I had an idea today.
Well, I have ideas on lots of days, usually when I’m having a writing marathon or need to hammer out a plot (sometimes I lose it). But today I had an idea for an event. A charity event. That involves writing.
During NaNoWriMo, a bunch of London folk like myself (though I wasn’t among them) went around London writing in various locations. With laptops if they had long enough batteries and notebooks if not, they hit the streets of London Town and got in a little writing tour.
It seemed like quite a good idea, bar the rain that plagues England in November – okay, all year round – and the fact that my laptop doesn’t like being taken away from my desk. And today, when I was walking home, it was nice and sunny and I had a notebook in my bag, and there was a bench just sitting there … so I sat down. And got out my notebook, and my pen, and began to write.
I stayed there for about half an hour, by which time I’d written four pages (they’re very small, I was going quite slowly) and then carried on on my way. But when I reached my house, I went out into the garden and sat on the trampoline and carried on writing there. And thus my idea was born.
Imagine if a group of writers organised themselves, right, to get sponsored. You don’t have to live in the same place. You don’t have to live on the same continent. But you choose a charity that you want to support (for me it would probably be Stop The Traffik) and you choose a bus / train / footpath route to follow, and you see how many locations you can visit with your notebook in a day. But there’s a catch, because you have to write a certain number of pages at each place. Maybe you’re slow, so go for one. Or you’re fast – go for five.
Arrange with your sponsors that you’ll write this many pages at each place, and then have them sponsor you per place that you visit. Give yourself a day when you’re not set to do anything else (preferably have the next day to recover) and then get going.
By the end of the day there’ll be several outcomes:
-You’ll have written a lot, and got a lot of fresh air that you wouldn’t have normally got on a weekend you spent writing
-You’ll have been inspired by nature around you!
-You’ll have got quite a few odd looks from people walking by if they see you with a computer / notebook in the middle of a field, probably talking to thin air. But hey, we’re writers
-You’ll have raised money for your favourite charity – now all you’ve got to do is collect it.
I personally can’t see any flaws with this plan, except that I don’t really have a free day to do it on. But I’ll find one, and I will do it, and if I take my bike I could probably raise a lot of money too.
Any of you feel like trying it? If you do, let me know how it goes and which charity you chose to raise money for! I’d also be interested in your page / wordcount for the day :)