Thursday, May 20, 2010

Take the Challenge! by DL Larson

When I attended the recent RWA Chicago area writers conference, the Spring Fling, I was given a challenge. Every person in attendance was given this challenge. Author Cherry Adair dared us to finish our current work in progress within a year's time. She offered great incentives, but mostly she planted the seed in everyone's mind to simply get to work.

I've been thinking about this challenge and dragged out my WIP. I was shocked to see I have not written a line in over a year. This is not what I usually do. I'm pretty firm about staying on task. I don't know how this happened. I'm rather ashamed for allowing this piece of art to sit idly in a corner while I worked on other stuff.

I have about 75 pages written. In my mind I thought it was closer to 200. So I've deceived myself again. That stops as of today. I'm taking the challenge. My WIP is now my priority. I like what I've written, it's a sci-fi romance, the third book in this series. It's been easy to slip right back into the action. My mind is quickly catching up to what I had planned and I'm anxious to see it on paper.

If you've been procrastinating on a WIP, now's the time to start up again. Take the challenge to see your work through to completion.

I have posted above my computer monitor:
MY CHALLENGE: TO COMPLETE MY CURRENT WORK IN PROGRESS, RENZO THE RELIANT, BY: MAY 20, 2011. I signed and dated it. It's official, I've taken the challenge to stay on track and finish my book.

I also offered myself an incentive. It has to do with chocolate at my favorite restaurant and a boat ride I've been wanting to take.

How about you? Are you up to the challenge? Do you need to set a date to finish your novel? Go ahead, I dare you. What do you have to lose?

Til next time ~

DL Larson


Morgan Mandel said...

I started working again on my WIP. Then cold this horrible cold and can't think without coughing. (g)

Hope to get started again on it next week. Just doing stuff now that doesn't require concentration.

Morgan Mandel

Deb Larson said...

Hope you feel better soon. I'm really enjoying getting back into my book.
Now to stay on task!! That will be the challenge.

DL Larson

Margot Justes said...

I promised myself I'd write everyday and am working on 2 projects-a paranormal novel and A Hotel in Venice. I want to finish both this year. A very major commitment on my part-hope I stick to it.
Margot Justes
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