The Challenge of NaNoWriMo

Drumroll, please:

I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, this November. If you haven’t heard of it, this is a global phenomenon where people commit to writing a 50,000 word novel (at least! Some people do much more!) in a month. Yes, that’s the catch. You can plan all you want, but the actual writing takes place between November 1st and 30th.

This will be my first time doing NaNo. I’m excited about it. I’ve been stuck in revisions of my novel for so long that the idea of writing something totally new and from scratch is appealing. To meet new characters and see what they do in this crazy world I’ve created for them. And to throw obstacles in their way as fast as I can think of them.


But NaNo is going to be a huge challenge. It means writing a lot, every day. And the thing about NaNoWriMo is that the other things don’t go away while you’re doing it. Dinner still doesn’t make itself. Groceries don’t magically appear in the fridge. And work isn’t keen on the idea of me taking November off. Plus, there are people who live in my house who demand a lot of attention. Plus, I have kids. 😉

Oh, and then there’s this day in November where friends and family want you to eat a lot of food and spend time with them.


Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Have you done it before? What are the biggest challenges and rewards to writing a novel in a month? Let me know!