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November Writing Challenge | #nanowrimo

Sunday, November 1, 2020

November 1 is once more upon us, which means millions of published, unpublished, and first-time writers are picking up the challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. Many times in the past, I’ve signed up for this challenge, assuring myself that even though I haven’t created a daily writing habit in . . . ever . . . I’ll write at least 1,667 words per day for the next thirty days. I’ve even written a NaNo prep series in order to help prepare myself and others for this daunting task.

In October, I was supposed to be doing a writing marathon with a small writing group I’m in. My goal was to write something every day—the idea was at least five to seven hand-written pages on my reMarkable tablet, which would be about 500 to 750 words. I even had a story idea I was interested in working on.

Then October came and the motivation didn’t. And instead of following my own advice, given countless times to aspiring writers over the past couple of decades, instead of making myself sit down and write whether or not I felt motivated to, I just didn’t write.

So now, in a month where it seems that half the world’s population will be focused on writing a story, I’m making a commitment to myself.

I will write at least one sentence of a story—any story—every single day in November.

And my secondary commitment is that I will share one sentence of what I’ve written every day here on the blog. No context, no explanation. Just a sentence of whatever fiction writing I did that day. I may even have to use the daily blog post to compose my sentence for that day.

So if I don’t do this—if you don’t see a daily post from me here—hound me until I do it. I want to go from a water pump with a handle so rusty it won’t move to a flowing fountain by the end of the month. (And by “flowing fountain,” I mean writing at least a paragraph or two each day, LOL.)

What’s your challenge, writing or otherwise, for November?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sherrinda Ketchersid permalink
    Sunday, November 1, 2020 3:56 pm

    Ooooh! We get to nag you if you don’t give us a sentence. Excellent! lol

    I am going to research and plot out my next book in my medieval romance series. I have a very basic idea, but have a lot of groundwork to do. 🙂

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  2. Shirley Taylor permalink
    Sunday, November 1, 2020 7:49 pm

    I am all about the nagging you! lol I actually asked my best friend to demand to see my daily writing – basically she will be requesting today’s writing tomorrow morning and then tomorrow’s writing the following morning, etc. Knowing this I know I have to write something! My aim is to hopefully write 1500 words (3 pages) per day BUT even if I only get a single sentence down I am calling it a success because my primary goal is to simply write something every single day to build the habit. If I write more than a sentence – yay! I’m absolutely not going to beat myself up if I don’t write more or start my old habit of telling myself I can “make up the words the next day” until I still haven’t written a single thing and there’s no way I can catch up so the only option is to give up.


  3. Safar Fiertze permalink
    Saturday, October 23, 2021 11:09 am

    I love this idea – to write a single sentence as a goal and share it for accountability. I am aiming for the whole 50,000, but it would be nice to have one sentence from the 1,667 words I feel able to share.


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