The question of the month is, November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not?
I’ve been taking part in NaNoWriMo on and off for years. If you're not familiar with it, the challenge is to write 50k words in 30 days. Wielder’s Fire, my third book in the Wielder’s Storm trilogy is a NaNo book. The fantasy and scifi I’m hoping to release next year are also NaNo books. They were all added to, of course, and heavily edited after the challenge.
NaNo helps me focus and encourages me to write a fast first draft. I love writing fast first drafts. This year I won’t be able to participate in the traditional way as I’d hoped. There will be too many interruptions and distractions in November. I will still try my best to get as many words as possible on a new fantasy I’m writing.
If you’d like to follow along and be my NaNo buddy, then you can find me as Lynfaw
How about you? Have you tried NaNoWriMo? Why do you love it (or not)?
This post was written for the IWSG. Every first Wednesday of the month, members post on their blogs about their writing insecurities or offer some encouragement to others. If you are new to the IWSG or want to learn more, then please go HERE.
Note: This is a prescheduled post. I'm not actually here at the moment. Remember those distractions I told you about? I'm on one of them now, down south visiting family for a week. I'll pop around the blogshpere when I get back. In the meantime, stay safe.
NaNo as always the kick in the butt I needed. I'm such a lazy writer.
I hope you enjoy your visit with your family. That's great that you produced some of your novels during NaNo.
More power to anyone who gets to 50K with Nano! I'm too slow a writer. Hope your distractions are fun.
It is very awesome to actually hear about a success story with NaNoWriMo. November is the tail end of corporate budget planning and frankly trying to be creative with numbers AND words at the same time tends to fry my brain (more than usual).
Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy visiting your family. I did that last weekend.
Enjoy your family visit!
I love NaNo!
Some of my series originated with NaNo too. Of course there's a lot of work to do after, but it's a good motivator if you need a kick to get words down.
I discovered NANA was not for me early on. Enjoy your visiting!
Have fun with those distractions and NaNo! :)
I find NaNo inspiring. Will do it when my plate is lighter. Safe Travels! Have Fun :)
Hi Lynda - enjoy seeing the family and that distractive time ... while I've enjoyed the books I've been privileged to read of yours ... cheers Hilary
Alex, I find that too. Even if I don't follow NaNo properly, it's still a good focus for my writing.
Natalie, I had a wonderful visit, thanks.
Liza, Some of the distractions were fun. I even went to a zoo!
Douglas, yeah I always wondered why they chose November when it's so close to end of year stuff for everyone. March would be better ;)
Diane, thanks, I had a great time with family.
Jemi, I love NaNo too!!!
Nick, exactly right: there's always a huge need to do extra work after NaNo to tidy up the mess I created.
Holly, that's understandable. It's not for everyone.
Tyrean, thanks so much :)
Damyanti, yeah, my plate is somewhat full at the moment too, thus I can't do NaNo in its fullest capacity this year. But I'll still attempt to get as many words in as possible.
Hilary, thanks so much. The family visit was wonderful.
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