NaNoWriMo Attempt

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It is almost that time of year again, National Novel Writing Month. It is a challenge to write a full novel in a month, or at least 50,000 words of a novel, in the month of November. The idea is to use the month to put yourself into overdrive and get out that first draft.

I have done NaNoWriMo since 2012. In that time I have only ‘won” twice. I tend to get stuck in the middle of the novel and fizzle out. I do enjoy the challenge though and this year the challenge is going to be much bigger than usual for me.

While I do plan on participating I know that my odds of even coming close to winning this year are very slim. Not only do I have a major work even, a Poetry SLAM for 26 teams with 400 kids that I am primarily in charge of planning, it is also my birthday month (I am turning 30), Thanksgiving and I have also decided to buy a house.

So the fact that I am going to add “write a whole novel in 30 days” to my list of a thousand things to do is a huge hurdle to jump. While I know that my odds of getting close to 50,000 words in the month are low, I do want to use this time to get as much down as possible. I like the challenge. I love the shared feeling of pushing towards a goal.

I do want to try to go to a few write ins though not sure when I’ll make time for that. NaNoWriMo for me this year is a more of a challenge to prove to myself that I can make time to write. I know my life is much busier than it has been in the past but that does not mean my writing has to suffer. I can make this work and I plan on showing myself that in November.

I also am going to try something else. Instead of handwriting everything I am going to try typing and see where that gets me. I will probably still handwrite pieces of it because I just love to handwrite when I write but because of time I may do most of it directly in typing in order to get closer. We will see if that gets me anywhere close to the story I have in mind.

If you are doing NaNoWriMo be sure to add me as a friend and maybe that will help me stay on track better! My name is on the site is Shmibby.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo?

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Posted on October 27, 2018, in Writer's Perspective and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Thanks! Yeah the experience is more important! Good luck!

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  2. Full plate! Best of luck. I’ll be chugging along too (Shyla30). Honestly, I’m in it for the experience, not the word count, so I get where you’re coming from. Enjoy!

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  3. Hope so
    Fingers crossed for you!

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  4. Thanks! Yeah it’s definitely hard to do when you have school and extra things to do! I like to participate but this time I just want to get some progress and I’ll be happy

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  5. I am currently writing a short story, I wish I could join but medicne school is already stress enough for me, maybe next year when I will have graduated! Good luck 🙂

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