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On JotterPad, Word Counts, and Challenges

Earlier today I challenged myself and anyone else who cares to be challenge to some NaNo prep work. If you recall, I started writing a 12,500 word short story today. My final word count of the day: 2,540*. Mind you, this was not done in one chunk (though most of it was), and it was not the only thing I did today, but I did use a lot of my spare moments that are usually empty to write, like while the beans were cooking, snuggled with one of my cats, and even while I was in line at the grocery store.

Hold up, how was I writing while I was at the grocery store? A phone app called jotterpad. I was skeptical, I searched a bunch of “writing” apps, even downloaded evernote, but I went with jotterpad because it is simple, and makes me think of cute little otters. Anyway, I’ve written the whole thing on my phone so far. I really like the simplicity and ease, and you better bet it’s going to make me a faster texter!

I am pretty much exhausted from my day at this point, and will be calling it quits for anything productive…after I make tomorrow’s lunches.

I hope to hear you joining my challenge!

Write on,


*I still hate doing word counts. But on productive days, it’s great to look back and see that you really did write a lot, and that writing is not as crazy a thing to do as we thought. Give me time, I’ll come round to the word counters point of view.

Are you thinking about NaNo? I have a challenge for you.

I know, I know. It’s not time yet. We all have those other WIPs and we just can’t think about writing a whole new story in November. Right?

Well, sort of. I’m not going to go into NaNo prep – not yet. At least not specifically. But I have a challenge (for myself and all of you!) that may help get the juices flowing so that we are ready when NaNo does come around.

As we know, NaNo challenges us to write 50,000 words (a full-length novel) in 30 days. My challenge is two parts.

Part One: A short story of 12,500 words. (Or over) Easy peasy, right? Okay, sure. But do it in 12 days. (Yes, time frame is pretty much arbitrary. I didn’t say it was a logical challenge.)

Part Two: After part one and a short rest period, say 4 days. Step it up to 25,000 words in 30 days.

This challenge is, largely about accountability for my own goals. We train for a marathon, right? Well, NaNo is our writing marathon and we’d better get in shape. I’m starting part one today, so by September 6th I should have my 12,500 words. You can start on any date, I’m not picky. Will it be easy? I don’t know yet. I’m running on about 5 hours of really poor sleep, so maybe I’m biting off more than I can chew. And maybe I’m headed in the right direction.

If you are taking my challenge, let me know. Obviously you don’t have to tell me, but I’d sure like to know if anyone else is interested in this! And in seeing the results!

Write on,


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