Using the Golden Heart to Your AdvantageAre you the type of person that works best with a deadline? Were you always the student in school that waited until the last minute to turn something in? Even if you had the entire quarter/semester to write a paper or to do a project, was there just something about the first few weeks that caused them to slip right by, no work done on the project until the clock started ticking? Do you now find yourself putting off writing because you don't have a clear deadline to push you?
Need a deadline for finishing your book? Look no further than the Golden Heart contest.
When I first started writing, I knew that I would need something, some end goal to motivate me. I found RWA and the Golden Heart contest requirements online and it was as if the sun started shining and the angels started singing. The jewel of romance contests, something to strive for, and even better, a contest that required a finished manuscript. I couldn't even enter without writing a full book. Perfect. It was around October when I stumbled upon the GH. I knew I couldn't implement my plan for that year's contest, but for the next year? Yes. I immediately began plotting a timeline. I figured that if I finished the book by August I'd have plenty of time to revise it before submitting it to the GH. So that's what I did. And it worked. I finished my book in time to submit it and I entered. I then started a new book with the thought that if I was still eligible to enter, I was going to use the next Golden Heart as a deadline to finish book two. Lather, rinse and repeat.
So if you are starting your first book, or finishing your 20th, and need a little extra motivation or a deadline...consider entering the Golden Heart either this year or next. Make your timeline, roll up your sleeves, put your money in the basket so you have to enter, and go for it. :)
Have you used the Golden Heart as a deadline to finish a manuscript? Do you use it for another non-standard purpose?