I just thought, who would be mad enough to do something like that – even though she and a few others I was aware of succeeded – I thought it was an impossible challenge, and forgot about it.
Or thought I did. But it stayed with me. Niggling in the back of my mind.
Then as November crested the horizon it really started smacking me on the back of my head. Surely I wanted to know I could do it. It was a challenge.
I steadfastly refused to consider it.
But by the start of the month I found myself signing up. I think I knew that this was going to be my one chance to take part, next year there is a cat’s chance in hell of me being able to do it, and that was the impetus in my decision, but still...
To be honest part of me thought about using something already written, but I was not really prepared to do that. I could use something already started and languishing in the idea box. The idea was to write 50,000 new words...
But at the last minute I literally sat and started writing, with no idea what I was going to write.
The words just came and I ended up with something called ‘Soul Starved’ and I kept writing. It was outside my normal writing preferences a supernatural horror, but I kept writing and it kept coming.
It’s one of the weirdest and most rewarding experiences of my writing life. Just seeing the story develop, a few thousand words a day, and seeing that finish line getting closer and closer. Incredible.
I actually managed to finish the ‘novel’ nearly a week ahead of schedule, coming in at nearly 56,000 words, along the way, to me at least, it became more than just a horror novel, and the name changed to ‘The Pebble’
At this stage I’m not sure whether I am going to try and do anything with it. I think I need a little distance, and some time to ruminate on what has been written, but the whole experience was surprisingly worthwhile, fun and a good way of showing oneself just what you are capable of.
Any writer or would be writer who wants to see if they have what it takes to write under pressure, this is the best test and it is rewarding.
All you have to do to win is complete the 50,000 words in 30 days and you’ve done it, and in completing the challenge, once the word count is verified, you get access to some exclusive things, including a certificate, badges and the like.
I think the other thing that helped a lot, and made the experience so much fun was having some fellow Chronners taking part as well (if you don’t know what that means, well...), seeing them doing so well really aided the task as we kept up with one another. So thanks to Moonbat, thatollie and AnyaKimlin for keeping the ball rolling.
Now, I’d really like to do it again, but next year... not likely!