December 02, 2009

The Big Edit Race


I'm now officially in a race. Yes! I know what you are thinking...at least those of you who have heard me complain about all forms of physical exertion. No, it is not what you are thinking.

I'm in a race with Krista...or should that be against Krista?

I read a tweet last last night from Krista, who was at McDonald's beginning the edits on her newly finished WIP. Editing at McD's? Seriously? Who among you could manage such a feat? (And Jody, you can't answer because you have mastered the art of writing amid chaos!)

Amazed at such dedication and focus, I threw out a challenge to Krista. (Not that I think I can win, because anyone who can write with squeals and crying in their ears has a huge advantage over me.)
Here's the challenge: Race each other to see who can get their WIP edited by the start of the New Year. That's not too hard right? Well...it might be a bit difficult since it IS December! In order to accomplish this feat, it means a chapter a day, which is going to be extremely difficult. (Krista, quit with the smirking!)

So why the need for a race? Well, I happen to need the motivation. I need a challenge. I need accountability!

Yep. I find that I am a VERY competitive person. Put me up against someone else and I'm all over it! I rise to the challenge and I want to WIN!

So Krista...bring it on, girl!
Should there be a prize of some kind? Other than the reward of getting the WIP whipped into shape? What do you think?


27 comments:

  1. LOL, I'm all about a prize. Let's let the blog readers think up some ideas shall we?

    Anyone have any thoughts?

    I have to warn you girl. When it comes to the word "competitive" my name is next to it in the dictionary. You are so TOTALLY on!

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  2. AWESOME! I'm so glad the two of you are doing this! (And SO thankful I'm already done! Mwa-ha-ha-ha!) Sorry, couldn't help that deep, gut-wrenching, evil cackle! Have fu-u-u-n!!! :-) Mwa-ha-ha-ha. Oops. Slipped out again.

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  3. Yes, there must be a prize!!! Chocolate of some sort. Or flowers.

    Jody is laughing from maniacal tendencies; this is what editing has done to her brain!!!

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  4. Chocolate is the prize, of course! LOL I need to get in a competition with someone to finish my wip by New Years too. LOL
    This is awesome!

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  5. Jen's comment about Jody just cracked me up.

    Jody, you do sound a little evil there... *snicker*

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  6. You girls definitely need a prize. For me the satisfaction of winning would be more than enough. I'm kinda competitive like that. But I still think there should be a prize...OR... something embarrassing the loser has to do. Sometimes that is way more fun!!!

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  7. Definitely there should be a prize. Of course I'm Mrs. Competition, so perhaps you should discard my vote.

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  8. Sounds like great motivation! I hope you both cruise across that finish line! You can do it!

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  9. Oooh, I LOVE a challenge! And yes, accountabilty really helps.
    I'm all for prizes. How about a writing book of the winner's choice?

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  10. Oooh, good for you! A little competition is always a good thing for productivity.

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  11. Ooh, fun! Good luck to you both.

    And I'm thinking a little McDonald's (an admitted weakness of mine) is in order for me today. Since I'm not editing yet, I'll brainstorm my ending. :)

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  12. You can do it! So can Krista. Yes, a prize, please! So those of us in the audience can squeal with delight! Too bad I finished last week. :(

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  13. Good luck, gals. What a great way to motivate each other.

    Sherrinda, I hope I answered your question with today's post on my blog.

    Lynnette Labelle
    http://lynnettelabelle.blogspot.com

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  14. Oh yeah, a prize would be great...how about the 'loser' (though neither of you will be a loser since you'll both get lots of editing done!) has to post a guest blog about their editing process on the winner's blog?

    I love a little healthy competition! As long as it doesn't involve running!

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  15. There should always be a prize! I'll send the winner a mystery box :) Email me at kvbwrites(at)gmail(dot)com to tell me who won, and I'll send something FUN!!

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  16. Jody... I never realized you were so... evil:-)

    GREAT suggests for prizes!!! Sherrinda... u have any favorites yet??? We could do them ALL! LOL!

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  17. Oh my goodness! I check my blog during my lunch break and I find all these AWESOME comments! Krista, I'm with you....do them all!!!! lol

    And Jody, I think all your rewrites have sent you over the edge, girl! lol Buwahahaha, indeed! lol

    And Karen, seriously? A real mystery box prize? How cool!!! Amazing!

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  18. Hi Sherrinda -

    LOL! Get on your mark. Get set. Go!

    I won't jump in on this race. I'm on R&R from the 9-week manuscript marathon.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  19. What wonderful motivation! I'd say the winner deserves a prize... maybe the loser can take her to McD's for dinner? Good luck! Don't give up! Work hard.

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  20. I love it! The best part is you both can win. I like the idea of flowers for the prize--especially in the winter. Have fun, and good luck to both.

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  21. I don't know who to root for - so I say, "Go ladies! Go!" You can do it!

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  22. Prizes are good. Extra motivation. I have edited a manuscript in a month and it is a really big thing to do, so good luck. The thing is that same manuscript now needs another edit *sigh*

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  23. Oh, what a great motivator, Sherrinda! I'm so glad that you found someone who's willing to put in the (extra) effort.

    I should find someone who
    s just starting to rewrite and can manage 76k by April - that's pretty impossible.

    Good luck, and definitely keep us updated. I look forward to hearing all about it!

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  24. Ya know, a couple writer-ly friends of mine and myself recently participated in a 'Who could out-word' one another contest. The prize for the most words down on paper (or computer screen) was dinner at a restaurant of the winner's choosing.

    The bad news is I got skunked (by something like 30,000 words--didn't know anyone could really write 40,000+ words in two weeks, I learned the hard way....). The good news is that I got dinner too.

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  25. Wow, Jenny! That is a great idea! The problem with this race is Krista and I don't live in the same STATE! lol We will have to think of something creative. :)

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  26. there must be a prize!!! Chocolate of some sort. Or flowers.

    Work from home India

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