NaNoWriMo 16 Days and Counting!


It’s that time of year again, my friends – National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I did it again. I signed up for the wicked craziness of trying to write 50,000 words in 30 days during November. I’ve mentioned before on this blog that I have insanity issues.

I didn’t quite make it last year, so this is my moon landing declaration for this year.

I’m an ‘official participant’ and on or before December 1st, I plan on being an ‘official winner.’

Take that, NaNoWriMo! While I didn’t succeed at the 50,000 words last year, it did give me the start to my mystery/crime thriller, Baby Brokers. I intend to use this year to keep going on the novel. Unless something else pops into my head at the time. Which we all know is quite likely to happen.

If you have any kind of story that has been lurking in the dark recesses of your brain, this is the perfect time to let it spill out. I highly recommend NaNoWriMo. Is your inner critic whispering…

  • I don’t have time.
  • I’m already over-worked!
  • I haven’t found time all year for writing so what makes me think now will work?
  • My novel idea isn’t good enough.
  • There’s a long holiday weekend in November and I have to cook, clean, travel, visit, watch football, or be a couch potato.


Take that evil little critic and stomp on him, or at least put him in a box, for the month of November and WRITE. Write without editing, without stopping, without breathing (okay, maybe not the last one, but you get the point). Don’t let your inner critic stop you from getting that story burning in your gut onto paper.

My advice? Participate in NaNoWriMo and let it all go. For once, it’s okay to do that. But don’t take pictures. I don’t want to see them.

Just write to write and let the words speak for themselves. You can edit it later, after December 1st.

So, what exactly is NaNoWriMo?

(directly from

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2011, we had 256,618 participants and 36,843 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

And I think you can, too!

To read about how NaNoWriMo works, click here.

Ready to write?

Sign up for NaNoWriMo here!

17 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 16 Days and Counting!

      1. Thank you, I somehow managed to win last year on the first go, but I honestly don’t know how! We got this!! *high 5 *


  1. I tried last year and failed, but if I can get politics out of head for even a day or two, I might give it another shot.

    Go for it, and with all the Good luck I can conjure.


  2. I’m SO excited about NaNo. This is actually my first year I’ll be doing it. I’d like to start after the New Year, writing one novel a month and I mean a Nano-size novel. My greatest challenge hasn’t been ideas, it’s been the discipline of actually sitting my butt down and doing the work without being distracted by the Internet. Whether it’s Facebook or Twitter or whatever, always something was distracting me until I created this software that actually stops me from using the Internet at all until I’ve written my daily word count. I’m letting some people beta-test it at my website. Kat, if you want to try it, you can:


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