Imagination doesn't just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving [problems] or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. [Some people] would call this escapism, but they would be be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful branch of writing there is.
--Diana Wynne Jones

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Writing Marathon Weekend

Hey, I'm doing a writing marathon this weekend., just this minute.

I wish

It was Carol Lynch Williams's and Ann Dee Ellis's idea, and they're throwing a dinner if you meet your goal, so consider dumping everything and joining the marathon. Here's the link that tells what you have to do. It's free, and you set your own rules/goals, so how can you lose?

I'm doing this because I need a deadline.

An excuse not to cook dinner or clean my house for three days is always nice, too.

Do I need an excuse? No. But it sounds slightly better than the usual: my mom's a writer so it always looks like this around here.

My goals for the marathon: finish my current polishing-up run-through of my novel and go back and fix all bajillion things I made notes to myself to fix, so I'll be ready by Monday to print out my WIP for yet another run-through.

Goals are good, but you don't have to do a writing marathon to have them. What are yours for this weekend?

Do you need an excuse to write? Sign up! Write! Just do it, like Nike.


  1. I DO need an excuse to write. I just may have to sign up for this.

  2. Elena,
    I just read the blurbs of your books. They all sound fantastic. Barefoot seems intriguing. I can't wait to read the published version!!! What a great title--so metaphorical.
    Are you going to LA SCBWI this year?

  3. Shari: you have my permission to write whenever you want. Let's marathon!

    Pat: Thank you! And I was just going to ask you the same. I'm thinking about it. I'll think harder if we can go together. :)

  4. Elena,
    I already signed up! Let me know!


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