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A curated collection of stuff for and about Digital Writing Month from @HybridPed and UW-Madison Continuing Studies. www.digitalwritingmonth.com
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On the Horrors and Pleasures of Counting Words - Digital Writing Month

On the Horrors and Pleasures of Counting Words - Digital Writing Month | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it

Good writing is not reducible to numbers; the word count for the expression of an idea can’t always (or even usually) be determined in advance. Ideas fit all kinds of containers, some small, some large, some book-shaped, some made of 1s and 0s. When I aim for a specific word count (or ask students to aim for a specific word count), it’s not because I think there’s something intrinsically meaningful about lining up a certain number of words. It’s not because 500 words amassed are somehow better than 25. But knowing the size of a container can give us a sense for what and how we might fill it. 500 words looks different than 25 words, and 500 words feel different coming out of our mouths or fingers. For the same reason, it’s sometimes (but certainly not always) useful to pre-determine the genre for a piece of writing, the shape of the container, before sitting down to construct it.

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Nesheaholic.com: My Contribution to the #digiwrimo Novel in a Day

Nesheaholic.com: My Contribution to the #digiwrimo Novel in a Day | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it
While I'm not a novelist, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to at least contribute a little to the DigiWriMo Novel in a Day. Anyone registered for DigiWriMo could contribute to the goal of a 50,000 word collaborative novel written ...
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DigiWriMo Day 4: My blender hates the president? Why twitter should be used carefully

DigiWriMo Day 4: My blender hates the president? Why twitter should be used carefully | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it
I didn’t plan it this way, but it’s remarkable timing that my only DigiWriMo post that discusses US politics falls on the day of the presidential election.
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Writing as a Cyborg Act | Writing, Technology | Chris Friend

Writing as a Cyborg Act | Writing, Technology | Chris Friend | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it

Hyperlinked texts present a cyborg face: they are there to be read, but they are also there to direct. For those of us who teach writing courses, the hybrid nature of today's writing warrants serious consideration: how often do we ask our students to create text that contains more information than simply the words? Composition instructors should be teaching students how to enhance their documents by providing links to outside sources as direct connections to the content of their writing. Essentially, this is akin to teaching citation and references, except that relevant links deliberately placed at significant points in a text can be far more helpful to the end reader than a simple list of static entries combined together at the end.

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Hacking/Remixing the Digital Writing Month Website

Hacking/Remixing the Digital Writing Month Website | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it

...hacking and remixing are modern literacy skills, right? Check out what I did with Mozilla’s xRay Goggles tool that allows you to revamp and remix websites.

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Defining Digital Writing

Defining Digital Writing | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it
It seems that Digital Writing Month is off to a roaring start for everyone involved. So far, there has been a collaboratively-written poem and a collaboratively-written novel is still in the works....
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DigiWriMo: Novel in a Day

The mission, which many chose to accept, on Saturday, November 3, 2012, was to write the world’s first massively-coauthored-in-a-day, digital novel.

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Giving DigiWriMo a Shot « Tobias Blake

Giving DigiWriMo a Shot « Tobias Blake | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it
Well, it's #DigiWriMo time again. Actually, I have no idea if this is a thing or not—I just heard about it for the first time about twelve hours after it already had begun and folks from all over the interweb (though seemingly mostly ...
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Digital Writing Month: Inside a Novel-in-a-Day

Digital Writing Month: Inside a Novel-in-a-Day | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it

I’m sure others will have a better insider’s look at Digital Writing Month‘s monumental collaborative project from yesterday entitled “Novel in a Day.” The goal was to use a Google Doc to create a novel of 50,000 words in 24 hours by as many people as possible, writing vignettes. In the end, it was just over 41,000 words, apparently. And about 55 writers were writing on the document yesterday throughout the day (the theme was using the mascot of the month — Digi the Duck — in vignettes.) A collaborative planning session in another Google Doc the night before narrowed down the focus of the novel, which I thought was a neat way to bring many voices into the mix.

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Kicking off Digital Writing Month

Kicking off Digital Writing Month | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it
Kicking off Digital Writing Month. As I have mentioned, I am going to be following Digital Writing Month, and I am creating a series of webcomics to go along with it. I don't expect to meet the 50,000 words.
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30 Days of Social: Day 1 – Introductions

30 Days of Social: Day 1 – Introductions | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it
Welcome to the first day of my Digital Writing Month (DigiWriMo) project, 30 Days of Social. This project will explore my relationship with social media, and how it influences my life and work as an aspiring digital humanist.
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How to Make Higher Education Musky (Or, my new obsession with Elon Musk) | Sad Iron

How to Make Higher Education Musky (Or, my new obsession with Elon Musk) | Sad Iron | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it

Now I have to tell you some­thing, and I mean this in the best and most inof­fen­sive way pos­si­ble: I don’t believe in process.

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Digital Writing Month: Wrestling with Google and other Frustrations

It’s been fascinating to take part in the Digital Writing Month adventure, particularly as it has forced me to consider how my writing practices are impacted by technology. And that exploration has raised the question once again: is technology transforming and changing the way we write? I’ve noticed, as I follow others in Digiwrimo, that much of what we are calling digital writing is mostly blog posts — texts on a page. Or Tweets. Sure, a digital page, but still, I would not term it something all that different from traditional writing, except audience. So what does it mean to write digitally, then? I don’t have that answer, although the question intrigues me. But this morning, as I was trying to think about how I might compose with video, I returned to the Google Search Story site. Here, you can create a short digital story with search engine queries. I was curious about the process that I would put myself through to try to tell a story or make a point, with limited text and with the video coming from somewhere else. In other words, I had less agency as a writer than I would have liked. (And, admittedly, I was contributing to Google’s bottom line by making a video with its search engine).

