Writing can be a lonely pursuit, with much of the work taking place alone with your computer. Sometimes finding the motivation to write can be a struggle. One of the greatest gifts any writing community gives is a nudge to do more and keep at it. I’m so grateful to belong to a virtual accountability group. They help me set goals and keep on task with writing sprints and other motivation. I don’t know what I would do without them!
There are also larger online organizations aimed at helping writers get words on the page. NaNoWriMo (Nation Novel Writing Month) started as an online challenge to write 50k words in November, and has grown into a huge annual event with extra writing challenges in April and June. There are sprint rooms and message boards, and even ways to connect with other writers locally. Years and years ago, I found my first in-person writers group from a NaNoWriMo meet-up. This year, I’m doing a more relaxed NaNo. I don’t aim to get 50k words written, but I am tracking my writing and trying to do just a little more.
To help me write regularly, I’m also playing 4thewords consistently. 4thewords is an amazing online writing game, focused on rewarding authors for output. The game play is pretty standard for an RPG with quests, monsters and awards, including an avatar to dress in wild styles. The trick is that quests are won by writing words, with each monster having a word count and a time limit to defeat it.
I’ve been playing 4thewords since last November, and I’ve come to really appreciate the positive encouraging community, and the tireless work of the developers to add content and keep all the “dust warriors” motivated. Right now I’m on a quest to get a cool sword by defeating 5 Razals–which means that I’ll have written 5000 words by the time I’m done. The story line is cute, and the game play complex and interesting enough to keep me coming back for more.
If you are hoping to build a writing habit, I highly recommend it!
Jaycee Jarvis has been an avid romance reader since devouring all the Sweet Dreams books her middle school library had to offer. Also a fantasy fan from an early age, she often wished those wondrous stories had just a bit more kissing. Now she writes stories with a romantic heart set against a magical backdrop, creating the kind of book she most likes to read.
When not lost in worlds of her own creation, she resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children and a menagerie of pets.
Jaycee is a Golden Heart® finalist and author of the Hands of Destin series. The award winning first book in that series, Taxing Courtship, released in June 2018.
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