|Do It - Mara A Smith|
Good morning, and welcome back to the First Draft Cafe. April kept me busy, as I took a roller-coaster ride of blogging daily, which required not only discipline, but the stamina to write and publish something on the blog everyday. And so I got to thinking... What if?
What if I could do something like this to help me get closer to finishing my novel. The WIP I often describe, and refer to as a wading through a 'field of treacle' where I trudge wearily, not really making the progress I need to reach the finish line. My thinking - if I turned up to write every day in May, like I had for the A to Z, challenge, switching to fiction, would it make me more productive? Could I get the rhythm going to write fifteen thousand words?
And what if other writing buddies wanted to join me on this quest? Other writers who want to finish a novel draft too, be it the first, second or twentieth? Wouldn't that make the journey better? Knowing I was in good company. Yes! Of course it would, and it would also make us accountable to each other too. And so, a plan began to form in my mind.
I'll be doing the challenge with two other writers I met via Twitter, @MrKelly2u (Wayne) and @lynneinpborough (Lynne) and between us, we've decided to call it '15K in May' we'll be using the hashtag #15Kin May on Twitter to shout out any news or progress.
I plan to write every day except Sunday, they'll be a fair amount of rewriting, and reading, and filling in plot holes, in my case, and I'll need to do about 556 words every day, which sounds more manageable when you break it down like that doesn't it?
Regards the blog, I'll be posting twice a week this month - Sunday will be my usual goal list for the week ahead, and on Wednesday I'll update my '15K in May' progress, as well as anything else on my mind.
This plan will require a new determination, a lot of juggling and organising of my time, and real life continues as usual, but I'm ready to give it my very best shot. What about you? Are you up to write 15K in May?