Now, don’t get too excited, this post isn’t about the PNWA contest. Although I didn’t place in the top two, I’m still stoked to be among the top eight finalists.
This is about a gruelling race against an author friend to see which of us could finish our novels first. The contest arose when Aimee Laine, known in our little writing group to be a machine when it comes to pumping out novels, posted the word count for her current work in progress, Surrender, on Facebook.
I’d been dawdling to finish Shadowborn, the second in the Lila Gray trilogy, and thought … huh … a little motivation and fun might be just what I needed to push me to the end. So I challenged Aimee to a race, which she eagerly accepted.
Aimee’s word goal: 90k. Mine: 95k and I had a one day delay to start. Which was fair, because my current word count was higher.
What are the spoils you ask? She who doesn’t win must send the winner chocolate AND sing her praises on a blog post. Mmmm, chocolate. That alone is motivation enough, right?
Both Aimee and I set to work heckling one another over Twitter while our fingers pounded the keyboard. It wasn’t pretty, but hell, it was a lot of fun.
In the end, we both came out as winners. We both came away with first draft novels in a much shorter time than we would have otherwise. So yeah, the editing process might take a wee bit longer (speaking for myself only, of course, as Ms. Laine is a master, after all :D) due to the speed at which I pumped out the words, but I still have a skeleton I can now apply some dressing to make it into a living, breathing work of art.
Check out the “official” results here, at J. A. Belfield’s blog
Check out Aimee Laine’s blog to get her take on the big race.
What do you do to motivate yourself to write?