Because GYWO is a writing community, we want to encourage all activities for the habit pledges to have a recorded element. That includes activities such as drafting or revising; outlining, planning, or brainstorming on paper; writing query letters or synopses; or completing world building or character sheets. Thinking about your project or chatting with your editor or best friend about your story may be essential for your process, but we’re encouraging you to record those thoughts instead of just thinking them. (Take notes during or after that discussion, for example.)
A common concern for the Habit Pledges is how to count activities for GYWO. The bottom line is that GYWO intends to support your writing habit. If counting or not counting a certain kind of writing activity supports your writing habit, follow your heart. The guidelines listed below are designed to explain the intentions of GYWO and what we recommend. You’re welcome to use them to help make the best decision about your creative writing activities. If you have a question about the guidelines or an activity not listed, you may ask a moderator, but we trust you to make the best decision for you based on the guidelines provided.