack/Ianto fic called Utility Cupboard.

Much scorn shall be heaped upon the plagiarist (who has deleted her journal). *scorn*

In general plagiarizing fanfic is pretty retarded. No one is making any profit off of it and all the plagiarist is doing is earning comments off of someone else's creativity. And while it's always nice to hear that people love you—in the case of fanfic, they love the work, not you. So basically what they're saying when they give you positive feedback is, "I love this work that you didn't do." And, personally, I can't imagine that feeling is all that awesome unless the plagiarist is just getting off on tricking people.

Anyway, let's do a quick side-by-side comparison.

She Stole My Fic! (That Bastard!) )

Other SG-1 fics were plagiarized and are being identified here at [livejournal.com profile] stop_plagiarism. if you have a moment and are familiar with SG-1 fics, please stop by to help identify the other fics.

Remember kids: plagiarism is bad.

I've Been Plagiarized

  • Apr. 30th, 2008 at 11:16 AM
theemdash: (Default)
Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris for alerting me to the fact that my Jack/Daniel fic Bruised was plagiarized and turned into a Jack/Ianto fic called Utility Cupboard.

Much scorn shall be heaped upon the plagiarist (who has deleted her journal). *scorn*

In general plagiarizing fanfic is pretty retarded. No one is making any profit off of it and all the plagiarist is doing is earning comments off of someone else's creativity. And while it's always nice to hear that people love you—in the case of fanfic, they love the work, not you. So basically what they're saying when they give you positive feedback is, "I love this work that you didn't do." And, personally, I can't imagine that feeling is all that awesome unless the plagiarist is just getting off on tricking people.

Anyway, let's do a quick side-by-side comparison.

She Stole My Fic! (That Bastard!) )

Other SG-1 fics were plagiarized and are being identified here at [livejournal.com profile] stop_plagiarism. if you have a moment and are familiar with SG-1 fics, please stop by to help identify the other fics.

Remember kids: plagiarism is bad.

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theemdash: (Writing)
I really should post this as a feature to [livejournal.com profile] fandom_grammar, and maybe I will do a revision, but for now, I have something important to say about First Lines. . . .

Fanfic writers, I have something important to tell you. Your first paragraph is the most important paragraph in your entire fic. That means that your first sentence is the most important sentence. Therefore, you should take some time with it and actually craft something that grabs your reader and tells them, "This is a fic you want to read."

Helpful Tips For Writing a Half-way Decent First Sentence )

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theemdash: (Writing)
I really should post this as a feature to [livejournal.com profile] fandom_grammar, and maybe I will do a revision, but for now, I have something important to say about First Lines. . . .

Fanfic writers, I have something important to tell you. Your first paragraph is the most important paragraph in your entire fic. That means that your first sentence is the most important sentence. Therefore, you should take some time with it and actually craft something that grabs your reader and tells them, "This is a fic you want to read."

Helpful Tips For Writing a Half-way Decent First Sentence )

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Wearing My Fancy Scarf

  • Nov. 6th, 2007 at 8:22 PM
theemdash: (Joss)
Really, the love I have for Joss Whedon knows no bounds.

Joss has been actively supporting the Writer's Strike, which I wholeheartedly support, and posting various things to Whedonesque (thank you [livejournal.com profile] elecrtcspacegrl for linking to the posts). Most recently he wrote a beautiful post on writing and why it's work. If you're a writer, you should read it. If you don't understand that writing is hard, you should read it (and then identify yourself because really, what are you doing on my flist?).

So, go, read, learn something from Joss.

We’re talking about story-telling, the most basic human need. Food? That’s an animal need.

Wearing My Fancy Scarf

  • Nov. 6th, 2007 at 8:22 PM
theemdash: (Joss)
Really, the love I have for Joss Whedon knows no bounds.

Joss has been actively supporting the Writer's Strike, which I wholeheartedly support, and posting various things to Whedonesque (thank you [livejournal.com profile] elecrtcspacegrl for linking to the posts). Most recently he wrote a beautiful post on writing and why it's work. If you're a writer, you should read it. If you don't understand that writing is hard, you should read it (and then identify yourself because really, what are you doing on my flist?).

So, go, read, learn something from Joss.

We’re talking about story-telling, the most basic human need. Food? That’s an animal need.

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