Giving DigiWriMo a Shot

Well, it’s #DigiWriMo time again.

Actually, I have no idea if this is a thing or not—I just heard about it for the first time about twelve hours after it already had begun and folks from all over the interweb (though seemingly mostly from Oregonish) already had written a poem that only makes sense if you consider the rules followed in creating it.

DigiWriMo cleverly refers to Digital Writing Month—not to be confused with National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo), which also incidentally occurs in November but is way, way harder. Both month-long intense writing projects encourage participants to compose 50,000 original words between 12:01am on November 1st and 11:59 on November 30th. Nat’l Novel Writing Month is of course after a 50,000-word novel. I attempted NaNoWriMo last year and barely came in at a quarter of the goal.

Digital Writing is different—it calls for 50,000 digital words, words written online in tweets, blogs, Facebook posts, whatever. And unlike a novel, your DigiWriMo words don’t apparently have to have much or any cohesion if you’d prefer they didn’t.

Red, fleeing snuffles catted angrily aside the sharp-knotted Zamboni.  (Ten words. Count it.)

OK, but actually I want to make DigiWriMo work for me this month. I sit on a lot of blog ideas that I don’t ever get around to writing—for a variety of reasons. And some of those ideas I jot down somewhere and rarely in the same place. And others of those ideas I just sort of forget about.

It might be that #digiwrimo will push me to get some of that out this month. That’s the idea, anyway, from what I understand.

“The key to success is your imagination and your love of experimentation, exploration, and fun.” That’s from the website.

And so I will write.

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