But first off, I wanted to talk about two things that I'm really excited about but are new to DIY MFA this time around. These are: writing sprints and a writing marathon.
Every Saturday during April, I'll be doing DIY MFA Writing Sprints.
Here's how it works: I'll be blocking out a chunk of time (between one and three hours) each Saturday in April to make a mega-push on my writing. Sure, this might mean making some sacrifices--like waking up an hour, or two, or three earlier than usual (ugh)--but we writers need to get used to making sacrifices for our work. These sprints will be good practice.
I'm telling you about these sprints because I'd love for you to join me!
I'll be making some iggilicious badges that you can post on your blog to show off your awesome weekend accomplishment. Also, you can use the twitter hash tag #diymfa to share how long or how much you wrote. If you don't tweet, you can also share your results in the comments for that day's DIY MFA post. Cheer-leading other DIY MFA tweeps is strongly encouraged. The idea is to create an online community of DIY MFAers writing together and encouraging each other even if they're in totally different locations across the globe.
On Sunday May 1st, to celebrate the end of DIY MFA, I'll be doing a Writing MARATHON. This idea was inspired by Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones but is a little bit different. Rather than committing to a specific time/place, writers can commit either to a full marathon (~6 hours) or a half marathon (~3 hours), then write those hours whenever or wherever during that day.
I myself will camp out somewhere in NYC and write ALL DAY. I'll post where I'm writing so that folks in NYC can come by and join even if it's just for a short sprint. Also, like with the sprints, people are encouraged to tweet their progress and encourage each other to make it through the marathon. At the end of the day, we'll have a post-marathon, post-DIY MFA twitter party!
So my question for you is: are you in?