The Great Novel Race: Rules of the Game: Update
The rules below still stand BUT the Novel Race now has its own site so go over there and post a message to join:
(Info below is slightly out of date now but I will keep it for posterity!!! Kate, July 07)
Well, things are shaping up rather nicely on the Great Novel Race. This is about the only race many of us writers have ever stood a chance of doing OK in. I was the world's worst at PE at school. Truly terrible. I can't run for toffee and have no co-ordination so eggs and spoons would part company without milli-seconds.
Consquently I am very excited about this. We are a laid back bunch but we have decided there must be rules of the game, so here goes:
- The race is mainly for motivational purposes, but Lucy and I will be working out a prize for the winners...(updated June 07: our prize has been awarded to Liz but we're carrying on the race anyway!)
- If you’re going to take part, then leave a message in my comments.
- Ideally you need to have a blog, however embryonic, to take part. It's easy to set one up with Blogger and can take as much or as little time as you like, but it's here that people can visit you.
- Updated June 07: the Race is a flexible beast, and it's up to you how often you come to the Friday Coffee Break or visit the other blogs (though obviously, like your head teacher always told you, the more you put in, the more you get out). BUT as we'll all be linking to YOUR blog, please do link to the other Novel Racers from yours.
- Most of us are aiming for 100,000 words or so. Of course, we’ll all have different word targets, but a typical full-length novel is between 80,000-100,000 words. If you’re writing for a market or publisher with lower word count requirements (e.g. Harlequin Mills & Boon) then you might like to commit to writing two!
- If we use word counters like the Zokutou word meter or the Evolution Progress Meter, then we'll be able to see at a glance how we're doing.
- You don’t have to be published or contracted to take part – in fact, the more experienced I’ve become, the slower I’ve got at writing books, so newcomers may be at an advantage – but you do need to be pretty serious to come and play…
- Finally, do share tips or good links on the subject of productivity and feel free to cheerlead or shout from the sidelines if you’re not doing the Race yourself.
On your marks...get set...GO!
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