Friday, March 1, 2013

MARCH MADNESS IS HERE! #WIPMADNESS

If you’ve been looking for a challenge to get your writing in gear, you’ve come to the right place! Through the month of March we will be cheering each other on to meet challenging goals with our writing.

Also, this year we've decided to open up the challenge to Readers, Bloggers, and Illustrators. Basically, anyone who wants to challenge themselves regarding books and win prizes for it!


Today is goal-setting day! 
(But if you don't make it here on the first day, not to worry. Feel free to add your writing goals here any time during the month of March).

March Madness officially begins tomorrow, and this is how it will work.
1. Set a goal here (anything writing, reading, blogging, or otherwise book related). It can be as small and simple of a goal as turning off your Internet while you write during the month of March. Or it can be as large as writing or revising an entire book.

2. Check in daily through the month of March at our designated check-in points. Let us know how you're doing with your goal. Share your victories and struggles. Encourage others. The key is support and camaraderie.

3. We give you prizes just for stopping by and letting us know how you're doing, and for encouraging others!
Sounds easy and fun, right?! The following will be the check-in points for the month of March. We plan to have check-in posts up and running by 9AM PST (noon EST) each day.

Mondays – LS Taylor will host at  http://lstaylor.blogspot.com
Tuesdays
– Shari Green will host at http://www.sharigreen.com
Wednesdays – Angelina Hansen will host at  http://yascribe.blogspot.com
Thursdays
– Mary Ann Scott will host at http://thebrokentree.blogspot.com

Fridays – Denise Jaden will host at  http://denisejaden.blogspot.com 
Saturdays – Kim Baccelia will host at  http://kimbacceliasweblogfantasy.blogspot.com

Sundays – Kelsey Macke will host at http://www.kelseyiswriting.blogspot.com

The prizes! We have some truly awesome prizes up for grabs this year! We will start by giving away a prize to one person who comments below with their goals within the next 24 hours!

Here are the prizes that are up for grabs (these are in no particular order and have been donated by my generous co-hosts for this event!):


$25 toward craft book of choice (Courtesy of Deb Marshall - International) 
First Five Pages Critique (Courtesy of Angelina Hansen - International)
First Five Pages OR Query Critique (Courtesy of Denise Jaden International)
10-Page critique (Courtesy of Jaye Robin Brown - International)

Query Critique (Courtesy of Kelsey Macke - International)

First Chapter Critique (Courtesy of Kelsey Macke - International)

First Chapter Critique (Courtesy of L.S. Taylor - International)

Bookish Jewelry (Courtesy of Mary Ann Scott - US mailing only)

Writer's Emergency Kit (A surprise pack of writerly goodness! - Courtesy of Shari Green - International)


 IF I TELL by Janet Gurtler (Courtesy of Angelina Hansen - US mailing only)

DARKBEAST by Morgan Keyes (Courtesy of L.S. Taylor - US/Canada mailing only)

Books courtesy of Kim Baccelia (US mailing only):

TEAM HUMAN by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
NECROMANCING THE STONE by Lish McBride
TIME BETWEEN US by Tamara Ireland Stone
FATHOMLESS by Jackson Pearce
 SHADOWS ON THE MOON by Zoe Marriott
CITY OF LOST SOULS by Cassandra Clare
THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas
 SPARK/STORM by Brigid Kammerer
INSIGNIA by S.J. Kincaid
OUTPOST by Ann Agguire

Books courtesy of Denise Jaden (US mailing only):

HOW I LOST YOU (SIGNED ARC!) by Janet Gurtler
SEVER (ARC) by Lauren DeStefano
RUSH (ARC) by Eve Silver
YOU KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO (ARC) by Bonnie Shimko
IN TOO DEEP (ARC) by Coert Voorhees
BROTHER, BROTHER (ARC) by Clay Carmichael
RIPTIDE (ARC) by Lindsey Scheibe
ALSO KNOWN AS... (ARC) by Robin Benway
LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING (ARC) by Francesca Lia Block
FOREVERMORE (ARC) by Cindy Miles



Isn’t that quite the ARSENAL of prizes?! Wow, thank you all!!

AND…thank also to Kelsey Macke, we have a fabulous badge for this year’s event. It’s on the sidebar and also below, so go ahead and post it somewhere proudly and link it back to this post.



I'm going to be perfectly honest about what happened with me during last March Madness. I re-wrote (from scratch) my WIP novel, FINDING HOPE. Yes, the entire thing. It was planned to be a companion novel to LOSING FAITH, but by about the third week in, I hated it--couldn't stand the plot or the characters or anything about it. I took a few deep breaths, talked to a few really wonderfully motivating writer-friends (thanks, #wipmadness!) and decided to push through. I forced myself to write the book until it at least had an ending. Then I told myself I could put it away and never look at the stupid thing again.


I'm telling you this so that if you get stuck, or if you find yourself waking up one day and despising this goal project you started...you're not alone. Definitely not.

