Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Introducing... 50,000 Words of Soccer

For those of you unaware, November is National Novel Writing Month. The challenge associated with it is for ordinary folks like you and I to write a 50,000 word novel over the course of 30 days. It's something I used to participate in annually, and I even hit the 50,000 word threshold once. However, over the years I realized that fiction was not my cup of tea and I began to focus on blogging and other newsy writing. It is with that in mind that I have decided to take up the NaNoWriMo challenge in a different form, soccer blogging.

It will be my goal to write a total of 50,000 words about the sport of soccer in the month of November, starting with this here introductory post. The content of each article will vary, but it will all center around the world's game, most often as it stands here in the United States.

My usual Hooligan's Wake Up news and scores recaps will be included. As will everything I write over at Last Word on Soccer, where I serve as co-managing editor with Matt Pollard. The bulk of the content will show up there, but there may be an occasional non-LWOS post over here.

Of course, you can follow the entire campaign at my personal Twitter account, where I will follow every link with the hashtag #50000WordsOfSoccer, and at the Last Word on Soccer Twitter and Facebook pages, which will link to all my posts in that space.

Fair warning, I may not ultimately succeed with this challenge. Writing 50,000 words is a monumental task, especially when your content is driven by factual events in the world around you instead of spewing from the bowels of your imagination. In order to get there, I'll have to write an average 1,667 words per day. That's about twice the length of my standard article at Last Word on Soccer and about three times the size of a Hooligan's Wake Up post, depending on the intensity of soccer news in a given day.

However, I am going to give this my best shot. There is no shame in challenging oneself to do something difficult, and I can only make myself a better writer for doing this, whether I "win" or "lose." In fact, I won't allow myself to think of this as a challenge to be won or lost, only an exercise in self improvement and a way to grow my knowledge of soccer both here and abroad.

So, buckle up, grab a beer, and come on this journey with me. I'm sure you'll learn a thing or two as well. I'll need all the motivation I can get when all is said and done. The hardest part of choosing whether to begin this quest was the fear of failure. So, I turn to the immortal Ze Frank to get me going: 
There's no need to sharpen my pencils anymore, My pencils are sharp enough. Even the dull ones will make a mark.
Warts and all. Let’s start this shit up...
And God, let me enjoy this. Life isn't just a sequence of waiting for things to be done. 
Happy NaNoWriMo everyone. See you throughout the month.

50,000 Words of Soccer word count: 535

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