A Pre-NaNoWriMo Writing Challenge

This weekend I had writing on the brain. I really should have spent the weekend reading and blogging and saved the writing for next month. But you can’t always get what you want.

It all started with a new design for the blog where I’ve been posting some of my short stories. Other than the fact that I think it’s gorgeous and incredibly inspirational, the header image/design sort of fits my WIP perfectly. And it makes me really want to write that ending I’ve been sitting on for almost a year. I hope it will keep me motivated to work on edits and proofreading. We’ll see.

But at some point on Saturday I got into a conversation with another writer and was challenged to write something out of my typical genre. As someone who loves writing prompts and who does not like to walk away from a challenge, I found myself agreeing.

And while I’m not quite ready to spill the beans about what the story is about, just in case I really can’t handle stepping this far outside my comfort zone, I managed to get around 2,000 words written in just a few hours late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

Had the writing bug bit me just thirty days later I think this would have been a great story to work on for NaNoWriMo, but now that it has bitten I can’t table this story for an entire month. I want to keep writing it, I want to see where it goes. I want to find out if I am capable of tackling a subject/genre I’ve never attempted before.

I’m not even entirely certain I’ll be able to keep this story going for the agreed-upon length. As a short, maybe. But somehow the challenge turned into something of a long novella, short novel challenge.

But until the day comes where I’m staring at a blank page in frustration knowing I’ve written myself into a corner or the ideas stop coming for where my story should be headed – I’m a total pantster – I’m going to keep at it. And hopefully I’ll have met the writing goal for the challenge before NaNoWriMo begins. Unless, that is, I decide to double the story’s length, in which case I’ll be using NaNoWriMo to finish it.

Now I just need to find one of those word count countdown widgets so that I can track my progress. And I also really need to figure out a name for this current project other than “Untitled.”

I’m just really glad that I’m not alone in this mini challenge and that I have someone to pester mercilessly. This month should be fun. My only hope is that I don’t totally wear myself out before the big “race” in November.

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