I know what you are thinking. We’re just finishing NaNoWriMo. Why would anyone want to get into another writing challenge like Redemption December? Keep reading and I will tell you!
For me and many other writers, the month of November can bring a mix of emotions. On the upside, the start of the month always brings hope, as if everything goes right you could very well have a finished novel on your hands by the end of it. The thing is, in order to finish that novel you are going to need to write a lot of words. 50,000 to complete the challenge precisely.
Why 50,000? Well, that’s the word count you have to reach in November to complete the challenge many writers refer to as NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. It was started by https://nanowrimo.org/ which is a great nonprofit organization that provides plenty of valuable resources to all writers for free, and if you’re just finding out about this challenge now you’re probably not off to the greatest start.
Even if you did start the challenge on time, there’s a decent chance you’re not on pace to reach your word count goal. Personally, I never reach the 50,000-word mark in a single month and that is perfectly okay. Infact, that inspired me to start this Redemption December challenge.
As for those of you who did complete NaNoWriMo, I still encourage you to join in on this challenge anyway. Compared to NaNoWriMo it will be easier for you too!
While it won’t be a cake walk, especially for those of you who fell short in November, this challenge is meant to be beaten. The focus is on creating good writing habits, not completing an entire book in a month.
The rules for Redemption December are quite simple. The idea is to write 30,000 words in the month of December.
In addition, there will also be prompts to post on your Instagram story where you share your word count for the day and the time you spent writing. Of course this part will not be mandatory. It’s just an extra step to help the challenge grow. You could also look through hashtag #RedemptionDecember on Instagram to see other people who are participating in the challenge!
Considering there are 31 days in December, to complete this challenge you have to write under 1,000 words a day. Or, if you’re like me exactly 1,000 if you decide to take a break somewhere down the line.
Why 30,000 Words?
The reason I picked 30,000 words for this December was that it seems like a very achievable word count goal. Oftentimes when I talk to people who failed the NaNoWriMo challenge, they often state that they reached around 25,000 words or more. Therefore this 30,000-word challenge may seem much more achievable to some writers.
Another reason I chose 30,000 words is that it’s a word count that you can strive to hit every month. Not to say that 50,000 words every month is impossible, I’m sure there are published authors that do it regularly. My point is, for the average writer, the idea of writing 30,000 words in a month is far less daunting. After all, you won’t be 6,000 words off the pace if you miss three days.
By writing 30,000 words in a month, you might develop writing habits that are sustainable throughout the year. This can be way more helpful than the torturous 10-hour long writing sessions required to complete NaNoWriMo.
This idea of sustainable habits is very important to me; after all, I always talk about how even 100 words a day can make a huge difference over time.
Just 1,000 Words a Day!
In order to complete NaNoWriMo in November, you need to write 1667 words a day, with no days off. This pace is certainly possible, but the amount of time it takes per day plus the costly nature of forgetting a day and having to write 3,300 the next is rough. For many, with school and or work it is simply not possible to do it all year round without burnout.
1,000 words per day or close to it on the other hand, is a goal you could stick to. While it is still a lot, this is a pace I have kept before, and this challenge will be great motivation to stick to it.
For me, this is a great idea because normally after binge writing for NaNoWriMo in November I would slip back into old habits in December. I would always end up taking some time off after NaNoWriMo and end up not writing again till February.
Having a writing competition that allows you to develop good writing habits is important to me, as the goal is to create a routine to stick to.
This idea of consistency is also the reason why I recommend those who completed NaNoWriMo to participate in Redemption December as well. As tempting as it is to take a break after writing 50,000 words in a month, jumping to a challenge where you only have to write 30,000 is a great way to take a step back and get back into a writing routine. This seems way more attractive than relearning how to motivate yourself in the month of January.
Besides, the average book is 80,000 words. Assuming so if you started from scratch in November you still have 30,000 words to go.
December Is the Perfect Month
Another reason I decided to create this challenge for the month of December is because it is an ideal month to get some writing done. For those of us who are in college the semester ends halfway through the month, giving plenty of free time. In addition, many others have off for the holidays.
It is also the last month of the year. Participating in Redemption December will give you a better idea of what you are realistically capable of when you make your new year’s resolutions. There’s nothing worse than an absurd writing goal.
Completing it will also give you a little confidence boost to end the year. A little confidence can go a long way for a writer. Personally, when I’m feeling good about myself no word count seems unreasonable.
Social Media Support
One of my favorite parts about NaNoWriMo is the social media support that comes along with it. The writing community on instagram is incredibly supportive, and that support really does go a long way.
If you chose to participate in Redemption December I recommend that you get your writer friends to join in too. A friend’s support can give a huge boost when it comes to achieving your writing goals.
To put extra social media support into this challenge, I will also be making these templates to fill in and post on your story each day. This way you can share your word count progress.
Writing challenges can be tough. If you are worn out from NaNoWriMo don’t feel any guilt for passing up on this one. However, if you’re looking to build on consistency after NaNoWriMo or maybe looking for some redemption, Redemption December is the challenge for you.
Even if you saw this post a little late, the word count goal of this challenge is still achievable. After all, there’s so much free time to end the year.
Just remember to leave time to enjoy the holidays. If you don’t complete the challenge be happy with the words you do write. Try and have some fun with it!