Ninny Rhino Celebration

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Back at the beginning of March, I kicked off a Mini-WriMo, which fondly become known as a Ninny Rhino. Everyone was invited to join in. We each were free to establish their own writing-related goals.

I had high hopes, but life got in the way. So after a week of not reaching my number, I lowered my goal by half. That’s how this works. Gentle goals and being kind to ourselves – a nudge to write without getting impaled.

If you responded to the slightest nudge, wrote one word more than you would have otherwise, organized your writing space, read an ignored article on marketing, sat for an extra hour of editing, etc., YOU WON the Ninny Rhino badge! (You’re free to download the above badge).

To celebrate, please share your accomplishment in the comments as well as a link to one of your favorite posts (any post and open to all writers and poets).Β  I encourage everyone who comments to visit a few other Ninny Rhino enthusiasts.

And if you want to do it again (or for the first time)… there’s always May. πŸ™‚

Happy Writing!

 

 

 

 

87 thoughts on “Ninny Rhino Celebration

  1. I didn’t do well with my word count goal, but I’m happy with the planning I did do πŸ™‚ For some reason when I’m at university, even though I’m doing an MA in Creative Writing, I write far less!

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  2. Sarah says:

    Too true – we all need to be kind to ourselves, otherwise there won’t be any fun involved and what be the point of that? πŸ˜‰

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  3. Jackie says:

    *Catches up, out of breath.*

    My goal has been to write two short stories per week, now that I’ve tried it, I know that it’s an ambitious goal. I wrote three for the whole month. Less than half my goal, but I did write other things – and I read.Β I read every word of Writing tools – 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark. Read a bunch of short stories from The Spider’s Palace by Richard Hughes.

    Here’s my share: https://thestoriespeopletell.wordpress.com/2019/03/12/deferred/Β 

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    • Two short stories a week was ambitious, but it sounds like you were still incredibly productive, Jackie! Way more than I was anyway. Lol. Sorry about the late reply since I’m still traveling. One more week and back home. Happy Writing!

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  4. mylilplace says:

    I love ‘gentle goals’. You are still doing well, Diana…esp with your busy schedule. πŸ™‚

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  5. Teri Polen says:

    My accomplishment was that I figured out a major plot point – hit me like a pile of bricks.

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  6. kevin cooper says:

    I couldn’t comment on your review of Nabatea, Diana but left a comment on the author’s site. I have downloaded the first book of the series. And, here’s another review posting for you: https://authorkevincooper.com/2019/04/03/sunwielder/

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    • I’m sorry about all the closed comments, Kevin. I just couldn’t leave them open while traveling, knowing that I couldn’t get to them. I hope you enjoy Andrea’s series. I just loved it and can’t rave enough. And thank you so much for sharing your review of Sunweilder. I’ll reblog that one too, of course. (I’ll spread them out a bit). Thanks so much, my friend.

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  7. Vashti Q says:

    Hi, Diana! My goal for the month of March was to get 1/4 of my WIP done, and I did that––hooray! It wasn’t easy, so I feel like a winner. Here’s the post I’m sharing: https://wp.me/p3eYyj-1WN ❀ xo

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    • That’s a great goal, Vashti! Woo hoo. I wish I was that productive. Sorry about the delay in replying as I’ve been moving my parents and their cats to a new home. Have a great week and Happy Writing!

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  8. Staci Troilo says:

    Half your original goal is better than no words at all. Kudos!

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  9. rijanjks says:

    As Indie Authors, we have the flexibility to adjust our writing goals. I love the term, “Gentle Goals!” Life’s too short for anything less! Thank you for sharing, Diana!

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  10. I thought at first I had not done much towards the Ninny Rhino, but I kept writing through March and posted to my blog at least once weekly which is my goal. I also started to share my work on Medium and plan to continue to explore that platform. On the day of the deadline (3/31), I entered a writing contest. Here’s a link to one of my humor pieces from March: https://www.shallowreflections.com/the-day-i-alarmed-the-firemen/. Happy moving. Take care of yourself, my friend.

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  11. Joanne Sisco says:

    Ha! Your March was exactly what mine turned out to be – best intentions sidelined by the real world. Sometimes the only thing we can do for ourselves is revise the plan πŸ™‚

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  12. acflory says:

    Congratulations, Diana! And congratulations to everyone else who /wrote/, however long or short. I didn’t take part in the official attempt, but I have been writing, a little every day, and I’m happy with me too. Bravo, all!

