I will write a novel in 30 days

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Have you ever heard of NaNoWriMo? I hadn’t heard of it until last year during the middle of November and by then it was too late for me to get into it, but the basic idea is to write a 50,000 word novel in the span of 30 days.

Now, if you are like I was, you probably are initially thinking that such an effort would be simultaneously grueling and pointless.

However, as a public communicator, I have become fascinated in recent years at how powerful fiction is, and I want to learn it for myself.

So, I have been thinking for a while now that I should try to write some fiction, and now this opportunity comes along for me to pull on my naturally competitive bent to accomplish something I’ve wanted to do for a long time…

So, I’m going to give it a shot.

I’ll have to average 1,667 words per day for the next 30 days, and I have no idea if I will be able to make it all the way through. I rarely finish big projects that I start.

I’m going to need some encouragement, so if you want to read what I write, let me know and hold me accountable!

15 comments

  1. MARK MIKELS

    Jeffrey … Don’t you dare stop. This is good. Besides, I now have tons of questions in my head … They cannot be left unanswered.

  2. Rebecca Spencer

    Jeff – the written word is so powerful – of course you Must do this. You have our support. May I have the password please?

  3. MARK MIKELS

    So that’s how the game turned out … Good stuff. A few errors – “offensive line” once where you meant defensive line and a couple of typos but no big deal … Loved the John Elway mention … Had me feeling the defensive passion. Good spot to introduce the “voice” … That’s better than having Peter make the request like I thought was going to happen. Worked out well that Brett got “hurt” and not “pulled” – better for his dad for sure. Keep it going!

  4. MARK MIKELS

    I just read “the light turned green” and finally took a breath. I was completely immersed – completely engaged – completely impressed … You are writing this like you are the one “hearing the voice”.

  5. MARK MIKELS

    POWERFUL STUFF … CAUSES THE HEART TO HUNGER AND TO ADMIT IT’S SHORTCOMINGS … GREAT INSIGHT ON PETER’S “ANNOYANCE WITH THE LORD” … HOW LOUDLY WOULD I PROTEST?

  6. MARK MIKELS

    Great “revival” account … loved the exuberant baptism! Loved the honesty from JJ … “I never loved the Lord like that”

  7. MARK MIKELS

    OKAY JEFF – THAT WAS PRETTY INTENSE … THANKS FOR “GETTING GOD OUT OF HOT WATER” … OH HOW SUBTLE THE DEVIL’S VOICE CAN BE – EVEN WHEN HE’S USING MULTIPLE INTONATIONS … WHERE NOW? … HAS IT BEEN THE DEVIL ALL ALONG? IS THE FATHER GOING TO RE-APPEAR? … WAITING AS THOUGH IT’S REAL!

  8. Barbara Leis

    Hi Jeff, my name is Barbara Leis and Iam a member of Sonlife Church. Pastor mentioned your
    book at our cell group meeting and I could hardly wait to read it. The first night I started the
    book I could not turn off the computer. I did finally turn the computer off and went to bed
    but before long I was up to finish what you had written so far. I am not a football fan but I could not wait to find out who won the game. I just wanted you to know I am 74 years old and I
    truly have enjoyed every page of this story. Keep up the good work I need to know how this
    all comes out for JJ.

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