Also, this year we've decided to open up the challenge to Readers, Bloggers, and Illustrators. 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. You 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. You check in daily (Mon.-Fri.) at our 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, come right on back here to visit yours truly - http://www.denisejaden.com/Blog.html
Tuesdays, my fab critique partner, Shana Silver, will host the check-in - http://www.shana-silver.com
Wednesdays, my good writer friend, Angelina Hansen, who lives closer to me than any other writer will host - http://yascribe.blogspot.com
Thursdays, another good writer friend and conference buddy, Shari Green, will host - http://sharigreen.wordpress.com/blog
Fridays, we'll show you that boys write too! I know, hard to believe, but true. Craig is also an awesome crit partner of mine! - http://www.craigpirrall.com/craig/craigs-blog/
The prizes! We have some truly awesome prizes up for grabs this year! If you've followed my blog, you know about My Bookshelf Giveaways. I'll be opening up two of my bookshelves for people to choose something from throughout the month, starting today! I'll be giving away a book from my shelves to one person who checks in here with their goals within the next 24 hours!
Some other goodies that are up for grabs (these are in no particular order and have been donated by my generous co-bloggers for this event!):
A book of your choice (up to $15) from The Book Depository! (for international winners, as long as they ship to your country)
An ARC of REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnelly! (US only)
A fifty-page manuscript critique! (again, open to international winners!)
A hardcover copy of RADIANT SHADOWS by Melissa Marr!(US only)
An ARC of THE EXILED QUEEN by Cinda Williams Chima (US only)
A $20 Barnes & Noble gift card!
A copy of DELIRIUM (ARC) by Lauren Oliver! (Canada/US only)
And we MAY still add more prizes along the way!
Here are my goals for the month of March: Get up half an hour earlier and write first thing each day. Turn off the Internet for morning writing. Finish my revision of FINDING HOPE (I'm about 10 chapters in right now) and send it off to critique partners. Write a synopsis for the book. Complete my next revision for my editor on APPETITE FOR BEAUTY.
Don't forget to leave your goal(s) in the comments below, and head on over to http://www.shana-silver.com 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!