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  13. I didn’t reach my goal but I did write, which was more than I was doing before this Rhino came knocking! Thank you, Diana, for hosting this fun exercise. I managed to squeak out a little over 2500 words. I’m not sure if I would have done that without your nudge, or the rhino’s horn. LOL

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  14. Alexander De says:

    W00t! My writing goal was small – really, really small: Write a Poem a Day for one week – yeah, that’s like, um, 7 whole days. I figure, shoot low and you can’t lose, right? So I vastly exceeded my goal – I wrote for, um…lost count, but it was more than 7. Claiming that badge ’cause it’s all that and a bag of spicy Cheetos. Here was my personal favorite: Fins & Gills (quirky) https://zanderinprint.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/215/
    Thanks Diane! Have a bag of Cheetos on me – Zander

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  15. cagedunn says:

    Life’s a funny thing, but May – oh, how I love May! That’s when I’ll be back, after a few other deadlines have passed.
    And how did I do?
    15 days in and disaster struck, however, the words were ahead of the game and I’m very happy with the effort.
    It can be done, it can also wait – and boy, did I get some stronger ideas while forced to sit it out!
    All in all, I did well. got 30k words out, and a good strong bend in the road … that’s accomplishment!
    See you in May.

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  16. I revised two poems and wrote a new one. I also made three new illustrations.

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  17. Well, I write my poems and helped a foreign language writer translate to English. Does that count. β™₯️

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  18. I started two new books, one suspense, the other contemporary and managed about 10,000 words between the two.
    I also read/reviewed a couple of fantastic books, one of which was your Soul Swallowers- loved it!!

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    • Woot Woot. You went block busters, Jacquie. Congrats on starting 2 new books and pounding out the words. And, of course, thank you so much for the lovely comment about Soul Swallowers – even a little romance in there! Ha ha. You made my day. πŸ™‚

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  19. I only edited, Diana. On the bright side, I did write two short stories for a writing competition so not all bad.

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  20. Yay! It worked for me and I’m proudly admiring my adorable Ninny Rhino badge. I set a tough goal of 60 hours of plotting and editing. Since I also work full time, it was a definite challenge. I was really happy for the extra push since I sat down and stayed in my story many extra times and for more hours. I finally solved some of the plot twists and questions I was stumped by, and I’m back to full steam ahead on my Miss Livingstone series – working on Beta version of book III, and it’s right on track at last!
    Thanks for the motivation Diana. And in case anyone is interested, the official Camp NaNoWriMo http://campnanowrimo.org/ starts today for the month of April. It’s the kinder gentler NaNo where you set your own goal for words, hours, minutes and can re-adjust the goal at any point – even the last day.
    Diana invited us to add a favorite link, so here’s a fun short-story I wrote for you to enjoy in Miss Livingstone’s world, but a little before she was in the picture: https://misslivadventures.com/2018/02/21/the-fickle-face-of-time/ Happy Reading…and Writing!

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  21. Jina Bazzar says:

    I did practically the opposite. I barely wrote/revised anything or accomplished much in march. Instead i mostly sat and pondered and read. Hopefully this month i’ll do some progress.

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  22. I’ve never cared for NaNoWriMo but this Ninny Rhino Celebration has instant appeal. First, adorable rhino, nothing else necessary. Second, set our own goals and adapt as necessary. And third, be kind to ourself. You got this one perfect, Diana.

    (I met my goal writing this comment – thank you. πŸ™‚ )

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    • Yay, well done, Sharon. πŸ™‚ I fell short of my shortened goal, but I definitely don’t believe writers should beat themselves up about something they love to do. I respond well to writing goals and challenges, so I find them useful, but I never care if I miss them. πŸ™‚ Onward!

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  23. I love that badge! I should have done the challenge just for the pride of displaying a rhino on my blog. Sigh.

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  24. Mae Clair says:

    Well, I didn’t meet my writing goal, but I did a ton of plotting, outlining, making notes and character sheets. When it came time to write I only managed one chapter plus part of a second but I feel I’m grounded in the story now with all the behind-the-scenes planning I did.

    I love the Ninny Rhino! πŸ™‚

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  25. Violet Lentz says:

    I too petered out before I really got started D. I had wanted to flesh out the character sketches on my Fiction Addiction project, but got sidetracked by necessary preparation for my move later this month. I fear I am going to have to put this off till I get settled in Alaska. You are juggling so much as it is, I am almost happy you didn’t saddle yourself with another project. Looking forward to Aprils prompt!!

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  26. Might you be in the market for a cuter rhino? Cuz I’ll let’cha borrow mine!

    https://mikeallegra.com/2016/04/22/some-weeks-you-write-a-blog-post-2/

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  27. Gentle goals makes so mch sense. Life so often gets in the way. And to have a hard goal that will make us feel bad is unnecessary and destructive, Definitely, counter productive when it comes to being creative.

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  28. Maybe I will catch this another time.

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  29. My goal (unofficially) was to have my website up by the time my book was released πŸ˜€ Made it! Barely… Let us know how things went with the parent move.

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  30. Perhaps I will join you in May πŸ™‚

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  31. My goal was to complete a 3 book proposal, which I sent to my agent yesterday evening…barely made it! πŸ™‚

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