What a fantastic thing occurred here this summer. In years past, this site has been near dormant as we all headed to the woods and ocean and lake, to a summer less filled with obligations and, gulp, school. This year not so.
Dozens of you were on this site every day writing, commenting, responding (occasionally) to the daily narrative prompts we presented for you. And what you produced has been downright impressive. (Check out the writing here: S2014)
So thank you. For all that you shared.
A few numbers: The site averaged 750+ visits a day this summer. Some of your stories got 2,000 - 3,000 reads -- a lot for ANY site! You wrote a total of 290 stories, some of which, we know, aren't finished, and we look forward to more.
We announced June prize winners, July prize winners and, soon, we'll announce overall winners. YAY!
AND more challenges to come as we begin a new year, so stay tuned. (And if you have any ideas, post them, or drop us a private message or an email!)
And remember ... JUST WRITE IT!
Full list of YWPSoS prompts: http://youngwritersproject.org/node/94457
OBJECT: To do a whole lot of narrative writing. We will help you write what you notice, bring out great ideas, practice the various elements of a story. We'll offer ideas, daily prompts to help you along (or you can take your own path). Our hope is that by the end of the summer you will have several stories -- and lots of small pieces of writing -- you want to polish and publish.
not so HIDDEN AGENDA: To help you find out how entertaining your narrative writing can be.
DETAILS: Write for 10 minutes a day. Miss a couple of days? Do some make up writing. You are free to write more if you want, but just 10 minutes is all it will take.
All you have to do is post something and use the S2014 tag.
TO HELP, we've got a slew of prompts in the works -- a new one each day -- prompts, live chats with YWP writers and mentors, and occasional video streams will take place in the The Storytelling Room.
Feel free to post your work to that workshop space as well. Not a member? Join! And get your friends to join! (And get those outliers to join the site!)
Each week will be themed around a a story "element" such as setting, characters, the turn, etc. And there are different types of prompts -- The World Around You (what you notice), Photo Prompts, Sound Prompts, Word Prompts and In The Style Of ... (try your hand at imitating a writers style).
cool PERK: YWP writers and mentors will comment on EVERY piece posted with the S2014 tag.
dang it all RULES: None really except be respectful, as always.
ok here they are CRITERIA FOR PRIZES: A special award (a crisp new $100 bill [seriously]) to the Summer of Stories Challenge Writer of the Summer -- the person who has the most posts, the most consecutive days writing, most revisions, and most encouragement to other writers (especially new friends you brought along!).
But what if I stop writing for a while? NO PROBLEM! Write in a flurry -- make up extra posts. Go back to the prompts you missed. Remember: Only 10 minutes a day! (More if you'd like, of course.)
Are you saying quanitity is more important than quality? Well, yes. But, NO! We'll have additional prizes for Summer of Stories writers: Publication! Movie passes. Large bags of M&Ms. Tickets to the next Greyhound moon flight. Gift certificates. Books. ... ALL SORTS OF THINGS!
Who determines who gets prizes? A small group of YWP staff, interns AND young writers.
Week 1 - June 16: KICK-OFF and Setting, playing with the where and when
Week 2 - June 23: Character, protaganist -- the good gal/guy
Week 3 - June 30: Wants/Needs, what drives the story
Week 4 - July 7: Character, antagonist -- the (or part of the) obstacle
Week 5 - July 14: Design: research, structure, presentation (media) & audience
Week 6 - July 21: Point of view, vantage point
Week 7 - July 28: Multimedia, playing with sound & images
Week 8 - August 4: Dialogue, credible conversations
Week 9 - August 11: The Turn, the confrontation, climax; and Resolution, the changes
Week 10 - August 19: Revision, choose the best idea from the summer and go deep with it.
Week 11 - August 26: Finish! Final edits. Finish media. Submit. Awards given. Gala, black-tie, red-carpet event at Thunder Road (just joking).
SEVERAL OTHER ELEMENTS will have prompts. Feel free to use them.
DAILY PROMPTS: will be under these categories AND WILL BE LISTED ON THIS DOCUMENT under respective weeks:
A look at YWP's first ever video stream exercise session, warts and all. Thanks for everyone's patience. We've got it nailed for the next time!