Thursday, February 27, 2014

MARCH MADNESS: SET YOUR GOALS! #WIPMadness

If you’ve been looking for a challenge to get your writing into 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 March 1st, 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, or finishing reading a book you've been trying to get through 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. Check in as often as you can, as we will be announcing prize winners throughout the month on all of the different blogs, but we're writing too, so we don't have time to chase around anyone who has won.

We plan to have check-in posts up and running by 9AM PST (noon EST) each day.

Mondays – Visit LS Taylor at  http://lstaylor.blogspot.com
Tuesdays
 – Visit Shari Green at http://www.sharigreen.com
Wednesdays – Visit Shana Silver at http://www.shana-silver.com
Thursdays 
–  Visit Denise Jaden at http://denisejaden.blogspot.com 
Fridays – Visit Tonette de la Luna at http://www.tonettedelaluna.com
Saturdays – Visit Carol Garvin at http://careann.wordpress.com
Sundays – Visit Angelina Hansen at  http://yascribe.blogspot.com 

The prizes! We have some truly awesome prizes up for grabs this year! I'll 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!) I've added in brackets where we are able to mail each prize:


First Five Pages Manuscript Critique! (Courtesy of Denise's agent, Michelle Humphrey - International)

3 2 1 BOX of popular and new fiction! (Courtesy of Shana Silver - US Only)

A book of choice (up to $15) anywhere Book Depository delivers! (Courtesy of Shari Green) 

1/2 pound of peanut butter flavored tiger butter! (Courtesy of L.S. Taylor - US/Canada Only)

An autographed paperback of Julius Caesar Brown and the Green Gas Mystery by Ace Hansen (Courtesy of Angelina Hansen - US Only)

A full manuscript critique! (Courtesy of Tonette dela Luna - International)

Audiobook copy of NEVER ENOUGH by Denise Jaden! (Courtesy of Denise Jaden - International)

A Writers-On-The-Go Kit! (Includes various take-with-you stationary, and of course...chocolate!)  (Courtesy of Carol Garvin - U.S./Canada Only)

A previously read and loved copy of ROOMIES, signed by both Sara and Tara! (Courtesy of Shari Green - International)

A first chapter critique! (Courtesy of L.S. Taylor - International)

A $20 Gift Card for Barnes & Noble (Courtesy of Angelina Hansen - International)

Copy of your choice of paperback book by Denise Jaden! (Courtesy of Denise Jaden - US Only)

ARC's (Courtesy of Kim Baccellia - US Mailing Only):
Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Going Over by Beth Kephart
Wings by Elizabeth Richards
Embers & Ash by T.M. Goeglein



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

Why do we do this, you may ask. Well, I can only answer for myself. First of all, people who set tangible goals and stay accountable with them are as much as 90% more likely to achieve those goals. And I REALLY want to achieve my goals this March. Secondly, I love the camaraderie. This business makes writers feel lonely enough, so any chance I have to feel like I'm not in all of this alone, I'll take it! I love NaNoWriMo each year, but this group is a little more personal. We get to know each other and care about how we're doing on our projects and in our lives. And if one check-in a day is not enough camaraderie for you, we also hang out on Twitter under the hashtag #WIPMadness, so please join in on the conversations there as well.

As for this year's goals, I have two of them. I'd like to revise the book I wrote during NaNoWriMo last year. I already have a strong vision for what to do with this one, so I'm eager to get going. I also plan to first-draft a very short novel (around 20k) that I hope to submit to a specific imprint of a specific publisher. It's a lot, but I believe with all the support here, I will be able to do it.

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 Carol Garvin's blog this Saturday for your first check-in! Remember, the more you check-in and encourage others, the better chance you have of winning some awesome 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!

111 comments:

  1. This will be my third year to participate in March Madness. I'm most excited this year, as I'll be putting forth all my efforts into revising my NA Romantic Mystery.

    It dawned on me while reading over the prizes that Laura Taylor read the first 50 pages of this ms two years ago! (I thank you for all your wise help back then!!) Laura, my how the ms has changed since then! Not only did I finish the first draft back in 2012, but the story has come full circle and a 2nd book is dancing around in the back of my mind.

    So, for 2014's March Madness, I WILL finish revisions. I WILL have this draft ready for beta readers. I WILL do it. No exceptions. I will settle for nothing less than completing these rewrites.

