Wow, and it was thrown in a big way. My goal is to have my Williams Project in the hands of Mr. Agenty Man J by November first. This gives me a concrete deadline as well as clearing my plate for my fifth NaNoWriMo, yeah? I can totally do it. First I have to take all of my separate chapters and put them together in some sort of cohesive structure so I can give it to the Illiterati. But I’m dragging my feet. Wah, it’s too daunting, I’ve never written a novel length nonfic piece before, I can’t get myself over that initial hurdle, boo hoo hoo. So what did my fantastic writer’s group do?
They issued a challenge.
Ooh, I feel my eyes starting to glow just thinking about it!
Ryan Bridger, aka Battle Bunny, challenged me this: I will write two more chapters this week and put the book together for Illiterati meeting next Tuesday. If I do this, he will write a theme song on the guitar or piano for any story that I have written. I get to choose.
“Great!” says I. “What happens if I don’t do it?”
Which won’t happen, of course. Because a song? Awesome! And oh yeah, I hate to lose.
“If you don’t do it,” he says, “you have to credit the book to Ryan Bridger.”
Whaaaaat? Ryan will have credit for writing a wrenching story about mothering a child with a rare genetic disorder? Oh no he didn’t!
When I was done laughing, we shook on it. And today I’m going to throw myself into the project.
This is why I love my group. They get me 100% and know how to motivate. Plus when we’re done? We’re all hitting the rollercoasters. Thanks, guys! 😀