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March Madness Writing Challenge


It’s almost March and time for an Almost-Nano Challenge! If you have a writing project you’re ready to start, or a work in progress you’re ready to finish, come and join the fun. Accountability is our main aim and the more support we have, the easier it will be to sail on through the month of March, bouncing along on each others successes.

And did I mention there will be prizes? Prizes will not be awarded based on how much you write or revise, but simply on how involved you are in the Big Accountability Plan. There will be seven check-in points per week. Each time you check in and record your progress, your name will be entered in a draw for some great prizes, including some high-demand ARC’s and writing craft books.

Spread the word, and check out http://denisejaden.livejournal.com this coming Monday, March the first to put your goals officially in writing and find out the locations of the check-in points. If you’re ready to get serious, don’t do it alone…Get serious with us!


Onto my own goals...I'm gung-ho to do some serious damage on my work in progress.
The book I've decided to work on is an older book of mine called APPETITE FOR BEAUTY. I've been reading through several versions and picking out all the plot points that I think work to build the characters and/or the story, and arranging them in what I hope will be an order that works.

This revision will be partly expanding on the characters, cleaning up the prose, and easy stuff like that, but there are a number of scenes that I will need to write from scratch also. It's been difficult figuring out how exactly to fit this into a month-long goal schedule, but as of now, these are the things I'm planning.

1. To finish polishing a chapter per day if the chapter involves mostly rehashing writing from older drafts.
2. To finish a chapter over three days if it involves mostly new writing.
3. (and this is my only set-in-stone goal) Finish this revision and send off to a critique partner or two by March 31st.


What about you? What are your goals (feel free to post them today, or come back on Monday to post them).

And please spread the word about this Writing Challenge. There will be lots to win through the month and the more support we have, the better all of our writing will go this month!

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