March 02, 2014
The Writer's Workout
I woke up from a dream in which I was participating in a new type of contest. Half Nanowrimo (is that spelled right?), half 30 Days to Better Abs, the challenge was called THE WRITER'S WORKOUT.
No joke. You signed up, told the company the title of the book you were hoping to complete and what your personal workout goals were. You had to be serious and turn in a complete outline and summary for your project that would be approved by an editor on staff. A trainer created a program just for you that went something like:
Day 1: 1,000 words
25 leg lifts
1 mile jog
Day 2: 1,500 words
30 leg lifts
1.25 mile jog
The assignments became increasingly more difficult as the month continued. The trainer was intense. (You know me and trainers.) And the staff editor was sadistic.
The book I chose to work on was a cuckolding one I've got in the wings. The thing is, I tend to write on multiple projects—and I have a few novels (if "a few" means 17) that I flounce between. There's The Lizard Queen, Girls Who Wear Glasses, A Husband A Day, Fair Deceiver, Figment, The Great Distraction... In the dream, I decided the way I'd finish the books is by doing The Writer's Workout—a different book and a different challenge each month. By the end of the year, I'd have a slew of finished novels and a smoking body.
And now, you know what? Even though I'm laughing as the wisps of the dream fade away—I'm kind of thinking I might.