Virtual Writing Slumber Party (Winter 2018 Edition)
February 9, 2018
Starting at 7PM PST
Ending when the last of us falls (asleep)
WHAT’S A VIRTUAL WRITING SLUMBER PARTY, YOU ASK?
When you were a kid, chances are you either participated in a sleepover/slumber party of some sort, or have an idea what they’re like from books/television/movies. It’s kind of like that, except instead of piling into a single house to trash the place as a group, participants stay at home with their own snacks and join in online. As is the case with a lot of sleepovers, it’s not over until the last person passes out. So if you’re in a time zone nine hours ahead of PST, chances are you’ll still be able to join in while it’s going on.
HOW DO I JOIN IN?
For February, we’ll be using Discord. Which is kind of like Skype, but without the constant crashing. A microphone is NOT required – no one will look down on you for typing your share of the conversation if you prefer. I have a server set up and will be providing links the day of the event – I will need you to RSVP here so I can contact you with the link. A day or so after the event (when we’ve gotten some sleep), I’ll be asking for opinions on whether Discord worked for us or if a different service should be used (either by itself or in addition to Discord).
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE EVENT?
Obviously the main focus is on writing, which will likely be done in a series of sprints. (For those who aren’t familiar with writing sprints, that’s when a set time is given – in this case, I would probably set a timer for ten or fifteen minutes – and you write all you can within that given time limit. Once the timer goes, you step back from your writing for a short break.)
But beyond the writing, I’d also like this to be an event where people can collaborate, provide support for each other, and help inspire. Plus, you know, have fun. I very well may pull out one of my Mad Libs books during a break. You never know.
DO I HAVE TO BE A WRITER?
Well, yes, because that’s the point. But you don’t have to be a published author to be a writer. You could be writing a novel, a new adventure for a tabletop RP, fanfic, or a collection of really bad haiku for all I care. Just be writing something.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE EVENT:
- Have delicious food on hand. (Preferably something at least a little bad for you. Enjoy yourself.)
- Have (or set up) an account for the service we’ll be utilizing. (See above for more on this.)
- Be ready to write (in between snacks and conversation).
- [Optional] Take a nap beforehand.
I WANT TO GO, BUT I’M BUSY THAT NIGHT!
Don’t worry! My hope is to do this quarterly, if not monthly. Monthly would be amazing, but we’ll see what kind of logistical nightmare the first one turns out to be. Regardless, I don’t intend on this to be a one-time thing.