I interrupt this Week of NICENESS to post about a writing challenge I am joining: Round of Words in 80 days. Margo Berendsen inspired me, and the challenge lines up nicely with writing that I want to do anyway. Here are my measurable goals:
#1 Finish the rough draft of my Sekrit Middle Grade Fantasy novel by June 14th.
Since ROW80 is all about setting achievable goals and sustainable writing, I’ll not be jumping off a bridge if I don’t type THE END before June 14th. However, I know I can knock out 50k of words in a month (done that). I know I can finish a middle grade novel in under 60k of words (done that too). So, for me, this is an achievable goal. Plus the rough draft doesn’t have to be purty, it just has to be words on a page.
I’m still plotting and researching and am committed to working that thoroughly before drafting. However, at some point the plotting must stop! And drafting must commence! The June 14th deadline is an awesome writerly workshop called Write-by-the-Lake that I will be attending, and I want a complete draft in hand when I walk in the door.
Wish me luck! And here’s a whole bunch of other writers in ROW80, if you’d like to join us!