A little over a week ago, I was spending my Friday night with BETWEEN (just like I do every Friday night, basically, because my life is so insanely wild). I tweeted something about how we should have a Write Club for those of us who were spending our Friday night writing.
It was kind of a joke. I enjoyed the fact that Write Club rhymes with Fight Club. I thought a couple of people would jump on board. So you can imagine my surprise when basically all of Twitter was like, "HEY! THAT IS A FANTASTIC IDEA AND IT SHALL HAPPEN NOW."
It took about 20 minutes for #WriteClub to start trending and I counted over 115 writers using the hashtag. It trended for at least four hours before I went to bed. Since then, I've seen the hashtag pop up all over the place at various times of day during the week when someone's looking for company to write with. We did it again the next Friday night, and I'm hoping to keep it going every Friday.
I've gotten several tweets and DMs about it since that first night, so I thought I'd compile a quick FAQ for you here, if you're interested.
So what exactly IS #WriteClub?
We do thirty minute writing sprints with fifteen minute breaks between them. I tweet start and stop times from @FriNightWrites. It doesn't matter what you're writing. And at this point, I'm revising, not writing. Basically this is just something to help us stay focused and get things done together!
How do I join?
There's a pretty complicated membership process. It involves you following @FriNightWrites and using the #WriteClub hashtag so people can find you. And also you have to tell me how delightful I am at least once a day. That's the biggest requirement.
What's the quickest way to annoy Megan?
I'm SO happy you asked! If you use #WriteClub to tweet nonstop marketing about your book, I will be super annoyed. If you don't know how much the aggressive tweeting about your book irritates me, then you obviously don't pay enough attention to me. I can't stand it when people do this. So spamming me and adding #WriteClub to the end of it really irritates me. Please don't.
(Sharing good news is one thing. Announcing a book deal with all your #WriteClub buddies is great. Telling me your book is on sale, fine. But if you tweet and tweet and tweet and tweet and tweet about it, I will have all the unkind thoughts about you. All of them.)
I usually start the sprints around 8pm EST and quit around midnight. Then the lovely Darci Cole (@Darci_Cole) offered to run some sprints for the West coast folks, so she takes over when I quit and runs them til around 11pm PST. (So BASICALLY- we're doing #WriteClub from 8pm - 2am EST).
You can also look for the hashtag anytime to see if anyone happens to be writing during the week, or tweet it yourself and see who wants to join in. I've seen several tweets that mention how much work everyone is getting done by having some kind of structured writing time...and I just LOVE THAT. It definitely keeps me from getting too caught up in tweeting when I should be writing, and I'm glad that other people are finding it useful also!
So jump in anytime! It's a great way to meet other writers, find critique partners and beta readers, and generally just get to know some fun people!