Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What's SPEEDBO?

Debby Giusti here, waving to all my Love Inspired reader and writer friends!

Have you noticed #Speedbo circulating on social media? If so, you may have wondered about the new hashtag. It's a shortened version of the words Speed Book and stands for the March, month-long writing challenge featured on www.seekerville.net

Many of you know about NaNoWriMo, the Internet writing project that runs each November. Speedbo is similar, although each participant submits their own personal writing goal for the 31-day period. The goal is kept private, is never shared and serves only as motivation. 

Knowing other writers are pushing forward with their own work helps to build community within the seemingly solitary writing world. Many of us need support and encouragement, which Speedbo provides. The focus is on finding time to write. No editing needed, just page after page of story that adds up with time. 

As of now, 125 writers have signed on and are writing toward their goals. Want to join in the fun? Sign up at Seekers@Seekerville.net. There's no charge, but there are weekly prizes. Anyone who leaves a comment on the daily Seekerville blog is entered and has a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card or a one-chapter critique. Plus, you'll get a certificate of participation to hang near your computer to spur you on!

For those who have dreamed of writing, what's stopping you? Speedbo is the perfect time to get started!

Happy writing!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti
www.DebbyGiusti.com
www.seekerville.blogspot.com

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34 comments:

  1. Good luck to everyone participating.

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  2. Thanks, Jean! It's fun to be working "with" so many other writers!

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  3. Sounds like a great challenge! Much success to all participating.

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  4. This reminds me of the BIAM (Book in a Month) groups that truly motivated me early on in my writing. Great idea for motivation!

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  5. I love SPEEDBO. I love that over a hundred (130 now, I think!) are encouraging each other at no cost, every one striving to do their best and develop the habit of writing. Aspiring authors and lots of established ones, too, working together.

    Carolyne Aarsen's there today, on Seekerville.... Emily Rodmell's coming on the 17th... but it's not about the blog, it's all about encouraging each other, lamenting and laughing.

    We are blessed to have so many Love Inspired authors cheering one another on to success. You guys rock! And Deb, what a nice shout out!

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  6. SpeedBo is a great motivator for me, Debby. And I love the no rules freedom. I'm revising a book. Whatever the goal, writing new or getting a written book whipped into shape, we push our productivity and cheer each other on.

    Janet

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  7. Well that's a nifty way to get people writing! :)

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  8. After getting through writing a book in a month, I'm resting. Love the name SPEEDBO.

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  9. Thanks Debbie Giusti. I have annApril first deadline for a novella so am going over to sign up right now

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  10. Speedbo is rocking! So many books to write. So little time. :)

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  11. Hi Debby,

    I'll give Speedbo a plug. The book I wrote during last March's Speedbo was my first sale to LIS.

    Great fun with lots of support and a tangible accomplishment by the end of the month.

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  12. Yes, it's a fun month of challenging ourselves!

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  13. No Speedbo or NaNo for this writer. Way too stressful. Personal challenges I can do, but that's about it, Debby. Wishing many free-flowing words to those who are taking part in the challenge, though.

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  14. DEB, this post today is soooo good, that I'm going to post it on FB, so you go, girl!!

    And go, SPEEDBO!!

    HUGS,
    JULIE

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  15. I did NANO this past year and loved the way it motivated me. I bet this is just as good. I wish you great success.

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  16. I admit, committing to Speedbo intimidates me just a wee bit, but I do appreciate the motivation and encouragement! I'm just glad this year I am actually in a position to get some real writing done this month instead of facing too many edits and revisions that have to take precedence!

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  17. I'm with Margaret. Speedbo is on my list of things to do, after I'm done with deadlines LOL

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  18. Hi Christine,
    I love the extra push Speedbo provides, just in case I'm not working hard enough. :)

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  19. Hi Renee,

    It is a great motivator for new writers and for experienced authors as well.

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  20. Ruthy, thanks for sharing the info about our Craftie Ladies' blog on Facebook. We appreciate the shout out!

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  21. Hi Janet,

    The support is important to me! Thanks for stopping by today!

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  22. Dana, as fast as you write, I doubt you need Speedbo! :) Congrats on your success!

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  23. Good for you, Margaret! You deserve a break. A finished book in a month is amazing!

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  24. Great, Rose! Glad you can join in the fun...and support! Good luck finishing your novella!

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  25. Pam, you're right. Time is always the issue! :)

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  26. Thanks for sharing, Mary Curry! So proud of you.

    Plus, you work full time as a teacher.

    Amazing!!!

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  27. You're right, Missy! Lots of challenges during Speedbo! But we can all set our own pace, which is so good.

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  28. Whatever works, Mindy, right?

    Hugs!

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  29. Julie, thanks for the Facebook shout out!

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  30. Myra, you're right. Speedbo works best when we need to write a manuscript. With editing, it's a bit more difficult to keep track of our progress.

    Good luck!

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  31. Pamela, jump in whenever you have time!

    Hugs!

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  32. Hi Debby!
    I LOVE participating in Speedbo each year, and am so thankful that the Seekers sponsor it. Such great motivation - - and how wonderful there are SO many participants this year. :)
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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  33. Patti Jo,

    So glad you're Speedbo-ing! March is always a good month. Yes, lots of folks are joining us this year.

    Hugs and love!

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