National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

Shhhhh. Do you hear that?

It’s the sound of thousands of writers scurrying out of their burrows to join in the mass hysteria known as National Novel Writing Month.

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That’s right folks! You heard it here first! October is upon us! November is just around the corner. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS!?

Every year October always seems to sneak up on me, and it’s a flurry of excitement, chills and disbelief that NaNoWriMo is almost here AGAIN (and that I just keep getting older omg). It’s one of the happiest seasons for many writers and every year I feel like it just keeps growing bigger and better. Not only that, but I admit to have just a bit of personal pride that such a significant event was founded in my own backyard, San Francisco!

So what is National Novel Writing Month?

Or, NaNoWriMo, as it’s been so fondly referred to? Well, let’s see what the official website has to say about it.

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

That’s right! The challenge is to write a 50,000 words novel in just ONE month! That’s it! The novel can be brand new or a continuation of a previous project. No one reads or judges your novel, and the community embraces the concept of a “bad” first draft. It’s a completely personal journey, but with a HUGE, awesome, fun-loving community of writers to back you up and encourage you! WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE!?

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If it’s not clear, I ADORE NaNoWriMo!

I’ve been participating since 2007 (…or 2009? WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME??) and I’ve won only two times. I know, not the greatest track record of all time, but year after year I always come back like the sad little bunny I truly am. For me, the point of NaNoWriMo isn’t about winning. It’s about pushing your boundaries. It’s trying something new and having fun, even if you come up short. It’s about helping other writers and making friends along the way.

I always finish NaNo feeling accomplished in some way, even if I don’t have a complete (or near complete) manuscript. I learn new things about my writing and about my goals of being a writer. But first things first, I have to prepare!


  • Finish outlining! I never join NaNo without a solid outline in place, and I have a million new novels clamoring to be chosen. I need to CHOOSE one and get to work!
  • Make sure my life isn’t a complete mess so I can devote as much time to writing as possible.
  • Write a million articles about why NaNo is amazing and why YOU should be doing it too. Hoping this happens. Stay tuned.
  • Try not to get too overwhelmed and scurrying back to my hidey-hole.

So let’s go people! Whose with me!? October won’t last forever, and it’s time to get to work!

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Are you going to join in National Novel Writing Month? How do you prep? Do you know what you’re writing yet? DO YOU LOVE IT AS MUCH AS I DO??

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