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.

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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.

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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!

5 thoughts on “The Challenge of NaNoWriMo

  1. jkholmes92 says:

    I’m doing it! I did it last year, but only managed around 13,000 words. I think the hardest thing is consistently writing 1,667 words a day and resisting the urge to delete it all because it’s a complete unreadable and random jumble of words. (Which is why I’m handwriting this year. You can’t rub out pen!) My nieces and nephews visit weekly and I never get anything done so I applaud you being able to do with children of your own. Most of the time though it’s just my Dad and I at home and he naps a lot. His snoring is great background music. 🙂

  2. Mariah Klein says:

    Thanks for commenting, Jennifer! I am the same way about deleting and wanting to rewrite as I go. I’m going to try really hard not to do that. Best of luck to you. Let me know how it goes!

    Mariah

  3. I laughed out loud at the part about people demanding attention, and then also kids. 🙂 Glad you’re doing this! I can make a few dinners to cover you!

  4. M A Scott says:

    Best of luck on your endeavor! You are a braver soul than I (at least this year). Beware the ‘apres turkey’ effect! Happy writing.

  5. cmchavez says:

    I did NaNo for the first time last year and the best thing I did was to make sure that family and friends knew that I was committed to “winning” and to ask them not to be offended when I took the time for myself to write. It is one month of the year for a bit more “me” time than usual. Your writing deserves the chance so take it, rearrange a few things, designate someone else to do certain chores for you a couple times a week in exchange for extra special Christmas gifts. Grin, yes, bribery can work. Enjoy!

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