Sunday, October 19, 2014

Doing NaNoWriMo

Ana muses about participating in NaNoWriMo.

I registered for NaNoWriMo this weekend. Partly on a dare, partly because I know I respond to pressure.

I tried the writing challenge several years ago, before I had formed many close friendships with dedicated writers. I fell way short of the 50,000 word goal. I may fall short again, but this November I will have people to answer to and daily exhortations of encouragement. 1667 words per day is the daily average.

I have the story outline and character profiles developed.  I have a new laptop  I can take to work and on the road. (I have four craft shows to do on weekends in November.) I need to send my internal editor off on a slow boat for Indonesian takeout. I need to get up early and swear off playing Hayday.

I will do my best, though I do need sleep. It will be fun to try.

Are you?


  1. Although I've never done NaNoWriMo, I do a similar challenge in February. I find it helpful to make my daily writing my priority and get it out of the way early. Good luck!

  2. What challenge do you do in February, jen?

    1. My local chapter does a JeRoWriMo (as in Jersey Romance Writer's Month) with a goal of 30,000 words in 28-29 days. I even have a cute little rhino pin that I got for completing it one year! :) These types of challenges are fantastic for the discipline. I really need it this year!!!

  3. Good luck, Ana. I did NaNo a couple of years ago, and although I did manage to complete it, I found the hardest (and most frustrating!) part was turning off my inner editor!

  4. Good luck, Ana!

    I tried NaNo once and didn't get very far at all. I think it's a great challenge Maybe someday when I'm retired and can write all day for an entire month. Or maybe create something of my own in the summer when I'm off...SuNoWriMo (Summer Novel Writing Month)?!?!?!?

    My RWA Chapter did a Friday night thing for a while...write 1000 words in an hour. Everyone would check in with everyone else at the end of the hour and Tweet and post their progress. Motivation and encouragement go a long way!