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Anti-Procrastination Challenge/Giveaway

Hello Everyone and Welcome,
Sorry for the delay in posting this thread, but I was busy grilling some shish kabobs for Karen G’s Labor Day barbeque at Coming Down the Mountain. Everyone’s invited so be sure and drop in for some mouth watering eats, and a friendly chat with your fellow bloggers. Hopefully interacting with other writer’s will motivate me to get cracking on my novel. I’ve been quite lax in my authorial duties lately.

Yesterday, I headed to inspiration station to catch the Writing train. However, I got lost along the way and wound up at Procrastination place. I must have turned left when I should have gone right, because I wound up in a chat jam, and there was no end in sight. As I lumbered through the writing threads, I realized my plight, I lacked motivation and my mind was wound too tight. So I took another right and stopped for the night to think up a way to turn on my light.

Okay, Okay, I’ll refrain from imposing anymore metaphors on you. I’m sure you get it. I’ve procrastinated a lot lately. Sometimes all I need is a good challenge to get me going again, so I decided to pose one to my fellow writers. A-hem, that would be all of you. I am hosting a word count contest next week. Whoever writes the most words by five o’clock Sunday, September 12, wins….drum roll please….ba da dum…a copy of Getting the Words Right, by Theodore A. Rees Cheney and a small box of chocolates.

Entry requirements are simple, contestants must follow my blog and register in the comments section by Tuesday, September 7 (another post will follow early next week). For those who don’t like contests, feel free to chime in with your word count next Sunday. This is not only a great motivational tool, but it will also be a lot of fun.


  1. Sounds like a great contest. I can't really take part because I'm in the editing process not the writing process right now but I hope everyone has a good writing weekend.


  2. Sounds like a great contest, if I was working on writing a draft I'd enter. Good luck dealing with procrastination, it's a common foe :)

    I'm stopping by from the blog BBQ, and am looking forward to more of your posts.

  3. Wow Clarissa that's great. I wish you lots of luck the editing. It's a tedious process. Also, welcome to my blog.

  4. Hi Claire, thanks for stopping by. I'm having a hoot at Karen's barbeque. Looking forward to seeing you round the bloggersphere.

  5. I'm here from the blog BBQ. It's nice to meet you! I'm a follower now. Thanks for coming by my blog.

    On a side note, blogger DL Hammond from Cruising Altitude is keeping track of his followers locations. He is only short two states and one is West Virginia! It would make his day if you followed him (you can find his link on my profile if you are interested).

  6. Oh sure ... offer the chocolates when I'm not writing at the moment ...sure sure ...

  7. Hey there. I'm stopping by from the BBQ. What a good idea - a word count contest. I'm afraid I'm not prolific enough to enter, but I'll observe from the sidelines. :)

  8. Like MT, I will observe from the sidelines as I am currently at The Alamo Station -- you know the one : where life attacks from all directions at once.

    You have a lovely blog. I'm glad I found it. Roland

  9. Hi Andrea,

    I'm dropping in from Karens BBQ for some shish kabobs too! I'm also really glad I found your blog. I'm nearly finished my first serious WIP, final chapters in progress. ;)

    Happy writing! ;)

  10. Hi :) Dropping in from Karen's BBQ, nice to meet you!

  11. Thanks for stopping by from Karen's BBQ!

    Love your contest too!

  12. New follower here, from Karen G's BBQ! I'm in the same boat. It's hard to *not* give up sometimes. I've finished one YA, but am having the hardest time on the 2nd.

  13. welcome to all who stopped by from the barbeque. I've met so many cool people. I look forward to getting to know everyone better.

    Jenna, I'll be sure to check out D.L. Hammond's site.

    Steena, Steena, it's been a long time my friend.(: Sorry you can't participate in the challenge, but there will be others in the future.

    M.T. if you change your mind....the invitation's open.(:

    Roland I wish you all the best...fight the good fight my friend.(:

    Congratulations Talei, you're almost to the finish line. I hope my challenge helps to bring you closer to writing "The end."

    Nicole, nice to meet ya, thanks for stopping by.

    Jennifer, I you enjoy the contest.

    Candyland, how bout we make sure our boat doesn't sink. Maybe my word count challenge will galvenize your writing.

  14. Andrea, thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting. If you have only one classic black and white movie to see, choose CASABLANCA. It's has the greatest collection of witty dialouge and one-liners of any classic film.

    May your Labor Day holiday be packed with only happy surprises, Roland

  15. I'll give it a shot-I have an awful lot I need to get done in a very short amount of time.

  16. Roland, thanks for the tip. I'll put Casablanca on my list of "Must See" movies.

    David, thanks for stopping by and welcome to Aspiring Novelists. Multi-tasking is difficult, especially when you have to fit writing a novel in the mix. However, if nothing else, the word count challenge may offer an incentive for you to write.

  17. Eek! What a great contest! I'll try to participate; don't think I'll win but the more words the merrier, right? Maybe I can finish my first draft...

  18. Okay, what's wrong? The follow button keeps giving me a server error :-( Will try again tomorrow!

  19. ...I actually enjoyed the metaphors and was hoping for more:)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your supportive comments!

  20. It's so easy to become distracted, even when I think I'm focused. I see I have company - LOL. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Karen G rocks!

  21. Thanks to all the bloggers who dropped by from the barbeque. I look forward to getting to know you all.

    Deniz, Yeah, my blog has a mind of its own. I'm thrilled that you're participating in the word count challenge. Good luck on finishing your first draft.

    Elliot, thanks for stopping in. I'll see you round the bloggersphere.

    Carol, nice to meet ya. I couldn't agree more, Karen G. does rock.

  22. Hi there! Over from the BBQ! I'm a follower! Hope you return the favor! Great blog, by the way.

  23. Thanks for stopping by Melissa. I'm on my way to your blog right now. I look forward to getting to know you better.

  24. Ooh, love it. This challenge tells us that we've got to make writing as much of a priority in our lives as everything else or we'll never get anything done! Erm, that being said, this will probably be a "light" writing week for me, but if I get on a better roll than I expect, I'll chime in w/ my count!

    One thing I'm doing this fall to keep the writing train chugging (eh? metaphor, eh?) is to enter into an agreement with a fellow writer to trade off chapters---for every chapter he writes of his story, I am to write a chapter of mine. He's an extremely disciplined writer already, so I'm the big winner in this relationship. :)

    Good to know I've got another motivator out there in you!

  25. Thanks for stopping by Nicki. You're fortunate to be able to trade chapters with another writer. I am a member of an online writer's colony and some of the feedback I've received was very helpful. Hope you have a wonderfully rewarding writing week (can you say that five times really fast???).

  26. Hey! Am I too late? If I am, that's no problem. I'll still participate in the non-procrastination challenge. Even if our word count is anemic, at least we're moving forward, right?

    Good luck with your goals!


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