So. If you’re me, your morning goes like this: You wake up, get the kids some breakfast, make your coffee and sit down at the computer. Open the Word document containing your WIP. Push a few more banana slices at your 16-month-old. Look back at your screen and rattle your fingers across the keys once or twice. You know. A warm up. Oooh, TweetDeck is showing a shiny new Twitter update. With a blog post about #writing. Click. Ooh. That link has another shiny link to another blog post about writing. Click. Pass the other 16-month-old more bananas. Get another cup of coffee. Wash your 3-year-old’s hands. And face. Then do the same for the twins. Get everyone out of their highchairs and booster seats. Get more coffee. Help the kids organize a rousing game of “run around the living room”. Settle down and read the kids some books. The kids get up and begin playing with toys on their own. Go back to the Word document containing your WIP. Whew.
Time to write. At this point you might have 30 minutes to get some words on paper. 30-freaking-minutes. Maybe. Who the H can write anything decent in 30 minutes? You’re a stay-at-home-mother, you better figure out how. Unless you plan on giving up sleep entirely.
Well, I am here to tell you, 30 minutes is the perfect amount of time…for #wordmongering. It’s the newest Twitter writing sensation. No, I didn’t invent it (if only I was so clever). @MonicaMarieH and @notveryalice did. It’s based on the concept of Word War. Warmongering is encouraging someone to war. Word Warmongering is encouraging someone to Word War. Smoosh those words together for an easily identifiable hashtag and #wordmongering is born.
The concept? 30 minutes on/30 minutes off. Starting on the :00 or :30 of any given hour (so all time zones can participate), dedicate 30 full minutes to writing (no internet distractions…if your child is screaming, I suppose we can forgive you 🙂 ). Work on whatever project you have going. A blog entry. A novel. A short story. Whatever WIP you have that needs work. At the end of 30 minutes, post your word count on Twitter under the #wordmongering hashtag. Then bust out those virtual poms and cheer on your fellow wordmongers. Did you add 1,000 words? WOO HOO! Did you add 10 words? That’s 10 more than you had before the 30 minutes–AWESOME! Everyone wins.
Next, rest for 30 minutes. Simple. Want to keep writing during that rest time? Go ahead. Need to take your 3-year-old to the potty chair? Do that. Need to research or outline for the next 30 minute session? It’s the perfect time.
You’d be amazed at how much you can get done in just 30 minutes. Join in whenever you can and encourage your writerly friends to join too. Everyone is welcome and you can come and go as you need.
Are you ready for #wordmongering? On the :00…GO!
And…(Reading Rainbow style) you don’t have to take my word for it, see what my fellow wordmongers have to say: