Rising to a challenge

Posted Nov 29 2017, 12:42 pm

It’s nearly a week since Thanksgiving, and I’m still eating turkey leftovers. At least I had a little time over the weekend to relax with some reading… and to compile lists of books I want to check out from the media center, thanks to last week’s comments!


We’ve had quite a year in the TARA book challenge, and the competition is drawing to a close. Many TARANs entered books in the challenge earlier this year, and Renee’s 100×100 and 200×100 challenges kept many of us on track. (Thanks, Renee!)

For those of you who have finished your 40,000-word draft (or more than one)—I salute you! Whatever stage of “finished” it’s in, having a finished draft is amazing. YOU are amazing. Congratulations!

For those of you who are trying to write as many words as possible between now and the final deadline: What are you even reading this for? GET BACK TO THAT MANUSCRIPT. You can do it!

For those of you (like me) who aren’t going to finish: Pull up a chair, have a glass of whatever you prefer to drink, and let’s toast our attempt. How many words did you write? Was it more than you would have written? Because that counts as a success in its own way. The 21,304 words in my manuscript are 21,304 words I didn’t have on January 1, and though I had to turn my attention to another project and couldn’t complete my draft, I still have that start to go on with.

The best part of the challenge was seeing people post their numbers, good and bad. In the book challenge, the participants can see that they aren’t alone—everyone has high days and low days. Everyone runs into life challenges. And everyone picks themselves up and keeps writing toward that goal. The sense of community really helped keep me moving forward.

I’m looking forward to signing up for the challenge again, this time with a book of my heart that’s been on the back burner while I worked through revisions and read all the research I could get my hands on. I can’t wait, and this time I’m determined not to stop.


Whether you were in the challenge or not, what kept you writing this year? What stopped you?

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