Our Cockeyed 50,000-Word Endeavour

"Gotta meet my quota." Image: tumblr
“Gotta meet my quota.” Image: tumblr

We’re gonna do it.

After much thought, and much pestering of the people around us, we are joining the NaNoWriMo challenge.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, an event that takes place each November.

The goal is to write the first draft of a novel in 30 days. The novel must be 50,000 words, which is roughly 1,667 words per day.

It’s crazy, really. We think it’s the writing equivalent of the Polar Bear Plunge.

However, good or bad, we’re determined to do this. We think we’re ready: We’ve outlined a plot, sorted out characters, and stocked up on brownies and cake.

So we will be sans blog in November, and won’t be wandering around social media very often.

But we’ll see you in December!



  1. I’ve done NaNo three times (“winning” twice). I always support it by hosting write-ins at the library where I work, but this year I’ve got too many other writing projects to take time out for a novel. But, it can be done. Just keep up the stimulants and sugars, and run with it!

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  2. How exciting!!! Oh, I wish I could too, but editing my current work’s taking that time away and I am so ready to tackle another already story in my head. I’m looking forward to hearing of your progress with it!! Good luck! Yay!! 🙂

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  3. Best wishes!
    Considering I’ve been writing for a living these last six months (long story) I haven’t time for the NaNoWriMo proper, but I’m doing something similar.
    I’m calling it NENoWriMo… Not Exactly the Novel Writing Month: I’m going to write a 25/30.000 words novella in November, then edit and self-publish it in December. Just because.
    Right now I’ve only got a theme (the mystery of the Templar Knights) and a tag-line (“Like Dan Brown, but lowbrow”)… it’s gonna be fun.

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  4. That is awesome! We wish you the best. Stick to a routine. Write something every day, even when you’re pooped. And know that we’ll be baking more brownies (albeit virtual ones) for you.

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  5. So, wow. I’m proper impressed. I’ve never participated in NaNo. Good luck, good eating, have fun, and I’ll see you on the other side. 😜 Looking forward to hearing about your “Cockeyed Endeavor”. (You should take a NaNo “before” and “after” photo. I’ve always wanted to see one of those.)

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  6. I’m so excited for you, Ruth! I hope it is going well and you are enjoying the process. Do we get to read what you write when you’re done? I would sure love to! Best wishes to you in your writing endeavors!

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  7. Congratulations Ruth. This sounds exciting. I would love to do something like this, but at the moment I’m about to embark on the research process for a biography I’ve been planning to write for ages. I’m sure your novel would be epic though. Would love to read it.

    I also stopped by to invite you to participate in my next blogathon that I’m co-hosting. Here is the link below with more details.


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    • Thanks! It actually was a lot of fun! I’d been thinking about my story for several months, so when it came time to write, it just fell onto the keyboard. However, this first draft is VERY rough. The real work will be in the editing.

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