I'm late to the party, but have just joined in the YA Buccanneers Spring Writing Bookcamp (March-May) and couldn't be more excited! So March will be filled with not ONE, but TWO amazing writing challenges.
I've been added to Team Denali (the Great Ones!) and although I've come in late, my team captain has been incredibly helpful and supportive. I actually wrote nearly 1000 words on my YA novel-in-progress today during a word sprint she posted via Twitter! My goal is to actually reach that magic 1000 number for a total word count today.
Yes, writing (finishing) a novel is important to me (publishing one--or several!--- someday is also on my bucket list) so moving forward in my goal is lovely, but what really makes this is extraordinarily valuable to me is that when I'm pumped about writing, I can pass that energy along to my students and colleagues who also write. We grow stronger by boosting one another up. THIS is the type of competition I enjoy--the kind that makes us ALL better. In fact, the power of these challenges is so apparent to me now that I intend to create some challenges in the same vein specifically for my students---for both reading AND writing.
Keep reading. Keep writing. Keep moving forward!
edited to add this great bootcamp BINGO that outlines some of my goals!
a huge thank you to Heidi Sinnett for all the inspiration!