Chuck’s been writing some great stuff this week giving encouragement and motivation for those of us doing NaNoWriMo, and this week’s Challenge was to simply post a link to our first day’s output. With seven days of posts and 18,263 words written now, I don’t know if I’m going to get a gold star this week so far as the Challenge goes, but I’ve definitely gotten back in touch with my inner Catholic school teacher’s pet overachiever. (That’s really good for the NaNoWriMo, but I need to keep that personality on a short leash. Stories for another time, but trust me, he was a real obnoxious little shit.)
I am also most proud to point out that my composition for the Flash Fiction Challenge for October 19th has gotten some recognition by Chuck. That week was the “Horror Story in Three Sentences” and a number of you said very nice things about my work that week. In addition, there were to be some prizes awarded that week. Normally the Challenge is just done for practice, constructive criticism, sharing with our fellow novice writers,egoboo, and so on. But for this Challenge, the best three would get copies of Chuck’s suite of e-books on writing. While I didn’t do quite that well, Chuck did let us know what his top ten favorites were of the several hundred entries, and I did make that short list!
Bitchin’! What a great way to start off the NaNoWriMo week!
So far I’m staying well ahead of the curve. We’ll see how long I can keep it up. Here are my stats from last night’s as shown on the NaNoWriMo.org site:
Now for the big question: If I get over 50K by Thanksgiving and “win”, even if the novel isn’t done, do I get to take a couple of days off to hang Christmas lights that weekend?
More importantly: If I don’t hang Christmas lights that weekend, will the neighbors call the police to check in on me for my own safety?