There is a happy ending to this story, however! It took me eleven months, but I decided to go back and read FINDING HOPE last month, just to see how horrible it was. It turned out...I loved it! It needed lots of work still, of course, but I could see with such clear eyes how to fix it and move forward and actually make this book into something someone may one day want to read!

As for this year's goal, just out of pure craziness, I'm starting another companion novel, which will tell a secondary character's story from FINDING HOPE. I don't have much of an outline for it, but I plan to push through and finish a first draft by the end of March.

How about you? What are your goals for this March? Have you done this challenge with us before, and if so, how has it worked out for you? I'd love to hear!

Don't forget to leave your goal(s) in the comments below, and head on over to Kim Baccelia's Blog  tomorrow for your first check-in! Remember, the more you check-in and encourage others, the better chance you have of winning some great prizes! And if you set your goal within the next twenty-four hours below, you have a good chance at winning one right away!

ONWARD, Fearless Writers!

148 comments:

  1. Yay, Denise! I am so glad that you keep running this each year--you are an inspiration! I love your story about FINDING HOPE!

    I only have the first half of the month this year, because I leave for Spain on 3/17, but that makes my goal even more important to complete the next revision round on my WIP before I go. I look forward to pushing through on it with all of you.

    Happy March!
    Kip

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    1. Weren't you the first one to check in last year, too, Kip? All the best with your goal, but also...have an awesome trip to Spain! I will live vicariously through you :-)

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  2. I came across your challenge via Shari Green this morning, and I'm glad that I did! It is coming at just the right time given that I'm trying to get myself back into the habit of daily writing. With that in mind, my goal for the month will be to write, at least, 5 out of 7 days.

    I'm looking forward to the challenge. :-)

    Good luck to all!

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    1. We're thrilled to have you with us, Dawna! Hopefully you'll find checking in so much fun that you'll want to write even more than five days per week!

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    2. Yay! So glad to have you with us for March Madness! Good luck with your goal!

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  3. Awesome idea. My goal is twofold this month:

    1) I want to write 31k words (not counting blog posts).
    2) I want to read eight books.

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    1. Wow, ambitious goals! You have come to the right place. All the best in getting started today!

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  4. I just looked back at what I did for March Madness 2012 and guess what? Last year I revised my humorous MG boy book. This year I'm revising that same book, except this time it's with my editor because it's going to be published in July. ^_^ WOOHOO! Madness! I have one week to get these edits sent, so between now and March 8th I'll be deep in green gas. After the air clears, I'm going to finish revising the first draft of a long-neglected contemporary YA. At the end of the month I want to be able to send it to some of you lovely beta readers.

    Write on, Wipsters!

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    1. Wow, that's quite a success story! I hope you'll talk more about that on your blog on your check-in day. And yes, looking forward to that YA of yours...

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    2. What a difference a year makes, Angelina! It's so much fun to see each wipster's journey unfold. Enjoy that green gas! (Or at least survive it.)

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  5. I am so excited about participating in March Madness, I spread the word on my blog with a post hoping to encourage others to join up!

    http://actinupwithbooks.blogspot.com/2013/03/march-madness-writing-reading-and.html

    Here are my blogging goals:

    Write 4-6 overdue reviews, including but not limited to:

    The Goodbye Quilt
    The Namesake
    Scarred Lions
    Thrill Seekers

    Review:

    Live Through This
    What Boys Really Want
    Geography Club
    The Elephant of Surprise

    Schedule Blog Tour Posts (5 pending)

    Make some blog updates:

    Redesign!!
    Fix comment reply option
    Add Follow Me options
    Write new Love My Indie invitation post - I really want to encourage more bloggers and readers to participate in sharing their favorite independent bookstores

    I hope that the goals I set for myself give me the push I need to keep me motivated through March and the rest of the year!

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    1. I'm thrilled to have you with us, Joli! It's so great to have some variety in goals and I loved reading about your blogging goals. I can't wait to read your review for LIVE THROUGH THIS (I think Mindi will be joining The Madness this year too!)

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    2. Welcome to the Madness, Joli! I hope you have a plan of attack for that impressive list of goals... will look forward to hearing of your progress. :)

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  6. In 2012, I finished my novel and sent it to my agent, who (not-so-promptly) sent it back with serious revision notes. Over the next few months I hacked off the first 6 chapters, re-imagined the beginning as well as some major plot points and revised the heck out of that puppy. Finally it has come back with some positive results, but I might be changing the POV.

    The long and short of it is, I want to get it ready for final submission. So, here are my goals.

    1. Prepare TBDT for submission (even if I have to change the POV for the entire thing).
    2. Get into chapter 3 (at least) of the new WIP.
    3. Keep my sanity...but embrace the MADNESS!

    Some of this depends upon how quickly my agent responds to the new chapters...

    Rock on, Wipsters!

    I'll see you on Thursdays!

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    1. Ahh, the frustratingly slow pace of publishing. Yes, I know it well, Mary Ann. We must put that out of our minds this month or we may move from a mad state to a depressive one! All the very best in getting a polished version out into the world and then *relaxing breath* starting on something new!

