NaNoWriMo Update (Or “Oh Dear God, What Have I Done?”)

So, as the title to this little update implies, I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year! For the first time ever!

If you are not familiar with the concept of NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. The basic idea is that during the month of November, you churn out an entire novel. In the writing community, it’s a pretty darn big deal. I’ve never participated before, because frankly, the idea of writing an entire novel in a month seemed impossible to me. But it definitely can be done. There are quite a few books out there that are products of NaNoWriMo, including Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus, which is one of my favorites.

I decided that going with someone fun and low stress would enormously improve my chances of success, so I decided to take a story for middle grade kids that I had started a few months ago and see where things went.

So far, so good! I’ve been pretty good at least writing most every day. This past Friday I participated in a Write-In at my local library with a good crowd of other writers. It was super fun to be in the library after hours and I was able to get a huge chunk of story knocked out. Not quite two weeks in and I’m pushing the halfway point. It’s been an immensely satisfying experience and I hope that I can keep up this same momentum.

So wish me luck! And if you are another writer participating this year, you’re kicking butt!! I can’t wait to read what some of you are doing!

 

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