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Mesg #90575 "Join March Madness 2012!"
Author zette     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Mon Mar-26-12 06:51 PM
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Are you ready for another round of madness? Starting at 12:01 am March 27th (your time), Forward Motion will hold a week-long writing dare. This dare can help you jump-start your new novel, push through the middle, or race to the end. Or, if you are really daring, you can write an entire novel in one week and go out like a literary lion for March 2012!

If you are working on short stories, poetry or even nonfiction articles, you can still take part by writing the equivalent of an anthology! All you need do is write the required number of words listed in one of the levels below. (That would be a LOT of poetry!) No emails, posts, blogs, journals or anything of that sort can count toward your total. Notes and world building can only count if they are incorporated into the larger work -- that is, if you are writing along and suddenly realize you need to know more about your aliens and write a bunch of notes that will help you expand them in the rewrite, then they count. You cannot, however, do nothing but notes or world building for this challenge.

The challenge will begin at 12:01 AM (your time) on March 27th and ends at 11:59 PM (your time) on April 2nd.


Remember, the manuscript does not have to be perfect. This is first draft material.

You have a few hours to prepare yourselves and your loved ones for this madness. Make out your wills. . . or at least your outlines. Post here if you intend to join in.

Choose a category from the list below. And remember, this is all fun.

Right?

The choices:

  • Level 1 -- 1000 words a day -- 7,000 words for the week.

  • Level 2 -- 2000 words a day -- 14,000 words for the week

  • Level 3 -- 3000 words a day -- 21,000 words for the week

  • Level 4 -- 4000 words a day -- 28,000 words for the week

  • Level 5 -- 5000 words a day -- 35,000 words for the week

  • Level 6 -- Completed first Draft Novel of 40,000 or more words
    This level can include previous material to reach a completed first draft, but you will have to write 40k of it during this week.

  • Level 6a -- Completed first draft novel of at least 30,000 words plus other work
    If you finish the book you choose for the 40,000 word challenge and you are short of the 40k words, you can work on something else as well -- but at least 30,000 words of it has to be on the first novel and you will still have to write as many words as you need to reach the 40,000 word mark.



  • You can change levels during the Madness if you find you are doing better or worse than expected.

    Are you ready for the challenge? Sign up now, and we'll see how many of us are really crazy this year!

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    Mesg #90577 "RE: Join March Madness 2012!"
    Author Suelder     Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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    Are we supposed to sign up?

    Okay - I'll do it this year. I'm playing with a possible anthology of connected shorts based on Canterbury Tales set in epic Fantasy.

    1,000 words a day

    It's all I can manage.

    Suelder

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    Mesg #90578 "Bonnie's in"
    Author bonniers     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to send message via AOL IM
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    This should be a good way to get me back into the swing of things now that we're no longer spending all day every day getting the house ready to market. I'm going to say 2000 words per day, but I'll be happy if I just get something every day.

    I'll be working on either the bad fairies novella, or Michael.

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    Mesg #90579 "RE: Join March Madness 2012!"
    Author eblgorton     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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    Tue Mar-27-12 12:57 AMby eblgorton

    I am crazy. Buuut I think I'll hop on board this one too.

    1000 words a day.

    the project... my prehistoric fantasy romance. female featured fantasy.

    **wanders away muttering**

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    Mesg #90580 "Zette's in "
    Author zette     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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    Date Tue Mar-27-12 12:08 AM
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    I am going to try for 3k a day, but this is really a crazed week for me with everything due before April 1. We'll see how I do, and if I get newsletter, Vision, FM updates and all the rest of the stuff done as well!

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    Mesg #90581 "Dreamerscove"
    Author Dreamerscove     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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    I'm in! I'm even going to be a little nuts, since I'm desperate to finish a first draft before I move. So, going for #6 and the 40,000 words, hoping it gets me to the end of this novel.

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    Mesg #90582 "RE: Join March Madness 2012!"
    Author LeeLee     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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    I'm new and this will be my first try! I'll go for a level one..but I'd be happy with anything due to the fact that I don't have a routine at all currently.

