August 6, 2009 at 1:10 am

Our thought in creating Unleash Your Story was to find a way to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation while at the same time helping writers to achieve their writing goals. We came up with the idea of a write-a-thon to give aspiring and published authors a chance to get a little competitive with their writing goals. (We added the read-a-thon later and I’ll talk about that in my post tomorrow).

Writers do most of their work in isolation. Our event gives them a chance for some comaraderie and peer pressure. After all, most people work at jobs where they can compare their own productivity with those around them all the time. Our event gives writers a chance to push themselves and prod their friends to work a little harder too for just four weeks out of the year.

You may be happy with your pace and productivity as a writer. That’s great! You will enjoy showing off your steady pace, whatever it is, in our event. Perhaps, you need a bit of a nudge to increase your word count. Or maybe you just want to see what you can do when you really focus on production. Any way you look at it, Unleash Your Story is a fun chance to gear up and move forward. For this one month of the year, when you Unleash Your Story, you are also unleashing the power of story to help fight cystic fibrosis.


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How we’re doing…

In 2008, Unleash Your Story raised $11,366 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Our 2009 goal is $23,000. Dollars Raised
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What is Unleash Your Story?

A combined read-a-thon and write-a-thon that challenges readers, writers and published authors to unleash their stories and make a difference.

Our 2009 goal is to raise $23,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the leading organization in the United States devoted to cystic fibrosis. Register now!.

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Pacesetter Author

Lori Wilde is our 2009 Pacesetter Author.

Lori has sold 47 books to 4 major New York publishers--5 books coming out in 2009. She's prolific and dedicated to writing regularly to keep up with all those deadlines!

Lori promises to set a sizzling pace for all our writers to follow! Her goal for the event is 60,000 words!

To learn more about Lori, visit her Pacesetter Page

Michelle Buonfiglio Pacesetter Reader

We are proud to have Michelle Buonfiglio as our 2009 Pacesetter Reader.

Michelle hosts Barnes & Noble.com’s new “Heart to Heart” (H2H) daily romance fiction blog and is the creative force behind RomanceBuyTheBook.com (RBTB), a fun and positive place where readers and writers hang to talk love, sex, family, life -- and, of course, romance novels

Michelle's goals are to read 10,000 pages and write 10,000 words in her blogs and comments.

To learn more about Michelle, visit her Pacesetter Page


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