I’m thinking about organizing a MayNoWriMo challenge. No, you don’t have to write 50K in May — but I like the idea of setting a goal and then working my ass off to reach it. When several people get together and work their asses off to reach their goals, something magical happens. We can begin to feed on each other’s excitement. Success breeds success. Synergy builds.
We could get a lot done in May if we set our minds to it.
My initial thought involves a temporary yahoo group that is disbanded shortly after the challenge. Everybody sets a goal for the month. e.g. Revise 250 pages. 250 words a day. Write 50K first draft. Send out 20 queries. Something. I don’t care what it is, but it has to be measurable and it should be attainable.
Attainable is key. Did you know the success rate for NaNoWriMo is something like 10%? How many people used to sign up for Sweating with Sven and then quietly drop out? If you need a little extra motivation and encouragement, I think prizes may help us stay the course.
The group list would be for support and checking in. Everyone who meets their goal will be entered to win a grand prize. I’m not sure what that prize will be, either a gift certificate, a writing book on craft, a nice journal, etc. Something along those lines.
After the celebration at the end of the month, the list will be debanded. I’ve been on a lot of writing groups over the years, and they’re exciting for a month or two, but then the list kind of dies. That’s why I’d plan to use the list to have fun, encourage, reach our goals, and then move on.
So what do you think? Is anyone interested in committing to the challenge? What kind of prizes would you like to see?