In preparation for National Novel Writing Month in November, the regulars of the Piker Press like to do a little warm-up sprint we call 10K for Labor Day.
The rules are simple. Write ten thousand words over the course of Labor Day weekend. Traditionally, the contest starts at midnight Friday, September 03, 2004 and ends at midnight Monday, September 06, 2004. As in NaNoWriMo, quantity is the issue, not quality. This is an honor system event, and no entries need be mailed in or word counts verified. It's simply a chance to get a taste of how November will treat you. And an excuse to write. (We're always game for those.)
Feel free to whine, panic, toot your own horn and announce your failure or success on the 10k By Labor Day thread in the "Piker Press" discussion forum.
For novices, first timers, people who don't have the weekend off and those who type painfully slowly, we also encourage you to participate in a 3K by Labor Day! abbreviated version.
Not entirely sure what to write, how to write it, or why you should even bother? Check out the FAQs and rules at NaNoWriMo.org. They describe exactly what we're doing here, and why it's so much fun and good for you. The difference being, of course, that we're doing 10k (or 3k) words in 3 days instead of 50k in 30 days.
Got it? Great! Good luck.