This post originally appeared on Sandra M. Odell’s blog here.
As today is the first day of the Clarion West 2012 Write-a-thon, I thought I would outline a few of my goals for the event. In no particular order:
1. No strokes. (Okay, I lied. Even more important than word count, this is my #1 goal. You may not be able to see all the details, the white lines that look something like a capital “I” mark the damage. Thanks, no thanks.) Not only did the stroke land me in the hospital, it seriously cramped my writing style.
2. A minimum of 2,000 words per week on my novel that will remain the working body of the text until the end of the Write-a-thon. That may not sound like much, but I have a deucedly difficult time with my Inner-Bitch, erm, Inner-Editor and I want to set a realistic goal. 12,00 words in six weeks. I can do this.
3: Encourage other Write-a-thon participants via email, Facebook, face-to-face, or messages in bottles.
4: Continue to solicit sponsors through my Write-a-thon page. Sponsoring is quick, easy, and a great way to show your continued support for a program that helps keep dreams alive.
5: Support the Clarion West class of 2012 through my writing, and, um, offerings of caffeine. Send me your caffeine donations and I’ll forward them to the class. Trust me on this. They’ll need all the caffeine they can get.
6: No getting discouraged when other Write-a-thon participants post progress reports such as “Wrote 10,000 words today, picked up my Hugo trophy, and made my application for the Nobel Prize in Literature.” The Write-a-thon isn’t a competition, no matter what my insecurities think.
7: Have fun!
8: No being eaten by mammoth space squid. (Kinda self explanatory, really.)
Can you think of any I missed?