2017 NaNoWriMo: Contest Winner and Day One

Today is the day! The first day of my very first NaNoWriMo. I have wanted to do a  NaNoWriMo ever since I first heard about it when I was in high school. But every year, something has been in my way. An especially busy month, being in college or grad school, and so on. But this year, my circumstances are set up beautifully for me to participate in NaNoWriMo. Since I work from home as a freelancer and blogger and as I’m trying to work on my first novel, I finally feel like I have the time I need to devote myself to writing a 50,000 word book in the month of November.

My general word count goal for each day is 1800 words. This is slightly higher than what I need to write each day in order to stay on target for 50,000 words. I am maintaining a slightly higher daily goal in order to stay ahead, just in case I have an especially busy day or I run into writer’s block.

My ideal daily goal is 2,000 words per day. If I keep this goal up, I will reach my goal five days early. Once again, this is more for a safety net than anything. I know there might be a day or two when I won’t be able to write. This goal will ensure that even when I have to take a day off, I’ll still stay on pace.

My Friday posts for this month will be devoted to weekly NaNoWriMo updates. I’ll be sharing my thoughts, struggles, victories, current word count, and frustrations as I embark on this writing journey. I will also be sharing brief excerpts from what I’ve been writing.

For those of you who have just recently started following my blog, here is a summary of my 2017 NaNoWriMo “novel” (I am a NaNo Rebel as I’m writing a nonfiction book as opposed to the typical novel):

In this book, I intend to take on the tasking of walking through biblical accounts that have women as central and/or significant players as well as passages that address women in both the Old and New Testaments. Through this task I seek to build a picture of how God views women based on what he says about them in his Word. I seek to demonstrate that God’s view of women has been positively counter-cultural throughout all of history in the best way possible. This is not a task I take lightly. At the end of November, whether or not I reach 50,000 words, my work will have just begun. I expect this project to take at least a year, if not longer. I am approaching this topic as a student of the Word. I may have a Master’s degree in theology, but I still have much to learn. I always will. I learned many things as an MA student. The lesson that stood out the most to me is this: the more that I know, the more I realize just how much I do not know. With this in mind, I am approaching this project with the utmost of humility and the most open of hearts to learn. I want to be challenged, shaken, confused, and teachable. What I learn, I will share. My dry land will have a spot for you as well.

But what about the title? All throughout the month of October, I held a contest to come up with the working title of my book. The creator of the chosen title will receive a digital copy of my NaNoWriMo “novel.” If the title makes it all the way to publishing, they will receive a signed hardcopy of the completed book. Multiple people among my followers, friends, and family submitted many wonderful titles. It was hard to decide between all of them! But decide I did!

The winner of my 2017 NaNoWriMo Title Contest is Brittany Rosensky, of Brittany’s Pages! She (and others!) submitted several titles, but Tears in the Garden: Women’s Special Role in the Gospel Story won out! Congratulations, Brittany! On December 1st, you will receive a digital (very much unedited hahaha) copy of my 2017 NaNoWriMo “novel!”

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the contest. It means so much that all of you support my writing so well. I hope you’ll continue to follow my writing and updates as I participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo! Write on!

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