For days 1 and 2 of week 9 of the Adventure Semester, our challenges were individual and self-designed. Since this is a program for accomplishing challenges we set for ourselves, I used the opportunity to continue to accomplish something I’ve never done before.
This year, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words over the 30 days of November. Other people in the Adventure Semester opted out of NaNoWriMo. It’s a huge commitment, as we don’t usually have the time to keep up with the recommended word counts. I kept on with it. I’ve been around 8000-9000 words behind on most days, but this week, I devoted my challenge to catching up, with the goal of writing around 10,000 words in two days.
I managed around 6,000.
Even so, my challenge time has been spent in the element I’ve long since wanted to spend my life in, creating and world-building as I try to stop staring at the page in front of me, and start writing on it. Even if I’m still four thousand words behind the recommended daily word count, I’m amazed with what I’ve accomplished. My attempt to participate in NaNoWriMo last year resulted in around 4,575 words total. This year, my word count has already reached nearly 12,000. I’m proud of myself, and I’m going to keep pushing for a victory.
My challenge pushed me to be creative and to be committed to my goal. NaNoWriMo as a whole has been, and I believe will continue to be, a valuable experience for me as a writer. I’m going to make the most of it, and I suggest participating one of these years for something relatively low-effort that is still a major accomplishment.
Thanks for reading,