I’m Writing a Novel in 31-Days Flat!

It’s true…I’m writing a 50,000 word novel from scratch in one month’s time.


Why? Probably for similar reasons that some folks run marathons — I’ve always wanted to; it’s possible; and I’m imagining it feels really good to cross the finish line!

I started typing on January 1st at 2:00pm, and so far, I’m 8,338 words into writing. Those of you who are clients of mine know that I take wild-eyed delight in off-beat, “push the envelope” types of actions. I also believe that any coach worth her salt must take the same kinds of risks (and do the same types of “crazy” things) she asks of her clients. I am also downright intrigued by the concept that a focus on quantity (50,000 words) while overlooking quality (i.e. saying goodbye to dreams of penning the great American novel) banishes perfectionism, provides a needed kick in the pants…and in a wild and extraordinary way, tends to yield quality in the very act of doing. I’m game to be my own guinea-pig here, creating 2-3 hours of writing time each day — before, after, and between clients — and will let you know how it goes towards the end of this month!

If you’re curious about what inspired me, check out the National Novel Writing Month website (www.NaNoWriMo.com). Every November, thousands of people around the globe embark on a month-long journey into novel writing, supporting each other as cyber-companions. The “friendly competition” is open to anyone, according to NaNoWriMo, who values “enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft…[and who has] thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved. Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output.”

I missed last November’s window, so I bought the NaNoWriMo book (“No Plot, No Problem” by Chris Baty), and committed to braving the writing waters on my own this month. I’d love for you to join me in the adventure — message me here.

I’ll catch you on the other side of “THE END”…

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3 Responses to “I’m Writing a Novel in 31-Days Flat!”

  1. sazlik Says:

    Your post caught my eye because I participated in NaNo in November.

    There is a smaller, user-run version specifically for January (JanNoWriMo) at http://www.ymakadomain.com/janno/, if you are interested.

    You can do it!

  2. Jen Zobel Bieber Says:

    First off, congrats on participating in NaNo in November! Thanks for the tip about JanNoWriMo…I will check it out. Also found another loosely affiliated January site at http://community.livejournal.com/janowrimo/. Thanks again!

  3. Howard Greenstein Says:

    If anyone can do this, You can, Jen! You inspire me! Can’t wait to read it.

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