Three Things Wednesday (third try to post this thing)!

1. So, everyone, we start the marathon tomorrow.

Here’s what we need from you–to tell all your writer friends so they can take part with us.

Wouldn’t that be fun, all of us suffering together?

Yes! Of course it would! Why keep the pain all to yourself? Let’s share. So encourage your writing pals (near and far) to play.

1A. Make sure that you spend some time today getting ready for tomorrow (and Friday and Saturday).

Do you have writing time carved out?

Do all your family members know that you’ll need a bit of quiet time?

Have you reviewed some of the exercises we’ve talked about in the last weeks to get yourself going tomorrow?

Is there something specific you want to accomplish?


2. I am actually a little excited about this marathon. Aren’t you?

So, what are your goals?

It’s good to have word count goals as well as BIC time goals, too.

Word count goals allows you to see your results.

BIC time goals allows you to reach your word count. Just remember, you can be sitting at your computer and not writing one word.

My goal is to have a completed draft of the DD to send to my editor.

I want to go through the book once completely making changes (I always do this hard copy), then go through and do this again so I have been through the book two full times.

I’m hoping my final final goal is I have a product ready for Hope.

PLEASE share your goals here.

For sure, put your goal up where you can see it.

2A. And are you okay with this prize?ย  Anyone who reaches his or her goal, and is close, and has posted on the site, comes to a dinner (to be announced) and we all eat and talk together?

We could do a potluck.

That would be great fun.

Ann Dee and I will chatย  about this–like where and when.

At the potluck, we can each read the opening page of our stories. Just the first 250 words. And we can talk about that first page. Like say what works. And the rest of us will stare at you as you read.

Love the idea!

So that will be the reward (or is it punishment?) of those who participate and accomplish their goals.

If you are far away, give yourself your own prize for winning.


3. Last night I dreamed about Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference (

Martine Leavitt was there.

And so was Rick Walton.

I was also there and I realized that I hadn’t made any food arrangments for the entire week and that I was going to have to get Rick to do that but he had just spilled a pitcher of water on the hotel front desk. There were lots of people milling about, including one faculty member I knew I should know, but dang if I couldn’t remember her name.

3A. Also, last night (in true life, not in dream life) I was presented with pictures from my first book signing.

The signing where I had no books.

And guess who was there?

Paul Pitts, Rick Walton, Louise Plummer, and Alane Ferguson.

This brings me to–Guess what?! My next book signing will be at The King’s English in SLC on Saturday April 23 at 2 pm.

Please do come and see me.

I promise there will be copies of my novel Miles from Ordinary.


PS I have taken up smoking in order to help Ann Dee accomplish her goal.


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37 responses to “Three Things Wednesday (third try to post this thing)!

  1. Oh goals, how I love/hate you. Mostly hate.
    Carol, remember how I raised my hand at the other weekend conference to say I was character driven? Guess what I’ve been doing? PLOTTING. I am character driven because those are the only books that I love. Which I’m finding, I don’t love a lot of books. What’s my snooty problem? How can I be a writer? Maybe I am, maybe I’m not.

    I have to write to figure out my characters, but then, I have to plot it out, because I hate being a word waster. For me, what’s the point of a draft if it’s all a mess? So I’ve been messing with the voice. And I’ve been looking at how to climax each chapter – each character – emotional – physical – did better character sketches, drew out the facility from my memory. So that’s where I’m at. And today I’m going to work on the plotting of the next few chapters to give direction for my writing.

    My goal is 6,000 to 8,000 words. And bummer, I don’t get to go to any potluck dinner in Utah. Maybe my reward will be that I get to see Carol next weekend. Oh wait, I will no matter what.

    And BTW EVERYONE – if you can make it to the Boise, Idaho SCBWI, you not only get to see Carol, but you get to see me and Judy Cox play guitar and bass and sing a song. Woohoo for that.

  2. Lauren Call

    I plan on finishing my novel for the marathon. Only 25,000 words! Sooo easy. If I can do that I’m eating a whole cake by myself. I probably won’t make that goal, so if I can get half of that, I’ll just eat a piece of cake and not go into a sugar comma.

  3. Kyra

    1. Finish my first draft ALL THE WAY
    2. Rewrite my characters.
    3. Make all the changes I have written on my printed copy. Makes sense? I dun no.

  4. I will tweet about it tonight… AND tell my writing group to participate. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I just need to get 25k on this novel. Srsly.

    And! I mentioned in Ann Dee’s post that I will draw a little panda (or fox or something) on a post it note for anyone who meets their goal. If they want one. I could even do it at the potluck.

    …if I get to come. I better get these words down. Cry.

