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:~: Friday, August 31, 2007 :~:

Taking Up the Challenge

Yes! The long weekend is here!

I'm hoping to make lots of progress on the WIP, Facing It. I'm at just over 50K, about 60% of the way to my targeted word count.

Back in July, I started the 70 Days of Sweat challenge. Before school started, I did pretty well -- doing at least 1200 words daily. I wrote almost 50% of the book in about five weeks.

School, which isn't just teaching, but coaching, advising, grading, etc. as well as dealing with my own children's homework, has pretty much kept me from writing 1200 words daily during the week. I do try to write daily, I promo daily, and I write more on the weekends.

And I have 60% of a novel I didn't have two months ago.

The point is this -- I'm not going to finish this book by the end of the 70 days challenge. But I should finish it within the next couple of months (barring any HUGE unforseen events. I've learned those come out of nowhere sometimes). But I learned that with a block of non-school time, I can steadily produce a set word count per day. And I've learned that even with the school stuff, I can make steady progress if I set my mind to it.

Are you participating in the 70 Days challenge? Or in Elisabeth and Joan's challenge? I know nanowrimo is coming up and that many people participate in this. What have you learned from any writing challenges you've taken part in?



Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

I've learned that the only writing challenges that work for me are personal/small ones. Those big ones - Nanowrimo and 70 days of sweat don't work because they're too anonymous. It's too easy for me to say, "no one knows me. If I don't make my word count no one will know or even care." This one though with J (and I even extended it to the gals from my chapter on our chapterblog at www.mwvrwa.blogspot.com) is different because they know me and they'll give me hell for not meeting my goals (esp. since I'm one who started this.)

Hope you're super productive this weekend!

10:06 AM  
Blogger Joan Swan said...


GREAT job!! I haven't heard of the 70 day challenge, but it sounds motivating!

Congrats on the progress!!

7:18 PM  

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