RTW: Writing Challenges and NaNoWriMo


Today is Road Trip Wednesday! What is that? It is a blog carnival where the contributors of YA Highway post a weekly topic and participants write their responses. You can jump from blog to blog to see each blogger's take on the question. 

Topic of the week:
Are you doing NaNoWriMo, or have you ever? Does having a deadline inspire you?

I've participated in NaNoWriMo several times since 2005. I completed my 50,000 words once during the month, and that project will never see the light of day. And that's okay.  
My first NaNoWriMo was the year I graduated from college. No more papers, assigned reading, or limited views. For five months, I worked on my wedding planning while writing a novel and reading whatever books caught my eye. When November arrived, I knew I needed to build up the word count of my novel so I did the 50,000 word challenge. I didn't reach it that year, but it is a way for me to push myself. NaNoWriMo was the first time I realized how my writing works, and how I work with it. I don't outline very often, and have few ideas when rushing in. Sometimes I can push out a huge word count in a short period of time, but I'm more of a three-month increments kind of writer. 

This led me to participate in the Inkygirl Wordcount Challenge. I decided on 500 words a day and ended up with 20,000 words at the end of the month. What is great about this challenge is it is something that I can use throughout the year and it fits more with how I write.  

This year I do intend on finishing a second novel this year. I've been revising KIN for three months and I think it is time to do a little writing again. I intend to sit down and go over some research for what I'm thinking for my next project. There is a great post over at Writer Unboxed about ways to prepare for the challenge and don't forget to sign up for YA Highway's inspiring e-mails! It feels great to have people reaching out to help each other and to inspire each other in the writing community. It is one of the main reasons why I keep coming back.


So feel free to add me and let's encourage each other to reach our goals! 

Are there any other writing challenges you like to participate in?


Natasha

Comments

  1. Just added you!
    I also take part of ROW80 which is a more laid back challenge. You establish your goals and you have 80 days (which leads to 4 round per year). I've been participating of that for over a year! It's awesome. And I do weekly goals, so it's easier to keep up.
    Still, it's self-imposed challenges, and I kinda need more pressing challenges ever now and then. That's why NaNo works so well for me ;)

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    1. Oooh! I like the sound of that. I might try that for my next project. Thanks for sharing. It is a definite positive to stretch your limits from time to time. Let's see how we do!

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  2. I'm one of those people who likes to edit as I go, so pounding out 50,000 words in a month feels like a huge stretch. That being said, I plan on using the opportunity to finish (or at least come close) a story I've already started. For me it's all about the motivation and the accountability, you know? :)

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    1. Motivation is very important and I think having others in the same boat really helps, too. As long as we're not all on Twitter complaining about it. Ha!

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  3. good thing you attempted NaNo AFTER college. College is hard. NaNo is hard. Let's see what happens. Good luck with NaNo. :D

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    1. Yes, they're definitely hard. I think it was a great way to keep in line with my writing. And thanks!

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  4. Such a great post! It's really cool to see how challenging yourself in these ways really helps you discover yourself as a writer!

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    1. Thanks! The more I write, the more I discover. That is the reward of art!

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  5. LOVE the idea of challenging yourself to 500 a day - that sounds like something I might look into in the new year!

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    1. I think having smaller goals is very helpful, especially when you're busy. I'm lucky enough to be at home writing full time and I'm happy to up the word count. When I was working full time, doing the 500 words was a great way to keep up with my writing without overdoing it. Good luck!

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