As every author with internet access must know by now, November is the time when we all busy ourselves writing 50,000 shiny new words for NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month.
It's a wonderful community, and a great idea - write, every day, no matter how terrible, and hit your targets. At the end of the month, you'll have a decent chunk of what might become a book. But for the rest of the year, you have to rely on yourself for the motivation to write enough to hit your goals.
Software can help, sure - ApolloPad highlights the days you've reached your targets, and makes a feature of your streaks, when you hit your target several days in a row - but there's nothing quite like third-party badgering and expectation to keep the ink flowing.
InCoWriMo is a little different to NaNoWriMo, but the basics are the same. You have to write, every day, for a whole month. At the end of the month, you will (hopefully) have a warm sense of accomplishment.
Unlike NaNoWriMo, InCoWriMo does care about how you write. The tagline, "Vintage Social Media", sums up those limits nicely. No writing on Facebook or Twitter here. This is all about meatspace. Dead-tree mail.
That's right, for the month of February, every single day, you must write a real letter, card, note or postcard. And then affix a stamp to it. And then have it delivered, extremely slowly (compared to email) to your chosen recipient. And this year, that means 29 deliverable items.
We're looking forward to it, and if you'd like us to send you something then please email us your address.
P.S. NaNoWriMo, InCoWriMo ... what's next? PoWriMo - Post-It Writing Month, fitting small stories on Post-Its? BloPoWriMo - Blog Post Writing Month ... though not many bloggers need the motivation. ShoStoWriMo - Short Story Writing Month? Or maybe AnoCriWriMo - Anonymous Criticism Writing Month, which sounds like a great excuse to let off some steam.