I’m late to the game but I’ll just jog along here at the back of the pack. This is where I say “Hello, August Writing Marathon!”
Marathon Goal: Finish first draft (80k) by September 1, 2013
Marathon Stage: Grinding it out, one sentence after another. Getting my feet wet in social media and just trying to amp up the fun.
Marathon Inspiration: I grew up on Nora Roberts and Mary Stewart. I’m a reformed Harlequin junkie. The new ereaders have opened up a window for me–a window into the world behind the page. When I was younger, I never really believed I’d be able to break the wall of slush. The idea of creating living, breathing, loving characters seemed like some kind of voodoo, but now maybe I have enough life behind me to succeed at casting the spell. If I do, then I can try my hand at finding readers.
Marathon Obstacles: I suspect the biggest obstacle is me. I’ve always been my own harshest critic and prone to procrastination. (At one time I tried to join a procrastinators club but the meetings were always “tomorrow.”) My goal is 4k a day for the next twenty days … or 80k words and a completed story … whichever comes first.