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    2. Mary Ann, I'm with you on the "Keep my sanity, but embrace the Madness!" The past couple weeks have been emotionally chaotic in my realm so I'm hoping I can find a balance and move ahead now.

      Best of luck getting TBDT polished up for its final submission.

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  7. Just one goal, with several parts:

    Send out my submission to the 3 agents who've requested it. Which means:

    a) FINISH final super-polishing revisions my awesome critique partner has given me.

    b) FINISH the synopsis (since one asked for it).

    c) FINISH the query (since one asked for it and since I am going to send it out to other agents if these three don't pan out).

    Other goals will include revising my NaNo and maybe doing some fresh writing, especially since I've unlocked a new trick for writing sex scenes, but this is where my heart and focus should be.

    Also, of course, WIPmadness! See y'all Mondays! :D

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    1. Lots of "finishing" listed there, Laura, which is great--I can't wait to see you along the way at check-ins, starting spread the victory!

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    2. Personally, I'd like to hear more about this "trick unlocking" business.

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  8. I love how you can always find what you are looking for on the internet!

    I write short stories for submission and smaller fiction on my website, but have been side-tracked the last three months by a host of personal problems, which I will not get into.

    I simply want to begin to writing again. To remind myself why I wake up an hour earlier on a weekday or carve time from my weekend. To give myself back that pleasure.

    My goal for March is to write every day, alternating between
    a) a fiction or non-fiction blog post,
    b) a revision on a short story with April submission date,
    c) a new short story that has been bubbling in my mind for while, and
    d) reading and editing a friend's piece

    I am very happy to find a like-minded community here, simply by typing "March Madness for Writing" into a search engine.

    I look forward to the madness together!

    :)
    Barbara

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    1. I'm *thrilled* that you found us, Barbara! Those sound like some great goals, and I have no doubt with the March Madness momentum, you will meet them all!

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    2. Welcome, Barbara! So glad to have you with us for March Madness!

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  9. This is so awesome. I write fiction.

    My goals for March:

    1) Start and finish a draft for a novel.
    2) Read eight books.
    3) Create a blog centered around my writing/reading life.

    I homeschool my 4-year-old and 7-year-old, so these goals will require some late nights and early mornings for me. I might have a fighting chance, if I could just get around the sluggishness when it comes to my OTHER work.

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    1. As a fellow homeschooler, I completely get where you're coming from! Those are some ambitious goals for anyone, though. Don't worry, The Madness will carry you through! Glad you're here with us.

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    2. I'm another homeschooler - mine are 3 and 7! We can do it!

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    3. I homeschool my 11 year old. I swear sixth grade curriculum is tough! So I get where you're coming from too!

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  10. I have two goals:
    1. to spend an hour a day revising my current wip
    2. to read four books from my stockpile :)

    Thanks for creating a system for accountability this month. As a comment above says, I am looking forward to the madness together, too!

    Liz

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    1. Having a time commitment is great. I think I should add that to my goals. All the best with meeting them, and can't wait to hear of your success :-)

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    2. #2! Love that. As I read everyone's goal I feel like I should have added 500 more goals to mine. I have way to many unread books on my bookshelf. What a wonderful goal!

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  11. My goals:

    Write 250 words of my brand new shiny WIP per day.

    Also, to not obsess so much about editing as I go. Because, let's face it, that ends up being a lot of wasted time and energy when you get to the end and realize you have to change pretty much everything anyway.

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    1. Not obsessing about editing - yeah, good luck with that. LOL, I'm speaking to myself here. It's a good word. And you have a good, strong goal. 250 words times 31 days is... 7750 words! Awesome (and yes, I needed a calculator to figure that out!) Glad you're joining us, Linda!

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    2. I wrote my goal first and then went on to read all the others. I really love yours, feel like maybe I should add it to mine... I am always going back and reading, re-reading, reading again. I AGREE! Stop obsessing!

      Sometimes I find telling myself to forget what I have already written. By that I mean to write without looking back. That helps with my editing. I attempt to set time goals. Like "I will go back and re-read after I have finished 3 more chapters" or "6 more chapters". I really try hard to force myself to just keep the words flowing without going back to read every half hour (I am really bad for that!)

      I hope you find your way to keep yourself from worrying about editing, every one has their own. I also may add this to the goals-inside-my-head (because I'll admit it is a hard thing to conquer and I have not quite yet).

      Also I love your goal for 250 words a day!! I am new to this and that goal in itself is inspirational to me. I can't wait to hear about how your goals go throughout the month!

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  12. This will be my 2nd year to participate in March Madness. Last year, I got some serious work done on my YA historical, which is yet to be re-drafted, but hey, I wrote The End last year during March. Let's just say, it's simmering.

    This year's goal: Drafting my new wip, a middle grade novel. I've spent the better part of the last two weeks outlining and devising a plan. I've also ran the idea by my agent, who's made a few suggestions I'm considering.

    My plan is to use daily time goals vs. word count goals. I'm hoping this alleviates unneeded pressure on myself.

    What a wonderful story about FINDING HOPE, Denise. Thanks for sharing your experience and success!

