50,000 Words In One Month!

I know some of you could write that many words in a week.  I’ve read your blogs!

National Novel Writing Month

I am embarking on a one-month adventure that starts November 1st.  I am going to write 50,000 words in the month of November.  The premise is to write a novel in 30 days.  Impossible?  No.  Improbable?  Maybe. You may find more info here.

Why This Works

The problem with most writing is that the writer gets bogged down in titles, sentence structure, ideas, character sketches, etc.  The majority of the words stay in their imagination and never see the light of day.  There are few rules for this exercise.  The main focus is to just write, write, write.  Don’t worry about sentences, thought flow, etc.  Just get everything on the novel’s subject out of your head.  December is for editing.

Concentrated Effort – About Being S.M.A.R.T.

A good goal needs to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.  Writing 50,000 words in a month is a S.M.A.R.T. goal:

Specific: writing 50,000 words

Measurable: each word

Attainable: just over 1,000 words a day!  This is where commitment applies.

Realistic: This goal has been completed by thousands for almost a decade.  Check this out.

Time-bound: One month, November: 30 days.

Writing 50,000 words may not be your idea of a good time.  What could you accomplish in 30 days if you applied an hour or two every day?  Lose/gain weight?  Research a hobby? Get better at a sport?  Increase your networking skills?  The greatest part is that we’re talking about 30 days!  Not a lifetime, not even a year.  Thirty days…


How you can help:  send me an email anytime during the month of November with some words of encouragement to continue writing.  Or, let me know what YOU are going to do for 30 days!  Thank you in advance for your help and continuing the conversation!

A quote from Camino Real by Tennessee Williams:

“Make voyages,” he writes. “Attempt them. There’s nothing else.”

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