Jun 1, 2011

Writing Challenges/ MYWYN update

I love widespread writing challenges; large event coordinated online with a supportive community, lots of new people to met, and a goal.

I'm sure, my fellow writers, that you've heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  50K words in the 30 days during the month of November.  This totally singles me out as a writer, but my favorite and proudest accomplishment is winning NaNo the past two years. Not that I wrote a novel, it was more like I worked on this project here, that project there, but I did write 50K words in the month. 

The sad thing was, NaNo only happens once a year.

And then I was introduced to MYWYN (May- You Write Your Novel). (Also, I just realized that if you say that out loud, it's "my win". I love it!) Despite it's name, the event doesn't take place just over May, but the 80 days between May 1st and July 19th, with the goal of 1000 words a day for the result of an 80K novel.  80K, being the size of a salable novel, compared to the 50K from NaNo.

Instead of writing a novel, I figured I'd jump start my article writing, with the goal of writing one a day for the website Infobarrel.  80 articles is a good start I figured.

As it's now the first of June, I figured I should post an update of how I'm doing.

I'm falling behind >.<

I have only written 22 articles, not even half of which are 1K.  It takes effort to write them I've found - research on keywords to see what people are searching, then researching facts for the article, and then formatting it properly, finding pictures and linking to the sources, finding products I can link to (for I get paid for these articles based on ad commissions, be they from Google or Amazon), and proofreading twice.  Writing fiction, or at least a first draft, does not take nearly so much time.  For me anyway.  And with real life piling on and the concern for awhile I was going to be unemployed, or at least have my hours cut enough where I couldn't make rent, there were other concerns on my mind.

I've got a lot of writing to do, but I do hope to catch up to my awesome fellow...MYWYNers?  WYNers?

...

We need to come up with a name for ourselves!

3 comments:

  1. 22 articles sounds pretty good to me. I hope they are bringing in some money.

    I'm loving the challenge too, but I'm tired as I tend to wake up early with ideas.

    Keep going and you may find your word count increases as the article process gets more practised. Well done. Mx

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  2. No money yet, there's something the community over there calls a two month block, allowing articles to gain maturely and backlinks before things happen. But I'll keep this blog updated on such stuff.

    I'm hoping the process will take less time/have longer articles as it goes on, but even now I'm learning alot.

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  3. I'm also doing this and also behind, but for me it's the taking part, it's that extra push I need and having people there along the way has been a great help. Together we can keep on writing! :)

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