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Erin L. Schneider is native to the Pacific Northwest, attended college in Honolulu - and although Hawaiian - should never be allowed on a surfboard. With more than twenty years in corporate merchandising, she’s now a full-time writer living in Seattle with her husband, Neal; their baby boy, Kellan; a rowdy German shepherd named Ronin; and two crazy cats, Ono and Poke. She’s a member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SCBWI, and is also co-founder of the YA Buccaneers.

SUMMER OF SLOANE is her debut novel, out May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion.

Erin is represented by literary agent Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company.

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Sep022010

September Writing Challenge - Are YOU Game?

 

What's Your Writing Goal?

 

I recently joined a fabulous on-line writers group: The Write Brained Network, which I'm absolutely loving! 

Every month, they start a new discussion called WordWatcher's, where anyone who wants to participate, sets a writing goal - be it number of words for the month, by week, day, amount of time, etc. - it doesn't matter how you measure it, only that you do in some way and that you actually try to obtain it. 

Last month, I started to do this on my own (it was before I'd joined the WB Network). And it wasn't about cramming to get as many words on the page - but instead, it was all about working towards a realistic goal of getting quality words into my WIP (work in progress, for those that might not be aware of that acronym). Setting a goal, striving for it, then finally achieving it - it equates to the same feeling of finally checking off one of your "To-Do's" on the long list of To-Do's (for all of you "list" people, you know exactly what I'm talking about...and I know you're out there!).  

Besides, who would I be, if I didn't compete against myself?

So, with that - here are my stats for August:
 

Week of 8.1 - 8.8: 4,548 
Week of 8.9 - 8.15: 6,091
Week of 8.16 - 8.22: 15,849 (12,877 completed just between that Saturday, to Sunday night)
Week of 8.23 - 8.29:  8,617

Total Word Count for August: 35,105

Now granted, the third week of August was something of a phenomenon for me - especially to hit almost 13k in just TWO days! But who am I to argue with my muse, when she finally decides to pop in for a visit? Truly, this is something that's only happened three times this year...to be able to write without wanting to stop. Not even wanting to get up for food - and having to be reminded by my fabulous critique partner, to not forget my day to day job of living (and yes, a BIG thank you to Heidi - my CP - for sending email reminders to actually pry my fingers away from the computer every once in awhile!). It was the thought that I'd become one of "
those writers"that finally got me up - well that, and I really had to use the restroom!

 

Either way, I blew my writing goal out of the water...in fact, I pretty much quadrupled it. 

Considering the huge success August was for me - what is a realistic goal to set for September, you might ask?

Well - again, I'd like to make sure that I'm not just writing down words, just for the sake of writing them down...but instead, I'd like to see if I can continue to keep my muse entertained enough, to stick around for the next several weeks. So, my writing goal for September is going to be 10,000 words / week. Still way up there, as far as I'm concerned...but hopefully obtainable, considering my efforts last month.

 

And with that, I ask you - what's your writing goal for September? What are you going to attempt to achieve this month - and how will you do it? Come on, I know you're thinking about it! 

I'll post my updates every week, as I go: 

9.1 - 9.7: 4,926 - 5,074 short of my weekly 10k goal...but I'll make it up before the end of the month!
9.8 - 9.14: 
9.15 - 9.21:

9.22 - 9.28:

 

Are you ready?