Thursday, February 28, 2013

March Madness Challenge

March Madness!Readers, Writers, Bloggers, & Illustrators...Need a boost of motivation?

Author Denise Jaden is hosting March Madness, a unique challenge not only for writing, but reading, blogging, illustrating or anything else to do with books! 

You set your own goals and check in daily either on Twitter (with the hashtag #WIPMadness) and / or the designated blog check-in points. And, there are prizes, too! I had a blast doing this last year and got tons accomplished! You can find out more information by clicking on Denise's name above.

Personally, I like to set daily time goals for my writing. This way I don't get discouraged with word count. Also, my daily time goals can be used researching, planning, or writing, just as long as I'm working on my project. Each day of the week is different for me and my time goals reflect my other daily obligations. Here's an example of my daily goals for this year's March Madness.

Mondays: 1-2 hours
Tuesdays: 1-2 hours
Wednesdays: 5 hours
Thursdays: 3-4 hours
Fridays: 2 hours
Saturdays: 3-4 hours
Sundays: 2 hours

This year, I will work solely on one work in progress. It's a new wip, and I've spent the better part of the last two weeks planning, so I'm psyched about drafting.

Here are a few good reasons to participate in the challenge: 
Motivation (yay!)

Please forgive me if I'm not around as much in the blogosphere during the challenge. Don't worry, I won't forget y'all! Tomorrow is March 1st and our initial check-in. Everyone is welcome to join us!! Check by Denise Jaden's blog to find out more.

FYI, I randomly break out in rap during my moments of support and motivation. What can I say, I'm a product of the 80's.

Here's one to start us off:

Do you need a little kick in the rear?
Sign up for #wipmadness and get yourself in gear!
Come on everybody, there are prizes to win. 
Ready. Set. Go! Let the challenge begin!


  1. That's smart - time goals instead of word count goals.

  2. Love the time goal twist as well! Especially love your rap! :-D

  3. Time goals make sense. Focus on the best prose you can create each day. Wise move. :-)

  4. I love your rap-poem! Your plans sound ambitious, but you have to play to win, right? Wishing you monumental success on your March Madness goals! :-)

  5. This sounds great! I'm going to go check it out now. :-)

  6. I could definitely use my time better. I just can't seem to stick to a schedule. Loved the rap! You go, girl!

  7. @Alex, E.J. & Roland, time goals make better sense to me. And I agree, Roland, it produces the best prose!
    @Lexa, thanks!
    @Misha, So glad. Hope you join up. :)
    @Gwen, sticking to schedules is tough. I think the key is, go easy on yourself. :)

  8. Sounds like a great way to meet your goals. Accountability always helps.
    And I like the time instead of word count goal setting.

  9. Your time goals are a good idea. When I start my next project I'll do that. :)

  10. Get busy, woman! LOL Go Go Go! :D

  11. I really like the idea of time goals, Cadilynn! I might have to mimick you there :D