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This is the post to make a pledge to write 250K words in 2019. A serious word count goal to be sure, but it's a good one for anyone who's completed the smaller pledges a time or two (hint hint!). Meeting this goal requires a steady commitment to writing and a willingness to self-motivate.

For this pledge, the recommended pacing is:
• 20.8K words per month
• 685 words per day

You will not be able to change your pledge mid-year, so think carefully before pledging!


Signing up confirms that you have read the membership requirements for GYWO and your pledge, and understand that you will be required to check in monthly with your year-to-date word count.

Once you have pledged, please request to join the community. We will add everyone starting January 1.

Comments on this post are screened, but once you have been verified, you will be listed on the profile page under your pledge for 2019. If you have any questions, please ask on the Pledges & Requirements post.

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Thank you for your pledge, and we can't wait to write with you in 2019!
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This is the post to make a pledge to write 200K words in 2019. That’s just NaNoWriMo and a few big bangs, right? Doesn’t sound difficult at all, does it? It may not sound like a challenging word count goal, especially when looking at some of the other pledges, but appearances can be deceiving! Meeting 200K is no cake walk.

For this pledge, the recommended pacing is:
• 16.6K words per month
• 548 words per day

You will not be able to change your pledge mid-year, so think carefully before pledging!


Signing up confirms that you have read the membership requirements for GYWO and your pledge, and understand that you will be required to check in monthly with your year-to-date word count.

Once you have pledged, please request to join the community. We will add everyone starting January 1.

Comments on this post are screened, but once you have been verified, you will be listed on the profile page under your pledge for 2019. If you have any questions, please ask on the Pledges & Requirements post.

Cut & Paste Pledge Form:


Thank you for your pledge, and we can't wait to write with you in 2019!
[personal profile] gywomod
This is the post to make a pledge to write 150K words in 2019. You might think of it as three NaNoWriMos, but we’re hoping you’ll think of it as a way to introduce daily writing into your busy schedule. Pledging a Modest word count goal makes it easier to find time to keep on pace but still provides an excellent writing challenge.

For this pledge, the recommended pacing is:
• 12.5K words per month
• 411 words per day

You will not be able to change your pledge mid-year, so think carefully before pledging!


Signing up confirms that you have read the membership requirements for GYWO and your pledge, and understand that you will be required to check in monthly with your year-to-date word count.

Once you have pledged, please request to join the community. We will add everyone starting January 1.

Comments on this post are screened, but once you have been verified, you will be listed on the profile page under your pledge for 2019. If you have any questions, please ask on the Pledges & Requirements post.

Cut & Paste Pledge Form:


Thank you for your pledge, and we can't wait to write with you in 2019!
[personal profile] gywomod
This is the post to make a pledge to write 75K words in 2019. This word count goal was originally created for any members dealing with recurrent or chronic conditions (including illnesses that flare and mental illnesses) which impact their writing lives. Being the primary caregiver or working two jobs can also impact your writing life. You do not need to disclose any information about your situation, but if you feel you have a significant impact to the time you have available to write due to conditions entirely out of your control, this may be the pledge for you. If you have any questions about this pledge, you are more than welcome to confidentially talk to a moderator. We want to do what we can to continue to support writers and treat everyone with compassion.

For this pledge, the recommended pacing is:
• 6.25K words per month
• 205 words per day

You will not be able to change your pledge mid-year, so think carefully before pledging!


Signing up confirms that you have read the membership requirements for GYWO and your pledge, and understand that you will be required to check in monthly with your year-to-date word count.

Once you have pledged, please request to join the community. We will add everyone starting January 1.

Comments on this post are screened, but once you have been verified, you will be listed on the profile page under your pledge for 2019. If you have any questions, please ask on the Pledges & Requirements post.

Cut & Paste Pledge Form:


Thank you for your pledge, and we can't wait to write with you in 2019!
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This is the post to make a pledge to write 350 days in 2019. This habit pledge is a serious commitment, demanding that you write or work on writing tasks almost every day of the year! (You get 15 days off for illnesses and vacation—use them wisely!) If you’re already writing most days and want a pledge to help push you into writing every day, this is the pledge for you.

For this pledge, the recommended pacing is:
• 29–30 days per month

You will not be able to change your pledge mid-year, so think carefully before pledging!


Signing up confirms that you have read the membership requirements for GYWO and your pledge, and understand that you will be required to check in monthly with your year-to-date day count.

Once you have pledged, please request to join the community. We will add everyone starting January 1.

Comments on this post are screened, but once you have been verified, you will be listed on the profile page under your pledge for 2019. If you have any questions, please ask on the Pledges & Requirements post.

Cut & Paste Pledge Form:


Thank you for your pledge, and we can't wait to write with you in 2019!
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This is the post to make a pledge to write 240 days in 2019. This habit pledge is the equivalent of writing or working on writing tasks every day for eight months of the year, or writing most weekdays. That leaves plenty of time for life’s chaos and is still a major commitment to your writing life. If you have some unpredictability in your schedule, or if you have some planned vacations or absences, this may be the pledge for you.

For this pledge, the recommended pacing is:
• 20 days per month

You will not be able to change your pledge mid-year, so think carefully before pledging!


Signing up confirms that you have read the membership requirements for GYWO and your pledge, and understand that you will be required to check in monthly with your year-to-date day count.

Once you have pledged, please request to join the community. We will add everyone starting January 1.

