I am writing.
Not that you can't do both. You can. (Well, not at the same time, probably... but with all the technology today, who knows? If you do, I'd like to hear about it, for sure!) But I'm not a runner.
The RWA PRO group has decided to set a spring challenge before we all meet for our PRO retreat at Nationals. Cyndi, one of our coordinators, set what she's calling the PRO Challenge. It's a way for all of us to keep our motivation through to Nationals in Nashville. It's a writing challenge.
We're keeping track of it on Twitter and on a message board Cyndi set up. And it's been going since the 1st of April. We have until the 26th of July to write 50,000 words. And we each get to decide if we're going to participate or not.
I decided to participate because it's a good way for me to get some accountability in my writing. This way, everytime I log on to Mozilla, the first tab I see if the RWA PRO Challenge. Staring me in the face. Before my email, or Twitter, or Facebook, I remember that I'm a writer.
Of course, Christy's challenge that she set for herself at the same time has been very helpful to me, as well. I'm following hers and commenting and doing my own. It's been great. I've gotten a lot of work done.
What I'm realizing is that it helps me to know I'm not alone. The picture above, which I just love, is the epitome of marathons to me. Tons of people filling a street, all striving for something together. Writing feels so solitary for me most of the time, these writing challenges feel a little like all of us ganging up together on some giant superhighway and striving together. It's the encouragement that I need. I need to feel like I'm not alone.
As a result, I'm halfway done with the first draft of NN, I'm about a third of the way through the Roman & Barbarian novel, and I'm plugging away on ideas for the NN sequel novel. Just so glad for the encouragement of all these challenges. Writing is hard work. And it's good to have friends on the journey.
What about you? Are you taking part in any challenges lately? How is the accountability process for you? What is helpful or unhelpful about challenges, in your opinion?