I have friends who’ve done the NaNoWriMo challenge in November. They’ve encouraged me too. I’ve never been tempted to make the commitment.
Number one, I have no desire to write a novel. Even writing a short story over 2000 words sounds intimidating. I’m a short-short writer. But I do write, and generally do write everyday. After all, I am a full time freelance writer. I need to write to earn my living. So “writing everyday” isn’t a challenge for me.
My challenge when it comes to writing is making time to write the things I most want to write – writing projects without a deadline and without a paycheck at the end, my personal writing ideas.
So when Jeff Goins started the 500 words a day writing challenge it peaked my interest. 500 words is a standard blog post. 500 words is less than one page single-spaced. I can write 500 words in less than 30 minutes.
What would happen if I wrote 500 words of “my writing” once a day for a month? What would I end up with at the end of the month? 30 blog posts? The beginnings of a few short stories? A few article ideas for magazines fleshed out?
I’m going to give it a try and see what happens. Write a novel? Nope. But bits and pieces in 500 word chunks? That I can do.
Anyone else taking the challenge?
(BTW This post is only 250 words. I’ve got to write another 250 just to meet today’s goal.)