Friday, July 9, 2010

Five for Friday (With a Challenge!)

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Ok, now back to regularly scheduled programming: Five for Friday

Book release + dayjob + herd of teens + everyday crap = Very little writing done on Purpose 

For my new friends, Purpose is a little over 2/3 written and has been revised, rewritten, edited, proofed, etc.,...until I broke it away into a separate book from Promise. I've had to add about 31K words to make it a complete book.

I'm so close to being done...but so far away. And I really need to get it out to critters so I can stay on schedule for a (late) Fall release. I know exactly where the words are going to go and what's going to happen. I just haven't had time and focus to put it down.

So, this weekend, I'm doing a writing marathon. I wanted to go and hide out in a hotel room for the weekend, but the funds won't allow it. So here are five ways I'm going to make this happen:

  1. Lots of coffee and chocolate.
  2. Lots of food to keep the herd of teens and the man happy. This includes a big pot of something that they can warm up and eat without bothering me.
  3. A "Do Not Disturb - I'm Writing" sign on my door.
  4. Unplugging! No Facebook, no Twitter, not even email. Yikes!!
  5. A challenge! Taking a page from Anne Riley's book (not her actual book, of course - I'm not into piracy), I'm challenging my writer friends. Can you write more words than me this weekend? I've easily done 25K in a weekend before. I don't know if I can do it again - it's not as easy as during the first draft. But I plan to make some serious headway.
Want to play with me? Here's how it goes:
  • Start at 8 p.m. ET tonight (gives us time to get our ducks in a row)
  • End at 6 p.m. ET Sunday (gives us time to do other things before True Blood starts LOL)
  • Post a comment below that includes your starting word count (as of 8 tonight) and what you think I should do for retribution if someone beats me. I'll pick one or two of the best ideas and if anyone writes more than me, I'll follow through (within reason - financially, morally, legally, etc.).
  • Come back Sunday night/Monday morning to post your ending word count.
Are you in? I hope so! I need the challenge!


  1. I'm totally going to try but I don't know what my plans are this weekend. So fingers crossed!!

  2. I would LOVE to try, I'll give it a shot :)

  3. ohhhh... i love a challenge. i've had a book brewing in my mind, but my scrapbooking is taking priority before i get into another endeavor!!!
    i know these publisher girls that could help me out if i do get to writing it :)
    GOOD LUCK! i'll yell at you if i see you on FB!
    ps - blake is taking his first lesson to becoming a pilot, 2.5 hours of ground school :/

  4. ooo Good idea! mmm coffee and chocolate...

    25k in one weekend? wowza. The most I've ever done is almost 15k in 3 days.

    I'll join but I have 2 word counts cause I'm working on Angel/Demon first draft but I need to work on the rewrite of Tattle Tell too. Way behind on the rewrite at this point and need to jump start the word count for this month. I'll be out of town tomorrow, but will stay up late to make up for it.

    Tattle Tell = 14,659
    Angel/Demon = 22,692

  5. I am so totally down for this. Starting word count: 8735

    Pitiful, no? But I will WIN THIS!!!! Readysetgo.

  6. Alpha Critter says...if you do it, maybe Harry will have a present for you. :)


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