    Looking forward to getting to know everyone better.

    ~WIP on, March Madness peeps! :)

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    1. So glad to have you back with us again, Candilynn! And I'm so glad to hear March Madness was helpful to you last year!

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  13. As I mentioned before, don't know how much I can participate this month. Why? Because I'm expecting edits from my EDITOR on the first draft of the WIP that I finished last March Madness. In the year between last March Madness and this - I lost an agent, gained a new agent, and sold last year's book in a 2-bk deal to Harper Teen.

    #wipmadness works!

    This March? Finishing up what I hope will be book 2, it's out with final readers, before sending to my agent. And waiting on that edit letter for Sing to the Wind.

    Good luck all!

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    1. I LOVE hearing these success stories! So we have at least two novels being published that were written during last year's March Madness! Huge congrats on your book deal--I love HarperTeen books, so I'm sure I'll love yours! All the best with getting through the edits and getting that second book written!

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    2. Yay, JRo! Yay, March Madness success stories!! :D

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    3. I love, love, love, being reminded of the wipmadness projects that will become real, live books! Yay, Jaye!

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    4. What a great success story!! If that doesn't spur the rest of us on, nothing will. :)

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  14. I'd forgotten about this - thanks to Shari for posting on facebook. I'm starting to run a Thursday morning 'just write' meetup group, which is a great way to hang out with writers and get words on the page.
    My March goals are to finish illustrations and editing for a short non-fiction e-book (and get it up on Kindle in early April) and to finish a first draft script
    for a short graphic novel.
    Didja see that word - short? That's how this is getting done, in small steps.

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    1. Great to have you with us, Jean! Your Thursday morning group sounds wonderful. And yes to small steps! They get us there.... All the best to you as you work toward your goals!

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    2. I love that we have people blogging and reading and illustrating for their goals too this month! And yes, thank you to Shari for helping to spread the word.

      Glad to have you with us, Jean!

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    3. It's so nice to find another familiar name among our group of crazed writers... familiar from W-A-Y back! :) Best of luck with meeting your goals. We'll look forward to hearing of your progress. I'll bet your new meetup group will be a help in keeping you focused on the writing.

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  15. I think I only sort of participated in March Madness last year, but I'd like to take part again this year!

    My goal is pretty simple: I just want to write anything. I've kind of lost my way lately, and I'd like to fix that. So, yes. If I finish the month having accomplished any writing whatsoever, I'll consider that a win.

    (Sorry if this ended up double-posting. The whole commenting with a WordPress ID thing always messes me up.)

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    1. SOME writing is way better than NO writing! And you just may find that freeing yourself to simply "write anything" will spur you on and really get the words flowing. All the best to you....

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    2. Hang out with us and you'll definitely get some writing done, Jaime! And sometimes simple goals are the best ones. Glad you're here...

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    3. I just posted this quote in a reply on another comment but after reading this comment I felt that it fit in just as well! (plus I am sort of crazy in love with it)

      Jane Yolen said "Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up."

      It seems your goals are right there with this same idea, and I agree with Shari Green SOME is better then none, and yes! you may feel that getting it going is all you need to keep it going!

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  16. So happy for March Madness again! My goal is to finish the first draft of my rewrite - this is about the 4th time I've tackled it, but this time around I'm actually excited about it, so I must be doing something right (I hope).

    Good luck to everyone!

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    1. Glad to hear you're excited for your rewrite, Jennifer. That's a great place to be, isn't it? Glad you're joining us again.

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  17. I'm a first-timer, and I found my way here from the Vancouver Other Eleven Months facebook group.

    My goals are threefold: 1) finish a short story I've been working on for the last couple weeks, 2) revise the first 30,000 words of a YA historical I've been working on for the last nine months or so. I'm changing the POV and the setting (which means more research), but I'm confident it will make the novel more readable and lead to a resolution for some plotting issues in the novel's last quarter. And 3) I want to write (not research, not reread) a minimum of ten hours a week.

    Let's do this!

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    1. So glad you found us! Welcome to March Madness! :)

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    2. I've never heard of that group, but I will look it up! Sounds fun. Good to hear you have some strong and detailed goals for the month--glad you're joining us!

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    3. I love your goals! I am particularly in love with # 3, to write! My mother just recently acquainted me with a quote that I absolutely fell in love with.

      Jane Yolen said "Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up."

      I am happy to hear I am not the only new-to-march-madness one here! Very exciting to be apart of this!

      Sending all my good luck vibes to you and your goals this month! And I must say a Historical YA sounds extremely wonderful to me, I have a small obsession with anything having to do with history :-)

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    4. Thanks for all the encouragement! And good luck to you guys too. I'll look for you at the check-ins!
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  18. Hi March Madness Peeps! I’m extra excited this time around, because I have The Call scheduled on Monday with a super amazing agent. YIPPPPEEEEEE! (I have been querying since the first March Madness, I believe.) So my goals might change after I talk to her, because if she’s asking for revisions, that’ll become my A#1 priority. But otherwise, I am soooo close to finishing a first draft of my current WIP– so that’s my goal in the next week. Once that’s finished, it needs to simmer, so the rest of the month is going to be devoted to research and planning my shiny new idea. I suppose outline by the end of the month is a good goal? Looking forward to it with you all.