    Daily goal: Work on rewrites 2 hours a day (minimum).
    Weekly goal: Polish pages rewritten that week.
    Monthly goal: To complete revisions (beta reader ready) with an outcome of a 2nd (or possibly) a 3rd draft.

    To all my fellow Wipsters out there, I say MARCH onward, brave writers!!!

    And a big thank you to all the hosts... y'all rock. :D

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    1. So thrilled to have you here, Candilynn and I LOVE your motivated spirit! Looking forward to meeting some goals with you!

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  2. My goal is to complete the major revision I'm working on. I'm currently on chapter 11 out of 31ish. But I need to write several new chapters, combine a few, cut some, etc. So it's a significant amount of work. Plus I would like to do a line edit once I'm done with the big changes.

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    1. YAY! It's much more fun to be revising with you, Shana. Glad you're here, and thanks for hosting!

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  3. Yay, goals! Mine is to finish revisions on manuscript I finished first drafting earlier this month. No major plot changes, just lots of fleshing out and line edits. So, should be doable!

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    1. Awesome to have you here, Jen, and yes, that sounds very doable. Looking forward to celebrating with you when it's done!

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  4. I need to revise a chapter a week for my drafty draft of a novel.
    Thank you for doing this.

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    1. Drafty draft :-). Glad to see you here, Akoss!

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  5. My goal to finish up to the last four chapters in my current WIP, so about a chapter a week.

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    1. Great solid goal. I look forward to hearing of each chapters completion each week! Glad to have you with us!

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  6. As with Akoss, thank you so much for this. :)

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  7. Yay, March Madness! I've been doing it for a number of years and I really enjoy the camaraderie. My goals have always been related to querying and finishing MS's to submit to agents - but this year I've gotten an agent!! Woo-hoo! So my goals for March: complete whatever revisions she needs from me - we're actually having a call tomorrow to nail those down, but she had indicated they're fairly minimal. And THEN I'm diving into research and brainstorming for a new WIP. I hope to be ready to start drafting by April 1!

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    1. Wow, congratulations, Joy! I wish you all the best with your revisions and eventual submissions. As always, it is great to have you with us :-)

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  8. Hooray for March Madness!!! Thanks for coordinating it again, Denise. For those of us who appreciate a little prodding to accomplish things we want or need to do, the month-long accountability, encouragement and prizes (!) will provide awesome motivation.

    My goal is to get a new w.i.p. onto the page... a (very) rough draft completed within the month. That means ignoring the desire for good writing, resisting the urge to edit, and just ploughing ahead. "I think I can, I think I can..." :)

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    1. Thanks for being one of our fearless hosts, Carol! Yes - resist perfectionism - we'll do it together! Great to have you here.

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  9. Upon reflection, my goal is too vague. So restated: My goal is to write 5,000 new words a week for the month of March.
    Have a solid goal.

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    1. It's always good to refine our goals until they're the right ones. :-)

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  10. I've been averaging 3,000 words per week - not nearly enough. I'd like to increase that to 5,000 words per week. It's doable if I exercise a little discipline.

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    1. Yes, you can do it, Susan! I look forward to hearing of your success.

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  11. Excited to find this group for March Madness : ). I flunked NANO this year - but I had a good reason as my first grandchild was born. I did accomplish 26,000 words so for March my goal is to write the other 25,000. And - for lent I am going to give up so much time on Social Media - I think those two should partner well together. Best wishes to all for an amazing month of accomplishments : )

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    1. 26,000 is a big chunk of words, Amy! Congratulations! What a great idea - no social media for lent (doesn't mean I'm going to do it - LOL). Anyway, great to have you here. Can't wait to hear of your success!

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  12. I love March Madness! I'm using this to write the sequel to SHY. My goal is 70,000 which breaks down to about 2300 words/day. I'm so excited that I'm having to keep busy doing other things so I don't jump the gun. I'm so glad I found this so I know I have people to cheer on and others to cheer me on. My sister (who usually does this with me) is due with #3 on the first. So I thought I was going to be alone. Yay!

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    1. Thrilled to have you here, Stacy! The nice thing about March Madness is that we don't have stringent rules here, so if you want to jump the gun, go for it! And we're glad we can stand in for your sister - hopefully you'll both join us next year!

