For the first time, I successfully completed the National Novel Writing Month challenge of completing 50,000 words towards a new novel in a month. And before the month was even over!

Previous years were not so successful, although I’ve always felt that it’s more than useful to participate in the challenge even when you fail, as I wrote the first time I participated in 2020.

This year was much easier than usual, which led to early success. My stats show the story.

As you can see, I didn’t write the same number of words every day. The curve goes up and down based on what was happening in any given day.

I think my success this time was based on three things–readily-available great quotes from one main and several important sources, writing every day, and attending some of the in-person writing sessions to feel part of a movement. There are many, many people participating in this movement. For an idea of what all this is about, refer to the non profit organizing committee website, Jeffrey Allan Bowman’s medium article, and Holly Rhiannon’s Youtube Channel. (There are tons of other inspirational people. Feel free to tell me about them in the comments below.)

In the meantime, I’m planning on keeping up with the challenge with daily writing until and including Thursday:)

Good luck to everyone who’s still trying to get their words written. Thanks to all the volunteers who make this event so much fun!


Tracey Arial

Unapologetically Canadian Tracey Arial promotes creative entrepreneurship as an author, cooperative business leader, gardener, family historian and podcaster.

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