Thursday, October 07, 2010

Writing Challenges- I Gotta’ Plan

I'm excited! I have a personal obstacle to overcome, a writing challenge to meet and at the same time, a teaching goal to set.

"What is it Juli?" you ask.

I'm going to participate in the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year!
But oh, no! That's not all! I'm going to challenge my students to participate with me as well! I'm setting up the challenge using the teen site and the teacher resources. My hope is to have 5-10 students (out of 80) commit to writing and occasionally meeting at lunch during the month of November. I envision the students and I discussing our challenges and sharing our stories as they progress.

After being stuck in a rut for the past few weeks, feeling like havoc has been swirling about me--blocking me from moving in any direction--I am ready to take on this challenge. 50,000 words? Ha! Bring it on!

Think about it: thirty days (has November). 50,000/30= about 1700 words a day. With the help of Dr. Wicked's Writing Lab this can be done in a snap! I could write 850 words in the morning (in 30 minutes without seeing red) and another 850 in the evening. I'm starting to really see this...THEN! I can officially declare December as, get ready--CaNoReMo (Caveny's Novel Revising Month!)

Are you going to take the challenge? Sign-up at or today! and start having completed manuscript dreams again!

November is going to be an exciting month!