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Mission Complete

My December 1st Writing Stats. My badges also appear at the top of this screen shot.

I have to be honest, I thought I could do it, but I just didn’t know that I would be able to pull it off.  Thirty days of writing during my busiest month of the year.  (In case you missed my first post on the 750 Words November Challenge I took on you can click here to read it.)  Four of those days I was out of town at NCTE.  Another four of those days I had family here for Thanksgiving.  Add in a speaking engagement, some consulting, an out-of-town wedding in Boston, and being a mom and I wasn’t so sure I’d be able to rise to the challenge, so to speak.  Heck, there was one night that I squeaked in with my entry at 11:57 p.m.  Now that was close!  However, I’m happy to say that I did do it.  I completed the 750 Words November Challenge.  🙂

I used my 750 Words to write more than just the manuscript for one of the picture book ideas I’ve had in my head for the past 2+ years that I haven’t gotten on paper.  (YES, that’s right, I FINALLY wrote the entire book.  Now I have to revise, revise, revise!)  There were some days I used my 750 Words to write letters, blog posts, and diary-type entries.  There were quite a few days I that I wrote more than 750 words since I had more than three pages worth of writing to do on that day.

In addition to finding a way to get back to writing fiction again, I enjoyed earning badges on 750 Words.  I earned badges for writing streaks (most recently for completing a 30 day writing streak), writing without being disrupted, and for writing an inspirational note on the site.  Earning these felt so good.  It was like having a pat on the back, which helped me to keep going even when I didn’t feel I had much to say.

I was pretty excited to see my name on the wall this morning.

Besides making it onto the 750 Words’ Wall of Awesomeness, I get to treat myself to a Blend-in at Thomas Sweet when I go home to see my parents later this month.  (That was my “reward” to myself when I completed the Challenge Contract.)  For those of you who haven’t been to Thomas Sweet, which is a Princeton, NJ institution, a Blend-in is one of the most incredible desserts you can imagine.

The Blend-in, our signature item, has been a Princeton tradition since its origination. We begin with a few scoops of a flavor of ice cream (or two!) and, in our unique auger blend-in machine, combine up to three selections of nuts, candies, or fruits. The result is your selected blend-in items smoothly dispersed throughout an 8 ounce portion of soft ice cream. Imaginations run wild with the limitless possibilities of flavors and blend-in items. (Retrieved on 12/1/11 from

For those of you who have been reading this blog for the past 4+ years, you know I write for more than Blend-ins, badges, and a spot on the Wall of Awesomeness.  I write to make my voice heard.  I write to make sense of the world.  I write to document stories and small moments I want to hold on to forever.  In the past month, I have written in all of these ways.  The 750 Words November Challenge was the motivation I needed to get back to writing in more meaningful ways on a daily basis.  I couldn’t be happier I took the risk (of missing a day and being put on the “Wall of Shame.”) and challenged myself to write at least 750 words daily last month.

Are you ready to challenge yourself to write more?  Remember, 750 Words is a “private, unfiltered, spontaneous” way to write daily.  Check it out by going to

The e-mail I received from Buster, the creator of the 750 Words website, this morning.
I wrote today’s post as my 750 Words. As I wrote, I realized I was tooting my own horn. Thanks to the stats 750 Words gives you about your writing, I can now see just how self-important my writing was. My apologies. But sometimes, you have to toot your own horn, right?

6 thoughts on “Mission Complete

  1. Thanks everyone! I appreciate the warm wishes. It’s nice to know that I wasn’t bragging too much. I felt like I was, but as Diana said, I’m hoping that my journey inspires others to write.
    @Caroline: I think we need to meet up at the one in New Brunswick this summer when I’m in for the TCRWP Summer Institute.


  2. Considering all that you had going on in November, too, I would give you a huge ‘whoop-ti-do’, ‘good for you’ for this accomplishment. (It’s what my family always did for celebrating big stuff!) Deb is absolutely right-keep tooting your horn. It’s important to acknowledge the big climbs to the top of the mountain. They are hard to do, but the learning while climbing is terrific.


  3. You absolutely have to toot your own horn! Congrats on completing the challenge. I think maybe I will have to try the 750 word site–although still daunting, it may be more “doable” for me than the novel writing, which I enjoyed, but didn’t “win”.

    Anyway, congrats. Good luck with revising!


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