Did you know that Speedbo 2017 is just around the corner?
When I realized that it was almost Speedbo time, I actually did one of those double takes like you’d see in the old black & white movies – you know, the looks where the movie character would see someone or something and look away, only to instantly jerk their head back to make sure they saw what they thought they saw.
A fun aside on “double-takes”: this reminds me of the black & white movie “Hi Diddle Diddle.” Billy Burke is sitting down to order and the group she’s with starts doing double-takes and Billy Burke’s character actually makes a crack about them doing “double-takes” like you see “in the movies”! 🙂
Note: Watching funny black & white movies can help when you need a break from writing or from routines in general.
I Missed it – What is Speedbo Again?
Glad you asked!
Speedbo is a writing challenge that happens every year in March. The goal is whatever writing goal you choose, allowing you to set a goal that works with your schedule.
A Speedbo goal could be to write something everyday (say to write 500 words a day) or it could simply be to write for a set amount of time (such as writing for 20 minutes every morning). Alternatively, a Speedbo goal could be to spend 2 hours every Saturday for a month writing that dream plot floating around in your brain. It’s up to you really!
If you’ve ever attempted writing a novel in a month only to fail miserably, I can HIGHLY recommend Speedbo. We Speedbo participants have lots of fun – and we know how to break up the monotony of writing. Each day, over on Seekerville, any number of us cheer each other on as we “press on toward the prize (goal).” And we are pretty good at it let me tell you. The comments have been a fun diversion during many stressed times or imaginative road blocks. And boy do we know how to do giveaways. Oh, and some of us are professionals at taking time to properly engage in frivvoling. 🙂 (Hat tip to Dorothy Sayers).
All in all, Speedbo is positive in nature and by month’s end, no matter how my results stack up with my goal – I have a fun feeling of accomplishment and a very silly grin on my face. One of the best parts of it for me is that I enjoy having a bunch of Christian authors and storytellers to have cyber tea and donuts with. While we come from different backgrounds, we love the Lord and get a kick out of encouraging one another.
The cool thing about Speedbo is that all the rules are actually “non-rules.” Doesn’t that sound peachy?
You can check ‘em out here if you’d like. This year we are focused on Philippians 3:14 I Press on…
* 31 days.
* Keep the writing goal train moving.
* Don’t edit – just WRITE.
* Major goal – complete an entire book (or short story or _____).
* Figure out how you enjoy writing – with pen and paper, a computer or a typewriter (ooOOoo).
* Plan your environment – Will you write at home or at a cafe (watch your surroundings).
* Do you want music in the background? Plan an iPod playlist.
* How about snacks and drinks? Since I’m limiting my sugar and wheat intake, I make my snacks count! Plan ahead. Stock up on fresh oranges if you like snacking on them (or dark chocolate). How about drinks? Do you like some fresh lemon in your water? How about limes? Or that special motivating brand of hot tea you like?
* Do you like completing goals with to-do lists? Take a moment to see yourself sitting down to write. Plan out what you need to do before you write and make a list to prepare for your writing time. (i.e. take the dog out for a walk, set the house alarm, get the kids ready for a distracting playtime or nap, put the slow cooker on, etc.
* Have a notepad and pen next to you during your Speedbo writing time. When your writing time starts, if you think of that errand or task you forgot to do or need to do – don’t stop writing (unless absolutely necessary). Instead, write down the thing you thought of and keep on writing!
Ok – I’m In!
If this Speedbo challenge sounds like just the thing you have been looking for – hop on over to Seekerville for instructions on how to enter the challenge and how it all works.
Be sure to get alone with the Lord, your writing journal and a Bible and figure out what your writing goal will be – have fun and follow that God-given passion you have for stories. If you are looking for accountability, read the post on how that works too.
Pick a goal that is slightly out of your reach. And if you need any more encouragement – I can highly recommend Terri Savelle Foy’s YouTube channel – while it is totally unrelated to Speedbo, it does wonders on the personal Pep Talk front! 😀 Terri’s show is a great motivator from a godly perspective (and she’s a fun storyteller to boot!).
Happy Thursday and please, let me know if you sign up for Speedbo.