Monday, November 01, 2010

A Celebration of NaNo!

National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo as it's affectionately called) has arrived!

Every November for the last decade or so, authors around the world have set aside the month to make a mad race at writing a 50,000 word novel. It's a lesson in tenacity, breaking rules, and, above all else, just writing. It's a way to break out of a writer's block routine. To just get your story down on paper (or in bytes.)

Last year, I wrote about 55,000 words on a novel called Beyond Dead. Since I'm still working on editing Homebody and Cora's Song, I haven't had a chance to do much more than clean up B.D. But I'm planning to work on it, probably in the second half of 2011.

I'm not planning to do NaNo this year. For some reason, every time I do NaNo (or something similar,) I end up getting pregnant. Can't take that risk this year!

However, I do wish those I know who are making that insane run at 50,000 the best. Know you can do it! I did it in 2009, finishing on Thanksgiving Day. Even being sick, and having several days where I didn't write. (Probably morning sickness, but I didn't find out I was pregnant until December. If I'd known, I'd probably have given up!)

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?

Until next time,



For additional information, check out my post from last year. You can check out the NaNo website here.

5 comments:

K.M. Weiland said...

Hooray for NaNo! I'm not competing, but I wish all kinds of luck to those who are.

Liberty Speidel said...

Same here!

Ruth Rockafield said...

I'm happily competing this year. I'm a two-time NaNo winner, achieving 125K in 2008 and 250K in 2009. I'm not shooting for anything that glorious this year--no of course not! I said I couldn't make it to those insane levels the past two years too. But this said... First day was painful; but my definition of painful means I had to work for those 10,000+ words that I now have to my name!

Viva la NaNo! :D lol! I love this silly sport. :D

Liberty Speidel said...

Good job, Ruth! :) Feel free to check back in and post your successes at the end of the month.

Ruth Rockafield said...

I will. :)

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