Yeah, Yeah, Challenge Me, Whatever

* I’ve hung around writers long enough to know about that ACFW Nanunanu thing. Not long enough to remember the name, apparently, or to stop being surprised every November when writers start talking about it, but long enough to have mocked (in my head) those who participate.

TT: Yeah, I know mocking isn’t nice. That’s why it’s (usually) in my head and followed by a chocolate bar to improve my mood. My apologies to all of you who didn’t know you were mocked.

The fact is, I’m mystified by those who actually do it. In the turtle’s swamp, 50K in 30 days comes out to about 4 hours of writing per day. That’s a lot of time. Maybe you all write faster than I do.

Great. I can add “coveting” to my daily sin tally.

After reading Tim Ward’s post on Tuesday, I was all ready to start head-mocking, but this year, I just couldn’t do it. Maybe it’s the turning 40 thing, but a month of reaching for that 50K word mark could be good for me.

So I’ve taken the last five days to make up some note cards for my current WIP, get a plan together concerning major plot points and warn everyone I know I won’t be available for comment as usual (with a few exceptions). Don’t know if I’ll make 50K, but that’s where I’m aiming with all the single-minded turtle-after-the-artichoke attitude I can muster.

Wish me luck and get the mocking ready for December 1st. I can take it. I’m tough.

Where’s my chocolate?

*If you’re wondering, that first photo is up there because 1) it’s what came up in a search for “mocking” at stock.xchgn, 2) it’s a baby robin and I’m acting like a baby when I whine and compare myself to others, and 3) he’s just so darn cute I couldn’t resist!

About Robynn Tolbert

Born in Kansas and born again at age six, Robynn has published two novels and started her third. Robynn, aka Ranunculus Turtle, lives in Kansas with a clowder of cats, a patient dog and a garden.

12 comments on “Yeah, Yeah, Challenge Me, Whatever

  1. *SNORT* Nanunanu? LOL You are going to do just fine. Maybe I can send you a cheap box of holiday chocolate.

  2. Robynn,

    Are you going it alone, or joining NaNoWriMo?

    I can actually write quite quickly when I’ve chosen to in the past–and I haven’t felt it necessary to participate in mass insanity. But I’ve got a few books I’d like to make more progress on, and I thought that the accountability might help me to get one of them finished.

    So I’m going the NaNoWriMo route this year.

  3. I’m NaNo-ing as well. I love the challenge and it keeps me plugging away. (It’s not an ACFW thing, although they do have their own version throughout the year, in case you were curious)

  4. Gah. More NaNo envy for me. (You and I can share the check-box for coveting, I guess! 🙂 )

    Anyway, I hope the challenge proves to be a great milestone in your writing adventure. I won’t mock you, no matter how many (or few) words you write. Unless I am in the mood to mock myself as well, because I’ll deserve it!

  5. HA! I shared Nanu Nanu as well.

    I’m in there. All in. I;m actually starting on the 2nd, because I like the pressure. Maybe the 3rd. Hmm.

    Anywho, now you’ll be on of those that will be mocked. ;} Wait…I’m in there too…

    So be it. Like I said before, 50,000 words? Psh. I can write 50,000 words in my sleep!

    …too bad I can’t remember them.

  6. *snort-chuckle*
    Here’s to sleep-writing that produces!

  7. While I agree you can do it alone just fine, it really is a lot of fun to see your graph build as your word count increases, and see the page with all your buddies to see who’s winning.

    For me NaNoWriMo is a month where I force writing sessions, whereas the rest of the year I pretty much write whenever and however I please. This means tough times are ahead, but there is a huge bonus in having to get the count and not worrying too long about if it’s good. Hope you have success! I’m here for you.

  8. A friend asked me one year if I were doing Nanunanu and I said something wiseacrey like “no, I pretty much write all year long.”

    Now that I think of it, Nanu is sort of a binge, like post-Halloween candy eating. I’ll stick with the chocolate. Given the number of things I’d have to put on hold to devote that much time to writing, I would dread the December catching-up.

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