It is November, and my Facebook feed is filled with friends and family announcing they are starting NaNoWriMo. In less than 30 days, my Facebook will be filled with friends and family showing off their NaNoWriMo finisher badges. I will be so proud of all of them.
For those of you who are not surrounded with writers, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. Writers around the world pledge to write the first draft of a novel, at least 50,000 words, during the month of November. Quality is not important, content is not important. The only thing that matters is that you write at least 50,000 words. Everyone that writes 50,000 words wins. There is no entry fee and no prizes. Just the glory of saying you wrote a novel in a month. Or at least, the first draft of a novel in a month.
I love it!
This year I seriously thought about doing it. My mother is doing it, my sister is doing it, even my niece in Finland is doing it. I am sure I have a novel in me somewhere.
But I don’t really want to write a novel right now. Right now I want to focus on blogging. What use is writing a 50,000 word first draft novel if my blogs are neglected and languishing? Right here I have my new blog that is desperate for content.
So instead, I have decided that I will do KatBloWriMo. Or Kathie’s Blog Writing Month. I am sure I am not the first to come up with that. However, in this case, I am the only participant. Very similar to that other writing competition, it will be challenging but doable. It will require that I write everyday. I will need to set goals and work hard to meet them. It will need rules. I could use the NaNoWriMo rules, but then I thought of The Weird Entrepreneur Credo (like a manifesto but shorter)
A Weird Entrepreneur:
Chooses when to follow the rules
Chooses when to break the rules, and,
Chooses when to make their own rules.
A few words about rules, many Creatives and Weirds like to think of themselves as rebels without rules. And maybe for the most part that could be true. But the reality is, we all have rules that we follow. Many times it is to our benefit to follow the rules. If I decide to break the rules and drive the wrong way on the freeway there will be serious consequences. I don’t want to deal with those consequences, so for the most part, when driving, I follow the rules of the road.
But when it comes to this writing competition, I choose to make my own rules! Here they are.
KatBloWriMo will run from November 2, 2014 to November 30, 2014.
There will be only one competitor. (Feel free to make your own competition, I don’t want to get into any copyright trouble with NaNoWriMo!)
Unlike, NaNoWriMo, KatBloWriMo only counts published words. To be considered valid, words must actually be published during the month of November.
Because of this stricter requirement, the word count requirement for KatBloWriMo is 25,000 published words.
Posts will be published on 3 of my blogs. (I don’t want to tell you how many neglected blogs I have!)
The Weird Entrepreneur – this blog that you are reading
Money, Debt, and Taxes – my blog about, you guessed it, money, debt and taxes
Nature Dew – a neglected domain with a ton of potential. We will see where that one goes!
If the judge decides that I have completed my challenge successfully, I will be awarded the right to buy myself a custom T-shirt declaring myself the winner of KatBloWriMo 2014. If the judge is really happy she will award me an official winner’s certificate in a nice frame.
How would you like to challenge yourself for the month of November?
~Peace, Love and Happiness~