Froma Bird's Eye View

By Raven West

Am I UP for the Challenge?


As I’d written in a previous post, a writer WRITES. Unfortunately, my plan to blog once a week was thwarted by my “day job” and a little side trip to Houston to visit my daughter and my 2 year old and 4 month old grandsons.

There are many many ways to procrastinate and, not being a very disciplined person, more than enough reasons, i.e. excuses NOT to fully commit to a writing schedule.

SO, in an effort to rid myself of all reasons, excuses and other methods of  procrastination, I’ve once again decided to sign up for the National Novel Writing Month – which begins November 1 and runs through November 30.

The idea is to write at least 2,000 words a day – toward the ultimate goal of 50,000 on or before November 30.

I first joined NaNoWriMo in 2008, but didn’t get very far. I completed the first 50,000 words of Undercover Reunion in  2011. Finished the novel – added 20,000 more words and published it the following year.

In 2013, I also complete the first 50,000 of “Vashti’s Daughter” which, unfortunately, has remained in my data base for the past 6 years (See list of excuses above)!

It’s now 2019 and time to jump back into the writing fray, so to speak. I’ve been formulating a plot for a mystery novel for about a year – no violence, no sex, no vampires or zombies or YA – so it probably won’t be a best seller if it does become published, but now is not the time to think about the end game, now it the time to make it to the START line and wait for the challenge to begin.

If I can, I will post my progress to this blog daily – for added motivation!
Wish me luck!!



  1. You talked me into it! I will do the same.

    I’m roughly 20K words into book 2 of a series that was started many years ago. It’s time I finished it. It’s all plotted out and rolling around in my head…everything but the typing to get to the draft.


    • Novel in a month is a GREAT motivator to get the words on the page! Will blog my progress once it starts! Good luck!


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