Monday, October 17, 2016

Am I Really Doing This?

National Novel Writing Month
November 1-30
The world needs your novel.

I've just signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

I'm out of my damned mind.

If you're doing NaNo, you're basically making a commitment to yourself to write a 50K word novel in the month of November. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

No. No, it's not.

It's SO not easy. I did NaNo back in 2008 and I didn't make the 50K word mark. But I did build a little story I want to get back to someday.

This is not that day.

I've been in a major depressive slump and haven't done any writing since last fall. Well, that's bullshit.

A friend of mind at work keeps asking me if I've been writing (she's read my first book and claims to love it, bless her) and I keep telling her no. But now she's holding me accountable, largely because I told her to. Just before a recent business trip, I told her to check in with me when I was back in the office, and to ask me if I'd made a fucking writing plan already.

She did. And I had.

It's NaNo. Because of course it has to be.

I broke out my monthly planner and penned (not penciled!) in when, and for how long, I'll write in November. I'll be working on the story I abandoned last fall, which has two chapters (that need revision, which I'll work on during the rest of October, as well as finishing up my research for the project).

Whether good, bad, or indifferent, I will bloody well finish this draft in November 2016. You know, barring Act of God or hangnail, or whatnot.

Who's with me???


  1. There's nothing easy about writing a novel in a month. Best of luck!

    1. Thanks, LG! I'll bet, with your discipline, you'd ace it, no problem!

  2. I'm behind you all the way! Not writing, just moral support. As you know, I'm a reader, not a writer.

  3. You can do it! If I can beat NaNo, anyone can.

    1. Yeah, but you're waaaay more disciplined than I! 😊

  4. Good! You can do it! It's so much easier to break it down into 1,667 words a day. And if you miss a day or take a break, just have a double down day. :)

  5. You can do it!

    Try this:

  6. Best of luck with NaNo! I attempted it years ago, back when I still wrote novels, and was always abysmal at it, LOL. Hope this ends up being the motivation you need to break out of your writing slump!

  7. Oh, I have been trying to decide. Thought maybe I should get the first chapter out to see if I could write a little more before deciding, but then realized those would be words that could go towards the count if I waited instead of wasting them in October. I finished two out of the three NaNos I have done, but thought maybe this time I could end up with more than just another 50k word document. ;) Best of luck to you!!


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