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  13. My goal is to outline the last book in my superhero trilogy and to write at least half of it - 40K.

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  14. Hi Denise and everyone. :)

    This is my first time participating in March Madness. It sounds like a lot of fun, and a great way to meet new authors.

    My goal for the month is to write book 3 in my Disturbia Diaries series (YA mysteries). That will two scenes per day, at 1250 words, at least, each.

    Look forward to getting to know you all. :)

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    1. Welcome, Jennifer! So glad you can join us, and I look forward to hearing all about your book 3 as it progresses...

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  15. I am in the midst of rewriting one of my middle grade novels into a young adult novel, changing the main character from a 13 year old boy to a 14 year old girl. I've made a dent in it, but I'd really like to finish it by the end of March.

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    1. Wow, that sounds like a big change! I can't wait to hear how it works out.

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  16. This is my first time doing March Madness! I'm so excited about it. I just bought Fast Fiction, so that will be my guide for the month. My goal is to complete a 50,000 word first draft of a novel. And by "novel", I mean a single story that has an ending. I've done 2 Nanos, and both times I found that 'sitting down to write' was no problem, 'churning out daily word counts' was no problem. The problem was that the story I set out to write became another story, then became another story, then became another story - to the point that it was ultimately just a meaningless jumble with no ending. So I've got a mission for this month and can't wait to hit the target!

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    1. Welcome, Peg! So glad to have you here, and how wonderful to hear you will be using Fast Fiction! I hope it inspires many complete and cohesive stories for you!

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  17. This is my second time doing March Madness, though I missed last years.

    My first goal is to complete revisions on my YA fantasy novel Glass & Gold by mid-month. I work on multiple drafts at once, making large changes in 2nd draft and polishing in 3rd draft. I have 2 chapters of 2nd drafting to go, 3 chapters of polishing and then a final read through for consistency.

    My second goal is to start revisions on book two of an adult SF series that is under contract for Harlequin Reckonings. I'm a little anxious about this project.. I love the story, but I wrote the first draft of it over 10 years ago (and book one over 15 years ago) and am worried I'll have trouble getting back into the characters' heads. Could use some support!

    Thanks for putting on march madness; it's a lovely community.

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    1. Those are some hefty goals, Nicole! And I hear ya on going back to such an old manuscript, but I expect that you will read it once and fall in love with your characters all over again. It's great to have you with us again this year!

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  18. First time March Madness-er here! So excited to get to know you all better and cheer one another on this month.

    My goals will be modest, as I have a new release on April 1. But I wanted to nail down some goals and make myself accountable so I wouldn't get swept up in all the new-book distractions and end up not writing for a month.

    Next week I'm doing a solo writer's retreat here at my house--no internet for four days while I figure out where I want to go next with my career. So my goals for that are:

    1. Brainstorm story ideas using Denise's Fast Fiction book:
    a. One brand-new idea
    b. Brainstorm ways to rework my two half-finished projects, or decide to chuck them once and for all.

    2. Go through self-publishing process for two completed short stories (one of which is already formatted for Kindle but needs to go to other platforms).
    -Document the process step by step so I can easily repeat it for future works. Also, journal about how I'm finding the process: easier/harder than I expected?
    -Finally, decide whether self-pubbing is something I want/have the time/energy to do for future frontlist full-length works.

    3. Come up with a realistic timeframe for completing my next novel.

    I hope to report in Saturday's check-in that I have all other business-y tasks done and out of the way so I can really focus on the future next week!

    Onward! :)

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    1. Welcome, Jeri! So thrilled to hear you're joining us this year. I look forward to hearing more about your thoughts on self-publishing and publishing in general. Anddd of course I can't wait to hear how Fast Fiction works out for you! Thanks so much for the support!

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  19. My second time doing March Madness. I sort of dropped off the map toward the end of the month last year, but did manage a pretty productive output and have a good time checking in, so I thought I'd try it again!

    My goals for March: 1) Finish revising a noir-ish short story I've had on the back-burner for a while, and 2) Finish the first draft of my contemporary-realistic YA WIP. I've only got the final act left to write, so it should be doable.

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    1. Welcome back, Kim! Glad to hear about your productivity from last year - I have a good feeling it will be even better this year!

