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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

March Madness Writing, Reading, and Blogging 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.

Annnnnd...this year I'm thinking of opening March Madness up to readers who want to challenge themselves to read more, bloggers who want to challenge themselves to blog more, and illustrators who want to challenge themselves to illustrate more! Basically, anything to do with books!

And did I mention there will be PRIZES? Prizes will not be awarded based on how much you write, read, draw, or blog, but simply on how involved you are in the Big Accountability Plan. There will be five check-in points per week (Monday-Friday). 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, books, gift cards, and even critiques! And not only that, but the more you encourage others along the way (in the comments) the more times your name will go into the hat!

Spread the word, and check out this coming Monday, February 28th, 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!

I'll tell you my "official" goals for this March next Monday, but for now, I'd just like to share a little about my goals from last year's March Madness. Here is what I put in writing last year:

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. 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.

I'm thrilled to let you know that not only did I accomplish my goals for March Madness last year, but I also sold APPETITE FOR BEAUTY to Simon Pulse this past September!!!

That's just a little something to encourage you that goal-setting and hard work DOES pay off.

Please spread the word about this Challenge. There will be lots to win throughout the month and the more support we have, the better all of our goals will go this month! Let me just show you a little peek at some of the books I'll be letting you choose from, but believe me there will be many more prizes yet to come!

Don't forget, spread the word, and I'll see you back here next Monday!


  1. Sounds great! I'm in! I just need to figure out what my goals are for March. :)

  2. Oh, wonderful! I need the kick in the pants.
    I'm in!

  3. That's so cool (and inspiring! and encouraging!) that your March Madness project sold later that same year. :)

  4. Can't wait for March. I need some insentive to get my butt-in-the-chair on my WIP.

  5. I could use the accountability. I'm writing, but how much I accomplish each day tends to wax and wane. I'll go figure out some realistic goals and be back to share on Monday.

  6. That's just what I need! Goals and follow up and learning from others! Sounds brill! I'm so glad I've found you! :)

  7. What a great idea. I'll think on this!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  8. Thanks for doing this again! Will set out the plans for March this Sunday...!

  9. That means I need to wrap my head around what I need to accomplish in the next month.. Sounds like a GOOD IDEA!!! :D

  10. I'm in! My goal may be smaller than that of some of your writing warriors--I'd just like to make progress on a YA novel each and every day--but I'm excited for this opportunity. Cheering for each of you!

  11. I'm so in!
    Time to buckle down on my ms that is so, so, so close to complete!