#500WordsOctober 2014 “Guidelines”

I’ve decided to challenge myself and anyone else who wants to join up to do writing-habit-tune-up before NaNoWriMo (or whatever other writing goals you may have through the end of the year).  As I “pants” my way through NaNo in most years, preparing is a process of habit, not organization, so here we are.

500 words seemed a good amount to be able to pull off as a daily habit without exhausting the creative reserves needed for more strenuous upcoming challenges.  500 words is two sprints, 30 minutes with your notebook on a lunch break, a blog post you needed to catch up with, or even a background write-up for a character on a work in progress.  Easy peasy, right?

The “Guidelines” for #500WordsOctober are simple:

  • Write 500 words every day for the month of October.
  • If you miss a day, don’t make up the words; just skip it and focus on the next day.
  • Write on any project you feel like: fiction, non-fiction, game writing, blog posts, notes, post-by-email roleplaying… Whatever.
  • Use #500WordsOctober on your daily, semi-daily, weekly, or whenever-you-remember updates.

That’s it!  See you on Twitter.  And may the muse be with you.  (192 words)