Opposites attract – my husband and I support that theory. Our first 4th of July together, we bought some poppers – those boxes of tiny, paper wrapped explosives that pop when you throw them on cement. The hubs wanted to wait until nightfall, but I wanted to hear things explode. He relented, opening the boxes and tossing poppers one at a time onto the sidewalk. Pop. Wait. Pop. Sigh. Pop.
I ripped open the plastic, sifting the sawdust through my fingers until I held a palm full of poppers. POP! POP! POP! POP! POP! POP! POP! POP!
I don’t like to take a lot of time to do things that can be finished in a few moments. While the hubs researched laptops for six months before buying. One day I saw a great sale and decided to upgrade, so in less than an hour I found and purchased a new computer. Someone suggested a freelance writer’s group once, so I joined. I’m not necessarily one to contemplate. If it looks like fun or a good idea, I’m likely to jump right in. That’s why I signed up for Speedbo.
Sponsored by Seekerville, Speedbo is sort of the March version of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in November. No outlining, no editing, just writing. Get the first draft done. I participated one year, but November’s a bad month for me – three birthdays, Thanksgiving, and our anniversary, not to mention Christmas prep. Apparently I’m not the only one busy in November, because Seekerville hosts their own version in March. They call their edition Speed Book, or Speedbo.
I received an email about Speedbo this morning. I’ve actually already started a manuscript, but I’ve been working on it for about six months and only have 15,000 words. I just haven’t made it a priority. I need some motivation. Enter Speedbo. I decided to sign up. Yeah, that’s the compulsive side of me, but I think this will work. I’ve already got a head start and an outline. I want to have a 60,000 word first draft, so I only have to write 45,000 words in 31 days. That’s 1,452 words a day (average). That’s a lot. I haven’t even written that much in a week. If I sit down and think about this, however, I’m going to talk myself out of it. I don’t want to second guess myself – I want to finish my novel.
So there you have it – I’m starting Speedbo on March 1 and I will write 45,000 words in 31 days. That’s the plan. What’s your plan for March?