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Tis the Season of Writing Dangerously!

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Sign-ups for the Season of Writing Dangerously are now closed. Thank you to all of our participants and cheerleaders, and congratulations to those of you who made your goals!


Starting on the Solstice, June the 21st, and running all through the Equinox on the 23rd of September, we invite Tolkien writers and artists to participate in the Season of Writing Dangerously!

We offer you the chance to get started on them! During the Season of Writing Dangerously, you can tackle those pieces you always wanted to write or finish. You don't have to pledge to finish; instead, you set your own goals to make as much progress as you think you can handle. Once you set your goal, we'll help you connect with a cheerleader (although this is not mandatory), and participants will all receive an award at the end of the Season! With whatever goal you want to set, we take you as seriously as you take yourself. It is your party; we only pass out the invitation to play!

How to Participate as an Author/Artist

When Solstice comes around, we will open a LiveJournal entry where you can sign up by stating your goal. Throughout the Season, you can peruse the SWG LiveJournal to receive motivation, share your progress, or ask for help with your project. At the end of the Season, we will post a general entry where you can brag about your achievements.

So there is no minimum or maximum word count?

Nope! You set your own goals, be it 50 to 100,000 words or even more! Goals not centered on a word count--writing five new chapters or finishing the editing on a story--are also acceptable--it's your choice! What we will offer is an award when you achieve your goal. Since you will be the one writing, you get to state what you find doable to achieve. Your goal can be anything.

I'm an artist, not a writer. How do I participate?

Artists are welcome to play as well. Only instead of a word-count, you get to state what piece(s) you would like to finish, rework, or start.

I want to participate but am not a writer or an artist. What can I do?

Please consider signing up as a cheerleader. Writers and artists need and appreciate all the support they can get, and yes, there will also be something in it for you! We believe that giving your fellow writers and artists support will help them; it can be just that nudge to continue or be that firm rock that authors can go to.

Why do I have to declare my goal on a public LJ entry?

This is to help you in your word count, by making a public commitment, and so that potential cheerleaders can find you to support you, if you want. This way the moderators can also see who wants to participate!

Can I complete more than one story, artwork, or project?

Absolutely! The sky is the limit!

Does my story or artwork have to be Silmfic specifically?

As with many of our other events, like Back to Middle-earth Month, we welcome sign-ups from every corner from the Tolkien sandbox. However, stories and art shared on our website or community should be Silmarillion-based.

Can I write anything? Poetry, short stories, drabbles, essays, novels, novellas ... anything?

Yes!

What happens if I don't make my goal?

If you don't reach your goal that means you exceeded the goal just under it. For example: your goal is 10,000 words. You only make 4,000 words. You win an award that will reflect your 4,000-word win!

What happens if I exceed my goal?

If there is still time, you can always raise your goal again. Or you can snatch your reward and run.

What happens if I know I'm not going to make my goal?

You can lower your goal with no penalties whatsoever.

Please sign up on our LiveJournal post or contact the mods if you're interested in setting a goal and joining our challenge!

How to Participate as a Cheerleader

Volunteers who want to cheerlead will be assigned an author or artist (or more than one, if you dare!) to encourage across the duration of the Season of Writing Dangerously. We absolutely encourage participating writers and artists to cheerlead as well. As a cheerleader, you will support your assigned author or artist in whatever way you two decide. This might include brainstorming for ideas over email, sending encouraging notes, or providing support over chat as the writer or artist works toward a particular goal.

Cheerleaders will also receive a banner at the end of the event.

Authors and artists who want the support of a cheerleader will be matched with a cheerleader who shares their interests and preferred modes of communication. Please sign up on our LiveJournal post or contact the mods if you're interested!

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