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Beyond NaNoWriMo | The Writing Center at MSU

Beyond NaNoWriMo | The Writing Center at MSU | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it

You may have already seen Ruth’s post about National Novel Writing Month, the month long writing marathon open to anyone interested. While NaNoWriMo has been going on since 1999, other versions of this intensive writing activity are popping up this year. Here are a few other examples that play off of NaNoWriMo’s crazy-intense goals.

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Pieces of Me

Digiwrimo.

 

Yeah, I don’t know either.

 

I just know that some of the professorial staff at school have casually mentioned (in as friendly a manner a possible) that previous grades might be “pliable” if I don’t support the cause. So, I’m cheerily in! 50,000 words by November 31.

 

Needless to say, much work to be done.

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Digital Writing as Handicraft - Digital Writing Month

Digital Writing as Handicraft - Digital Writing Month | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it

Digital writing is political. It democratizes the act of writing in the sense that it both allows open participation in the creation of cultural content and redefines public writing as work that anyone–not just professional writers or academics–can do. From blogs to mashups to Twitter, to the greatest extent ever, we have the tools and the opportunity to write our own story, rather than suffering someone else to write it for us.

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DigiWriMo: My Creative Nonfiction Students Take on Sandy and Storify… His Name is Sandy | Sad Iron

DigiWriMo: My Creative Nonfiction Students Take on Sandy and Storify… His Name is Sandy | Sad Iron | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it

What was the assign­ment? Stu­dents were to mon­i­tor and include web con­tent related to Hur­ri­cane Sandy, braid­ing that mate­r­ial with their own storm-related mem­o­ries, thoughts, media, and vignettes. I con­tributed only one item to this piece, which ref­er­ences my home­town storm of leg­end: The Bliz­zard of 77.

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DigiWriMo, I Am In You! | Worst Prof Ever

DigiWriMo, I Am In You! | Worst Prof Ever | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it

I did NaNoWriMo in 2009, for a very specific reason. I knew I could could force myself to write – someday I’ll talk about my disseration method, which produced a good 250 pages (that I couldn’t have cared less about, really) in one summer. But I needed to remind myself that I could write things that weren’t academic, and maybe even things I DID care about. NaNoWriMo was the kick in the pants I needed, both to start the prcoess of leaving, and eventually, start this blog.

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What I Learned from #DigiWriMo’s Novel Experiment | Elizabeth Kate Switaj

What I Learned from #DigiWriMo’s Novel Experiment | Elizabeth Kate Switaj | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it

Yesterday, I participated in the creation of a massively co-authored novel. The goal had been to reach 50,000 words; we reached 41,184. With this kind of event, however, it is the process and not the product that counts, and so I want to explore that process and what I learned it from it here.

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A Novel in a Day?

A Novel in a Day? | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it

On November 3, 2012, the bravest digital writing experiment of all time took place: over 60 writers attempted to write a 50,000-word novel, collaboratively, in one 24-hour period. Following the tremendous, if slightly surreal success of DigiWriMo’s midnight launch collaborative poem exercise, the army of DigiWriters pushed the limits of what’s possible in communal, digital writing. Are two heads (or five hundred) better than one? How many cooks is too many cooks in the kitchen? Was the adage about monkeys and typewriters finally proven right?

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November -WriMo’s: Day 4 – My tools for the -Wrimo’s part 1

November -WriMo’s: Day 4 – My tools for the -Wrimo’s part 1 | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it

While preparing for the -WriMo’s, I came across a few tools that I didn’t use at that time and decided to give them a try. As I found them useful and am now using them everyday, I thought I might as well share them, and add others that may seen obvious but have also become part of my -WriMo’s routine. I will thus start with three today and add another two tomorrow.

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Was NaNoWriMo the first cMOOC?

The connection between NaNoWriMo and MOOCs had not occurred to me until the folks who created MOOCMOOC (a Massively Open Online Course about MOOCs) created DigiWriMo (Digital Writing Month) to align with NaNoWriMo. In DigiWriMo participants are challenged with creating 50,000 words of digital writing. Of course, digital writing is not defined so participants are free to structure this challenge as they wish. Several people ask for validation of their thoughts: "does code count?" for example. As with most cMOOCs, what counts is what you, as the learner, decide counts.

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#Digiwrimo; or, November is the Cruelest Month for Public ...

#Digiwrimo; or, November is the Cruelest Month for Public ... | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it
I don't know what's more sad: the image of thousands (if not millions) of abandoned blogs, laying by the side of the digital highway, carrion for web vultures; or the fact that, after more than a year, I myself may have forgotten ...
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Digital Writing Month: I, Hyperlink (a poem)

Digital Writing Month: I, Hyperlink (a poem) | #digiwrimo: Digital Writing Month | Scoop.it

I had this urge to write a poem about hyperlinks for Digital Writing Month. You know, hyperlinks are the most powerful feature of the Web, in my opinion, for the ways they can connect texts and ideas together, and we often take the hyperlink for granted.

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