I’d never heard of BIW until last week when I learned that two online friends had participated in this community set up for writers to state their writing goals and report daily on their progress. I can imagine it’s a powerful aid to developing a writing discipline, a great incentive to set up monthly writing “retreats,” and a way to produce a solid word count over the course of a week.
Since the process sounds a lot like a mini version of November’s well-known NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I decided to investigate further. I gathered my BIW information at the Book-in-a-Week website.
“BIW writers are connected through an online community through LMS Learning Management System — or Moodle. The main purpose of the group is to write, but we also exchange information, publishing news and kudos. Anything writing related.”
A one-time non-refundable payment of $3.00 is charged for new members to enter the group. Additional donations are accepted for those who wish to support this community.
The group’s motto is BIC HOK TAM (Butt in chair, hands on keyboard, typing away madly).
The August week starts today and finishes on the 16th, so consider looking into this community and signing up in advance for the September (Sept. 13-20) session. All of the information is at the Join BIW page.
Some of the members who currently use the BIW community are listed on the website’s member site page. Elsa Neal, a contributor to The Blood-Red Pencil, is listed there. Mystery writer Ann Parker, author of the Leadville historical series, is a BIW member as well.
This group is for those writing new material, not for those focused on revisions. When I’m ready to start a new project, I plan to join BIW and see if it helps me keep BIC HOK TAM.
Has anyone here tried BIW? If so, did it help you?