    (Technical note: When I try to sign in with my Google account, it calls me Unknown - any i idea how to get around that?)

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    1. So exciting!! Good luck! I hope it turns out you two are a perfect match. :)

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    2. hmmm, no I don't know how to help with the tech issue, Joy. I'm such a non-techie!

      But glad you're joining us and all the best with your phone call! So exciting!!!

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  19. I love this! I have 2 different projects I want to get to certain points on. Here's the steps I want to complete during March Madness:

    Project #1 (MG)

    1. Finish final revision
    2. SUBMIT to agents!

    Project #2 (YA)

    1. Rework my outline with the brilliant changes that just came to me
    2. Revise chapter one and use it to apply to a great workshop opportunity
    3. Get to 25,000 words in draft #1 (I'm at about 9,000 right now)

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    1. Wow, those are some lofty goals, Britney! I can't wait to watch your progress on them throughout the month (and eventual victory!)

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  20. This march, I'm gonna finish fast-drafting my MG contemp!!

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    1. Sounds great! Here's to reaching The End!

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  21. I'm setting a time goal rather than a word goal this year: write ten hours per week on my new MG project. I'm so excited to get started on this, and I hope to get far into the story during March. Dare I dream for a complete first draft? ;)

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    1. oooh, MG project! Fun! And YES YOU SHOULD DREAM BIG! That's what March Madness is for! I'm thinking of adding a time goal to my others, just haven't decided what yet.

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    2. LOL, okay okay! If the hosts aren't completely mad, how can we expect the rest of the participants to go for it? ;) A first draft it is! Go me! (Ignoring the "but I don't write MG" voice and planning to have fun with it.)

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    3. That's a worthwhile goal. No matter how many words those ten hours produce they're bound to get you launched into the story... maybe even get that first draft roughed in. And you mustn't listen to that genre-sneering voice. I don't write for kids of *any* age, and yet I did once, remember? ;)

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  22. Ok, here goes:

    I'm currently working on my second novel, and my goal is to finish a reader's draft by the end of March. (Not as Herculean an effort as it might sound, since I'm currently about halfway through.)

    But as of now, it's a race to the finish! I have to write at least one chapter per day to complete this goal. (Now that I think about it, this might be a Herculean task after all...)

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    1. That is still a formidable task, but I'm sure you're up to it, Veronica. Great to have you with us!

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  23. I found your March Madness challenge through Candilynn Fite's blog and I'm thrilled to participate. My goals are:

    -- Revive my dormant blog by posting twice a week
    -- Write/edit my unfinished novel for at least two hours per weekend
    -- Read 10 books this month

    I'm looking forward to meeting and checking in with all of you. Good luck on reaching your writing/reading goals!

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    1. I love these varied goals that including reading, writing, and blogging! Alas, I am not as ambitious. I can't wait to hear about all of your successes along the way!

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    2. Yay!! So glad you found it. :)

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  24. What a great opportunity. This will be my first year participating. I'm a YA writer repped by Pooja Menon of Kimberley Cameron and Assoc. While finding myself between revisions of my MS, I've taken on a ghost-writing project that I'd like to make serious progress on this month. I'm turning a couple's family memoirs into a novel for them. So far, I'm 8 pages in, and I'd like to add at least another 15,000 - 20,000 words in this month.

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    1. Sounds like a great goal, Debbie! Good for you making great use of your time between revisions!

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  25. YAY for March 1st!! My goal is simple and terrifying = 50,000 words. If my butt isn't glued to this chair, there better be a hospital involved.

    Go Team!

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  26. Here I am. I'm going kicking and screaming into this year's March Madness because I haven't been able to give my writing the attention it needs in January or February, and I can't imagine March will be any easier. But making it a priority will help. I'm on the run this morning so will return tonight to catch up on everyone's comments and record my goals. For now, have a great writing day, Wipsters!!

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    1. You haven't had US helping you daily through January and February, though, Carol. So March will be COMPLETELY different. ;-)

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    2. That's good positive thinking, thanks, Denise. I've decided I need to set goals that I know are realistic and doable given where I'm at right now. I've had three fellow writers' requests on hold for a few weeks. I'll commit to fulfilling them this month, and to set a fresh goal when the last is accomplished.
      (1.) Write the guest post promised for one;
      (2.) Read new release and write review for one;
      (3.) Read new release and prepare blog interview for one.
      Hopefully by that time I'll be getting anxious to jump back into my own WIP.

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  27. I'm in!
    I'm keeping it simple
    - complete the R&R on my MG that is waiting to go back out to some wonderful agents.
    - storyboard a PB that's been simmering and brewing on my sketchbook pages for the last few weeks.

    And that is all. I'm going to focus on craft rather than speed this month.
    Good luck fellow WIPers!

