Wednesday, October 31, 2012

MiniWriMo -- An Alternative to NaNoWriMo

A short history of MinWriMo ...

I started the Written Remains Writers Guild MiniWriMo three years ago AFTER writing a 50,000 word novel during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). If you're interested in how and why that came about you can find out in my article the Origins of MiniWriMo.

The first year only Written Remains guild members participated. In our second and third years, MiniWriMo was open to the public. The second year we had 20 participants, the third year 22. This year, our fourth, as of this writing, we have 33 participants officially signed up and 10 more considering taking part. Many of the folks who have participated in past years have continued to participate every year. This year we also have an unprecedented number of new participants.

More general information about the 4th Annual WR MiniWriMo can be found on the WR Guild blog.

Once folks have done a MinWriMo, they start to see the beauty and usefulness of it. Yes, it's a page-a-day challenge, BUT, you can write as much as you want. If you want to write 1,667 words a day and have 50,000 words at the end of 30 days, you can, BUT you COMMIT to writing no less than 250 words/1 page a day. This challenge is almost fail proof because most folks, if they had to, could write the minimum number of words/pages, 7,500, in a day or two. This is a good thing because people want to succeed and MiniWriMo gives them a way to succeed under almost any circumstances. In MiniWriMo you can also expect a better quality manuscript and less extensive editing than you'd have to look forward to from a NaNo novel.

If you're interested in signing up, you can do it here at the WR MiniWriMo Facebook group.

Since I started participating in the WR MiniWriMo three years ago, and more recently in the MinWriMo spin off, the 250 Plus Facebook Group for Writers, which also sponsors the Summer Writing Challenge, my writing output has experienced a huge increase. I'm not a fast writer by any means and I'm deep into re-writing and editing a novel, but with MiniWriMo and the 250 Plus Group I've consistently written at least four short stories / novellas each year, and a number of poems, articles, and blog posts. This may not sound like a big deal to a lot of writers, but believe me, it's a big deal for me.

Some good news related to MiniWriMo that I'm announcing here first is that the story I wrote during last year's MiniWrimo, The Future of Flesh, has been accepted for publication and will come out in an anthology from Smart Rhino Publications in early 2013. You can find me here on the contributors' roster.

This year I'll be working on another story for an anthology to which I've been invited. I'm eagerly looking forward to November and the challenge for which we've been preparing since mid-October.

The WR MiniWriMo has been growing every year since its inception. This year we have participants from England and France. Slowly, but surely MiniWrimo is building a global writing community.

Maybe you'd like to join us.