Historical and Contemporary Romance Author

The 30K in 30 Days Challenge

X-posted from the Mavens blog.

Since I last posted right before leaving for the RWA National Convention, I’ve been swamped by the day job. My company holds a conference for its clients every year in late August or early September (depending on when we can get the hotel), and I’m a major contributor to the effort. This year, I gave four presentations, none of which were remotely close to being developed at the beginning of this month. I had four weeks to get my act together, and believe me, I needed every one of those weeks.

So NOW, I have another deadline looming over me. I’ve promised all three of the Red Door novellas by October 1st. The first novella is (thankfully) already complete, but the second and third are sitting at 5,000 words (of a projected 25K) and roughly 20.5K (or a projected 30K). Soooo, to finish and ship the printed manuscript off to New York in time, I’ve got to write an average of 1,000 words per day for the next thirty days.

That’s more than doable, of course. But since I’ve been “out of the saddle” for a full month now, it seems more than a bit daunting. And so, in an effort to motivate myself, I’m setting down the 30K in 30 Days Challenge. My friend and critique partner, Emma Petersen, even created this graphic you can post on your blog or website if you decide to jump on the bandwagon:

The challenge officially begins today, Sunday, August 31 and ends Monday, September 29, but you can jump in any time with your own start and end dates. If you’d like to engage in periodic check-ins, support, encouragement, commiseration, advice, and the occasional ass-whuppin’ when you need it, simply leave a comment on this post. I’ll be posting again next week to let you know where things stand, and you can let me know how you’re doing, too. In addition, I’ll be keeping a calendar on my personal blog to show my progress. There’s nothing like a little shame and humiliation to keep me on track!

YOUR TURN: Want to join the fun? Leave a comment and I’ll blogroll you!


  • skirbo August 31, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I’m *SO* in and for the same reason. My full is due at the end of September. This weekend I’ve just been sitting and staring at the blank screen. I’ve picked out pictures for my ‘cast’, I’ve scoped out pictures of my city and some on my exotic travel destination. I’ve figured out how long they’ll be in the air when they fly. I’ve even outlined a full plot and the plan for this next chapter.

    But I haven’t written a damn thing. Sigh. I honestly think I’m afraid to succeed at this point, but I’m just going to have to get over that.

    We can do it!


  • Amie Stuart August 31, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    I’m in…though I’m more working on proposals, I have two I’d like to tweak, finish writing and polish and a third I want to tackle in October so I have plenty to do!

  • Jackie Barbosa August 31, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Woohoo. The more, the merrier!

  • karen erickson September 1, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Oh count me in. I have a couple of I need to finish this month and I was just thinking 30k in 30 days is totally doable. 🙂

  • Lady Leigh September 3, 2008 at 11:22 am

    I’d love to join, alas, I’m lucky if I get half 30k in a month. My goal is 50 pages (@13,000 words.) The crazy little boy is now walking and endless work. Good thing he is so cute. I’ve currently written 75 pages of a very rough first draft. I hope to complete it by the end of dec. Then lots of edits…

    Good luck to you all!

  • Ericka Scott September 5, 2008 at 9:31 am

    I’m in…I started on Tuesday, and as of this morning I’m sitting pretty at 3,075 – my writing stint for Friday is later tonight.


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