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I set out on Nov. 1 with a mission – to find out if I could write a blog post a day and churn out a 50,000-word novel by Nov. 30. This was all in the name of National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo) and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Here I am 30 days later and the results are in: I made NaBloPoMo, but NaNoWriMo was a total failure. I thought it would be fun to break things down by the numbers, in a sense, to see how I fared. Making it hard on myself, I decided to go through each blog post and check my word count. I’m sure there was probably an easier way, but eh, I like to be difficult sometimes.

NaBloPoMo – 30 posts, 9,685 words/average of 322.83 words per day

NaNoWriMo – 598 words/average of 19.93 words per day

I think it’s pretty evident, when you look at it that way, just how poorly I fared with NaNoWriMo. I told myself I’d be happy if I got past 10 pages. I didn’t even hit two. I have a story, however, and I think I could make something of it if I come back to it from time to time. I’m more determined to write something well, rather than just get to x number of words, as was the goal of NaNoWriMo. Perhaps the effort’s not a failure after all.

NaBloPoMo was hard. If you look back at my November posts, you can see that some of them are completely lacking in content. Those were the days that I struggled with motivating myself to write. There are so many things out there to write about and it’s hard to juggle thoughts when they’re racing a mile a minute. I believe I even still have a post or two in draft form.

My intention with doing NaBloPoMo was to become more consistent with blogging. I think the real challenge, however, is going to be whether I stick with it. What does tomorrow or the next day hold? I’m sure many of you are facing that same dilemma. How do you keep yourself motivated?

Funny thing is, those 9,685 words rack up to about 19% of a 50,000-word novel. It’s interesting when you look at things from that angle, but it’s important to realize that blogging and novel writing are two totally different bears.

I would like to extend my congratulations to all who took on one or both projects. Even if you couldn’t see things all the way through, at least you gave it a shot. Beginning is sometimes the hardest part. 🙂

Cool tidbit: More than 1.5 billion words written for 2008’s NaNoWriMo (so far).

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OK, not really. I have a  lengthy post coming, but I won’t finish it in time to make the requirements of NaBloPoMo. I am doing remarkably well at this compared to NaNoWriMo. Getting past 10 pages of a novel this whole month is my goal anyway. OK, I know I’m cheating here…, but who doesn’t love an Lolcat break?

Tomorrow.

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For the last week, I’ve seen many people chirping about NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo. Not knowing what the heck they were talking about, I turned to trusty Google search and discovered that these crazy acronyms stand for National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month, respectively.

More importantly, they’re a challenge. Should you choose to participate in NaNoWriMo, you have from today until Nov. 30 to complete a 50,000 word novel. There’s no prize money involved – only the pleasure of knowing that you attempted and completed such a huge feat. According to the official site, out of the 101,510 participants in 2007, only 15,333 completed the challenge.

If there’s one thing I’ve never been able to do, it’s complete a novel. I pride myself on being able to start a project and finish it. Novels are a whole different ballgame. I’m hoping to hit the 50,000 word mark, but I’d even be happy with getting past 10 pages. I’m making this up as I go, as you’re supposed to do, with a title and some sort of recurring theme (it’s semi-autobiographical) in place. The rest is a mystery. We’ll see how it goes.

NaBloPoMo, on the other hand, is a 30-day challenge in blog posting. Unlike it’s more long-winded cousin, there are prizes and so on involved, but I think the real reward is taking the time to sit down every day and finding something to say about what’s going on in the world. It will definitely be a good kick in the ass for those of us who want to blog more.

Best of luck to all who are participating in either or both of the challenges. Let’s get writing!

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