Our Monthly Writing Contest Theme and Prize! Guys guys! I'm so so excited. So excited. Not only will we have a contest this month but we also will have a prize! It's a small prize, but still-- add to the fun, what? I'll be sending the winner three bookmarks specially picked by me for you. :) Ok but let's talk contest theme. What's it going to be this month of March? Here it is:
Write a story that starts with the words: They say you learn from your mistakes.
Ooooh.... the possibilities! :D So let's get some of the rules covered.
- Story must start with the words: They say you learn from your mistakes.
- Flash fiction up to 1,500 words and poems are accepted.
- Send in by March 28th, please! Just use my email here: firstname.lastname@example.org to get me your entry!
- Up to 3 entries, but definitely no more.
- Attach a title as well as the name or pen name that you want listed with your entry.
- If you want to join the challenge but don't want your story shared with others or entered into the contest, please mark entry as "Challenge Only". (And if you want to do the challenge privately that's a-okay too!)
- Winner (picked by me) will have their story shared in the Wrap-Up version of this post at the end of the month. The other contest stories will be shared in a PDF format for those who want to download them. :D
Let your friends know about this writing contest! Tell them there's bookmarks in the balance! lol. But seriously, if you have any friends who enjoy writing, let them know about the writing contests over here! ;)
Now onto BOOKS.
It's time for another book reading challenge. Like before, I would love to have all and any ages join in the fun, so there's a theme for the month and you can pick your own book to fit the bill. ;)
For March the requirement is: Read a book set in your home place. Now that can be your country, your state/province, your city, or whatever. Just as long as it's somehow your home place. And if you're one of those people who kind of have split home places (Looking at you, Mks!) Then you get to choose which home place you want to read about. Or hey, you could read about both. *wink wink*
Definitely comment on the wrap-up post to let me know what book you read for this challenge! Or even if you just read a book you absolutely loved during March, let us know that too!! Share the book love! :D Don't forget, if you're on Goodreads, there is now a private group for us Bookbugs! The more the merrier, so definitely join us! :) We share book suggestions, talk about the challenge, do a few fun games and more. It's still in the early stages so the more people we can get to participate the more fun it will be. ;)
Annnd monthly goals. *deep breath*. It's time for goal setting, y'all. Obviously I failed at half or so of my goals last month, but that's the great thing about goals... maybe you didn't reach your ultimate goal but you still did a lot towards that goal and... at least you had some! So I'm still pretty excited about what's in store for this month. ;)
Writing: I said this last month and since I didn't quite make it, I'll say it again... I'm hoping to finish The Needlemaker. I'm in the "last stretch" feel and mode now so I think it won't be too hard to finish. I'm also hoping to write a few short stories for a collection I'm planning on putting together. It's got a theme y'all. Do you want to guess? :D I'll let you know a little bit more about it in the wrap-up for this month! ;) All in all I'm hoping for maybe about 30k written this month.
Reading: I really keep going back and forth on what I want my goal to be this month. But I think I'm going to just settle on six books. I want to focus on a few other things this month so I don't want to end up worried about not reading enough books lol. That said I enjoy reading a variation of books within a month... nonfiction, indie, old classics etc, and I actually have a ton of all sorts in my TBR haha. I'm never going to catch up *stares dismally at TBR*
- I want to catch up on blogs and stay a frequent visitor on various blogs-- and I want to comment more! I'm really bad at letting posts pile up and then I feel silly commenting weeks after a post went up haha. So yeah.
- I'd love to reach out more to other writers and book-loving people...do better with cultivating friendships and just being a generally nice person to those in the same sort of book world as me. haha. For all my extroversion I often have trouble making deeper and more meaningful connections and don't always feel like I'm as friendly as I ought to be.
- Do some prep for some upcoming fun things... secrets... :D mwahahaha.
Book/Writerly Chat... Y'all know I'm good at being random and good at talking so this is just like the place where I can shine, right? haha. Some bulletin-pointed blathering for you:
- I realized recently that my main characters in The Needlemaker pretty much are "strong, silent hero" and "spunky young woman". But I could not stop laughing because although they technically fall under those categories they are so... not what I'd label as that! Kit my "strong, silent hero" is all honorable and awkward and quiet and adorkable. He knows what he believes and does his best to be a gentleman but for all that he's just rather fumbl-y and not very good in unusual situations. Then Nan... oh Nan. Yeah, she's spunky. She's also fierce in her love for her family and sticking to her principles (wonky though they may get at times). She's a well-bred lady who sews for a living but she also has a lot of freedom for the time and takes advantage of that in small ways, but she wants people to like her and she's a very kind, caring sort of person.
- I normally really dislike editing but I'm super eager for The Needlemaker to be done so I can edit it-- I'm looking forward to it, of all things! I'm not really sure what to think about this new development...
- Camp NaNoWriMo is coming up, y'all! I'm really looking forward to this April, but you'll have to wait to see what my project is. Just kidding. It's Needlemaker. I can't abandon it, lol. I'll be editing it, so now I'm thinking about whether to measure my progress by pages or hours. Oh the decision...
- I totally forgot about rereading Two Faced Man and now I'm like "Oh yeah, that is a book I wrote..." oops. I need to get around to finishing that reread... does it count for my goal this month? Just kidding!
Question of the Day:
What is one of your MC's in a WIP like? Do they "fit" a stereotype even though they're not really that type of character at all?
Hope you all have a lovely day, and don't forget to share about the book club & writing contests with your friends!
P.S. Like this post? Try these, too!
Banishing your Inner Critic: Why You Should On Your First Draft
The Writing Cycle: What it Means and How it Works
Letting Your Characters Tell Their Own Story