#WriteClub NaNo Marathon 2014

Guys.
GUYS.
Do you realize that #WriteClub has been a THING for TWO FULL YEARS? That’s right. Twenty-four months, baby. One-hundred and four weeks. (Give or take, I mean we’d have to ask #StatsGuy…) I don’t even know how many sprints that is, or how many reports we’ve had, but I bet #StatsGuy could tell us and I bet it’s a LOT.
And YOU helped make that happen.
In celebration of the second anniversary of WriteClub’s creation, we’re very excited to host our second sprint marathon for NaNoWriMo writers on November 6th through 8th!!! WOOOO!!!!
*shoots off confetti and fireworks but not together because that could be dangerous…..*
Last year, the 372 international participants of our marathon wrote over 1.2 MILLION words in a forty-eight hour period. It was an incredible thing to be part of. Behind the scenes it was crazy and fun and exhausting, but we did it, and we’re SO EXCITED to do it again! We’re lucky we have even MORE Sprint Leaders this year, too, so hopefully we won’t get as tired as we did last time, but if we start breaking out into show tunes, at least you’ll know why.
SO! Mark your calendars!
#WriteClub NaNoWriMo Marathon
Midnight Friday morning in Sydney Australia, Nov. 7th
through
Midnight Friday night on the US East Coast, Nov. 7th.
(The time-math is crazy, but it’s basically almost forty-eight hours, guys.)
For the US, it means Thursday morning to Friday night.
Aussies, midnight Thursday night/Friday morning until midnight Saturday night.
UK, you guys are somewhere in between, and my brain isn’t functioning at full capacity so I don’t know what times to tell you. 
And you know… we might do more. I’m pretty sure we did last year, at least.
SPREAD THE WORD! We’re working on collecting prizes and organizing the schedule so we can make sure to give you guys the BEST NaNoWriMo Marathon EVER!
Because YOU deserve it.
See you on Friday, folks.
-THE CREW
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2013 Year End Stats from StatsGuy

Here we go, UK first, US second:

 

UK:

47 weeks, beginning 2/8. A total of 2,155,321 words, that’s 47,857.89 words/wk 🙂

553 people participated in at least one sprint. There were 412 total sprints run for the year. A total of 3,712 sprint reports were made! 150 of those sprints were larger than 5000 words; 16 went over 10K, and 2 went over 20K. The entire top 9 largest sprints were on 11/1 during what would have been the normal UK #writeclub time in the midst of the marathon. All were over 14K.

 

By month:

February: 27,378 words
March: 112,724 words
April: 172,462 words
May: 218,148 words
June: 169,830 words
July: 263,166 words
August: 265,657 words
September: 206,158 words
October: 170,402 words
November: 436,651 words
December: 112,705 words

 

Top 5 weeks:

171,461 — November 1st (normal UK time of marathon)
90,292 — July 19th (my birthday!)
85,475 — November 8th
74,481 — November 15th
72,041 — July 26th

 
OK US TIME:

52 weeks! 5,810,983 words! That’s 111,749.67 words/wk! 521 individual sprints were run across the 52 weeks, a total of 8,959 sprint reports were made! Holy crap!

Of the 521 sprints, 272 of them crossed the 10K barrier, 67 were above 15K, 18 went over 20K, 3 went over 25K, 1 over THIRTY THOUSAND WORDS. Believe it or not, during normal US #writeclub time during the marathon, the top 4 sprints were had. The top sprint outside the marathon was on 4/12, when 23,609 words were reported.

 

By month:

January: 149,809 words
February: 314,523 words
March: 602,336 words
April: 415,234 words
May: 425,389 words
June: 486,925 words
July: 587,892 words
August: 617,340 words
September: 566,640 words
October: 437,839 words
November: 840,592 words
December: 368,085 words

 

Top 5 weeks:

234,716 — November 1st (during normal US #writeclub time of marathon)
203,151 — July 19th (my birthday!)
185,250 — September 6th
175,904 — November 8th
170,499 — July 5th

 

9 times the US crossed 150K. Once achieving 50K for the first time, we never went back under it EXCEPT that day in May we weren’t going to have it but did 4 sprints anyway. 🙂

 

I have MORE I’m working on, but these are the high points.
See you soon!

