A Month and a Day

One month and one day. 76,324 words.

It is done.

Well, the rough draft is done. There’s a lot of polishing to be done in revisions. That said, it’s a lot easier to revise than to create from nothing. One part of the hard work is done; now more hard work is coming!

I decided to try writing a rough draft in a month. Sure, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is November, and lots of people do it, but November rarely works for me as a pastor. That’s the month of Thanksgiving and amping up for Christmas. Also, why wait for a set day when you could start any day?

So September 11, 2020, I began this attempt. I’d written entire novels in a month before, but never at this length. Previous efforts topped out at around 50,000 words in a month. I was aiming for a book of about 75,000 words this time around. That would mean well over 2,000 words a day on average. Could I do it?

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Failure and the NaNoWriMo Writer

We’re ten days in. One third of the sand has run out of the glass. I hope you’re a good chunk in.

I decided. Time to set aside the showman’s tall, tall hat and simply work the keyboard, pouring blood and ink into the creation of worlds. It didn’t matter if at the end of November I’d shed one world from my veins or a cacophony of little earths with their own stories. Every night in November I would return and write again. It was past time.

I wept to create.

Ten days in. Ten days that were meant to respark what I had lost since my little worldseed was born. Ten days toward more worlds, breathed into being, nurtured in the golden light of syllables carefully selected and precisely arranged.

Care to guess how far I’ve gotten?

One thousand words.

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