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National Novel Writing Month: The 50,000 Word Challenge

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penjennanowrimo I open this blog with the fear that I may soon expire. As many participants did, I began writing toward the 50,000 word goal with enthusiastic vigor and staunch ambition. In week three, I’m beginning to deflate and I’m showing signs of fatigue. Do I give up? I’m so far away from the goal, is it even still possible to achieve?

I’ll grind away at the word count with the hope that all will turn out well. This is a challenge of will and endurance; a marathon of language and imagination. I know the experience will give me valuable insight into myself as a would-be novelist. Can I actually hack it?

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a great idea for those who want to take a novice stab at writing a novel. Joining in has given me a sense of community among a diverse group of writers. We are joined together in a monumental effort over the course of 30 days. I can imagine my fellow NaNoWriMo compatriots vigorously pounding away at their keyboards, whittling away the white space, filling it with another day of 1,700 words.

Let this wretched feeling of looming defeat pass me by like a cloud carried on the wind. Although I struggle to make my daily word count, I try my best. Why did I spend three hours today watching TV when I could have been crushing the count? If only my parents had put me in the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program when I was a teen. (Never mind that it didn’t exist back then.)

Onward I’ll toil like a good soldier fighting for a cause she only mostly understands. For the portion that escapes my comprehension, perhaps it will reveal itself once the calendar page has turned.

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Written by Julie Pierce

November 22, 2007 at 4:39 pm