StatsGuy

Aussie #WriteClub FINALLY!

Hello WriteClub-ers!

Today we’d like to introduce you to the newest members of the Crew,

Rochelle (@RochelleSharpe) and Emily (@TheLoonyTuney)!

They both live in Eastern Australia, and are going to be taking the WriteClub reins from 7pm-midnight Sydney time. what does that mean for you? Well, do the math. 7pm Sydney time is midnight US Pacific. Sooo…

…that’s a lot of WriteClub.

For anyone NOT in NSW, AU, the Aussies will be writing during THESE TIMES:

UK: 8am-1pm

US East: 3am-8am

US West: 12am-5am

There will be a gap between the Aussie’s time slot and the UK starting up, but we can manage that, right? It’s just more time for you guys to write!

We’re definitely excited to see how this works out, and crossing our fingers for great things to come in 2014! See y’all on Friday!

-THE CREW

Final Prizes! #WriteClub NaNo Marathon

HI GUYS!

First off, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the marathon! We had an amazing turn out, surpassed 1.25 MILLION WORDS and had a TON of fun.

Now, we’d like to announce the winners of our last few prizes, relating to totals.

First, special mention goes to the individuals who crossed the milestones for us:

100K – @Cylithria

250K – @punkinonwheels

500K – @kkaseynickii

1 Million – @SheeryHall

We also gave away a LOT of random drawing prizes (which I won’t name here, because there’s a LOT).

AND NOW. Below are listed the top sprinters of the marathon, along with a couple of non-sprint-related awards 🙂

Keep in mind, we only allowed each person to win ONE prize. As you’ll see, we’ve named the participants in the order they fell, choosing one who didn’t win anything else.

CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS! You all are amazing and we love you! We’ll be in touch soon to get you your prizes!

Highest wordcount in a single sprint:
WINNER: @poetIBe with 2,601

Highest wordcount on day 1: (poetibe with 57,033, tessmartinadams with 15,329)WINNER: @AngiNicole722 with 13,276

Highest wordcount day 2: (poetibe with 60,936)
WINNER: @AngeleneHeid with 16,118

Highest wordcount in entire marathon: (poetibe with 117,969)
WINNER: @tessmartinadams with 24,540

Most sprints participated in: (poetibe:55, Annie_Buren: 52, AngeleneHeid: 35) WINNER: @redangel19: 31

Most consecutive sprints participated in:
WINNER: @Annie_Buren with 22.

Most sprints with the lowest wordcount:
WINNER: @onyxkey: 29 sprints, 1410 words.

SPIRIT AWARD:
WINNER: @tayloreaton for her constant encouragement!

There you have ’em! Thanks again to everyone who participated! We’re hoping to do this next year too, but please don’t ask us to do it more often than that… we might die.

Literally.

-THE CREW

#WriteClub Marathon Details

Hiya #WriteClub-ers!

Okay. We have FOUR DAYS until the big day!

Check out THIS VIDEO to see how we’ve been preparing to motivate you during the Marathon… oh yeah, we’re ready.

REMEMBER! Sprints begin at the STROKE OF MIDNIGHT AM on November 1. And we’ll go for approximately FORTY-EIGHT HOURS.

Or until our fingers fall off. Ya know, whichever comes first.

During that time, we’ll be giving away prizes and keeping stats on wordcounts. The CREW has dutifully been emailing back and forth for a couple weeks to make sure we know what’s going on, and we’re pretty sure we’ve got the rules decided.

During the marathon, each Sprint-Leader will choose a random participant from their time block to receive a prize.  Also, Beau will be watching for the persons who take us over certain milestones, like 100K, 500K, and 1 Million words. The prizes could be anything from a prize pack of ebooks or edits to custom character artwork, to audiobooks or critiques.

We have a LOT of prizes ready for you.