    *nervous twitching begins*

      

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    Mesg #90583 "RE: Join March Madness 2012!"
    Author Adora2009     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to send message via AOL IM
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    I'm in going for the 3rd level 3000 words a day for a week. If I change my mind and find I can do more, I might just try the fourth level. We'll see what happens but for now I'm sticking to 3000 words a day. As I write this I have exactly about thirty minutes before I can start writing.

    If there's a book you really want to read,but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison

    http://www.fmwriters.com/community/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=504&topic_id=71 For the honor of love--2yn corse 2010>

      

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    Mesg #90584 "RE: Join March Madness 2012!"
    Author Adora2009     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to send message via AOL IM
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    Going for 3000.

    If there's a book you really want to read,but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison

    http://www.fmwriters.com/community/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=504&topic_id=71 For the honor of love--2yn corse 2010>

      

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    Mesg #90585 "In for Level 1"
    Author Strigine     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to send message via AOL IM
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    Wed Mar-28-12 09:37 AMby Strigine

    I have a short story I want to finish for a market opening in April, so maybe this will be the fire under my butt.

    I've got ~1k on it already and don't want it to run much over 7k, so it'll probably be more like six days' worth on one story and one day worth on another.

    ETA: Official start count: 1170

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    Mesg #90586 "RE: Join March Madness 2012!"
    Author eblgorton     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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    Did 887 words before falling asleep. Will get the rest later today after kids are at school. Last line:

    “The Changing Wheel will wipe out all life and leave it a barren wasteland.”

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    Mesg #90587 "Fabricia"
    Author Fabricia     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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    I'm in. (Thanks Bonnie for mentioning this event!) Level 1 would be sufficiently mad for a life in which regular writing is a recent add-on...but somehow level 2 gets my thrill.

    Ok. 14000 words.

    Now where did I hide that write-or-die desktop edition?

      

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    Mesg #90592 "Dawn"
    Author KatsInCommand     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to send message via AOL IM
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    Tue Mar-27-12 03:22 PMby KatsInCommand

    I was supposed to be ready to write my chapters by now! I'll be starting late - I need a few more days of prep work.

    I will be at Level 2 -- but for only 3 - 4 days.

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    Mesg #90595 "RE: Join March Madness 2012!"
    Author bonniers     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to send message via AOL IM
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    Well, at least they'll have a clean slate for dealing with their problems...

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    Mesg #90596 "RE: Join March Madness 2012!"
    Author monicaelaine     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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    Okay, I'm going to do it. I'm going to start at 1000 words a day, but I hope I do better.

    I'm too chicken to aim higher. Baby steps!

    I'm writing a young adult novel. I've got 12K words and am aiming for 75K.

      

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    Mesg #90597 "Day 1: 10,090"
    Author zette     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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    I started with 51,023 on the Water/Stone/Light novel. I am now up to 61,100.

    I really don't see how I can keep doing days like this, but it was fun to just run with the novel today.

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    Mesg #90598 "RE: Join March Madness 2012!"
    Author ConnieCockrell     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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    Hey, I'm curious. If I join, where do I post?

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    Mesg #90599 "RE: Join March Madness 2012!"
    Author ConnieCockrell     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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    OK. I'm totally new. Where do I post if I actually have 1K per day?

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    Mesg #90600 "RE: Join March Madness 2012!"
    Author Dreamerscove     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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    We update right here in this thread. Just reply to your own post in this thread and put your wordcount in the title of the post or in the post itself (or both!).

    Welcome to the March Madness!

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    Mesg #90601 "Day 1 - 5248 Words"
    Author Dreamerscove     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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    Off to a pretty good start, I think. On the plus side, this surge took me into an exciting part in the book that answers a lot of questions in the series. I'm excited to write it!

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    Mesg #90602 "RE: Day 1: 10,090"
    Author Dreamerscove     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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    Go Zette! That's a great kick-butt day full of words!

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