That title kinda looks like gibberish, doesn’t it? I promise it’s not! For the uninitiated that impossible looking acronym is shorthand for National Novel Writing Month. Every year from November 1-30, people all over the world write a whole novel in one month. A first draft of a novel but a novel, nevertheless.

I’ve participated since 2006 or so. I wasn’t going to do it this year but last night, two days and roughly 3600 words behind schedule, I decided to jump in anyway. One, it didn’t feel right not to. Two, seeing many of my friends posting their word counts spurred me on. So, I decided that I should just go ahead and do it. I signed up and started writing last night.

I’m not going to hedge: I’ve never finished. For various reasons. Some years I gave up after my idea fizzled out. Other years I was in target and some extreme life circumstances intervene. This year, I’m not making myself any crazy promises. I also have the added challenge of attempting to write my minimum 50,000 words on my smartphone (the only word processor/computer I have) while also keeping up with this blog…

Still, I’m going to try. I’d rather fail, than not put myself out there. And who knows? Maybe this year I’ll finish when my own expectations are lowest. (That sounded bad, didn’t it? LOL! I just mean not pressuring myself so much that I crack.)

Happy Thursday, all. All my finds for the week tomorrow (including the promised DwellStudio bling). Until then… 🙂

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo

  1. A Minimalist

    A novel in one month! It sounds just crazy idea…love it! lool Well some people have the dream of make a novel in there life, so if you try every year sooner or later u’ll make that dream come true : )

    Is the contest international? Or is just possible to write in english?

    So just wish you all the luck to your time line novel, be free to share some ideas on the blog, I would love to read it.



  2. Jo Post author

    NaNoWriMo is international and I’m sure you can write your novel in your native language. They just verify your word count during the last five days of the month to determine if you are a winner. Which is actually just completion of the 50,000 word challenge. So, if you wanted to participate, it’s not too late! Check out, all the info for signing up and whatnot is there.

    Thanks for your kind words and support. I’m sure if I finish, I’ll be happy to share the results. 🙂

  3. A Minimalist

    Confess I love much more to read than to write. Altought the idea it’s very creative for the amount of time. This year I already have my piece of challenges. But next year I might go for the fun. So for now just hope you get to finish your nobel : ) Good luck!



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