Cassandra Gold over on LJ is running a challenge, 25K in 30 Days, through the month of June. I decided at the last minute to jump in, so here we go.

It’s a nice challenge — 25K in a month is less than a thousand words a day, and there’s no commitment to write all 25K words on a single project. I keep telling myself I should be able to do a thousand words a day, day after day, although I’ve rarely managed it. The challenge is only half a NaNo, though, so I’m determined to make this work. 🙂 And I particularly like the freedom to do multiple projects within the 25K; wondering about that was why I hesitated at first, but I finally asked Cassandra and she assured me that the wordcount is all that matters. My current WIP will probably wrap up in about another 10K or so (I know, I know, I’ve been saying that for like the last 15K, but I really don’t think this novel has another 25K in it) and I want to write something for the Love Wide Open anthology, which closes on 30 June, so I’ll be doing that too.

So we’ll see how this goes. 🙂 I know there are writers out there who do 50-100K every month, but I’m not one of them and never will be. I’m still trying to find my speed. I have a feeling it’s always going to be variable, depending on how my brain chemistry is balancing, but 25K/month would make a nice average.

And hey, I’ll finally be able to use one of those progress meters! 😀


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Angela Benedetti lives in Seattle with her husband and a few thousand books. She loves romance for the happy endings, for the affirmation that everyone who's willing to fight for love deserves to get it and be happy with someone. She's best known for her Sentinel series of novels, the most recent of which is Captive Magic.