The First Bit
Hey, there! I haven't got much time to write this, as I have some live writing sprints to do in 10 minutes with writer Jessica Williamson. So I decided to write today about how online live writing sprints help me get writing done.
What is a writing sprint?
For the uninformed, a writing sprint is where a bunch of people get together and write nonstop for a given amount of time, then pause for a few minutes to discuss, and then do that some more.
How do they help?
Writing sprints, for me, help me get writing done because I know I'm surrounded by a community of people at that very moment also doing what I'm doing, with the same or similar goals and aspirations having to do with storytelling.
When I am around other people writing, it makes me want to write, even if I'm in a slump. In fact, at the moment, I am in a slump when it comes to working on my novel, which is why I'm participating in the sprints.
Why is online better than in-person?
For me, if I'm doing a writing sprint in-person, surrounded by people I know and like to converse with, I can't get much writing done. We did this a lot in my creative writing class I took last year in eighth grade, and I could never get much done in the time alotted because I kept talking in whispers to my friends around me.
The sprints being online and live, however, create the same effect of writing with people ('cause you are), while not being distracted ('cause nobody's going to check the stream's chat in the middle of a sprint).
Map of the Day
As I said in my last post, I am going to be continuing series such as Map of the Day and Flag of the Day, but they won't feel mandatory for me and will be off and on. Today I only have a map.
Today's map is called the Spilhaus Projection, and shows the entire world centered on Antarctica. I think it's pretty interesting, especially considering how warped some parts of the world are, and how non-warped other parts are. (Though you could say that's how it is on every flat map, just not always as easily noticeable.) The Bering Strait even appears twice!