NaNoWriMo or a year-round writing challenge?

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NaNoWriMo or a year-round writing challenge?
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Thu, 10-20-2011 - 3:39pm

I've already signed up for National Novel Writing Month, but I also just found out about this ongoing challenge from writer/illustrator Debbie Ohi: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-wordcount-challenge/

Ohi's challenge encourages people to write six days a week and set a lower word-count goal for a realistic attempt at regular writing. Goals can be bumped up or down as needed.

I'll give it a shot doing both since I intend on a 250-word goal for the year-round challenge and would meet that if I manage the NaNo goal (1,667 words per day for a month) but I'm thinking NaNo isn't as realistic for getting me to write regularly!

If we have any writers on the board, let me know if you're doing either challenge or need a writing support buddy throughout the year. :) You can PM me if you're shy, I won't mind. :)

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Sounds great Becca.


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I give this one a try....Not sure what to write...maybe start with journaling....:)


 


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Fri, 10-21-2011 - 11:03am
I love that you make your own rules about what to write with the year-round challenge. Some people count everything: blogs, journalling, letter-writing, etc. I think I need to do the same to just feel confident and write more!

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Fri, 10-21-2011 - 11:08am
Debbie's InkyGirl site is soon to be focusing on kidlit since that's what she does most. Maybe you can be in a gathering-ideas, inspired-by phase now, then write when the kids are older!

Besides a couple short stories and the beginning of either a novel or another short story (during the failed Camp NaNo attempt) this year I've written letters and blog posts. I bet the family who have received letters think that's a good use of writing time ;) but I do hope to produce more on the creative end of writing.

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zions_daughter wrote:
I love that you make your own rules about what to write with the year-round challenge. Some people count everything: blogs, journalling, letter-writing, etc. I think I need to do the same to just feel confident and write more!

So journaling is acceptable?


 


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Sat, 10-22-2011 - 12:16am
National Novel Writing Month is supposed to be a brand-new novel every time you participate. (They also have an editing challenge in March to work on these projects.) And there's a script or story-writing challenge in April.

As for the word-per-day challenge where you set your own word count, you're free to decide what writing counts. And I'm definitely counting my blog post for today since it was 379 words and my goal is 250. ;)

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Thanks...I wrote for yesterday. Actually kinda fun.


 


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Cemetaries are often close to churches, so it wasn't that far off, right? ;)

I haven't written yet today. The kids are bit wound up for me to string many sentences together right now, but maybe a bit later?

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I wrote Two days in a row!


 


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Sun, 10-23-2011 - 11:06am
No prob! Are you doing the 250 words or a different number? Just curious...

I wrote almost 250 words yesterday for another blog post but saved the draft in case I could think of more. Should have written before we started movies. ;)

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