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Fiction, memoirs, poems spring out of 1,000-word challenge

A. Stella Oloye, a Washington, D.C-based writer working on an Afrofuturism book, was at a low point this spring when she heard of an internet challenge she likens to a"gift from God": #1000wordsofsummer.

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Fiction, memoirs, poems spring out of 1,000-word challenge

The rules: Establish down 1,000 words each day for 14 days. Fiction or nonfiction, poetry or dialogue, inspired or uninspired, for a future publication or simply for the sake of composing.

"I was feeling quite isolated plugging away, 2,000 words a day in the first quarter of this calendar year, and was looking for a writing community to fend off my lonely writer blues," she told The Associated Press recently. "When the 1,000 words of summer battle crossed my (Twitter) timeline, I knew I had the chance to pair some much-needed community with targeted responsibility to finish what I've begun. I joined to fight the end-of-the-road fatigue I was experiencing."

Organized and presided over by Jami Attenberg, #1000wordsofsummer has risen from approximately 2,000 participants in 2018 to over 14,000 annually, drawing in emerging writers such as Oloye and such recognized authors as Attenberg, Roxane Gay and Deesha Philyaw.

Rachel Yoder composed some of"Nightbitch," a book which comes out in July and was optioned for a film starring Amy Adams, during a prior 1,000-word challenge. Attenberg herself worked on her memoir"I Came This Way To Meet You: Writing Myself Home," scheduled for launch in January.

"One of the actual reasons I began this, and persisted with this, is that writing gives me so much pleasure and I need the exact same joy for some other individuals," Attenberg states.

The 2021 challenge began May 31 and ends Sunday.

Online writing events aren't brand new. The world wide web is also home to writer Rebecca Fyfe's ChaBooCha, that gives writers the month of March to complete an"early reader, chapter publication, middle-grade publication or YA book," and writer Julie Hedlund's 12 x 12, for which participants attempt 12 picture books in 12 months and might see their names on a"Winner's Wall."

Attenberg's job is more casual and open-ended, without any loopholes or promises, no sort of writing preferred over another, without a specific goal past the number of words. The idea arose spontaneously three years back. Attenberg and a fellow author located in New Orleans, Anne Gisleson, decided to start a writing"boot camp" for themselves, 1,000 words a day. Attenberg shared her idea on Twitter and Instagram, and friends and strangers alike wanted to be contained.

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