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Day 2 of NaNo Prep Challenge – Going Strong

So I’m really liking JotterPad. I can use it no matter where I am because I almost always have my phone with me. Like today, I was on break at work and taking a quick stroll outside and (you guessed it) writing. Sure, it wasn’t as relaxing as just walking, but it was a pretty great feeling knowing that I was working towards one of my other goals.

I didn’t write quite as much today (I’m sitting at 3841 words and don’t know if I’ll be adding to that tonight) but I’m okay with that. I worked ahead yesterday (when it flows, it flows, you know?) and so I am still almost a thousand words ahead of schedule. And 10 more days to go.

So a brief bit about the short story I am writing. For a while I’ve been thinking “I should try my hand at romance, just to test my skills.” Well, I don’t know if I could do a whole novel, but this short story romance is working out well. And it’s not quite a typical romance (admittedly I haven’t read very widely in the genre, so it could have it’s niche), and I really don’t particularly care for it, but I am proud that I’m writing something outside of my genre, and prouder still that I’m taking it seriously, even though I don’t like it (THANK YOU college for teaching me the value of putting your all into things you don’t like). Will I post it here when I’m done? I haven’t decided yet. It’s a romance so by it’s nature, there’s going to be a scene that I am not quite comfortable putting out there, but I also feel like I should share the dang thing since it’s my challenge! Maybe I’ll edit it out for the sharing.We’ll see how things go.

Anyway, hope you are doing well!

Write on,


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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