Then, after the craziness is over, make sure you’re still paying attention! Because we’ll announce winners for some TOP SECRET AWARDS we’ll be looking to… award.

Hi. I’m a writer.

 

I digress. RULES ARE:

1. Follow @FriNightWrites on Twitter (In case you win we need to DM you!)

2. Report your word counts using the #WriteClub hashtag.

3. NO FIGHT CLUB JOKES.

4. Tell Megan Happy Birthday.

5. HAVE FUN!!!

 

If you have any questions feel free to @ or DM us on Twitter, and we’ll do our best to reply this week. WE’RE SO EXCITED.

-THE CREW

#WriteClubNaNo Giveaway

ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT!!! *runs around muppet flailing* Are your ideas ready for NaNoWriMo? Do you have your weekend blocked off to sprint until your fingers BLEED?

Okay, maybe not. But HEY! We have officially set up sprint shifts, so that every three to five hours you’ll get a new sprint-leader and a fresh boost to keep you going!*

For now, we have an EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE.

During the #WriteClub Nano Marathon, we will be giving away PRIZES to lucky winners throughout the weekend! Here’s a list of the AWESOME we have in store for the lucky participants!

 

**ALL prizes are available Internationally!**

 

-THREE offers of custom digital artwork of your characters done by Haley @Halogalopagos. She’s offered two simple sketches and one more detailed piece.

– A Critique of your finished NaNo novel from the lovely Sarah Benwell! (@SWritesBooks)

-Ebook copies of novels that have been finished with the help of #WriteClub! donated by the authors Elizabeth Hill (@jlizhill), Rachel O’Laughlin (@rachelolaughlin), and Helen Boswell (@HelenBozz).

-Four $20 Amazon Gift Cards offered up by Beau Barnett

-FOUR COPIES OF SCRIVENER (two Mac, two PC) (Special thanks to the folks at Literature and Latte for donating these!!! You guys ROCK!)

 

SO EXCITING, RIGHT?

 

Here are the rules to participate:

1. Follow @FriNightWrites on Twitter. (VERY important!!! This is so we can DM you if you win!)

2. Participate in sprints and use the #WriteClub hashtag.

3. Refrain from making any Fight Club jokes for the duration of the marathon, or you will be disqualified.

4. Read on for the final rule…

 

THAT’S IT. We’ll draw winners randomly throughout the weekend as we hit word count milestones. So be paying attention, and maybe YOU’LL win something awesome!

Lastly, we’ve gotta say this event is special for a lot of reasons. It’s the first anniversary of #WriteClub, it’s NaNoWriMo, and it’s also…

MEGAN WHITMER’S BIRTHDAY!!!

The boss and leader of #WriteClub has a birthday that week, so make sure you wish her the happiest of days! In fact, we’re making that a rule too. In order to win, you have to wish Megan a happy birthday.

 

All in all, it’s going to be a crazy weekend. So get your schedule set, your caffeine and snacks out, and your mode of writing ready. Let’s blow this thing out of the water.

See you November first, at the stroke of midnight. (EST)

 

*Please make sure you get sleep during this time. We are not encouraging you to stay up for 48 hours, that’s why we’re taking turns leading sprints. Be good to your brain, you need it. ❤

#WriteClubNaNo

HEY #WRITECLUB-ERS!

Just an update on #WriteClubNaNo. Unfortunately it’s looking like we won’t be able to do all of Friday for all of the world. This is still to be determined though, so we’ll update you as the time gets closer. For now, the schedule stands thus:

We’ll be kicking off #WriteClubNaNo at the stroke of midnight on the East Coast of the USA on the morning of November 1st. 

From there, we’ll run sprints starting every 40 minutes (30 write/10 break) for (tentatively) FORTY-EIGHT HOURS. 

We would LOVE to have as many people jump in on this as possible, and we’re counting on YOU GUYS to help spread the word! We’re sure there will be other hashtags running sprints (#NaNoWriMo being among them) but we’d love to see how many words we can get reported, and maybe even hit a MILLION WORDS in TWO DAYS.

We’ll cross our fingers.

So tell us, will you be there?

We will.

-The Crew