Wednesday, October 31, 2012

NaNoWriMo or Bust

If you're a writer you probably heard of NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. I've wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo for the past two years, but missed it both times. This year I'm finally in a good place--just 20K into my new MS--so NaNo couldn't come at a better time. 

To say I'm nervous is a major understatement. I usually have a 2K writing goal for myself on the days that I write, but I don't write every single day. I'd say I write an average of 4 days a week. That said, I've done the math and 2K a day 4 times a week will not get me to the goal of 50K in one month. That makes me nervous.

Then there is the fact that we always have friends in town for Thanksgiving and that will nix at least 4 days of writing time from my schedule.Again, this makes me nervous. 


I have learned a few things about myself over the past few years of writing. One of those things is that I don't give up. Another is that I'm always ready for a challenge.

So...starting tomorrow I'll be knee deep in word count goals and swimming in that blissfully happy place that you can only find when you've written more than you expected. I'm sure I'll also be stressed out and worried about succeeding, but I'm excited to finally experience the month of craziness.

I saw a post on the lovely Katy Upperman's blog with this form to keep up with the month's progress:

Progress (word count or a general status update):
Current Mood:
Inspiration (a writing-related quote):
Goals as of Today:
Recent Favorite NaNo-WiP Line:
Non-NaNo News (because life DOES go on):
In My Downtime (ha!) I'm Reading:
You should read this blog post: By: Because:
Gratuitous Photograph (because she [Katy] loves 'em!  - and I do too!):
I definitely plan to use this, and encourage you to do so as well. 
If you're participating in NaNoWriMo, you can find and buddy me HERE. 

If you're not participating please wish me luck. Happy writing everyone! 


  1. I've had life interruptions in the past during NaNo, but still cranked out 50K (with some marathon writing sessions). You can do it! :)

  2. Good luck, I hope you it works well for you and your WIP!!