[CONTEST] SoSuWriMo 2022

Souls Super Writing Month

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What's this??

Some of you may be familiar with NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, an open challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days during the month of November. This is a daunting task, but the whole point is to just get it out! As such, NaNoWriMo is about quantity over quality, where word count matters more than content or theme or plot or whatever else. Editing can always come later, but you have to write the words first!

In a similar spirit, SoSuWriMo is 'Souls Super Writing Month! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write 50,000 words worth of posts in 31 days from midnight EST January 1st to 11:59 pm EST January 31st. At an average of 350 words a post, that's a little less than five posts a day for thirty-one days. c:

How will this work?

If you intend to participate, please reply to the participants thread. For the duration of the month, keep track of your word count per post for each thread, then link each thread, and your overall total. All posts you write count, so it doesn't matter how many characters you have, it doesn't matter if you're using Preybot, and it doesn't matter if you write in LASKY.

We highly recommend players track their progress in Google Spreadsheets -- feel free to copy ours!

Though NaNoWriMo champions reckless abandon in terms of quality, for SoSuWriMo, we encourage you to try and maintain quality while still busting out hardcore for quantity. After all, whereas novel-writing is a one-person task, roleplaying is a collaborative effort and it would be unfair for your thread partners for you to sudden skimp on quality.

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All participants that manage to net 50,000 or more words during the month of January will receive the following:
  • Special SoSuWriMo Champ icon [Image: sswm.gif]
  • A Sparkling Vesuvianite OOC Catacombs Skull [Image: human-sswm2022.gif]
  • 'Souls Tangible Prize Pack (requires shipping address)
  • Winners' Signature Banner
  • Custom title
  • Custom Experimental Avatar by Kiri

New for 2022! BONUS Prizes!!

Can you believe this is already our THIRTEENTH YEAR of SoSuWriMo? It's time for something new! Below are a number of bonus categories with bonus prizes you can win in addition to the standard winner's package -- or, in fact, you can win in a bonus category even if you don't hit 50,000 words.

Each category will only have one winner, and players can only win one bonus category.

Most Total Posts
  • Tiebreaker: Player with higher average word count per post
Most Posts Under 500 Words
  • Tiebreaker: Player with higher average word count per post
Steadiest Pace
  • AKA: Lowest average words per day
  • Note: This category does require the player hit 50k to be considered
  • Tiebreaker: Player with lower total post count
Most Completed Threads
  • AKA: Highest number of completed/archived threads in January
  • Threads started before January count, but they must be finished in January
  • Tiebreaker: Player with lower total thread count
Most Diverse Roleplayer
  • AKA: RPed with the most number of unique players
  • Tiebreaker: Player with fewer characters
  • Tiebreaker 2: Player who threaded with the most unique characters

These metrics must be readily available in players' spreadsheet if they wish to be in the running for bonus prizes. Again, feel free to copy the official SSWM Tracker spreadsheet or use it as a basis.


Each category winner will receive: Custom Experimental Avatar by Gen + bonus event icon TBD


  1. Can you thread with yourself/write read-only posts? Yes, but it shouldn't make up a majority of your posts. After all, roleplaying is supposed to be interactive! If you want to write a novel, do NaNoWriMo!
  2. When's the next SSWM? SoSuWriMo is an annual event held every January.
  3. Time zones confuse me! Sorry! They confuse us too! If you do not live in EST (Eastern Standard Time, North America), you can use this converter to convert your time zone, or refer to this clock, which gives the current time in EST.
  4. Are we allowed to write up posts beforehand and then post within the time period?
    No. That would be considered cheating. The point of the event is to write as much as possible within the stated time period, not to simply post as much as possible in the stated time period. Pre-planning plots, threads, and other ways to reach your word goal is allowed for SoSuWriMo; however, every word contributing to your 50,000 should be written in the month of January. Obviously, we have no way to really enforce this, but this has always been an event dependent on players' honesty and we give you the benefit of the doubt. If cheating becomes pervasive though, we won't be able to continue sponsoring events like this, so please don't do it!


Bonus Category Questions Answered

Q: Do NPCs count towards the character counts for "Most Diverse Roleplayer"?

A: No.

Q: Do pack threads and all their participants count for "Most Diverse Roleplayer"?

A: No.

Individual players and characters participating in pack threads do not count towards unique player/character counts. Pack threads are defined as any large group thread for the purpose of a pack plot, regardless of whether they are started by leadership.

Multi-participant threads unrelated to pack plots, however, may have all characters and players counted.


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