Itâ€™s that time of year again, when we reflect upon what weâ€™ve done, and what we want in 2013. Each month, a lonesome can sits off to the right of our meeting room â€“ the Write for the Money can.
Participants place a $1 in the can, and write out a goal for the coming month. The following month, they check the goal. If youâ€™ve made it, rip off that slip of paper and stick it in the can. If you didnâ€™t, let it slide. The winner chosen gets all the money in the can.
Usually, I write down at least two goals. They can be anything you want them to be. When Iâ€™m in the middle of writing a novel, Iâ€™ll usually put down a word count of 5,000-10,000 words, or a synopsis. Time to tour for marketing? Then maybe itâ€™ll be three blog posts. Or to actually send out a submission!
At the November meeting, it was announced that we want to tie in the Write for the Money can with the Book-in-a-Year program. So one of my goals simply was to open up my WIP (work in progress) and evaluate what I have so far. By memory, I know I have about 35,000 words written on that YA novel. (Notice how Iâ€™ve said â€œby memory?â€ Oh, yes, Iâ€™ve looked at the file folder but have not yet opened it.)
If you think about it, in 2011, I published three 50,000-word novels, a novella of 20,000 words and a few short stories. Whatâ€™s keeping me from finishing off that YA? Not quite sure â€¦ however, Book-in-a-Year will be an incentive. Iâ€™ve got roughly two more weeks to open up that file, and meet that goal.
As we reach the end of 2012, think about what do you want to happen in 2013? Now, what will it take to reach those goals? Start breaking down the end result into smaller, bite-size chunks, and then let them build.
OCC/RWA is a wonderful wealth of resources, and so many talented and caring writers. Letâ€™s help each other achieve those dreams. And this month, bring one extra $1, and a goal in mind, and weâ€™ll build that Write-for-the-Money pot!