NOW it’s a challenge

NaNoWriMo is upon us. I blogged briefly about how I desired to take on the challenge of writing a short novel (50,000 words) in a month.

And I do. I will.

However, I have barely started. I knew I was going to be a week behind, though. I had my last week of University to contend with. And you know what “last week” means…

Major Assessments!

I handed one in today (Thursday) and have JUST completed the other due tomorrow. Once I hand that in, I am officially free!

And I’ll need to be.

If I thought 50,000 words in 30 days was a challenge, what does that make 48,000 in 23 days?

Impossible? Let’s find out.

I think I could… maybe… do it. I will have a lot of free time all of a sudden. If I write just over 2,000 words a day, every day, I’ll hit the target. That’s doable, right?


I think the hardest thing for me is having a good idea I can write that freely on. I often wrestle with my ideas for aaaaaaages. I’ll write a bunch, and then stop and contemplate absolutely everything. For some time. And then write a bunch more. And continue that cycle. I can’t afford to do that here. I need to be on autopilot. I’m not sure I can do that with my current idea. Maybe I’ll have to re-invent my story. Hmmm… tricky one.

I’ll keep you all posted. And I will be continuing, or restarting, tomorrow night.

Talk to you then, lovely bloggers!


19 thoughts on “NOW it’s a challenge

  1. Good luck! I have read that if you just keep writing and writing and writing, that is the best way. Edit it later (perhaps in December!?). Anyway, best wishes and all that jazz.

    • Thanks much! I’ll keep that a priority. Editing can wait ’til later. I’ll have to be conscious of that, ’cause habit often has me darting back and forth.

  2. Good luck!! It’s totally doable. I like to figure out every detail before writing it down, too. We have to learn to just write everything out and leave the details for the editing phase. (Editing? Ew.)

    Congrats on school being done! I can imagine that’s a huge relief. Now, hit the caffeine and get this thing going. 🙂

    • Thanks, Kaela! You’re right. That’s the best approach. Often not easy! Haha, I actually enjoy editing. I know, weird. I’m definitely moving into the right profession.

      Thanks again! A big relief for sure. Finally felt I could take a breath and relax. Okay, off to the coffee jar!

  3. Mate, contemplating, analyzing, critiquing, wondering if… they’re all excuses. And excuses only serve the man who makes or leans on them. Your fellow bloggers have total faith in your execution. 🙂 Looking forward to reading authentic EJ!

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