Alright! Back in February 2013, I put together a writing challenge called the Gumpathon! It’s a 30-day challenge, not unlike the NaNoWriMo events, that encourages writers to finish off any drafts they’ve started! If you have a single novel you need to hammer out, just want to throw together a short story anthology, or have a handful of projects that don’t exactly have endings, THE GUMP IS FOR YOU!
But you know what else? I’m expanding it this year. I want to include all creatives in our little Gumpathon. Artists, finish that painting, sculpture, or installation you’ve been working on! Musicians, spin us something beautiful! Crafters, crochet an afghan! Put all of your vacation photos from last year into a scrapbook! Sew that skirt!
So, here’s how it’s going to be. I can provide the writing side of this, but if you think the crafting, arting, etc community should have some guidelines of its own, suggest some! My contact page is above, or you can just post on my Facebook wall! Let’s complete the guidelines so we can make this a yearly tradition, right?
Awesome. So, here are the writing rules:
- Set your own goal and stick to it. No flip-flopping. Pick a word count you want to achieve within the month, and make it happen.
- The write-a-thon starts at midnight on 1 May 2016. To clarify, you shoulduse a novel or project you’ve already started! You just cannot count anything prior tothe start date.
- All word counts must be reported by 31 May 2016, 11:59:59 PM. You can do this on the Gumpathon Facebook page or the Kit MacConnell Facebook page! We don’t have an actual site for the Gumpathon yet, but that may change in the future.
If anyone has any ideas for rules or even rewards, feel free to pitch them. And if any non-Gumpers want to be a part of the community, check us out on Facebook: Writers with Gumption!