Thursday, 1 June 2017

Words, words, words ... and UPDATE ...

So I might have been wallowing in a huge pity party but I did manage a great achievement. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I joined the RWA (Romance Writers of Australia) challenge - 50k In May.

Well, I exceeded every expectation I had. I wrote 91,292 words!!!

When I find out the group total I'll post it as an update at the end of this post. Some had personal goals of 10k or 20k, others 50k or higher. Think there were about 60-80 of us in the challenge. We were hoping to break the 1 million mark!

I finished one manuscript and started another. It was a fabulous motivation. There were days I only wrote 50 words and other days were I couldn't stop filling page after page.

The wonderful camaraderie from everyone who participated was what made it all worth while.

So now I've got a MS to do a 2nd  draft on and a new WIP to continue with.

Positive motivations, positive re-enforcement can do wonders. A simple 'well done' or 'great work' inspires you to do more. - far more than 'is that all!' or 'you're not that good'.

People forget that words harm. Get told 'I wish I'd never met you' and it burns into the brain, hurting deeply, never to leave. They fill you with insecurities but get told 'you're nice' and watch how those simple words make a person feel good about themselves.

Anyway, I've ended May on a little high and hope that June will bring a much happier theme to my life.

UPDATE: Our courageous captain for 50k in May just posted this -

We cracked the million! You all totally rock. 

The 48 authors who posted their end-of-challenge totals produced 1,193,431 brand new shinny words. Congratulations to you all.

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