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  20. I did this last year. I haven't been sure what I want to focus on this year. I have a novella still in limbo after signing a contract, I have a novel I'm not sure I want to sign a kitchen sink contract on and am fighting for some of my rights, I have book 2 of an epic fantasy romance trilogy I need to finish revising, I have an alternate world-urban fantasy-superhero mutant-film noir novel I need to finish, plus I've got my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it; I'm swamped. ;) But I will say that I am going to finish my edits on book to of The Heartstone's Heiress, and get at least into 70,000 words into Deadboy. I'm only in chapter 5 of edits and only 47k into Deadboy. We'll see how that goes amidst looking for a job.

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    1. Err...book tWo. Really hating my lack of my laptop and dealing with a loaner desktop that kinda...

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    2. Love the Princess Bride reference! LOL. I'm glad you're here with us again, Daniel, and I hope your goals become clearer as you move forward with them. Wishing you many accomplishments this month!

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    3. I haven't been able to keep up with the days, but I did find out what I need to focus on at least. Just got edit requests on my novella! Woot! And I have to get them done by the 16th.

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  21. This will be my first time doing MARCH MADNESS and I am super excited to set some goals and stick to them. I have a lot of things I want to accomplish, but my main goal is to write at least an hour each day, During this hour I will be focusing on revising the first half of my YA WIP and rewriting the second half. I love this idea. I've been needing something to get me back on track. :)

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    1. Welcome, Sidney! I only get about an hour a day to write, and it's truly amazing how much can be accomplished in such a short amount of time if you set your mind to it. I'm excited to hear of your progress!

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  22. March Madness sounds perfect to get working on my old Nano WIP from 2012! This will be my first time joining all of you! I'm aiming for 30K-50K word count.

    Looking forward to "meeting" all of you!

    Kat

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    1. Great goal, Kat! We're glad you're here and we'll be cheering you on to achieve it!

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    2. I am also reading FAST FICTION and doing the exercises as prep, and so far has exceeded my expectations. It's how I found out about March Madness, lol!

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  23. Hey, thanks for the link, L.S. Taylor! I need to whip myself back into shape and get some motivation going. I'm aiming to have my rough draft COMPLETE by the end of the month, so I can revise until SIWC in October!

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    1. Yay, I love goals to FINISH a project (and I also love SIWC!) Great to have you with us, Jenn!

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    2. You're welcome, Jenn! Can't wait for Saturday!

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  24. Excited to be participating again! My goal for this March is to finish revisions for the second half of my WIP. I just finished the first half a few days ago, so I'm ready to go :)

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    1. Always great to see you here, Jennifer! I'll be looking forward to watching your progress...

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  25. My goal is to publish at least 4 sets of notes I have from ConCarolinas 2013 and SIWC 2013 that have stacked up because I've been so busy. During March I also want to send out at least two more queries for each day that I host (eep, that's five times, so that would make it ten) and write at least 30K of new words. Crazy, me? You betcha! :D

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    1. I hear ya on having notes that I never seem to have time to get back to. That's a great goal! I've already set my lofty goals for this March, but maybe next....

      As always, great to have you here, Laura, and thanks for co-hosting on your blog!

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  26. My goal is to fast draft the bulk of my new book. I SHOULD be editing my YA. But I have a new story that's demanding to be written right now, and I'm rather edited-out at the moment. SO my goal is to write between 1000-2000 words per day and get the bare bones of my new book together. It might be word-vomit. But it'll be my new, shiny word-vomit. :)

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    1. word-vomit. LOL. March, I think, should be a time for letting ourselves get away from the "shoulds". It's only a month, so I say take the liberty and write like the wind on something you want to write. Glad you're here, Deana.

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    2. LOL! Right there with you on the probable word vomit attacks! I tend to have the occasional spittle when I hit a wall anyway... ;)

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  27. I’m impressed by everybody else’s goals. My goal is to spend 3 hours a day writing on weekdays and have the weekends free. That is 15 hours a week of writing, and if I have to, I will write on the weekends to catch up. I will also allow myself to bank time if I write extra so I can have a day off. This writing can be anything, a novel I’m working on (new writing), or blog posts, or a community newsletter. I have a pile of old stories/writing that I want to go through (editing).

