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Announcing GRAPEMO 2014

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Yes, yes, yes--it's almost time for GRAPEMO!

for those of you may not know, is a month-long writing challenge for writers at every level,, and it begins on Saturday, February 1st. Absolutely everyone is welcome--we've had some great successes here in the past--and you don't need to belong to Livejournal to participate.

What GRAPEMO is:

1. One full month of writing/revising/editing/outlining/world-building/illustrating/and/or anything else you need to accomplish.

2. Runs from February 1st through February 28th.

3. An exercise in discipline without the mandatory word count of NaNoWriMo.

4. FUN!


1. A race or a contest. *

2. A month-long life destroyer.

3. A critique group.

4. Goals set in stone.

5. Ever, ever a waste of time!

All you need is a PERSONAL WRITING GOAL (PWG): This can be anything you want it to be. A certain number of words to either a brand new story or something you’re already working on. Finishing up a current project. Revisions or edits. A short story, a synopsis, an outline, or even a legible query letter. It’s whatever you want it to be—and the best thing is, as time marches on and you realize there’s no way you’re going to reach your original goal (life, as we know it, often gets in our way), you're free to change it. All I want is for you to be actively working on something for 4 straight weeks, with a solid plan to achieve a realistic goal.

The first thing you need to do, if you want to join in, is to send me a PM here on LJ or else e-mail me at sassenach43 at aol dot com, to let me know. I’ll be posting participants' names and adding to the list on a regular basis.

Then, sometime between today and January 30th, please send me (same as above) your PWG. PLEASE be sure to write “PWG” in the subject heading so I don’t miss it. On January 31st I’ll post the complete list here of all participants and their PWGs. Once GRAPEMO starts, every Monday I’ll be posting everyone’s weekly update (think "progress reports") so we can all see how we’re progressing. If you need to revise your goal, let me know at that time.


1. LJ users can PM me and everyone else can e-mail these to me over the weekends. Again, put PWG or “update” or something else in the subject heading. Tell me how you’re doing!

2. Please try to get these in by Sunday night so I can post them in a timely manner.

3. Important: Please do NOT post your updates in the comment sections of posts.


* THIS is my favorite part! In fact, even though this is not a contest by any stretch of the imagination, I usually bestow lovely prizes (names drawn at random) on unsuspecting participants. Each time you send me a “teaser” of your current project, you’ll automatically be entered into the drawing. One teaser, one chance…five teasers, five chances…you get it. These will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays by noon.

1. Tuesday teasers need to be in by Monday night, Thursday teasers by Wednesday night. Teasers received too late to be posted will be saved for the next teaser day.

2. Teasers should be roughly 300 words.

3. Remember to include a TITLE and your NAME. If you are an LJ user and you e-mail me, please be sure to include your LJ handle.

4. Please put “TEASER” in the subject line so I don’t miss it.

5. If you send a teaser and don't see it posted, please let me know. I *have* been known to miss them in my cluttered inboxes. :)

The TEASERS are absolutely the best part of this, so don't be shy! These are not for critiquing, just for our own reading enjoyment!

Any questions?

Remember, you do NOT have to be a member of Live Journal to participate. Also remember these are public posts and anything you write can be seen by everyone. Anyone can comment on a post--just sign your name so I know who you are. Non-LJ user comments are always screened but they *will* be posted.

NOTE: For those of you on Facebook, I will regularly post reminders there as well, as well as links to all GRAPEMO entries.

Any questions?

So...WHO'S IN? Smiley


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 21st, 2014 04:19 pm (UTC)
GrapeNuts unite!
You know I'm in!
Jan. 22nd, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
Re: GrapeNuts unite!
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