Here is the link to the #1000wordsofsummer slack. It is open now until the end of June. #1000wordsofsummer starts June 4, but I am opening it today so people can connect with each other.
In the past, the slack has been used as a place to post your word count for the day, talk about your projects a bit, cheer other people on, and post pictures of your pets. (That last bit is primarily for my pleasure, to be honest.) It’s just a great place for a check-in and to get/give a little boost in the middle of this project.
It’s also a way to connect with people who might want to start online (or irl!) writing groups, either to share work or to have regular group writing sessions. People were writing together all over the world last year and it was amazing.
While I appreciate your request to create other channels in the slack (by genre, city, etc), with close to 17,000 participants, it is not possible. The slack is not meant to be robust, but merely a meeting place.
What I would suggest is that you form a separate slack (or whatever messaging platform works for you), and then post that link in the join-a-writing-group channel. This strategy was successful last year, particularly for people who lived in the same city or time zone. Or you can just simply use the slack for the reasons listed in the second paragraph.
A few more notes:
I am the only moderator.
I cannot provide technical support for any of this.
I ask that you not promote anything commercial on this slack. This is a place for community only.
People also use the #1000wordsofsummer hashtag on twitter and instagram, if you are looking for other ways to connect, support, and get inspired.
You do not need to participate in social media at all! You can write quietly at home and still be a participant in #1000wordsofsummer.
Have I covered everything? Let me know if I’m missing something by posting in the comments below, and I will update this page as necessary.
Thanks in advance for being awesome to each other.
First morning of #1000wordsofsummer and I clocked in at 1196. Feel like celebrating. I've been away from my novel (4th revise) since early May and damn! it feels good to be back and to recommit.
I want to participate but I'm nervous to commit and then not deliver. The fear of failure, I guess. Any advice?