Hey there, dear writers! Want to make a dent in those piles of unfinished WIPs on your hard drive, Google Docs, Evernote, paper notebooks, or any combination of the above? Or need some motivation to bring those fabulous plot bunnies of yours into concrete story form? Or both? Then this most definitely is the challenge you're looking for! The mods have given the gracious go-ahead for… WIPuary! So, what is it? A challenge for finishing (or at least making progress on) WIPs, of course! The concept is adapted from the WIPtober challenge hosted each October by http://wipweek.tumblr.com. Participants commit to either completing a certain number of WIPs or writing a certain number of words toward WIPs over the course of the month and give regular reports throughout their progress. Then, at the end of the month, they share their completed work so we all can enjoy it. There’s one slight difference from the original WIPtober: the WIPuary challenge will include a review component, too. In addition to committing to writing on your own WIPs (or instead of that), you may show your support for others’ WIPs by committing to reviewing a certain number of them. What's more, both writers and reviewers can receive colors for their participation! (More on that below—and many thanks to our fab mod team for their generous permission! ) Cool! How do I take part as a writer? Easy peasy! First, post in this thread before January 31 specifying whether you choose the Finishing Option, the Word Count Option, or both: Finishing Option: specify how many and which WIPs you commit to finishing in Feburary (with titles or descriptions, and links for those that you have begun posting). Word Count Option: specify how many words you commit to writing on WIPs in February (in multiples of 1000, please), and which WIPs (again, with titles or descriptions, and links for those that you have begun posting). Then I'll add that information to the writers' portion of the challenge index below. After that, it's kind of like a word race: you can report on your progress throughout the month, and I'll update the challenge index with that information accordingly. On March 1, share a link or links to your finished work. (And hey, leap year means we have an extra day to work, everyone! ) How do I take part as a reviewer? That's easy-peasy, too. Simply post in this thread before January 31 specifying how many WIP stories you commit to reviewing during the month of February. (You don't need to specify which WIPs, just a number.) I'll add you to the reviewers’ portion of the challenge index. Then, when you post one of your reviews, share the link in this thread, and I’ll record it in the list. (Please note: your review has to be on one of the stories from the writers’ challenge index for it to count. Also, you’re committing to reviewing a certain number of individual stories, not to writing a certain number of reviews. Reviewing different chapters of the same story doesn’t count.) You said something about colors...? Yes, sure did! All participants who make their goal or any part thereof stand to win colors. Here's how it works. For writers: 1. If you choose the Finishing Option: If you commit to finishing finished X WIPs, you can earn at most X * 24 hours of colors (max. one week). Examples: WriterOne commits to finishing 3 WIPs and finishes all of them—3 days (72 hours) of colors. WriterTwo commits to finishing 3 WIPs and finishes just 2 of them—2 days (48 hours) of colors. WriterThree commits to finishing 3 WIPs and finishes not only all three of them but one more as well that isn’t in the challenge index—3 days (72 hours) of colors. (Only the ones that they originally committed to count. This is to keep us from getting distracted, and all that. ) 2. If you choose the Word Count Option: how long your colors last is based on how many thousand words you ended up writing on the WIPs you specified. Thus, if you committed to writing X-thousand words, you can earn at most X * 24 hours (max. one week). Examples: WriterFour commits to writing 5000 words on WIPs and achieves a final count of 5243—5 days of colors. WriterFive commits to writing 5000 words and achieves a final count of 4802—4 days of colors. WriterSix commits to writing 5000 words and achieves a final count of 6097—5 days of colors. (Please note that these word counts are to include only words written on the WIPs you signed up for, not all words written in February. So yes, honor system, and all.) For reviewers: In contrast to the writing rewards, rewards for reviewing will go by every two reviews (which we hope will encourage people to commit to multiple reviews!). Thus for every two reviews you commit to writing, you can earn at most X * 24 hours of colors (max. one week). Examples: ReaderOne signs up to review 2 WIPs and reviews both of them—24 hours of colors. ReaderTwo signs up to review 2 WIPs and reviews only one of them—no colors (sorry, Charlie!) ReaderThree signs up to review 4 WIPs and reviews all of them—48 hours of colors. ReaderFour signs up to review 4 WIPs and reviews 3 of them—24 hours of colors (rounding down to the nearest even number). ReaderFive signs up to review 4 WIPs and ends up reviewing 6—still 48 hours of colors. (Again, please note that this only applies to reviews of stories from the challenge index—hence my asking for links.) Please Note: 1. The deadline for signing up, for both writers and reviewers, is January 31. (So you have two weeks from the posting of this OP.) 2. Any member of JCF may sign up, but please don’t sign up both yourself and a sock. Honor system, and all that. 3. You can sign up as a writer, a reviewer, or both. 4. Those signing up as writers may sign up for both the Finishing and Word Count Options if desired. (E.g., “I commit to both finishing ‘The Wreck of the Rusty Hinge’ and writing 2000 words on ‘Padawan McGilicuddy’s Bad Day.’”) 5. And yes, if you’re really super ambitious, you can sign up as a writer in both options and as a reviewer. 6. This challenge only counts work done on WIPs during the month of February. Again, honor system. 7. MOOIE, MOOIE IMPORTANT: If you are participating as a writer, with either option, you may NOT add WIPs to the challenge index after January 31. (This is to encourage people to stick with the stories they commit to at the beginning of the challenge. It kind of defeats the purpose if people can just add whatever extra plot bunnies happen to pop into their minds during February.) 8. The maximum amount of colors anyone can win is one week’s worth, whether you are signed up as a writer, a reviewer, or both. For example: If WriterSeven commits to writing 3000 words and reviewing 2 stories, and makes both commitments, they receive 3 + 1 = 4 days’ worth of colors. (Again, remember that colors for reviews go by every two reviews.) If WriterEight commits to writing 5000 words and reviewing 4 stories, and makes both commitments, they receive 5 + 2 = 7 days’ worth of colors (the maximum). But if WriterNine commits to writing 5000 words and reviewing 6 stories, and makes both commitments, they still receive 7 days’ worth of colors (i.e., NOT 5 + 3 = 8 days). 9. If you end up not being able to keep your full commitment for any reason at all, don’t worry! Just do what you can, because you can still earn colors and have a good time! 10. Any further questions, feel free to ask right here in the thread! Now good luck, and may the WIPs be with you!