Writing Challenge

For three years I have taken the challenge of writing 50,000 words in the month of November. Twice I was able to accomplish the task. It isn’t an easy challenge but it wouldn’t be a challenge if it was easy.

In 2012 I wrote the book Wyoming Friends as a 50,000 word novel. I do not usually write a young person’s book with 50,000 words. I prefer they end around 25,000 to 27,000 words. After the challenge was over I divided the book into two shorter novels.

While writing, I designed the original book with a natural breaking point. The second half became the book, Wyoming Friends Reunion.

Both books are about two young girls who live on adjoining ranchs in Wyoming and their adventures
on horseback and off. They just seemed to have a way of finding a crisis.


In 2013, I couldn’t think of a novel to write so decided to write young children’s books of about 1000 words each. That meant I had to write 50 stories. Now that was a challenge! I thought up about 55 titles and worked through that list. Toward the end I couldn’t think of interesting stories for my titles so asked my daughter for a few titles. She gave me three and then I thought, “What am I to do with these?” LOL I didn’t realize the difficulty of using someone else’s titles. I made it but have only worked up a couple. Writing for that young a child, the stories need pictures and that takes time. Lots of time.

In 2014 I was not able to write 50,000 words. I started, but just barely. There were so many things going on in my life during November I could not give the time needed to write. It was discouraging but not the end of the world. Already I am thinking of possible ideas for the 2015 challenge. If you are interested in joining me, now is the time to start thinking about it.

2015 brought Gabriella’s Wilderness Survival, a book about a young girl and her mother trying to survive the wilds of Alaska.  It was a fun story to write since I had just vacationed in Alaska.

Now for the challenge of 2016.  I have no ideas so far but my mind is working on it.  I invite you to join me this year.  It’s work but interesting and fun at the same time.


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