Writing

MoGo7000 Challenge

Want to have multiple entries in a drawing for hard, cold cash? If your answer is yes, then you need to take part in MoGo7000! You could be $100 richer next January!

For those who just want the bottom line, here are the guidelines for MoGo7000 (If you want the history and fun of how it came about, scroll down to more details below)

1. You don’t have to sign up for anything…and it’s free! 🙂

2. Each writer is challenged to write 7000 new words each month on a new or current BOOK project. Of course, you’re encouraged to continue your blogs, devotions, and articles as well, but only those words written on your fiction or non-fiction book will count toward the 7000-word goal. The hope is that we’ll each have at least a first draft of a new book completed in 12 months.

3.  The first Tuesday of each month, I’ll ask those who met the previous month’s goal to post your total word count for that month in the Christian Writer’s Den comments section. Please don’t email them to me–they must be posted as a comment on the blog in order to be counted in the drawing.

4.  The deadline for the monthly word count is midnight on the last night of each month, even though I won’t be able to request the totals until the next Thursday.

5.  In order for your word count to be entered, please don’t post your total until the week I ask for them on the Christian Writer’s Den blog. Your total must be posted within five days of the first blog post of the month, before the next week’s Writer’s Headlines is posted.

6.  You do NOT have to post that you didn’t meet the goal, unless you just want to. We’ve had some writers who were sometimes unable to meet the monthly goal, but were still thrilled they had made headway on their project, whether they met the goal or not.

7.  Although rewriting is critical to good writing, the 7000 words of this challenge must be new words, not rewritten ones.

8.  Each month that you meet the 7000-word goal, you receive one entry into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100 cash. Meet the goal one month and you have one entry. Meet it every month and you’ll have 12 entries!

9.  You can join the challenge any time during the year.

10.  There is no shame in not meeting the goal. You simply start with a new word count goal each month.

11.  You can keep up with the total any way you want to, but I mark the end of each month within the manuscript so it’s easy to know where each month starts and ends. When it’s time to check the word count, just highlight what you wrote for the new month and let Word Count (usually under Tools in the toolbar of Word) take care of the math. Or you can put each month in a separate file. Whatever works for you.

12.  It’s a Win-Win situation for all of us!

I’ve had quite a few writers say it helps so much to have a monthly goal rather than a daily or weekly goal. Since I travel so much, I don’t have any kind of regular writing schedule, but I can usually find the time to hunker down and peck out a bunch of words in a short amount of time.

So what are you waiting for? Get your B-I-C and start writing! You could be $100 richer in January!

If you like more detail, here’s the history of MoGo7000 and how it came about:

For several years I had tried to get book #5 written. But with 60 events a year, I just couldn’t fit it in. I was frequently away for extended events–sometimes for a week or more–and when I was home, there was too much to do to close out the event I’d just completed or to prepare for the next one.

Add in the responsibilities of being a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, worshiper, friend, blogger, article writer, conference leader, etc….and the book was constantly put on the back burner.

I considered NaNoWriMo, after all, my previous books were written in concentrated blocks of several months. But the first year, when I realized I was only going to be in town half of November (not including Thanksgiving break), I knew there just wouldn’t be enough month at the end of the month!!!

Let’s face it, we’re all busy! Love and work and family and friends and are important and necessary parts of our lives, but that doesn’t leave much time for writing a 60,000 to 90,000-word book.

You know the drill. “Write 1000 words a day.” Yea, right. Works great if you’re home everyday and have time to write.

“Write 5000 words a week.” But what if you’re gone for a week–or more–week after week after week?

“Write when you’re inspired.” Inspiration is killed by knowing ahead of time that you’ll frequently miss your daily or weekly goal, sabotaging your efforts before you even begin.

If you’re like me and have tried to find a way to write a book, but just couldn’t fit it into your schedule, I’ve got good news for you! Drumroll, please…

Let me introduce to you MoGo7000! (Do you get it? Monthly Goal 7000)

It’s simple! All you do is have a monthly goal of 7000 words. Each month that you reach the goal, you receive one entry into the drawing for cold, hard cash!

Reach the goal for twelve months, and at the end of a year you’ll have 84,000 words! Even if you miss the goal here or there, you could still end up with a book-length manuscript. And if you’re like me, and you write books for teens or tweens, you might even have TWO books!

And that’s not all! You could win $100 cash! (I know I sound like an infomercial, but this deal doesn’t cost you anything–not even shipping!) Each month that you write 7000 new words on your project, you receive another entry in the drawing.

Can you tell I’m excited…AND I like exclamation marks?

It’s been a joy to be on this journey with my fellow writers. You can jump on board in any time, so come on and join us! After all, all you have to lose is the chance to win $100. 🙂

Feel free to Contact Me with any questions.

 

For the past two years I’ve tried to get book #5 written. But with 60 events a year, I just couldn’t fit it in. I was frequently away for extended events–sometimes a week or more–and when I was home, there was too much to do to close out the event I’d just completed or to prepare for the next one.

Add in the responsibilities of being a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, worshiper, friend, blogger, article writer, conference leader, etc….and the book was constantly put on the back burner.

I considered NaNoWriMo, after all, my previous books were written in concentrated blocks of several months. But when I realized I was only going to be in town half of November (not including Thanksgiving break), I knew there just wouldn’t be enough month at the end of the month!!!

We’re all busy! Love and work and family and friends and are important and necessary parts of our lives, but that doesn’t leave much time for writing a 60,000 to 90,000-word book.

You know the drill. “Write 1000 words a day.” Yea, right. Works great if you’re home everyday and have time to write.

“Write 5000 words a week.” But what if you’re gone for a week–or more–week after week after week?

“Write when you’re inspired.” Inspiration is killed by knowing ahead of time that you’ll frequently miss your daily or weekly goal, sabotaging your efforts before you even begin.

If you’re like me and have tried to find a way to write a book, but just couldn’t fit it into your schedule, I’ve got good news for you! Drumroll, please…

Let me introduce to you MoGo7000! (Do you get it? Monthly Goal 7000)

It’s simple! Write 7000 words a month for twelve months, and at the end of a year you’ll have 84,000 words! Even if you miss the goal here or there, you’ll still end up with a book-length manuscript! And if you’re like me, and you write books for teens or tweens, you might even have TWO books!

And that’s not all! You could win $100 cash! (I know I sound like an infomercial, but this deal doesn’t cost you anything-not even shipping!)

Can you tell I’m excited…AND I like exclamation marks?

Here’s the scoop: