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Day 40–Build an Adventure

Did you get out and have an adventure today?

In today’s fast paced hectic full-time world adventures seem to be few.

Did you know by writing and running adventures are closer than you think?

According to Wikipedia an Adventure is,“an exciting or unusual experience; it may also be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome.”

Running can easily fall into the adventure category. Maybe you don’t feel that your daily 3 miler is falling into the adventure category, so why not build an adventure.

Here’s how:

Plan an extra long run. Run farther than you’ve ever run. If you’ve ran 10 miles, go for 12. If you’ve done 50, start training for a 100 mile run. Check out this super website for ultrarunning information and inspiration–ultrarunnerpodcast.com

Run in the Wild. Go running on a trail you’ve never run or skip the trail and blaze your own. Just be sure to have a compass and not get lost, although that would be an adventure.

Do an All-Day Run. You don’t need a week to have an adventure. Eight to ten hours is plenty. Dean Karnazes leaves his house for all-day long runs with a credit card and cell phone. Really that’s all you need. Start running and who knows where you will end up.

Writing also lends itself to adventures. They can be day long adventures to year long, but writing definitely takes you on exciting, unusual experiences with uncertain outcomes.

Here’s a couple ideas:

Write about what you don’t know. Choose a topic you have always been interesting in–firefighting, beekeeping, ultrarunning, etc. And then immerse yourself in it with the goal of writing about it, fictionally or non-fictionally.

Writing Weekend. Pick a weekend and just write. It doesn’t have to be a weekend, it could be anytime you can devote two or three days to writing. Who knows what will come out of it. Maybe a master short story or the beginning of your next novel.

National Novel Writing Month. November is coming soon, and trying to complete a novel in a month could be called an adventure. Commit and build your adventure.

Running and Writing adventures are around every corner for the people build them.

What is your writing or running adventure?


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Day 28– The Ultramarathon of Writing

National Novel Writing Month-November

This endurance event of the writing world goes down every November. According to the website it is thirty days and thirty nights of literary abandon.

The Event-Participants begin on November 1st and try to write a 50, 000 word novel before  11:59:59 on November 30th.

The event is more about quantity then quality.  The website  brings out, ” By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.”

In 2010 there were over 200,000 participants, and we can count on a strong showing this year. Because of this grand number you take comfort in knowing there are others, writing day in and day out to complete their novel.

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to write your first novel, November is the time. It will take endurance, fueling, sweat and tears, but the results–A Novel.

Or at least the first draft.

The event is free. You can join now at National Novel Writing Month

Why not start training now by joining my writing streak club?

I’m joined and plan on giving it a shot. So you will be hearing updates from me on this subject.

What do you think about National Novel Writing Month? Do you plan on giving it a try?


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