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I’m Writing 50,000 Words in 30 Days

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). And for the first time ever, I am participating. This means I am writing a novel in a month. That’s right, I’m writing 50,000 words in 30 days.


I know what you’re thinking – no one could actually write a novel in a month. At least not a novel people would actually enjoy reading – or one anyone would ever choose to purchase, for that matter (except for some sympathetic family and friends, perhaps).

I completely agree with you. But this challenge is not about writing a piece of art in 30 days. It’s not about getting published in 30 days. It’s about showing up at your keyboard, unlocking your wild mind and letting it create something. It’s about believing the 50,000-word count is possible – and knowing you can get there.

For me, this challenge is about going back to my roots. It’s about leaving real life behind and getting completely lost in the words for 30 days. And that’s exactly what I have set out to do.

I’ll be posting updates about my progress (or lack thereof) on my blog along the way. I am writing this on day three (and will be posting it on day four), and I’m currently sitting at 4,250. It’s still not where I need to be at this point (50,000 words in a month means 1,666 words a day). But the good news is I’ve gone for it. I’ve taken the plunge. And I don’t plan on coming up for air until December 1st, after I’ve hit my mark.

Good luck to all of the other participants out there! See you at the finish line.


Charlotte Ottaway

Charlotte is the founder of Web of Words. She helps solopreneurs and small business owners create real human connections online through blogging and social media. Her work has been published in Maclean's, Canadian Business, Zoomer, The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post Canada and other Canadian publications. Better known by family and friends as Carly, she currently resides in Newmarket with her husband and fur-babe. To learn more, check out her portfolio at charlotteottaway.com and follow her on Twitter @charlottaway.

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