Sunday, June 21, 2009

1k-a-day Rules and Contest Info

Tracy has announced YAedge's July writing challenge, now here are the rules! Those of you who participated in November of 2008 know what it's all about, but here's the info for the newbies.

1,000 words a day, no more or less (well, unless you’re on a roll and would like to bump up the word count…more on that later) from July 1-31. You may work on a book you've already started, work on something new or switch it up. We don't care, as long as it's 1,000 words or more. We'll be posting our word counts each day by 11:59pm PDT and we’d like you to do the same. Just post your word count in the comments section of each day’s post.

Now, down to the super cool part…free books. That’s right…FREE BOOKS! We'll be giving away YA books from our own collections at the end of each week.

"What do I do to win FREE books?" you ask. Just post your starting word count in July 1st blog post. It can be 0…it can be 40,000. We don't care. Whatever your word count is to start, we just need you to document it. From there, you can either post your word count daily, or by Friday evening. What is most important is your end word count each week.

For those of you who are unable to start July 1st, no problem! That is the beauty of 1k-a-day. We don't care about hitting an end of the month word count. It's all about your daily goal of 1,000 words!

This is where the overachievers come in. We will announce the winner who write the most words the previous week each Monday! We have a selection of books to choose from and will slowly “leak” the books up for grabs. How easy is that? Write a book…win a book!

Make sure to check the blog each day starting July 1st for inspiration and read our ups and downs of the challenge. Plus, you never know when we will decide to give a book out on a whim!

So, get your thinking caps on, your writing notes out and dust off your keyboards. Oh yeah, don't forget the coffee! It’s time to get down to business and write 1K-a-day! All of us here at YAedge are in the heat of the moment with our current work-in-progress and don’t want to put them down! The excitement is brewing. Make sure you don't miss it!

Don’t forget to post your word counts everyone. Make sure to tell all your writer friends and family. The more the merrier.

July 1st can't come soon enough! See you all then!

9 comments:

HeatherMarie said...

Excellent idea! I was planning on starting my Book in a Month stuff in July (since I slacked off in June) so this is perfect for additional motivation. :)

Summer said...

Yay. I'm there.

juniwolfspirit said...

I'm in! I've been off since last December and need a kick to get me started :)

sharigreen said...

Great idea! July will be all about revisions for me, though, so I won't join you this time 'round. Good luck to everyone! (Love the free-books incentive.) :)

Tami Klockau said...

Awesome! Can't wait to get started. This week I'll post a smaller widget you can display on your blogs/sites to pass the word on!

If you want to get a sneak peak into how we do things (and weren't here for November) check out November 2008's posts.

Lori A. May said...

Count me in. I'm newish to the blog, but saw your post on twitter and thought.. why not. I was about to get started anyways and have been working on my YA outline. So, nothing like a little motivation to fuel the fire. Can't wait!

Kitty Keswick said...

Whoot! I need a kick in the pants every now and again and what better way then from my CP's & their blog! Plus, I'd like to secretly think that the July 1st kick-off is a b-day present, right??? LOL. Ah presents gotta wuvs 'em...even when I blatantly solicit them...
(No gifts please, keeping me writing is enough.)

Tracy Belsher said...

Looks like we've got a great crew already! Can't wait...

universalchampion said...

brilliant! i've been posting my word counts as they come on my blog, but i like this idea even more! hooray for YA writers!