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  28. Reading all the goals and success stories made me wonder what the heck I set as a goal during last year's madness. Just checked and one of my goals was to finish a synopsis + 50 pages to submit. Well, the following month that goal turned into a book deal which has consumed me ever since. Since my third version of that manuscript is with my editor until at least the 15th, this year's goal is to finish revising another WIP that I started in 2006 and finally submit it to my agent.

    Best of luck to everyone!

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    1. I love all of these success stories! So glad March Madness was a help to you last year, Jeanne, and I hope it helps you accomplish all your goals this year too.

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  29. I'm so glad I heard about WIPmadness in time to join this year (thanks Angelina!). So, my goal: finish the 3rd draft of my MS. Completely. I want to be query-ready by April.

    This is gonna be exciting!

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    1. Yes, thank you Angelina! The more the merrier...so glad you have joined us, Brooke, and all the best with that 3rd draft!

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  30. I only have a short-term goal right now: to cut another 2k from my YA fantasy Otherselves (for a total of 10 k). Hoping to finish that next week. We're in the middle of moving--boxes, boxes everywhere--and I can't focus more than a few days ahead right now.

    Hopefully, I'll have a better March goal soon.

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    1. Ugh, moving. All the best in getting through it as quickly and painlessly as possible, Nicole, and we'll be here to cheer you on whenever you can stop in!

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  31. I'm new to this so I'm just hoping to get the bulk of this story written. I have 17K and I've been working on it since last October. I need to take it seriously, along with my commitment to it and writing. I considered quitting writing altogether several times this last month but I may as well try to quit breathing. Or reading. So this came at a good time for me. I want to get this as close to 50K+ as possible and then send it out to a beta or two. Thanks for having me.

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    1. Glad you're here! Sometimes pushing through and getting the main story out in a short amount of time will actually help you figure out some stuff about it. That's how it always works for me--it bypasses my conscious brain or something. All the best with your 50k!

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    2. This is the time to put aside the nagging inner voice that wants every word to be perfect, and as Denise says, push through to actually finish the first draft. You can always revise afterwards. Welcome to the the group!

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  32. I'm new to this so I'm just hoping to get the bulk of this story written. I have 17K and I've been working on it since last October. I need to take it seriously, along with my commitment to it and writing. I considered quitting writing altogether several times this last month but I may as well try to quit breathing. Or reading. So this came at a good time for me. I want to get this as close to 50K+ as possible and then send it out to a beta or two. Thanks for having me.

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  33. Hi, all! My goals this month include:

    1. Continue revising. Can't get down on myself. Just need to revise at least one scene a day or more.

    2. Do at least one YABC review a week

    3. Found out NO GODDESSES ALLOWED should be coming out real soon so need to look into marketing ideas/PR/book trailer/blog tour and other fun stuff

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    1. Those sound like great goals, Kim! Great to have you along, and thanks for hosting!

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  34. I'm in! I have an outstanding R&R on my first novel (women's fiction) so my goal for the month is to finish the rewrite.

    Good luck to everyone participating!

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  35. Sliding in late. I've watched you guys from the sidelines and figured it was high time I join the fun.

    I'm a little over halfway through doing around of revision based on notes from my agent. My goal is to be finished by mid month. What I'm focusing on is doing the strongest work I can at the fastest pace--aka not worrying about my blog and keeping online time to a minimum.

    The second half of the month is going to involve being prepared to focus on what ever my agents wants me to do--or on going back and starting revision on my very rough WIP.

    Good luck to everyone!

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  36. look what happens when you miss ONE DAY!
    OKAY. Here's my goal for the month off May: REVISE. My ms FIND ME just came back from two beta readers and there's a plethora of good (and a little disturbing) advice to absorb. I'm giving myself a week to do that, then - starting the second week of March jumping in with revisions. I'm lucky in that I have a pretty solid idea (already) of some flaws that need fixin. I'm hoping that by April I'll be able to submit the very polished and ready ms to my agent. I know that's shooting high time wise, but that's my goal. Good luck everyone!

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  38. Here's hoping that my third year is the charm.

    1. With my writing partner, Jenn B; complete a rough draft of our screenplay. The hope is to have a rough draft by month’s end, revise in April, and submit to a few contests by May 1st.

    2. Examine TV pilot ideas and see if anything worth pursuing. Depending on my writing partner’s time and energy, we may tackle one together and try to submit a pilot script to a few contests by June 1. I figure we can use March as to prewrite and then start a draft in April. That way we aren’t in the same stage of two projects at once and can broaden our scope.

    3. Create and maintain a master document including notes, research, and other information for the screenplay and possible TV pilot. Once I find a template that works, I plan to apply it to all other works in progress. I tend to get a little carried away with folders, subfolders, and sub sub folders.

    4. Design a writing schedule for the rest of the year including daily, weekly, monthly and so on goals and deadlines. And implement said plan. I even have a special planner for keeping myself accountable.

    5. Work on other writing. I have a long neglected novel to give some way overdue tender loving care to. I also should work on another TV spec, but I’m waiting for the network upfronts so I know if the shows I’m considering writing for will be renewed.

