MIME: Cait and I have just completed an epic feat. We have toiled and sweated and typed till our fingers went blue… and I’m getting ahead of myself. Over at Go Teen Writers, there was a challenge, there was a spreadsheet, and there was two crazy sisters who signed up. Hit it, Minion.
CAIT: Excuse us a moment. (Mime, I am not your minion. You are mine. Get it right or I’ll feed you to the brainbots.)
CAIT (continues): The challenge consists of us, writing.
MIME: You don’t say.
CAIT (continuing despite rude interruption): For 100 days, we had to write one hundred (or more) words. Every. Single. Day. Well, there were grace-days to take if you desperately needed them. But do you know how long 100 days is?!! I mean, it sounds so cute and compact, but NO. 100 days is 3 months, nearly 15 weeks — over 2,000 hours!
MIME: Okay, Miss Melodrama. We have not spent the last 2,000 hours writing. But you know how it’s 100 words each day? That’s not a lot. I wrote an average of 1,000 words a day. And my total word count? 96,000.
CAIT: And I’m too lazy to calculate my word count. So let’s just say I wrote a…fair bit.
MIME: In fact, if you want to be specific, she wrote four books.
CAIT: Four cute little books full of plot holes with cavernous teeth. They will never see the light of day, not while I’m their prison keeper (mwhaha!)
MIME: Ahem. I wrote two. Two books, yes, which I consider impressive, but considering that’s half of what Cait wrote, well… Come on. I’m four years younger than her. Give me a break.
CAIT: Yes, Mimey. You did well.
Mime’s Marvellous Manuscript…
GRAFFITI BIBLE (click to see it’s shiny page!)
PITCH: When Silas-the-Evangelist meets bad-girl Piper, he is blessed with a purpose — turing the wild child into a pinafore Christian.
Our Co-Written Wonky Waffle…
MIME: So that’s what we’ve been up to. Terribly constructive, I know. That’s not to say these books are nice, exactly, since they’re still baby drafts. But! This challenge was really good for getting me writing. I work well with motivation. This was sure a motivator.
CAIT: WRITE OR DIE.
MIME: Not to that extreme, but the principal stands.
CAIT: I had a funky time too. Usually I write a book then then stagnate for six to nine months.
MIME: Sixty nine months?
CAIT: Six TO nine months. I’m a BAM writer (write and run), but this challenge helped me write consistently (gasp) over an extended (bigger gasp) period of time.
MIME: In fact, if Go Teen Writers hosted another round of the challenge, we’d probably sign up again. I think it was worth it. I mean, it wasn’t easy, but that’s beside the point, right?
CAIT: By the sweat of our brow and the blood —
MIME: Okay, you get the point. Awesome challenge.
CAIT: Do we get a little badge? I hope we get a badge.
Anyone do the 100-for-100 challenge too? (How did you go?!!) And what kind of writer are you? Do you like a steady wordcount or are you BAM, here today, gone tomorrow??