This is my entry for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Blog Fest where writers help writers. To read more entries, click here.
For the third year in a row, I’ve chosen to abstain from Alex Cavanaugh’s A-Z blogfest. But while I may not be a participant in the Super Ninja’s amazing and popular test, I owe Alex a debt of gratitude. Each year while others have focused on A-Z, I’ve challenged myself behind the scenes to accomplish my own objectives.
This year, I’m going public. My plan for the month of April is to write a thousand words, at least five days a week on my current novel with a longer term goal to complete the first draft by Memorial Day. And because I admire Alex (and his partners) and want to acknowledge the impact A-Z has on me even though I don’t take part, I pledge the following:
I promise to employ ambition, balance, creativity and dedication to ensure this new novel intrigues and excites my potential readers.
I will use my enthusiasm for this story to develop its fantasy aspects in ways that makes it unique, absorbing and genuine.
I will employ hopefulness that the words I write demonstrate ingenuity.
Although I already scrapped 16K out of the first 20K and re-wrote it, I will take out my sharpest revision knife to cut out the excess, redundant and unnecessary language, thereby keeping the story lean, spare and light.
Instead of fussing during my insomniac hours, I’ll spend time employing my imagination to develop captivating plot machinations. I will be sure the dialogue sounds uncontrived and natural.
I will treat my goal to write a thousand words a day with obeisance, sitting down before 7:00 each morning to crank out what I can before work. I will return after work to complete my daily goal.
I will demonstrate persistence, and a hold tight to a quintessential belief that I can reach this goal.
If I catch myself failing, I will remount my campaign to achieve a minimum of 22,000 words by April 30, 2013, thereby satisfying my desire to accomplish this quest.
I will trust myself and my skill as a writer universally and I will look forward to celebrating my victory.
I will be watchful for times when my diligence flags and will do my best to approach this task with (e)Xtraordinary focus and zeal.
(Whew! That was kind of like speed dating!)
Wish me luck!
Here is hoping all you A-Z participants enjoy your month!