Em is amazing, isn’t she?
I’m telling you right now, this year’s Writer’s Games sponsor is AMAZEBALLS and AWESOMESAUCE!!!
You’ve never participated in a writing challenge like this before!
We were recently introduced to a writing group called the Writer’s Workout and once a year they earn the workout in their name by hosting the Writer’s Games! Now this is not your grandmother’s light-walk-after-tea-which-is-good-for-your-constitution kind of workout. OoOoh no. This is the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) of writing workouts! It’s a high-octane, so-fast-you’ll-miss-it-if-you-blink-or-overthink-it kind of workout!
For the 4th year in a row, the Writer’s Workout is hosting their annual Writer’s Games- an exciting, fast-paced writing competition designed to challenge you as a writer and help you develop your writing skill! Over the course of 7 weeks, participants will produce 7 short stories in 72 hours. Yes, you read that right! Each week, participants will receive a topic on which they must write, edit and submit a short story within 72 hours!! A panel of judges conducts a…
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I told you a giveaway was coming. I warned you. The time is NOW!
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I put an envelope to my head and I saw the future. There will be a giveaway! Someone will win a book. It’s coming, but when?
Some stuff happened. The last six months have been a blur.
The Writer’s Workout played a game called Cabin Wars in July and my team won! Together, we wrote 242,365 words in one month. Overall, the members of The Writer’s Workout produced almost 600,000 words of fiction in July, 2016. How awesome is that?!
The Team portion of the Writer’s Games kicked off in August and ran through Sept. Event six caused a Death Match (two teams tied for first), which our surprise guest judge declared should be…. haiku. Each team had to produce a story told by five haiku. Members of the Writer’s Workout and the Surprise Judge picked the winner.
The Games Anthology was released right on schedule in October. While all this was going on, I’ve been trying and failing to fix Part Two of The Third Death. It’s not going well. It’s not that it’s particularly difficult to write, or that the material is complex; it’s not chronological and the narrator shifts time frequently (one of the major drawbacks to editing a story written during NaNoWriMo). I need two maps, four diagrams, a chart, and a compass to follow it so cleaning it up and reorganizing is a bit like stealing from a dragon. It can be done, but only carefully.
Some more stuff happened and I put down the pen for a few weeks. The sadness is too much to bear.
I’m trying to focus on different things. Bigger, far more challenging, and very different. We’re moving The Writer’s Workout in a new direction. It’s been a long time coming and I hope that soon I’ll be able to give it the focus it deserves. For now, I’m just trying to keep breathing.
And that’s Part One of The Third Death. Done.
In my exploration of the idea of granting myself permission to create (see previous post) again, I have fleshed out both a new novella idea and my weird paracomedy tv show idea. I set aside time for me to be my creative self and work on my things every day. So far it seems to be working. In the last 11 days, I have completed roughly one chapter of revisions every day.
I also edited 5 chapters for a friend, judged two events for The Writer’s Games, reviewed critiques for a TON of entries, and reviewed/co-edited 6 short stories. Apparently, it can be done.
Today I’m looking at Chapter 12 of The Third Death. In this chapter, Jimmy the Snitch faces the reality of life–and death–in the mob. For the first time, his loyalty is called into question. How he chooses to handle the situation determines the path of the rest of his life. Rereading this chapter, I’m excited and hopeful and I want to share this story with you. Rereading this chapter is renewing my love of storytelling (as well as my love of colorful ink shades. Check out The Goulet Pen Company).
Rereading this chapter, and the story so far, gives me the confidence to keep pushing through so I actually CAN share this story. Now that I know it can be done, let’s see how it goes if I push for two chapters per day. I will do all the things.