Yesterday, riders in the actual Tour de France faced cobblestones. Lots of spills, and excitement. I imagine riding over those cobbles felt a bit like how my revision is going--bumpy, but fast. It's not going as fast as I'd prefer, but I find revision to be a deliberate and slow thing. I've lost some time (so did Lance.) and I'm not quite on track for my August finish, but I'll try to catch up.
Some updates, and a summary of the contest:
The contest is about competitively writing for the next 30 days or so. There are four categories in which I will award prizes (check original post for expanded description of the contest):
The Yellow Jersey (or : This award will go to the overall winner of the competition. Most writing progress overall, on either drafting or revising.
The Green Jersey: This is awarded to the sprint winner. And will go toward most new words drafted between July 5th and August 10th. Update: I originally said that these words had to be written in The Practice Room. Now, it's just a tally that you keep for yourself over the whole month. Although, I'm tempted to give extra points for number of times you show up in The Practice Room. Because it's awesome.
The Polka-dot Jersey: This is the KING OF THE MOUNTAIN Jersey. This will go toward most progress on a revision. Because revising is like biking up a mountain.
The White Jersey: This will be awarded to most progress by a novice--someone who is writing or revising their first or second book (most likely an un-agented writer).
who's counting the days??
How awesome are these prizes???
And, the fourth prize will be unveiled at a later date. It is something awesome to carry books in, but I'm keeping it a surprise. I think that these three books, all due out in the next month or so, should be enough to whet the whistle for now.
So, spread the word, post your goals, here or at the previous post, and join in the competition.
And, don't forget to stop by for an awesome Friday Feature interview!!
Next week I will start to award jerseys. Each week I will award the jersey to the front writer in each category--but you have to be the front writer on August 10th to win a prize!
Competitive writing's not just for NANO anymore!!
****If you are arriving now to this post, and wondering if you can get in on the action, the answer is YES! Just find the most recent Tour de Writing post, and post your goals. Each Monday, post your word count since July 5th. Extra points for each time you show up in Tina's The Practice Room. Welcome, and I'm so happy you're joining in! Questions? Email me at hegkelly (at) gmail.com