November Challenges: Week #3


Progress continues on both the novel and poetry fronts. Both projects are chugging right along and I can hardly believe there’s only one week left!


Early Bird word count: 1,611

Week 1 word count: 3,262

Week 2 word count: 4,567

Week 3 word count: 3,535

Total: 12,975

The overall goal for the month is 15,000 words, so I’m definitely feeling like the prize is within reach. The next biggest challenge is making sure I guard my writing time during the Thanksgiving holiday. Distractions abound and I hope I can stay on track!

This week’s trends:

I’m superstitious!

I always knew I had weird writing traditions (like always having a Cafe Mocha nearby when novel writing and only being able to function if there are at least five different colored pens in my pencil pouch), but it turns out I’m rather partial to a lucky charm. I have a pendant made from a typewriter key with my first initial on it. I wore it on November 1st to celebrate the start of NaNoWriMo. One day I couldn’t find my inspiration and I chalked it up to forgetting to wear my typewriter key. Since then, I’ve worn it every day to keep my muse happy!

Still a pantser!

My novel notebook still sits on the shelf unopened. The characters are so chatty and eager to tell their story, it’s like they already know where they’re going and I’m just along for the ride. I don’t know how much longer this will last because I know there are some research notes I need to reference once I hit a certain point. Until then, I’m just going to enjoy every twist and turn.

It’s all about one song.

Demons by Imagine Dragons is basically on constant replay as I write. It has well over 100 plays at this point. I see it as the anthem for one of my main characters.

November Poem A Day Challenge

The prompts were a little tricky this week for a haiku poet, but I managed to make it work. I missed a couple of days (the novel was very distracting this week), but caught up quickly.

All the poems I’m writing for this challenge are continuously being posted on my haiku blog, Haiku Tree. Check it out!

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How are you doing with your November writing projects?

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c.b.w. 2016

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