Comments on this post are screened, but once you have been verified, you will be listed on the profile page under your pledge for 2019. If you have any questions, please ask on the Pledges & Requirements post.

Cut & Paste Pledge Form:


Thank you for your pledge, and we can't wait to write with you in 2019!
[personal profile] gywomod
This is the post to make a pledge to write 120 days in 2019. This habit pledge is the perfect starting point for building a writing habit and making your writing life a regular part of your schedule. 120 days is the equivalent of writing every day for four months, but we recommend breaking it down so you’re writing consistently over the year, for example, by writing every Saturday and Sunday plus sixteen more days to hit 120.

For this pledge, the recommended pacing is:
• 10 days per month

You will not be able to change your pledge mid-year, so think carefully before pledging!


Signing up confirms that you have read the membership requirements for GYWO and your pledge, and understand that you will be required to check in monthly with your year-to-date day count.

Once you have pledged, please request to join the community. We will add everyone starting January 1.

Comments on this post are screened, but once you have been verified, you will be listed on the profile page under your pledge for 2019. If you have any questions, please ask on the Pledges & Requirements post.

Cut & Paste Pledge Form:


Thank you for your pledge, and we can't wait to write with you in 2019!
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With GYWO 2019 Sign-Ups opening next week, which pledge you're choosing is hopefully on your mind. Instead of letting everyone stew in their personal hells, we thought we'd run down a few of the common things the mods tell panicked participants, and then offer the comments section as an opportunity for members and future members to talk to each other about their concerns and hopefully help each other come to a pledging decision!

If you're new to GYWO and have a question related to our membership requirements, general guidelines, monthly check-ins, or what words or activities count, please visit our website. More information about pledging for 2019 will be released on Dec 14.

As a reminder, the GYWO pledges are:
  • Word Count Pledges track a specific number of words you write—75K (Light), 150K (Modest), 200K (Basic), 250K (Moderate), 300K (Difficult), 350K (Insane), and 500K (Ludicrous)
  • Habit Pledges track a specific number of days you write—120 Days (Apprentice), 240 Days (Journeyman), and 350 Days (Master)


Word Count Pledge Vs Habit Pledge
  • If tracking your word count is stressful or confusing, try one of the Habit Pledges. You’ll only need to keep track of the number of days you write, instead of all those fiddly words.
  • If you want to emphasize the habit of your writing life—encouraging yourself to write x-number of days a month or a week—a Habit Pledge might make more sense. With a Word Count Pledge, it’s easier to write in sustained sprints to reach your goal, but a Habit Pledge forces you to write more days than you might with a Word Count Pledge.
  • If you are planning to have a year that focuses on revising or on planning stories, a Habit Pledge might be right for you. The Habit Pledges allow you to count days you work on recorded creative writing activities beyond drafting or revising, including outlining, written brainstorming, and completing world building or character sheets. The website has more details about the Habit Pledges and further explains what writing activities count toward this pledge.
  • You could, potentially, miss a Habit Pledge by running out of days in the year. The highest Habit Pledge allows missing up to 15 days, which doesn’t give much wiggle room for accomplishing the pledge later in the year. The Word Count Pledges offer more flexibility since you can catch up at (nearly) any time.
  • If you’re already consistent (and happy) with your writing habit, choose a Word Count Pledge to continue to challenge yourself and grow your writing life.
  • While you must pick one pledge for GYWO, you can unofficially keep track of a secondary pledge. Your secondary pledge may give you information about choosing a pledge for a future year!


Choosing a Habit Pledge )

Choosing a Word Count Pledge )

The best advice we have is to look at your schedule and figure out where writing fits into it. List out the projects, ficathons, and stories you might write next year and consider the word tallies or time involved. Really think about what's motivating for you—knowing you'll hit a goal or chasing down the finish line.

In the comments, let us know your pledging woes! Wonder how difficult another pledge is? Still need clarity on the pledge types? This is your opportunity to ask about pledges. After some discussion, hopefully you'll come away with a confident decision.

Note: Commenting to this post does not constitute pledging for 2019. Come back on Dec 14 and follow the instructions in the Pledges & Requirements post to make a pledge for 2019.

GYWO 2019

Dec. 4th, 2018 09:40 am
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Hello eager GYWO 2019 writers!

Sign-ups for GYWO 2019 open Dec 14, 2018. Membership requests made before that time will be rejected (sorry, nothing against you!) To become a member for 2019 you will need to:

    1. Read our 2019 Pledges & Requirements post.
    2. Make a pledge on one of our ten 2019 Pledge Posts.
    3. Request membership to the community. (Please note that you must leave a pledge comment first.)
    4. Have patience! New members for 2019 will be added to the community on January 1, 2019.




Comments are disabled on this post so the mods can focus on getting 2019 materials posted, which will likely answer many of your questions. If you have a burning question, you can PM the [personal profile] gywomod account, or leave a comment on that journal.
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We have now closed membership to this community for 2018. If you did not submit a completed pledge comment, you are not a member for 2018.

The GYWO moderators are thrilled to spend the next year writing with 477 writers.

Those who have come by too late, we appreciate your interest, and we hope that while you aren't able to join us officially, you'll make your own writing goals and achieve them. You’re welcome to subscribe to the community or follow us on [twitter.com profile] gywo or [tumblr.com profile] gywo.

Have a great 2018!
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