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NaNoWriM 2021 Writing Challenge

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always wanted to write a novel. Ideas would come into my head on and off over the years, acquaintances would translate into potential characters, and I would feel in turn envious and inspired by others who wrote and published novels. But I always made an excuse not to write, from ‘maybe tomorrow’ to ‘who would want to read my stories?’ Everyday life, work and ‘stuff’ would get in the way and, like exercise, writing would take a back seat in my life. But when I started a blog and got back into writing, the idea of writing a novel became more and more insistent. It was not for glory and riches, but a creative urge to, well, create, but what idea to choose? Which characters to write about? And more importantly, how to even start?!

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Last year a friend of mine mentioned that her friend had taken up the NaNoWriMo challenge. It stands for National Novel Writing Month and it begins in November. Participants aim to write every day with the aim of reaching 50,000 words by the end of the month. That’s an average of 1,667 words a day but it can be more or less, what counts is the total at the end of the month – that’s the first draft of your novel.

At the time I was told this, I thought, ‘that’s inspiring’ and hoped I would remember in time for this year when I may have chosen what to write about. That time is nearly here… do I sign up or not…

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23 thoughts on “NaNoWriM 2021 Writing Challenge

  1. I think you should do it Clare. Last year you retooled your garden/outside living space and you’re happy with that; you went on a trip this year with no misgivings, despite the fact we’re still immersed in a pandemic … this is your third item to conquer. On your mark, get set go … put your thinking cap on, so you’re ready to write come November.

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      1. Awesome! My plan is to write for a couple of hours every night after my family goes to bed. I have my main characters and story line. I still need to create a better plot outline. I am actually building on a project of over 12,000 words that I haven’t touched since 2018. This is my chance to finally complete this project. Wishing you the best!

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  2. Kept in suspense! I want to know if you are rising to the writing challenge. Think you should.
    This blog is an good example of your talent for writing!

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  3. This is my first time reading your work, so I can say for absolute that you’ve got what it takes 😊 Your pieces are wonderful! Im still asking myself so many of life’s questions, and I would never assume to try to guide someone else. But I can tell you that, for me, I’m trying to embrace the “now,” while also asking myself, “do I have room for this?” And “will it bring me more joy?” I am always a big supporter of following your gut and your dreams, and saying “YES!” when yes feels right. Good luck! ❤️

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