November- NaNoWriMo Month

For the past two years I have unofficially done NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. By unofficially I mean I did not register on the official site nor did I enter my manuscript for consideration.

This is a world wide challenge with hundreds of thousands of people participating. The challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

There are few rules, but the 50,000 words must be some semblance of a story or stories. It can be a rough first draft that will need lots and lots of work to refine it, but it can’t be the same word typed 50,000 times.

The past two years I’ve not quite met the 50,000 words. Last year I had over 40,000 but did not get to the 50,000 in 30 days. I find it a great incentive to set my butt in the chair and write daily. The average word count for each day is 1667. I never found that number of words a hard target until I “had” to do it daily. Some days it took hours to reach that goal. When my muse is cooperating, I can get that many words in an hour and a half. Different people use different approaches to complete the 50,000 words and each must do what works for them.

This year I am in the middle of another writing project and could not take the 30 days away to do NaNoWriMo. It’s funny though how it’s on the back of my mind. Today would be day three. Both yesterday and today I checked my word count to see if I managed to get at least 1667 words. It’s almost like a secret challenge this year.

Lots of amazing authors I know are participating and I’m cheering them on. Maybe next year I’ll schedule better and work a new project into November so that I can be part of the official fun.

About Linda O'Toole

Women's Fiction Author
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1 Response to November- NaNoWriMo Month

  1. Diane Tibert says:

    I’m unofficially taking the challenge this year. It’s my first time. Before I had always been too busy and couldn’t commit. This time, I thought, ‘just go for it’. So far, I’ve done my 1,667 words a day, but it’s on ten days in. Twenty more to go.

    I’m writing a completely new story, one I thought up just for this challenge.

    The main thing is the writing, and you’re writing whether you’re writing for NaNoWriMo or for yourself.


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