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16 December 2016 @ 08:00 am
Get Your Words Out!  
Last year I participated in an awesome community called getyourwordsout, which is basically all about setting a yearly writing goal with monthly check-ins to see how you're doing. I really enjoyed playing along last year, and I plan on joining again in 2017, so I thought I'd do a quick pimp for anybody who might be interested.

You can find out more about the community here, but essentially there are 7 "levels" of participation raging from 75k words in a year to 500k. I hit my goal of 200k this past year, and I think I'm going to shoot for 250k in 2017!

There are a ton of really interesting and thought-provoking posts on writing that go up throughout the year, and there's no shortage of support if you need it.

Anyway, if you're the kind of person who likes structure and goals (like me!) then I'd totally recommend. Sign-ups are open until January 15th! :D
cabinetcaligaricabinetcaligari on December 16th, 2016 04:41 pm (UTC)
250k O_o

I didn't came here to sign up as well (since I churn out 10k a year if I'm trying REALLY hard), but to ask you if you're still human haha, and to tell you I think it's awesome to challenge yourself like that and raising the bar again. I'm eager to see what 2017 will bring in terms of glorious fic from you :) <3
wicked smut goddessgracerene on December 16th, 2016 05:07 pm (UTC)
Haha, I know! I'm a little insane, apparently...

nia_kantorka: festive seasonnia_kantorka on December 16th, 2016 05:00 pm (UTC)
Very interesting com, but even the light pledge with 75k will be unrealistic to reach. Just have taken a look: didn't even manage 50k in the years I didn't take a writing break. The whole concept is great though.

Wow, 250k is quite an impressive number of words. Good luck with reaching your goal, hon!
wicked smut goddessgracerene on December 17th, 2016 02:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, the comm is definitely not for everybody. :D

Thanks so much!
carpemermaid: Default Dancarpemermaid on December 16th, 2016 05:22 pm (UTC)
Ohh this is awesome and totally what I need!!! I just counted up my words the other day and I hit just over 200k for 2016. I'm not planning to do as many fests next year, but I do want to get work done on all my WIPs! I'm totally signing up, thanks for sharing darling!
wicked smut goddessgracerene on December 17th, 2016 02:57 am (UTC)
Nice! I'm excited you're joining up!
candamiracandamira on December 16th, 2016 05:29 pm (UTC)
250k... That's an ambitious goal, but I know you thrive on a challenge and so I have no doubt you'll make it. :-)

Thanks for calling my attention to gywo. I was tempted for ten seconds because I know I get more done when I have defined goal. But to be honest, participating in some fests is enough of a challenge for me. Just checked on AO3: my average word count/year is 51k, and that's what I'm comfortable with. Forcing myself to write 25k more would probably kill the fun for me. If I write more in 2017 - fine. If I end up with 10k - also fine.

Go you, grace!
wicked smut goddessgracerene on December 17th, 2016 02:58 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, hon! <3
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wicked smut goddessgracerene on December 17th, 2016 02:54 am (UTC)
Yay! That's so exciting!
oceaxeoceaxe on December 16th, 2016 05:47 pm (UTC)
This is awesome and exactly what I need to get started on original fic. I requested to join! Thanks for the head's up!

I wrote about 150k in six months this year, I think I'll aim for 200k in the hopes that at least 50k of that will be original.

Edited at 2016-12-16 05:49 pm (UTC)
wicked smut goddessgracerene on December 17th, 2016 04:41 am (UTC)
Awesome! That sounds like a great goal! :D
Amoretteamorette on December 16th, 2016 06:25 pm (UTC)
Congrats on reaching your 200k word goal! That's brilliant, I'm so happy for you. I love that the community helped you and was such a guiding force.

I keep debating about signing up but I'm worried I actually won't be able to keep up with it. Like, forcing myself to follow a routine or a schedule is one of the hardest things for me, I really need to work on that in general. I feel like I like the idea of being structured but then when I have to implement it or stick with it, I just can't bring myself to. Something I need to sort out and work on, for sure.

But I do like the idea of how they post so much ABOUT writing. I love posts like that so much. Maybe I will just do the smallest amount, the 75k... which is still a lot to feel like I'm promising, but maybe it's really not that bad considering how much fic I do want to complete.
wicked smut goddessgracerene on December 17th, 2016 02:54 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!

Yeah, the comm is great for encouragement and check-ins, etc, but as long as you are checking in, there aren't any penalties for not hitting your goal. If that helps? It can kind of be as structured or as unstructured as you want. :D
쉘리 Unmistakably Oatmeal: ALi - blows you a kisssdkshelly on December 16th, 2016 06:58 pm (UTC)
Oh I've done this the past two years. This reminds me I need to sign up again. I never make my goal, LOL, but it's helped me make and keep smaller writing goals throughout the year. Maybe 2017 will be the charm for me!

Congrats on hitting your goal! That's wonderful!
wicked smut goddessgracerene on December 17th, 2016 04:45 am (UTC)
Good luck with your 2017 writing goal!
nerak_rose on December 16th, 2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
just here to second how GREAT gywo is :D *fistpump* good luck with your pledge!
wicked smut goddessgracerene on December 17th, 2016 04:42 am (UTC)
Thanks! You too!
Guinishiftylinguini on December 17th, 2016 09:05 am (UTC)
Oh wow, thanks for posting this, Grace!!! I would love to participate in something like this and set a goal, I sort of flounder without deadlines and dates and goals in mind. and wow, 200k!!! That's amazing :D and 250k next year, woo!!

I have no idea what might be an achievable goal for me. Anyway, thanks for posting this!!

wicked smut goddessgracerene on December 19th, 2016 04:19 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you like the idea of it. I saw you signed up, which is awesome. :D
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 17th, 2016 12:47 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, Grace! Even though I know I've pretty much read every single K of those 200K (I'm still planning to read your After Cam big bang, I have it on my ipad!) it's still amazing knowing the final word count, I'm so happy and proud! :D

YAY For next year filled with words! \o/
wicked smut goddessgracerene on December 19th, 2016 04:21 am (UTC)
Haha, you totally have read almost all of those words! Except for a few of the non-HP ones and the ones for the fics I haven't finished yet. But you'll see those eventually!

LOL, but I totally feel you! It doesn't feel like 200k!!
this mundane stuff called lifewinnett on December 18th, 2016 05:23 pm (UTC)
I love structure and goals! I don't do wordcount goals, though, mainly project goals.

Good luck with our words! That's a lot of them!
wicked smut goddessgracerene on December 19th, 2016 04:24 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!

Yeah, the word count structure isn't for everybody, but I really enjoy it. :)

Edited at 2016-12-19 04:24 am (UTC)
Sabetheasabethea on December 20th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
Ooh, have signed up for 200k. Meep.
wicked smut goddessgracerene on December 20th, 2016 10:32 pm (UTC)