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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

50,000 Words

November 24, 2010 - Congratulations to the Clarkston High School Girls Varsity Volleyball team for bringing home the MHSAA Regional trophy.

I knew you, Lady Wolves were going to beat Davison and Flushing for it.

I wish I had a happier ending for the rest of the season but I don't. In the finals, one team goes on and one ends their season. Clarkston lost in the Class A Quarterfinals to Farmington Hills Mercy on Nov. 16.

Now begins a new winter season. New faces bringing more talent to the Clarkston teams. Plus, with weeks to come a peek at your Clarkston Wolves leading up to the community's most watched sport - boys basketball. Their first home game on Dec. 10. Can you believe it's almost the end of November already? Wasn't football just beginning?

This month has gone by too quickly especially when the last day hits Tuesday.

I put myself to the challenge this month and signed up for National Novel Writing Month for the third time.

I feel more motivated to do it now after hitting one of my goals of winning a Michigan Press Association award.

The terms are simple everyone has 30 days to write 50,000 words (or more). It averages to be 1,667 words a day. It can be done as long as plot bunnies don't take over, a massive road block lands in the midst of the pages and if pounding out so many words works into a day.

I have worked past the blocks by moving out of my chronological tendencies. Basically I work on the end while the great idea comes to get my character through her latest mischief.

I am happy to say I have written 24 times more than I did last year. But I am behind with less than a week to go and have to average more than 3,680 words to make it. My weekend will be busy.

I would like to say I calculated it, but my personal calculations were higher taking into account what Microsoft counts as a word such as a puncuation mark by itself. Most have been fixed but haven't gone through all of the 65 pages.

It's a good challenge. With luck I will finish the novel in 50,000 words or just be done and leave the revising for January.

If interested, check it out www.NaNoWriMo.org.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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