It's a funny thing when a challenge is thrown down. I just can't resist. I think it's my competitive nature - not against other people but against myself. Last week the RWAPro loop, or at least a few of the members, created what we're calling the 50K challenge. Basically the challenge is to have a manuscript ready for pitching at the RWA National Conference in Nashville this summer. Some of us are in revisions, some starting from scratch, some in the middle. Me?
I decided to join in - and do a full 50,000 words. Yeah, a little bit crazy since there are (basically) 110 days til conference. But I created a spreadsheet, did a little math and realized that to hit my 50K goal I need to write about 500 words each day. Now, that doesn't include rewrites or revisions or getting chapters to my CPs, but really is 500 words a day so hard? Some days I'm sure it will be. Some days not so much. I have a basic outline already for the wip. I've set aside time very day for writing, revising and sending off to the CPs (not that they've seen anything yet because I want to get just a little bit farther into the ms before I send them something that may totally change if it doesn't work.
Where am I so far? Actually ahead of schedule. I'm hit 3,000 words yesterday, about 750 words ahead of my schedule. I like being ahead. Yesterday I even did a little 'process' stuff - created my music playlist (something I'd put off doing for this wip til now) - did a little more plotting, added in a couple of twists that (I'm hoping) will really put some oompf into the book.
It's fun, this challenge. I want to win...not to beat the other writers, who are in it. I want to beat my own goals and deadlines. And it's fun knowing I'm not the only one pushing for a really hard goal.
What about you guys? Do you like having deadlines? Being in competition? Or do deadlines (even self-imposed) and competitions shut you down?