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Issuing a challenge...to myself

Work has been insane (which has been the standard and will be for another few months) and I haven't written any more since early in the month.

But, I'm close, real close, to finishing the first very rough draft of my back story novel. So, I'm issuing myself a challenge to finish the book this weekend. I hope I'll be able to pull it off. It's a bit hard to judge how many words are left (I suspect at least 5000 words) but I think I can write the amount needed.

Thinking back to when I started this novel, back in November as my first NaNoWriMo project, I wrote about 11,000 words over the opening weekend, so I should be able to finish this thing finally.

I also want to finish reading Staying Dead, Book 1 of Laura Anne Gilman's Retrievers Series.

I'm still up in the air about what to read next. I do have the next two Retrievers novels in mass market so there's that option. But there are other books I've really been meaning to get to for a while now.

If I manage to finish writing my back story and finish reading Staying Dead, I'll make my decision.

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angeladegroot
May. 15th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
You've inspired me.

I have this story buzzing around my head. Buzzing loudly at times and then dying down to a drone at others. Problem is, I'm not sure I want to put myself there - it's going to be emotionally wrenching to write and I don't know that it's going to be a good one. But the buzzing won't go away. That said, why sacrifice months to a project that might not work anyway. Then it hit me - I could tackle the project during the Nano November Challenge. At the worst, I will have only lost a month.

Good luck with your weekend challenge. I'm sure you'll manage the 5000 plus words.
cedunkley
May. 15th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Go for it! NaNo was really the perfect venue to start on my back story. I'm glad I did it. I actually learned quite a lot about my writing habits and especially story preparation needs.
sartorias
May. 15th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Good luck with the writing!
cedunkley
May. 15th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement. Every bit helps. That's perhaps my favorite thing about LiveJournal: writers (even us aspiring ones) don't have to toil away in isolation.
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cedunkley
May. 15th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
I did hear about that and plan to be there.
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