NaNoWriMo 2018

Read last year’s post about NaNoWriMo here!

Only a few more days before it all starts. NaNoWriMo. I’ve been doing it for so many years, it’s a part of autumn now. It would just feel weird if I didn’t participate.

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place in November. During the thirty days of the month, participants are challenged to write 50,000 words of fiction, an average of 1,667 words per day.

Though writers can take part in NaNoWriMo from the comfort of their own homes, there are regional write-ins where you can meet other participants. The NaNoWriMo website features official forums, pep talks from published authors, themed merchandise and many other perks and opportunities.

My NaNoWriMo history

I have participated in NaNoWriMo seven times before and reached the goal of 50,000 words four of those times. Not bad, eh? Unfortunately, I have not finished writing or edited any of those stories and don’t really think that’s going to happen. Ever. (I have issues, okay?)

What am I writing?

This is the fun bit: I don’t know yet. I’ve been playing around with some ideas and have a basic plot written out for them but I have yet to pick one. And then there’s also the possibility of rewriting/continuing writing the project I started last year (which I am still very excited about). I’ll probably decide what I’m going to write when it’s actually time to begin.

Why you should participate in NaNoWriMo:

  • It’s a great way to establish a writing routine
  • You’ll get through most of a first draft in less than a month
  • You’ll get rid of some of those procrastinating methods you love to use
  • It will help you conquer writer’s block
  • It will help break your habit of editing while you write

Remember…

Every first draft in the history of the universe has sucked. NaNoWriMo just helps you take that first step towards writing a novel. You can’t edit a blank page.

Add me as a writing buddy and follow my progress!

Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo?

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14 Comments

  1. Clare Minall
    3 November 2018 / 10:46 am

    This soudns like a great challenge. I never heard of NaNoWriMo before and looks like really interesting.

  2. Preet
    3 November 2018 / 10:24 am

    I ahve never heard of this before. I never knew that there was a thing like this. Writing can be so really fun but I am not into it. I am more on reading.

  3. twinspirational
    3 November 2018 / 4:38 am

    I never heard of this. It sounds so fun and a great way to write more.

  4. 3 November 2018 / 3:42 am

    I love NaNoWriMo! I’ve participated several times. It’s always challenging, rewarding, and fun! I hope you have a wonderful experience this year. 😀

  5. Danielle
    3 November 2018 / 12:45 am

    This sounds super fun! maybe I will have to join. I love writing and try to do so every chance that I can get.

  6. Bree
    2 November 2018 / 8:54 pm

    That is amazing that you write so much and I am inspired to do so myself. I have never heard of this event before!

  7. Alexis
    2 November 2018 / 7:34 pm

    I have lots of friends who are also participating in this yearly writing event, looks like fun. I admire your dedication to writing that many words in a month.

  8. dalleynedvm
    2 November 2018 / 1:53 pm

    This looks like a great challenge for those who are interested in writing. I don’t think I can get to 50,000 words! Sounds like a daunting task.

  9. 2 November 2018 / 10:27 am

    I haven’t heard of it before but it sounds like a great challenge and fun too.

  10. Surekha Busa
    2 November 2018 / 9:38 am

    I haven’t heard of it before but it sounds like a great challenge most especially to those who are new in a writing field.

  11. 2 November 2018 / 9:06 am

    This sounds like such a fun and challenging experience! Love it!

  12. 2 November 2018 / 1:20 am

    What a great challenge! I haven’t heard of this before but it seems like such a great way to create good writing habits.

  13. 1 November 2018 / 10:35 pm

    What a wonderful way to get into a good habit of writing every day. I am always motivated by big goals. It feels so good to slowly see it shrink down to manageable size. Best of luck!

  14. 1 November 2018 / 9:48 pm

    I use Nanowrimo every year to work on my book.

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