The last two years, I have not participated in National Novel Writing Month.  I miss it.  But the last two years I have been struggling to write something for publication.

This year, I’m going to do it.  For those unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it’s… well it’s not a competition, it’s a challenge.  Starting November 1st, you have 30 days to get 50,000 words written on a book, any book.  Also, it’s about getting words onto the page.

You are supposed to silence your inner editor.  No rewriting.  No fixation on grammar and spelling.  No double checking for lost threads.  Technically, 50,000 words is a novel, albeit a short one.

A handful of my published novels are NaNoWriMo novels.  And while I know I can write 70,000 words in 7 days (which is possibly the fastest I have ever written, well, I’d have to do some calculations with Dark Cotillion to be sure).  NaNoWriMo requires me to do some planning beyond just putting my fingers on the keys and reminds me that I can write that fast if I can get past my own brain and inner editor.

I enjoy the challenge a great deal as well.  Despite the hard work, it’s fun.  And helps me remember that writing is fun.  I know they say if you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life, but no matter how much I love writing, there are days when it is definitely work.  And when it’s hard, there isn’t much you can do but push forward…

Which is why I love NaNo.  If you are an aspiring author, I highly recommend participating in NaNoWriMo at least once, take up the gauntlet and write like possessed by madness.

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo

  1. Of course I just had to stumble across this post. I was innocently stalking your blogs/posts to see if you were continuing the Dreams & Reality series past 13 and came across this in literally my second click. Seriously Hadena, why must you do this to me?! I remember a while back you were having serious health problems & struggling to write. I commiserated with you because I had been forced to leave corporate America for my own health issues. It had always been my dream to do that (minus the health issues & on my own terms) & write full time, since I was already editing for Indy authors and writing some myself, however the pain was so debilitating that writing got pushed back & that made me feel even worse.

    Your post was just the kick I needed to do NaNoWriMo this year. It’s a great motivator & something to keep me accountable. I have surgery 3 days before Nov, so we’ll see how things go, but at least now I have an actual goal & deadline. I’m glad this reminded me about NaNo, even though it didn’t provide me with answers about Ace! Haha

    Good luck with your submission & I hope you’re feeling better!

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