Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Different Kind of NaNoWriMo Challenge

It almost November, the month of pie and breaking out the winter jacket. It is also the month of NaNoWriMo!

I haven’t participated in NaNoWriMo for the past few years for various reasons that I don’t need to babble on about because this sentence is already long enough, right? The thing I am focusing on is now and what I can do this year. I want to participate since I would like to do a bit of writing and attend the write-ins with my local writers. However, I know that I am unable to do the full word count and keep up with the daily 1,666 goal. I need something smaller, and less manageable.

That is when I found out about InkyGirl’s Challenge. It can be done any time of the year, and it is perfect for what I can do while revising my novel, working a full time job, and being in denial about the weather. I can stay involved with NaNoWriMo, accomplish some writing, and possibly start another fun project. I am already using the free Windows trial of Scrivener to begin a bit of outlining, create characters, and imagine the settings. I usually don’t plan this far ahead, and am terrible at sticking to outlines, but that will not spoil this creativity.

I encourage people to do something this November. If a challenge seems to big, why not try something that you think you can do? Don’t become discouraged, but just break out. It is a great exercise to help find your way.


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