Writing Challenge Day 30: Goal for the next month

The end. It’s the end of the challenge!

Yes, I feel a certain relief, but I’m also energised.

‘Next month’ takes us into the third week in November. I won’t be doing NaNoWriMo when people aim to churn out 50,000 words as I find it too organised, but I will be aiming to get 1,000-1,500 words a day under my belt. At 20,000 words into the new book, I’m getting into the feel of it; the characters have come to life and are running the story. This is a magic moment. (I let them do this for a while, then rein them in when they try to take the whole thing over. 😉 )

So perhaps I’ll be up at 55,000-60,000 words by the end of November and 80-85,000 by the end of the year.

Next month, on 17 November to be precise, my new 12,000-word Roma Nova story in the Betrayal anthology will be published.

And there may be another book surprise on the horizon by then. Who knows?

Thank you so much for following this 30-day writing journey. I hope I’ve made you smile as well as entertained you.

Writing challenges so far:

Day 29: Best accomplishment this month?
Day 28: The saddest writing/reading thing this month
Day 27: What’s your favourite trope?
Day 25 & 26: Favourite books as child and adult
Day 24: What to write next
Day 23: What did you write last?
Day 22: What’s your current word count?
Day 21: My preferred genre
Day 20: Characters’ favourite food (and drink!)
Day 19: Characters’ pastimes
Day 18: Characters’ pet peeves(!)
Days 16 & 17: Favourite outfits (combined)
Day 15: The many-hatted author
Day 14: Show your workplace
Day 13: A funny family story. Or not
Day 12: Early bird or night owl?
Day 11: Favourite writing snacks/chocolate porn
Day 10: Post an old picture of yourself
Day 9: Post 5 random facts about you
Day 8: What’s your writing process?
Day 7: Introduce your ‘author friend’
Day 6: How the writing all began
Day 5: What inspired the book I’m working on
Day 4: The setting for the new Roma Nova book
Day 3: Introducing the main characters Julia and Apulius
Day 2: Introduce your work in progress
Day 1: Starting with revealing information


Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO,  PERFIDITAS,  SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA,  INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO.  CARINA, a novella, and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories, are now available.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series. NEXUS, an Aurelia Mitela novella, is now out.

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2 comments to Writing Challenge Day 30: Goal for the next month

  • *applauds* Well done, and thank you – I’ve enjoyed reading all of these posts, and am seriously impressed by your commitment!

    • Alison Morton

      Thank you so much, Nicky, for commenting. It’s been a long haul, but it got me back into the writing habit after falling off the path during the summer. I hope it entertained you and other readers, but I also hope that here and there I passed on some useful information to others.

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