We are a group of writers aiming to increase our writing productivity in the year 2019. It’s often too easy to let writing fall to the side, and to later regret the words we never wrote. We offer ten challenging pledge levels for those who are serious about increasing their word count or writing habit over the year.
Membership is closed for 2019! If you are interested in joining for 2020, please visit the community on Dreamwidth and watch for updates later this year.
2019 Word Count Pledges
2019 Habit Pledges
If it wasn’t for half of the spreadsheets and challenges that exist within Get Your Words Out, I don’t think I would’ve written as much as I have this year and figured out how best to track/motivate myself.
I’m super happy with what the Habit Pledge did for me this year. On days when in the past I would not otherwise have written, due to exhaustion or lack of creative juice, I could tell myself, do some editing for 30 minutes and then you’ve at least done something. That tricked my brain into actually doing more, and I managed to finish stuff.
The thing I love the most and find the most motivating about Get Your Words Out is the community aspect of it. You always know there are other people working on something and that there will be someone there if you need help or to talk something out or to have impromptu word wars to boost your count or help you get a story done.
I will be joining you guys again next year as I’ve written more words this year that I ever dreamed possible and I hope to finish this year with 250,000 words!
Signing up in 2017 was really a great decision for me as it really kept me on track with projects and I was tons more organized with my word count.
I love and am so grateful for this community. At the March check-in I was thinking about giving up for the first time in my GYWO history and thanks to the support and encouragement I found here, I wrote 47,000 words in April and more than doubled my word count for the year.
On the days when writing is hardest, GYWO encourages me to try to get at least a few words down. And as we all know, writing even just a few words leads to a few sentences, a few paragraphs, a few scenes, a few chapters. For me, it’s led me to the original fiction novel I’m now in the process of developing.
For anyone looking to write consistently, to tackle projects that seem to large, or simply to put one word after another on the page to see where it all leads, I recommend GYWO.
…I discovered that, while 5000 words (or whatever number) seems like a huge amount, the counts add up fast, especially if I don’t stress over the total and just go with the flow. I feel as if once I started challenging myself, the feeling just stayed there. Instead of feeling irritated that I have to write every day, I feel annoyed when something prevents me from writing every day. Best of all, I’d gotten back into writing via fanfiction, but I’m starting to feel the pull to get back to my original stuff, which was my goal all along.