    I can relate to the goals of some of the other participants. I also love SIWC and I am impressed by Jenn’s goal of writing a first draft and having the novel ready to discuss with an agent in October. pegRXs comments about flunking NaNoWrite are applicable to me as well as sometimes I got stuck and couldn’t think of where to go. I have Denise’s book Fast Fiction which I look forward to reading.

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    1. Three hours a day - that's awesome, Linda! And I'm thrilled to hear you'll be using Fast Fiction! I hope it is a big help for you this month and beyond!

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  28. I finished a project a couple of weeks ago and have another one in the queue. My goal is to spend time every day with my historical YA. And to cheer on the MM Wipsters. ^+^

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    1. Yay for finishing the other one! I look forward to hearing about the new one and how it's going...

      And thank you for co-hosting this month!

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  29. This is my first time here. I have a WIP that needs a major revision and this might just be the major kick in the rear I need to get that going. So my goal is to spend one hour each day on that project in addition to the work I have on other projects. Looking forward to this.

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    1. Good to have you with us, Rosi! Yes, keep checking in with us and I have full confidence you will make your goals.

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  30. Intend to write a weekly blog AND get initial work on a LOOOOONG time novel writing effort. Thanks Carol for giving me a 'heads up' re March Madness. Looking forward to it!!

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    1. Welcome to the Madness! We're all in this together, determined to reach our personal goals. We're looking forward to hearing that you're making progress with yours. :)

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  31. You ever get that nagging feeling that you need to do something important but can't put your finger on it?

    I had that feeling yesterday and said to myself, "Self, you're being paranoid to the point of madness."

    I woke up this morning and stared at the ceiling when realization struck. "Holy frakkinschnoiders! Madness, as in March Madness goals!"

    So, first off, mea culpa.

    I'm in the process of moving so all the organized chaos at home seeks to challenge my resolve in all things writerly. But I'll persevere. :)


    GOALS FOR MARCH MADNESS

    WRITING:

    1) IDEAL: Finish revisions on AARALYN'S SONG.
    MANAGEABLE: Revise a minimum of 50 pages.

    2) IDEAL: Draft the first 15 pages of two screenplay ideas for a contest.
    MANAGEABLE: Pick one of the two, if pressed for time and strapped for cash (sizeable entry fee w/ feedback).

    3) IDEAL: Conceptualize & draft a spec script of a TV pilot for a contest.
    MANAGEABLE: Conceptualize script thoroughly, even if it means passing the early bird entry fee deadline at the end of March.


    READING:

    1) IDEAL: Finish reading and critiquing all six contest entries for the 2014 Sandy Writing Contest by March 15 for a ten day buffer before the due date.
    MANAGEABLE: Finish reading and critiquing all six contest entries by March 20. Can't really go beyond this because of the judging timetable.

    2) IDEAL: Read at least two more NetGalleys during all this, even though Jennifer A. Nielsen's third instalment of the Ascendance Trilogy is calling.
    MANAGEABLE: Squeeze one NetGalley into the month.

    3) IDEAL: Finish A STORM OF SWORDS before the next season of 'Game of Thrones' airs.
    MANAGEABLE: PVR the season, take my time with the book (as it's lower on the list of priorities) and marathon the show at a later date.


    NETWORKING

    1) IDEAL: Keep up with the Madness and get my posts up on midnight the day I host.
    MANAGEABLE: Schedule the posts for 05h00, just in case I need extra midnight oil to burn.

    2) IDEAL: Comment as much as possible on the posts everyday.
    MANAGEABLE: Comment on at least one other comment everyday.


    LEARNING:

    1) IDEAL: Learn the 'Game of Thrones' theme on the ukelele using tabs.
    MANAGEABLE: Learn the theme using chords!! LOL


    I think that should do it. At the top of each month I write a Goals post on my blog so I think having to repeat it for March Madness is a good thing to engrain the list in my head.

    Third time participating, first time hosting. So excited!


    Happy Madness, everyone!

    Tonette

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    1. Wow, Tonette, you seem incredibly on top of things with ideal goals and manageable goals, even among moving! I hope the move goes as smoothly as possible and that you kick some butt on your goals to boot!

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  32. This is my first time here. A friend and fellow nano'er linked to this post.

    Though I normally write longer fiction, I'm going to push myself to write three more post-post-apocalyptic short stories in my current experiment in serial fiction.

