My 2021 Writing Challenge

Back in 2019, I wrote a series of blog posts for National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo takes place every November, and during that month thousands of writers from all over the world take up the challenge of writing a novel in a month. Via the “rules” of NaNoWriMo, you win the challenge if you write 50,000 words of fiction in 30 days.

October is sometimes called Preptober because many writers spend the month preparing a for NaNoWriMo. Writing those 1,667 words per day can be easier if you have a writing plan, including an outline. If you’re interested in doing Nano next month, check out my Nano Prep series:

Nano Prep #1: The Idea

Nano Prep #2: Structure

Nano Prep #3: Character, POV, and Setting

Nano Prep #4: Beat Sheets

Nano Prep #5: Mindset

Best of luck with your projects, Nano writers!

What I’ll Be Doing Instead

Because I’m in the middle of several writing projects, and because I want to keep those projects going, I’ve chosen on a different writing challenge for fall:

  • Writing 5000 words of fiction per day, 5 days per week.
  • Publishing one blog post per week (on average).

I chose 5000 words per day because that number falls into the “difficult but possible” category compared to my usual output. And the blog posts will keep me honest. I’m less likely to slack off when the going gets tough if I know I’ll be blogging on a regular basis. I’ll take a few extra days off for my birthday and Thanksgiving, but otherwise, I’ll have my eyes on the prize.

MOAR story. MOAR hustle! Less waiting. Preptober is here.

Let’s doooo it. 😎

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