I have one week until the kids are off for spring break and while I'd love to post a lot of the brilliant, insightful, or perhaps mildly amusing things running through my head I've decided to devote this week to hosting a word count challenge. You see, I want to have a strong, working draft of Crewel #2 (which has a new name that I can't share yet!) before the minions are home. You've heard the old saying "strength in numbers," right? Well, I need you to help me meet my goal, by jumping on the word count bandwagon. Can you commit to your WIP for the week? Can you pop in daily and share your word count goal with me? Can you beat mine?
Maybe you don't even have a WIP in progress, but you've always wanted to write something. Here's your chance.
I challenge you to a contest. First, a bet. I bet I can write more than you. (That reads much braver than it is). I'm so confident in this that I'm going to bet you that if anyone of you writes more than me, I will give away 2 prizes to ANYONE who comments on this post. What will they win? Their choice of a private query critique or an ARC of Crewel.
To sweeten the pot, the person who writes the most and checks in daily - whether or not they write more than me - gets their choice of a private query critique (and you get to ask questions) or an ARC of Crewel.
So, let's break it down:
If I win and write the most, the person who writes the most and checks in daily, gets a prize.
If one of you wins, the winner gets a prize as well as two other people who check in during the week.
You MUST comment on this post. You MUST check-in daily. You MAY join late on any day, but should check-in thereafter. You MUST share your pitch on one of the days you check-in (don't care which).
How will I know that you are actually writing? You just need to post a brief pitch (35 words or less) of your WIP to show you have one, and the rest if on the honor system. Don't be an asshat and lie. Karma will hunt you down. If you choose an ARC, please note that they won't ship out until the beginning of April. They are in my editor's office, but she has to keep them under lock and key until the cover reveal. (You might be imagining her as a dragon guarding the treasure that is my book, but well, she is much prettier than a dragon and I've yet to see her breathe fire.) Open in the U.S. only if you want the ARC, but internationally if you want the critique or just to beat my ass. Open to all stages of writers, published or no.
Contest starts now. Please post your starting word counts, whether they be 0 or 60,288 (mine!). It ends on Sunday night at midnight your time (honor system again). I'll post a chance for everyone to share final word counts on Monday.
So who's game?