For the third time in under a year, I’m participating in a Savvy Authors BootCamp. The goal is to write 50,000 words during such events. Last summer, I wrote the first draft of Lady Elizabeth. Having completed the BootCamp successfully in July, I set the very rough draft manuscript aside for months while I focused on other projects.
One project was the prep work for the 2014 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. I tend to take NaNoWriMo very seriously. First, I have to win. Second, I have to cross the 50,000-word finish line long before the Thanksgiving holiday week. It’s not that I cook dinner or anything like that anymore. It’s just that I found myself writing Thanksgiving Day in 2012 to meet my daily writing goal of 1,667 words, which was no fun at all. But, I digress.
I enjoy participating in Savvy Authors BootCamp events in conjunction with NaNoWriMo. They’re very structured events with writing teams, group writing Sprints, daily challenges, and a prize to the winning team that is separate from all the NaNoWriMo winner goodies.
Fostering team spirit and boosting one another’s morale was particularly important. In addition to reporting our writing success on a daily basis, many of us would share inspirational tidbits. That was one of my favorite parts. In 2013, I simply shared text-only tweets. In 2014, I stepped up my game with inspirational picture quotes. Throughout this post are some of the daily inspirational pics that I prepared and tweeted to my team members.
I especially like the following writing quote.
My shortest story to-date, A Tender Moment, which was originally intended to be half its final length, took months to complete. Certainly, there were many starts and stops, but all totaled that sweet little what-if story is the work of more than a few weeks.
Here are a few more quotes I shared with my team members that may ring true with many writers.
I mentioned earlier that I’m at it again. The goal of the current Savvy Authors BootCamp remains the same: to write 50,000 words. However, the event stretches out for two months, and it is rather unstructured. Instead of small teams, we are a single group.
This extended time frame suits me perfectly. Whereas writing 1,667 words can prove quite challenging some days, writing a minimum of 833 words a day to stay on track is very doable.
What am I working on during this BootCamp, you may be asking? Surprise! It’s a new Darcy and Elizabeth happily ever after story. I can hardly wait to share it with everyone!
What say you to an exciting contest to conclude this post? I’m giving away the BBC Mansfield Park dramatization audiobook. I’ve only listened to the sample, but it’s on my TBL list. Comment for a chance to win. The winner will be chosen on April 16th.