Thursday, September 21st, 2017 09:10 pm
"Well, it's useless to be popular with the enemy."
— Bowman Jean, Star Ocean: The Second Story

What have you been doing today?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Question: What is the worst grammar goof that ever got past you (and your betas)?
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 09:35 pm
"You turn the page, you wash your hands. You turn the page, you wash your hands."
Rocko's Modern Life

What have you been doing today?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Question for today: Do you ever flip a coin, roll a die, etc. when you are not sure what you should do next in a story?
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 05:40 pm
Another hurricane. And another. And another. My heart is with you if you are in path of any of them. ... Hurricanes aside, what have you been doing today?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

A relevant question: How many different ways do you back up or save your writing for the long term?
Monday, September 18th, 2017 07:40 pm
I am going to use the Force here: You did notice that I missed a check-in for yesterday. *waves hand* There. Now! Let us continue. I will be your host for the rest of this month, and I look forward to ending September on a high note. What have you been doing today?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

And a silly question to start things off: Do you do hand exercises at your keyboard before (or after) writing?
Monday, September 18th, 2017 08:39 pm
It's time to sign up for the October WIP challenge!

Some people join the challenge midmonth, or comment on check-in posts without signing up, which is fine -- I'm glad there's a way for the challenge to be useful in a variety of ways.

But for those of you who find the commitment of signing up useful, please leave a comment with the below information.

Signups will be open until the end of September.



  • Level of challenge: 1 chapter, 1000 words, 1 fic finished, whatever you like
  • Fandom(s) involved: if you know at this point
  • What you're looking for from the challenge: this could be as vague or specific as you like: someone to be accountable to, someone to remind you to write, someone to bounce ideas off, etc.
  • What you could offer other participants yourself: ditto!
  • How people should contact you: DW message, e-mail, IM etc.
  • Time zone: useful for seeing who might be up for a writing session at a time convenient to you


Copypaste below:



I couldn't continue to run this challenge without assistance with the daily check-in posts. Many thanks to everyone who's helped with the check-ins before!

Please let me know if you'd be interested in helping out. A week per person would be ideal (I usually assign weeks running Sunday-Saturday just for consistency). I'm happy to help come up with suggestions for discussion topics (& Friday or Saturday is usually the general chat/snippet/beta-seeking etc. post).

(& if you've completed a fic through the challenge, don't forget our collection on AO3! If you need AO3 invites, let me know.)
Saturday, September 16th, 2017 11:46 am
How is your weekend going?

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wrote
3 (42.9%)

edited
1 (14.3%)

posted
1 (14.3%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
2 (28.6%)

took a break
2 (28.6%)

dealt with life
3 (42.9%)



When did you first start writing fanfic? What was your first fandom?
Friday, September 15th, 2017 12:22 pm
Happy Friday!
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wrote
2 (66.7%)

edited
0 (0.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
1 (33.3%)

planned
1 (33.3%)

took a break
0 (0.0%)

dealt with life
0 (0.0%)



Feel free to post a snippet of something you’re working on, ask for help, or vent about something challenging in your writing. The weekend's almost here!
Thursday, September 14th, 2017 12:03 pm
How is writing, planning/researching, or editing going today?

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wrote
2 (33.3%)

edited
1 (16.7%)

posted
1 (16.7%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
1 (16.7%)

planned
4 (66.7%)

took a break
1 (16.7%)

dealt with life
3 (50.0%)



What’s your favorite book (or books!) about how to be a better writer?
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 10:47 am
We’ve made it to Wednesday! If the first part of your week was super busy, I hope the second part provides more time and space to write.
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Today I

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wrote
1 (20.0%)

edited
0 (0.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
2 (40.0%)

took a break
0 (0.0%)

dealt with life
3 (60.0%)


I’ve been making super slow progress on a fic synposis. I’m trying to lay out all of its pieces before I turn it into prose, but I wish I could get to the actual writing! How do you approach projects? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 12:41 pm
How is your writing going today?
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Today I

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wrote
1 (20.0%)

edited
0 (0.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
1 (20.0%)

took a break
1 (20.0%)

dealt with life
3 (60.0%)


What are you working on this week?
Monday, September 11th, 2017 11:22 pm

Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairings: Rose Quartz/Pearl (one-sided pining from Pearl's side), Rose Quartz/minor original male characters
Rating & Warnings: None
Estimated Fic Length: 1,000-2,000 words
Notes: There are multiple minor original male characters. The fic basically focuses on Pearl being jealous of all the other humans Rose Quartz has ever been interested in. The story is set pre-canon so there aren't really any spoilers.

The fic is only halfway done; aside from the usual spelling and grammar checks, I'm looking for someone to give feedback on whether characters are OOC or not and comment on the story's flow. I don't mind harsh critiques :3

Monday, September 11th, 2017 11:07 am
The summer is drawing to a close, and work, school, and regular life are back in swing. How does this affect your writing?
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Today I

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wrote
3 (42.9%)

edited
0 (0.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
1 (14.3%)

planned
2 (28.6%)

took a break
1 (14.3%)

dealt with life
3 (42.9%)


Do you typically write your stories from a particular point of view (first, second, or third person)? Do you switch it up depending on the fandom or the length of the story?


Sunday, September 10th, 2017 02:06 pm

Hope you're having a great weekend! How's the writing going?



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Today I

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wrote
1 (25.0%)

edited
0 (0.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
1 (25.0%)

took a break
1 (25.0%)

dealt with life
2 (50.0%)

What helps you get in the mood to write? Music? A great hot beverage? Something else special?


Saturday, September 9th, 2017 02:47 pm
How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

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Today I

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wrote
2 (50.0%)

edited
0 (0.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
0 (0.0%)

had a cheeky break
0 (0.0%)

dealt with life
2 (50.0%)



Feel free to share a snippet of something that you're working on, link to something that you've posted. Ask for any help that you're needing - beta, alpha, fact checker etc.