    6. Remember to enjoy writing and not allow myself to be overwhelmed by deadlines.

    7. Read, blog, and exercise. I mean a writer has to do something besides write, right?

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    1. It sounds like you have some serious research underway, and are doing lots of preplanning. Dive in now and enjoy getting immersed in the actual writing. It's the only way to achieve your goal #6. Go for it!! :)

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    2. Seems like you have a lot of goals to work towards, which is actually inspirational in and of its own. I love that you have so many goals for ONE month, you are braver than I.

      I agree #6 is a must must must!! And #5! Get working on that novel!

      Working on writing something else, like your novel, might actually help with your other goals. Get your mind on something else to free yourself of the constant thinking over other things.
      To be able to go back to other goals, mind new. Like taking a nice mental break from one goal to work on another, and continuing the cycle. They all seem like such wonderful goals. I am very excited to keep up with how progress goes throughout this month.

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    3. Yes, remembering to enjoy writing is an especially great goal!

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    4. Hey, Chris (A.K.A. My Awesome Writing Partner),

      I am late, very late with posting my goals this year, so I will piggyback on your post. I will add my goals at today's check-in. I just wanted to add that I think your goals are awesome, and remember, just because you don't meet them all, doesn't mean you didn't succeed! Yes, we WILL finish the rough draft!

      See you at the check in!

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    5. Thanks, Carol, Rebecca, and Denise. And thanks and hello, Jenn.

      Yes, we will. :-)

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  39. Here I am coming in late, but here nonetheless! This will be my first attempt at march madness, a first of many I have started in the past year. I am currently working on my very first draft of my very first YA novel (first novel at all actually). At just over 11000 words my yet-to-be-title novel is just a new born baby. I thought hard about what my goals should be for my first venture here and although I landed on a no-so-OUT-THERE goal I feel like it is a good start. I think that the fear of failure still has a tight grip on me so I thought I would start off small. I have decided on two goals. One geared towards my blog The Dissocial Mom and the other towards my new born novel.

    Goal #1 Between the months Jan and Feb I was able to write just over 10000 words on my work in progress and for this month I have decided to double the amount of words and cut in half the time. My goal is to write 20000 words during the course of this month! This would put me nearly mid way into my novel as my end goal is 70000!

    Goal #2 I would like to kick the bad habit of waiting last minute to write up a post for The Dissocial Mom. No more speed writing the day before (or even two days before) to break it off with procrastination. My hope is that by dropping my bad habit I may be able to pick up a new and better one that will continue on after march has passed.

    So there it is! I am both excited and scared to be joining march madness this year, but I decided to take the leap! I can not wait to read and hear everyone's goals, ideas, support and inspiration and to help motivate and get motivated!! This should be a very exciting month!

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    1. Welcome into the wild and wonderful Madness, Becky! I like both your goals. An aspiring novelist's first priority needs to be getting the story written, so you're obviously on the right track with goal #1. As for goal #2... Wordpress has the option to 'Schedule' posts to appear on any specified date. Maybe you can manage to get a few posts ahead and use the feature to give yourself some slack during extra busy times??? I know... it's easier said than done.

      Best of luck as you wade into March's writing waters.

      (I just posted this as a separate comment instead of a reply. Ackkk!!! It must be past my bedtime! Delete, delete!)

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    2. writers block may just be my ever frequent arch nemesis.
      Thank you for the speedy support :-D it really does feel wonderful to have the motivation that this offers. I have very high hopes for my goals!

      P.S I actually follow your blog on WordPress and I absolutely enjoy reading it! Always looking forward to your new posts! I follow your daughter as well and very exciting that she is hosting!!

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    3. Well hey there daughter of mine! So very glad you joined up. This is an incredibly supportive group of writers, readers and bloggers. And---yep--me too on the late. Best part is you can sign up, join in, anytime. Good luck! Feel free to kick your mother's butt every now and then :P

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    4. Great goals. So glad to have you here, Rebecca!

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  42. Hi could you maybe let us know what to do if the check-in posts aren't online?

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    1. You can always check in here or on the day before's post. We will count it. Sorry if there have been problems already.

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  43. Okay, I'll dive in with both feet.
    Goal #1, finish rewrite of novel "born" during NaNoWriMo 2012.
    Goal #2, find a plot for above novel-- right, now it's a collection of anecdotes from my childhood.
    Goal #3, read more, twitter less. ;)

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  44. I'm dealing with tendinitis this March, but count me in! I have two goals that I'm working on... The first is to edit a scene a week from my character history novel. The second is to finish my planning for the second Shifting Mists novel, so that I can be ready to start writing in April. The third, is to not destroy my hands, doing the first. Easy goals? Perhaps... the main issue is the third. Doing the work without hurting myself is a very important skill to learn, but I think this month will finally help me get the hang of it.

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    1. Aw, sorry to hear about your hands! I hope you find a way to make yourself better and not worse.

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  45. I'm joining! I HAVE GOT to finish this revision of my YA by the end of the month.

