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PLEASE DO NOT REPLY DIRECTLY TO THIS THREAD.
This is meant to be a guide post rather than a conversation thread. We want the information here to be available to everyone without scrolling. Please feel free to start a NEW thread in the Challenges & Goals Forum, with your thoughts and suggestions, any time.
CHALLENGES & GOALS
We want to set up and facilitate challenges and goals that will benefit you. Because our team is comprised of diverse people, we like to provide multiple participation options. We do not expect anyone to do everything. We try to stick to a writerly slant in our challenges and goals, in order to honor the traditions of the craft.
Find the TEAM GOALS in the red section below the forums, and join / track the ones that will best motivate you. By successfully completing team goals each month, you are improving the success rate and standing of the whole team.
The 500 minutes a month goal is tied directly to the Spark People fitness tracker system, so your logged fitness activities will automatically contribute to the team's collective results once you've joined the goal.
Goals prefaced with OG: require a little more tracking work from you. First, join any OG: goal that appeals to you. In order for you to report your progress, you must check off your activity on your personal Other Goals page.
To report your progress: From the orange start bar in the header, click MY TRACKERS, choose OTHER GOALS, find WRITERS TEAM GOALS, and mark your activity.
We are always willing to try out new goals. If there's something you'd like to do, start a thread here in the CHALLENGES section so we can talk about it and put it into motion.
Some team goals, like:
OG: Take a contemplative, writerly walk of at least 20 minutes, outdoors, 1 time per week
ALSO have a conversational companion thread. In this case it's called:
Writerly Walk Companion Thread: What'd you see?
Be sure to check to see if there a companion thread for a goal you've joined. Add your thoughts about the goal. Share your successes. Cheer on the rest of the participants, or issue a personal challenge. A little competition can be a good thing.
Here at Writers, we have (or are planning) some ongoing "what writers do" challenge threads, in which a conversation about goal meeting and accountability unfolds over time.
In the challenge threads there are no boxes to check, just team-mates wanting to know how you're doing. Team Challenge threads look like this:
Writers VERB NOUN. (details / specifics / description / challenge)
Writers Meet Deadlines. (What's due by 11:59 pm on the the 15th?)
Writers Write Consistently. (Set your baseline minutes, hours, pages, or words, then track.)
Heck. I think it would be cool to have one called:
Writers Do Push-Ups Every 1000 Words. (How many can you do?)
To participate, simply find a title that intrigues you within the challenge forum. (Only 3 forum topics show on the main page, but you can click the SEE MORE TOPICS button to view all.)
The most recent post in any given thread is at the top of the thread by default, but you can toggle the setting from "Sorting Last Post on Top" to "Sort First Post on Top" to understand the foundation of the thread. Once you understand the challenge, feel free to jump in by replying within the thread of the challenge.
Remember, you are welcome to start a Writers VERB NOUN (details) challenge of your very own; you never know who will take you up on it.
(NOTE: Our message board underwent a restructuring in March, 2014. If an older thread appears where it doesn't seem to belong, please understand that there may not have been a better place for it when it was posted. If you started a thread that now seems to be out of place, please feel free to move the text to another forum.)
Edited by: RRUDEPARANORMAL at: 3/11/2014 (17:15)
Renae Rude - The Paranormalist theparanormalist.wordpress.com/
co-leader of Writers Team