NaNoWriMo and Me

For a few years now, I’ve been deeply envious of all of the writers participating in NaNoWriMo.  I’ve admired the dedication it takes to commit to writing a FULL NOVEL in just a month.  I’ve appreciated the camaraderie and support that NaNoWriMo offers its participants.  I’ve done all of these things — from afar.

This year, however, a friend and fellow writer has convinced me to jump in and give it a shot myself.

So, today, I am announcing my very first entry into NaNoWriMo!  I’m signed up.  I’m working on an outline.  I’m going to write a novel this November.  I’m really looking forward to this!

Writing 50, 000 words in 30 days breaks down to just under 1,700 words per day.  I’m planning to set aside two writing times each day — one before and one after school during the week, and one before and after coffee on the weekends.  I’m hoping that by breaking up the writing times into to two, I will have a better shot of actually hitting the word count goal.  I’m also hoping that by posting my progress here on this blog, I will stay committed and motivated.

There are dozens and dozens of reasons I shouldn’t do this right now, but the one reason that I should do it obviously, overwhelmingly outweighs them all.

That’s my NaNoWriMo story, and I’m sticking to it.  (At least for the month of November.)

~Melissa

8 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo and Me

  1. I experienced the very Nano-jealousy you described two Novembers in a row before taking the plunge last year — and completing the 50K challenge! Get ahead if you can and bank extra words for the invariable day you can’t write for whatever reason. All the best to you, have a wonderful time.!

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      1. Nothing at all. It’s sitting in my hard drive. I had an absolute ball writing it, but it definitely has some issues. Its story arc is complete, but it needs to be significantly fleshed out (especially since it’s a historical). Also the ending (written last Nov 29 right around midnight!) has a definite “just want to be finished” quality, so that would need some work too in order to be more satisfying. I don’t know if I’ll ever do anything more with it, but the experience, plus the break from my other project, was absolutely wonderful. 🙂

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      2. The other project was/is my “real novel” — a Christian mystery. That story isn’t nearly as straightforward as the Nano book, and I’ve been wrangling with it a while now. What type of book will you be writing?

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      3. For NaNoWriMo, I will be working on a middle grade, realistic fiction. Something my students will (hopefully) like to read!

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