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  46. Good luck to everyone! Four goals for me this month:

    1) send out at least two packages for work-for-hire projects and one of those to Capstone for sure.

    2)get up, organized and running on good reads. in other words, start using it more.

    3)submit at least one picture book to my crit group and send out one more agent query

    4)be brave, re-read Happy Medium and take a page from Denise-star over if needed it will be okay.

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    1. adding to the good reads goal...pick at least one challenge and start it!

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    2. Yay! Happy to see you here, I hadn't seen you yet and was getting worried ;-) I am really excited for this month! Lost of goals for this month for both of us!

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    3. Always so glad to have you here, Deb!

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  47. Has it been a year already?

    Last year was my first time with March Madness and it was a great experience. I finished the year with first drafts for an alternate history thriller screenplay (Script Frenzy), an MG Adventure (Camp NaNo), and a YA Thriller (NaNo). I even wrote my first Paranormal short story based on a dream.

    Since December I've been taking workshops to hone my craft, have networked more in the writing community and my writing has improved since the last time I posted here. I think March Madness was the catalyst that help boost my writing confidence so I thank you all for that.

    As of this weekend, I'm officially published. Two of my flash humor pieces got an honorable mention and were published on the host's blog. YAY!

    Okay, goals.

    1) Revise those drafts, polish, polish, polish, and shop.

    2) I've taken an interest in short stories and flash fiction, so I'll be trying a hand there to get my feet wetter in the industry.

    3) Be more attentive to important events such as this. Household is fighting a flu relapse and it's a challenge to write through the haze sometimes--or check all emails.

    4) Continue to build a social media presence. I've learned so much by connecting with fellow writers and those in the industry. My writing has advanced because of such connections.

    5) Remember to keep an inner peace amidst all the chaos of RL and appreciate the fact that, as a writer, I'm in a better place today than I was 365 days ago.


    Thank you!

    Tonette

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    1. Of course, in my eagerness, I overshot said goals. *ahem* Those are my goals for the year. For March, I'll be more realistic and do the following:

      1) Draft at least two short stories that have deadlines within the next six weeks. I'll continue doing flash because it comes easier (especially if it's 500 words or less).

      Numbers three to five still stand. Although, for the reason I stopped using Facebook, I need to moderate my time on Hootsuite.

      Streams of Tweets,
      links to clickity clack,
      there goes three hours
      I'll never get back.

      I will write everyday in some creative form. I've been doing Morning Pages for 58 days straight, so I'll keep forging ahead. :)

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    2. Congrats on publishing, Tonette! AWESOME! Glad to have you here with all your lofty goals!

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  48. I'd like to continue working on my NaNoWriMo story, and hopefully finish it. It needs another 11,000 words, or so.

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  49. I'm jumping in a few days late, but I love the March Madness idea. I've been lagging behind my yearly goals because of some personal stuff going on, so I think this is just what I need to get myself back on track. Here's what I'm hoping to accomplish:

    1. Finish first chapter rewrite for my WIP, Shadows & Light.
    2. Brainstorm 100 new scene ideas for S&L.
    3. Plot out and revise emotional arc and romance arc for S&L. (Your grief book is helping me a lot with some of this by the way, Denise. Thanks!)

    Thanks for hosting. I hope to be around as much as possible to cheer everyone else on too.

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  50. I just discovered this and I am so glad I did, it's a brilliant idea. Sometimes, it's nice to be part of a community that helps keep you accountable for getting work done. My goal for this March are:

    1) Complete the detailed outline for my WIP
    2) Write at least 2k words every day
    3) Begin the first draft of said WIP

    They're humble goals but I've burned myself before by setting goals that were overly ambitious and when I failed to meet them, I felt like I had let myself down no matter how much I had actually accomplished. So, this March, I'm setting perfectly reasonable goals so when I exceed them, I can let myself bask.

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    1. Not humble goals at all, Melissa! If you get something done this month, you'll probably be ahead of 75% of writers. Glad you're here!

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    2. I'm definitely the overachiever who habitually bites off more than she can chew so they seem humble to me! Thanks again for organizing this, I feel like it's exactly the kick in the pants I needed right now.

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  51. I am super late to starting, but only because I am not really sure what my goals are anymore. It depends on several factors (the main one being if I figure out how to fix an issue I'm stuck on in my revisions). So:

    1) Finish revisions of Book (contingent on figuring out how to solve an outstanding issue).
    Alternate 1) If I cannot fix revisions, outline new book.
    2) If I finish outline, write as much as possible in new book.

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    1. Glad to have you here whatever your goals are, Shana!

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  52. What an awesome idea. I'm late starting, but I'll dive in anyway.

    Here are my goals:

    1. Work on planning my WIP every day, with my goal to finish by March 15th.

    2. Write one scene a day from March 16th until I finish the book.

    3. Complete and post my first video review by the end of the month.

    Thanks for the opportunity and I'm looking forward to joining in.

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    1. So is this two books you plan to complete in March, Stephanie? Either way, really glad to have you with us!

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