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    1. Yay!!! I'm not the only Insano! :D

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    2. Not completely sure if Insano means something other than what I know it as in my own mind. LOL. Anyway, really glad to have you with us!

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    3. Insano comes from Insanowrimo, or the insane nanowrimo participants here in San Antonio TX! You can find on FB; just look up Insanowrimo!

      Kat ;)

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  33. Hooray for March Madness! My goal is 20k on a brand new YA ms, WITHOUT censoring myself, because my rational self thinks this isn't really the right project for me, but my other (irrational?) self thinks "who cares?! it'll be fun!" So, 20k and a whole lot of fun...them's my goals. ;)

    Sorry to miss yesterday's goal-setting. I came home early from work with what seemed to be food poisoning. It was a rough night. :p Getting strength back today and hoping to be 100% for March 1st!

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    1. Food poisoning? Oh, that's nasty! Hope your recovery was quick and you're now making a start on the 20k and all that 'fun'!

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    2. Ugh, so sorry about the food poisoning, Shari! Hope you are feeling better, and I can't wait to hear more about this interesting project...

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  34. This is my first time doing March Madness, and I'm excited to meet all of you and to have a place to check in re goals. Inspiring to see everyone else's goals! Mine are:
    1) revise two chapters of my WIP middle grade
    2) finish a very messy rough draft of my YA WIP
    3) write a new picture book
    4) revise a picture book

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    1. Wow, those are a lot of varied goals, Carol! Awesome. I wish you all the success, and I'm glad to have you with us this year!

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  35. Awesome idea! This is my first March Madness writing effort and it's great timing for me. I am just finishing a novel to send in to my editor and looking forward to the next project. My first goal for March is to choose the premise for my next novel (it has to be something different, something that challenges me, and something I'm scared to write). My second goal is research and outline the novel. Goal number three is to write 5,000 words. Happy March Madness and happy writing, everybody!

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    1. "something I'm scared to write" - Love that, Trudi, and so glad you are here with us this year!!

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  36. I've never entered a writing challenge before (not even NaNoWriMo), but I couldn't resist this one. It looks like a good one, so thanks for offering it.

    My daily goal is to write for just 10 minutes. (I can continue longer if I wish, which happens most of the time. This gets me in the chair.)

    My goal for the month is to finish my romantic suspense novel. I'm on Chapter 6, and need to write 16 chapters (32 scenes in all).

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    1. I'm glad you found us, Elizabeth. I think you'll like this as writing challenges go. Lots of support, lots of reminders you're not alone, and lots of prizes to boot! I wish you all the best with your goals!

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  37. My goal is to complete the first draft of my current mg wip, while working on revisions for another (that may or may not happen so it is a goal that is hiding in the shadows. I will be taking a course to help with this and using our very own Denise's book...FACT FICTION!

    My other goal is to successfully and daily host a month long celebration of middle grade literature with interviews, giveaways and guest post from other bloggers by getting out there and tweeting and taking part in social media on daily basis to raise www.middlegrademarch.com profile. I am thinking this will also help me really zone in on my twitter voice and what exactly I want to be doing...sometimes I do feel like I an alllll over the place.

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      I have posted your readathon on the Insanowrimo FB page; we have plenty of parents and teachers. Hopefully they all have each other's email!

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  38. Okay, I am a day late for goal-setting, but there are still almost two hours left until March! :-)

    I am in the middle of a substantive revision of a novel and will aim for two chapters a week during March (currently only managing one).

    Plus, I will write a solid draft of two new short stories.

    I think that should do it. I may add things if the writing goes well.

    Thanks for this, Denise.

    Katherine

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    1. Never too late to start with March Madness, Katherine! (Well, I guess April would be too late...) Anyway, thrilled to have you here and I wish you much success with your goals!

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  39. Just found your book "Fast Fiction" at the book store and found out about the March Madness.
    My goal is to finish a 50000 word first draft, finish your "Fast Fiction" book, and make a million dollars.
    But I will settle for 2 out of three.

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    1. I'm so glad you found us, and I hope you get heaps of inspiration from Fast Fiction! (I hope you reach 3 out of 3 of your goals...)

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  40. My goal is to finish the revision of my current project. Also to make time to read a book or two for enjoyment and not to review.

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    1. Ah, yes, reading for pure enjoyment. I think I remember what that is! Glad to have you with us as always, Kim!