    Also…. WIFYR will be great! So many classes FULL already! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m cheerful about this because I don’t know how it compares to previous years, so am naively content.

  5. Andrea

    Okay, dang. I have been trying to figure out how to make the marathon work for me this weekend, and I’m having to come to terms with the fact that it’s not going to happen. My son has a big event on Saturday and we have extended family coming in from out of town, which isn’t really an ideal set-up for hunkering down and writing like crazy. So I’ve decided that rather than getting all bummed about it, I’m just going to do it next week instead. It won’t be quite the same as doing it with all of you, but it’s better than nothing!

    Good luck to all you marathoners! I’ll be right behind you:)

    • Angie Shinkle

      I have the same issue as Andrea. I loved the marathon last year, but can’t do it this weekend. So I’ve already set aside three days during Spring Break to have my own marathon. My goal: finish my rough draft.

    • Carol

      Make your goals way smaller, Andrea and Angie.
      It doesn’t have to be exactly like what we’re doing.

  6. i’ve never participated in a writing marathon, but i actually have babysitters lined up for friday and saturday and plan to write thursday night…i’m so excited! but what’s a realistic goal to set for that writing time? i have no idea.

    so here’s my guessing goal: get to 30,000 words.
    and if i get to that and still have time, i want to go through all my critiques of the first chapters and revise them.

    anyone up for a potluck on the beach? CA is really warm right now…

    • ps. just reread my post (i should never do that – then i find all these mistakes) and realized it sounds like i’m only writing one day. eh…really i plan to write thursday night, friday, and saturday.

  7. Thanks for smoking, Carol. It means a lot. I am hoping to do a MAJOR revision on my book. I am also hoping my sister will take my kids on Friday but she’s in Disneyland and doesn’t get home until tomorrow. I think anyone who goes to Disneyland should be totally excited to get back into the swing of things by babysitting a two and four year old. I haven’t told her this yet but am keeping my fingers crossed.

    Thursday night for sure. Some of Friday maybe. Some of Saturday.

    I say we all go to Cali for the party.

  8. I think I’m in. My bills are paid, my house is a mess, and we have no food. One out of three is pretty good for me.

    Been revising my WIP for a freaking YEAR and I need to be done.

    My goal for the weekend:
    finish my current run-through and go back and fix the oodles of things I’ve left notes for myself to go back and fix. Hopefully by the time I’m done I’ll be ready to print out and run-through yet again. And ready to send to my agent before the end of the month. Maybe that’s not ambitious enough. Trying to be realistic.

  9. Cori

    Ugh, goals! Why can’t I be an aimless loser for all eternity?!

    Oh, right, gotta support Carol in her old age . . .

    My goal is to write 5,000 words.

  10. rebekah

    I’m so excited to participate! I really needed a kick in the pants, and this is it.

    I’ve blocked out time and plan to write 6 hours over the next three day. I’m also going to push myself and go for 5000 new words. I’m not sure how realistic this is…but I guess I’m going to find out.

  11. Denece

    (You had trouble posting, too? That means the trouble with posting was not just limited to LiveJournal.)

    I’m inspired by your marathon goals. I’m joining–incognito. Though my outward personality is bomastic and I’d like Kyra to find me a man, too; secretly, I’m shy. (Your marathon is a great excuse to do only do what I want to do for three days, beginning Thursday night. After my class.)

    My goals: (One of the rules is that you must declare, right.). 1. Write the “bucket list” to fill the holes in my book. (Bucket list: Bill and Ted’s Adventure: remembering to go back in time to place the bucket that’s going to drop on someone’s head facilitating their escape.) 2. Revise the first 30 pages.

    Thanks for the blog.

  12. KristaShar

    I’m going to set the goal to write 300-500 words a day. That should have me finishing this chapter I’ve started and the next and possibly a bit left over for another ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Martine

    Oh, I’ll be there all right – with bells on! Okay, maybe not bells. But I will be fully dressed. Wish I could be at your book signing!

  14. Kit

    I’m sorry if I came in late but I plan on writing an hour a day. Good plan? Overachieving? We’ll see.

  15. Alright, here’s my plan…

    I need to write 4300 words so I’ll meet my goal of 10,000 words for the week so I can meet my bigger goal of finishing this current draft this month!

    And sense my 3 yo is napping, I just popped the baby into bed and my 11 yo will be home from school in one hour…I better get busy!

  16. JessicaV

    My goal is to revise 10k words of my novel, in order to cause you the least amount of sadface when you read my final, Carol ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll aim at spending about two hours each day.

  17. I’m getting in on this a little late, but I’m going to go through the last of the critiques from my group and make rewrite notes on the first two chapters.


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