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I committed to writing 50k words in November — here's what I learned ✍🏻 | The Blogsmith #135

Maddy Osman
Maddy Osman
Hey Listies,
In November 2020, I joined hundreds of thousands of writers around the world with the goal of writing 50,000 words in 30 days.
The reason? To “win” NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month.
It was a lofty goal on top of a regular workload but great timing for a new creative project. I’d been feeling especially pent up at that stage in the pandemic, so it was nice to have this goal to pass the time.
But what to write?
I thought that it would be worthwhile to take The Blogsmith’s style guide and expand it with more examples and context. I also touched on related topics I thought fellow content marketers would be interested in (like my outlining, drafting, and editing process).
This book was to serve the dual purpose of helping other content creators while also acting as additional guidance for my team when they have questions about how to approach various content creation situations.
I ended up writing about 35,000 words for the style guide book and 15,000 words for blog posts I’d been meaning to create for The Blogsmith.
In the latest article on The Blogsmith, I share detail about NaNoWriMo and my experience, including:
  • How to “win” NaNoWriMo
  • How to plan a NaNoWriMo project
  • The average writing session
  • Why accountability is so important
  • If I would do it again
Camp NaNoWriMo is a creative event in the NaNoWriMo universe that takes place throughout the month of April (and July). You can set more flexible creative goals — mine is to edit the 35,000 words that make up my book draft.
I’m excited to revisit this project and advance it to the next stage!
Until next time,
Maddy Osman, The Blogsmith
P.S. Have you read my article about taking a think week? Dan and I just returned from Taos, New Mexico where we got away for a long weekend. I did a mini-reading vacation!
I made progress on 9 books — most related to content, writing, or business. I came out of the trip with 17 typed pages of notes with ideas to improve my business!
I highly recommend a relaxing break in a new place for getting unblocked.

My NaNoWriMo goal for April 2021
My NaNoWriMo goal for April 2021
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