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    2. You know I love you guys!!!!!

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  41. This will be my first March Madness. I've done nano for three years in a row and had good luck/surprising results with it, so fingers are crossed. I'm hoping to finish my WIP "The Bounty" a historical romance.

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    1. Wonderful, Nancy! I love NaNo, but March Madness, to me, is a little more fun. I love the group we've grown, and I think you'll enjoy it here :)

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  42. Hello :)
    My goal for this beautiful month of march is to get my writing fingers going again. I didn't complete that much in the 2013Nano, and as it was my first nano I felt very scared. My life hasn't been top for the last little while, and now I feel like it's getting back on track.
    I plan on trying to finish the book that I had started in November, and perhaps starting another. I have my eyes on a couple of those prizes so I hope that things pass near-perfectly. I plan on setting aside at least an hour every day.
    Also, as an add-on just for 'fun', I'll try to catch up on my homework. Maybe.

    To whoever reads this, I hope that you have a wonderful day, and that may your smile shine light on someone else's day.
    Lelia

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    1. Wonderful to have you here, Lelia! And I believe you're not the only one finishing up a NaNo project from last fall. All the very best with it, and I hope your life keeps looking up and up and up...

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  43. I began blogging two years ago as an octogenerian. My niece, Carol Garvin, convinced me that I should try this March Madness, so I will commit to eight blog posts. That's more than I've written in a single month since last summer! It'll be a challenge, but Carol says challenging ourselves is good.

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree with Carol, and I really think you'll like goal-setting when you do it with us, Norma. There's lots of camaraderie and fun (not to mention some great prizes!) I look forward to hearing more about your blogging! All the very best with it!!

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      You're my new hero! go for it!

      Kat

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  44. Hi there! checked in on Angelina's site http://yascribe.blogspot.com/, and now here. Denise, I did hit my 2000 word goal (2008) yesterday and got almost 600 in today. Feeling great about how it's going so far! How is everyone else doing? ;)

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    1. Awesome job, Kathleen! I'm trying to get caught up from a weekend away, but I'm off to get my daily work done now (feeling inspired by all of you accomplished people!)

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    2. Wow! I just saw I won a prize! How cool is that? Thank you so much!
      I hit 1017 words today, and I had just posted it on LS Taylor's blog; I scrolled up to read her post for the day and saw my name.
      Thanks again for a lovely surprise on Monday!
      Kat ;)

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  45. Hi fellow scribblers!

    Checked in at Shari's site; updating here as well. I've written 1361 words today, may get a few more in tonight before sleep.

    Hope you're all having a great day!

    Kat

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  46. I am so late! Sorry about that. I've been snowed under with a dissertation to edit as well as a few small projects and what we hope will be a new job for Ghost Hunk! (fingers crossed)

    I have one primary goal this month: Break through.

    I've been turning this WIP over and over and inching forward, but I need one big "Aha" moment to launch me into the right orbit. So, I will plow through the plot and keep developing the main 2 characters until I know my path more clearly. I know...that's a really vague goal, but right now I feel like hiding under the bed, so I have to put something small out there.

    I'm keeping fingers crossed and hoping for a move and some inspiration. Rock on, Wipsters!

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    1. I know that AHA moment will come for you! And I'm so glad you're here. MM wouldn't be the same without you...

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  47. I don't know how I missed this but just the boost I need after the Feb. blahs. I am working on a MG novel and a course and would like to finish the first draft and the course by months end. I also need to revise 2 pix book manuscripts.

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  48. Well, I'm starting late, but I didn't want to miss a year of March Madness. My goals are:

    Polish up a 50-page proposal so my agent can submit it.
    Add 50 pages to my draft WIP.
    Complete copy edits for book under contract.

    Happy to be back for my third year!

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  49. Where in the heck have I been? One-third of the month gone, but I'm jumping in. GOALS: Full outline + 4,000 words by the end of the month. (Gulp and subject to revision).

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    1. So, so glad you jumped in! Look forward to seeing you around at the check-ins!

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    2. The deep end has it's rewards, girlparker! ;)

      Kat

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  50. Hi Denise!

    I received your email about winning GET IT DONE and extras! Thank you so much!
    I sent you an email with my mailing address.
    I am so, so grateful for this challenge--it's done a lot for me!

    Kat

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