Because I work better with deadlines, and because I want to get my next novel, Riddle of the White Gun, polished, I signed up for the Clarion Write-a-Thon (I learned about it via this post on Boing Boing). The novel mixes humor, fantasy, steampunk, and spaghetti westerns. Think Fistful of Dollars meets Discworld.
The Write-a-Thon is similar to National Novel Writing Month, but kind of unique in its own way. It helps raise money for the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Now, I have heard about this workshop, and would have loved to partake, but the cost and time commitments are a bit out of my reach (it is a few weeks long, and is in California).
So, the Write-a-Thon is the next best thing. If I raise at least $20, I can be invited to join a writing group with a mentor. I am happy with my book, but it needs some tweaks here and there. With the Write-a-Thon, you set your own goal: a certain number of words, stories, etc. I set a goal of 45 hours editing, which is little over an hour a day for the span of the Write-a-Thon.
If you would like to pledge, I would be most appreciative. Details are on my Writer’s Page. I will be posting updates on this blog during the process, so keep coming back.
The Write-a-Thon starts June 24th, and goes until August 4th.
Daniel J. Hogan pledges to accept your pledge. Follow him on Twitter, @danieljhogan.