Friday, October 08, 2010

One More Day to Join

You have one more day to commit to Boudreau's Birthday Bash Word Count Writing Contest. It is a fact that people who train for anything (alcoholism and morbid obesity, even), accomplish more in groups. (This is a fact that I am not going to bother looking up.) It is also a fact that we are an amazingly resilient species (humans), and can push ourselves to do fantastic things for two weeks, without breaking anything or suffering any permanent (negative) consequences.

So here is the call: do yourself the favor of finding out what you can do. Push yourself harder than you would have otherwise, and see what happens. Don't think, just write. And for goodness sakes, don't edit, or diagram backstory, make character notebooks, create a fictional language, sketch characters, use the word "dystopian" (ever), or eat paste or chase butterflies or whatever the hell else people do to avoid writing.

Just write.

A lot.

As Charles De Mar said in Better Off Dead (1985), "Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn."

To the academics who have signed up, I have nothing to say for you: textbooks and dissertations and conference papers (oh my)? Yeah, I got nothing- chances are (?) you wouldn't be doing a lot of backstory, character notebooks, fictional languages, or sketches anyway. I think. So hey, eat paste, if that is what you do. Hit the Elmer's Buffet, if that gets you where you'd like to be in two weeks.

When my friend the writer did this last year, he was changed forever. For the better. So this is really all about sharing the love. The love, and finishing the first draft of his novel.

New Additions:
  • Dustin (like Milton, no website, so we'll work something out on publishing their daily totals), and
  • Jo
I'll post a final list of entrants, when the list is final.

Respectfully, I remain,
B. Freret

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