Let’s Set Our Own Writing Goals This Month
Yesterday marked the first day of the 15th annual National Novel Writing Month, and I wish all participants the very best success. Today marks the first day of the 2013 Writerland Challenge. The Writerland Challenge was designed for writers like you who want to take advantage of the spirit of NaNoWriMo by spending the month of November writing your butts off but who do not want to participate in NaNoWriMo for a variety of reasons. Maybe you’re a slow writer like me, and writing 1666 words a day is more likely to produce 50,000 words of garbage than a novel. Or maybe you’re working on something other than a novel, like a memoir, short story collection, or personal essay. Whatever the case, the Writerland Challenge is for you. It allows you to identify your own challenging writing goal and stick to it by holding other writers accountable while they hold you accountable as well. Every Saturday (Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30) we’ll check in here to log our progress. In the meantime, we’ll use the Twitter hashtag #TTWC to check in with each other throughout the week.
My goal is to write 500-1000 words a day. What’s yours?
Why I Need Your Help
I’ve been doing a lot of editing, social media, and kid-related activities lately—like spending three straight days sewing Halloween costumes—but not a whole lot of writing. I need The Writerland Challenge to get back on track. I plan to put writing first this month and Facebook, Twitter, G+ and blogging last. But I need your help! Hold me accountable, and I’ll hold you accountable too. Just leave your Twitter handle along with your writing goal in comments below and I’ll pester you every day ONCE MY WRITING GOAL HAS BEEN COMPLETED to see how you’re doing.
To encourage you to join me, I will reward the first ten people who sign up (in comments below) and COMPLETE their goal (no cheating!), by featuring you and your work in a wrap-up blog post at the end of a … ah hem … twelve month period. I will also draw one of your names out of a hat using Random.org and send you a tin of my homemade English toffee (It’s really good! You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity!) So who’s in?
And NOW … a HUGE thank you to the first ten writers who signed up for the 2012 Writerland Challenge. You are super-awesome loyal Writerland readers, and each of you deserves a tin of English Toffee (But sorry, that’s not going to happen, or I won’t get any writing done this month!)
1. Sierra Godfrey
Be sure to check out Sierra’s blog. In addition to writing about her life as a writer and graphic designer, Sierra posts videos of sheep burping, cicadas returning, and cats exploring Ikea. What more could you ask for? Follow her on Twitter @sierragodfrey
2. Nancy Davis Kho
This cool lady is a music/humor blogger and BlogHer conference veteran (in case you need advice about BlogHer’14) who blogs about all things “M,” like motherhood and music and making a living and modern life. This post about premature obsolescence is particularly heart wrenching for mothers of all ages. Follow her on Twitter @midlifemixtape
3. Kristen Lippert Martin
Kristen, one of my favorite East Coast bloggers, is funny, funny, and more funny. Her debut novel Tabula Rasa comes out next fall, and I can’t wait to read it! Here’s a description: “In this contemporary YA thriller, a 16-year-old girl held in an isolated research hospital undergoes a forced experimental treatment to erase all recollection of her past. But when the procedure goes awry, she must face off against mercenaries sent to eliminate her once and for all.” Yikes! Follow her on Twitter @klipmart
4. Melina Selverston
When Melina joined the 2012 Writerland Challenge, she had just completed the first draft of her manuscript. Since then, she has polished her manuscript to the point that several agents have expressed interest in representing her. I’ve read her book, and it’s fantastic! Follow her on Twitter @melinamama
April is “a wife, a mother, a fitness coach.” After suffering from depression and gaining 100 lbs, April decided to do something about it. She started the blog “100 Lb Countdown” because she wanted to be fit and healthy for her family. Now she has a gazillion followers on both Facebook and Twitter. Go April! Follow her on Twitter @100lbc
6. Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks over at Extremely Average is the author of the Henry Wood Detective Agency series, which you can find on Amazon. About Brian: “In my youth, I thought of writing as something one did, when they were being punished by their English teacher. The memories of Mrs. Johnson and diagramming sentences still haunts me to this day. But alas, I started writing on Jan 2, and it turns out, it is more fun that a barrel of fun things.” Brian is also a wonderful woodworker! Follow him on Twitter @extremelyavg
7. Emily Wenstrom
Emily Wenstrom over at Creative Juicer describes herself as “Lit addict, movie junkie, writer. I’m a creative writer fascinated with science fiction, fantasy and monsters of all kinds. When I’m not writing about these, I’m a professional writer working in marketing and public relations. I am the founder and editor of wordhaus, a short story zine built for the digital age (submit your story!).” Follow Emily on Twitter at @emilywenstrom.
8. Carol Grannick
Carol Grannick is a psychotherapist whose tagline is “Focusing more on the writing and less on the publication.” She writes poetry, picture books, middle grade fiction, and creative nonfiction and is on Day Four Hundred and Sixteen of her blog. Follow her on Twitter @carolcgrannick
9. Maia Morgan
Since participating in the Writerland Challenge last year, Maia has completed two-thirds of her WIP, The Saltwater Twin, and published essays in Creative Nonfiction and The Chattahoochee Review. She was also a semifinalist for Fourth Genre’s Steinberg Essay Prize. Congratulations, Maia! You can follow her on Twitter @maia_morgan
10. Kate Campbell
Kate is the author of Adrift in the Sound . Her blog “focuses on the intersection of the arts, gardens and the environment. Posts include news, practical gardening advice, flash fiction, short stories, poetry, novel excerpts and photography.” If you’re looking for advice about toxic relationships, she has a great post up right now to help you navigate those murky waters. And be sure to follow Kate on Facebook!
CONGRATULATIONS to all the 2012 Writerland Challenge Winners! Who will be the first ten to sign up this year?