I Will Write a Novel

I have signed up to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

I heard about NaNoWriMo for the first time about a year ago on Pinterest. In case this is the first you’ve heard of it, NaNoWriMo is an annual event in November for anyone who wants to write a novel (50,000 words) in 30 days.

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You might be thinking, “50,000 words in 30 days, that’s crazy talk!”

Yes, yes it is.

But it can be done. Almost 59,000 people reached the goal in 2014.

You may recall from a previous post that I have let fear stop me from trying creative writing in the past. NaNoWriMo seems like a great opportunity to force myself to get over it and have fun trying to reach a lofty goal.

To prepare, I am reading No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty. This book has been very helpful and encouraging, because, well, I have no plot. Just a general idea of a couple of main characters and a vague idea of what I sorta want to kinda happen. I would like to have this a little more sorted out by November 1, but I plan to participate this year as a “pantser” – one who dives into this with little preparation and flies by the seat of his/her pants.

I would love to hear from anyone who has participated in NaNoWriMo in the past or who will be participating this year. If you are not participating, I would love to hear any words of encouragement you might have. 🙂

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7 thoughts on “I Will Write a Novel

  1. With the community and support of fellow writers, and a deadline to shoot for, there is perhaps no better time to delve into writing than November. The truth is you really may discover that your writing isn’t very good, but what else do you expect for a new craft? Like with anything else, the more you practice, the better you could become. NaNo is a great place/time to practice.

    One piece of advice–I would suggest that you do take the next 3 weeks to try to flesh out an idea. I’m not saying go as far as an outline if you don’t want to or don’t have time, but after reading a lot of NaNo-related blog posts just this last month, I’ve come to realize that pantsing is usually the downfall of new writers. A lot of people enjoy the freedom of pantsing, and that’s fine. However, what I’ve seen is that pantsing *more often* leads to losing, or at least to the Wrimo disliking the outcome. So many have said, “I hate planning, but I want to do better this year, so I’m going to plan a little.”

    I didn’t mean to get preachy there, and of course it’s completely up to you. Just wanted to share some insight.

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    • Thank you for the feedback. I was actually a little torn between pantsing and planning. Like orangepondconnects said, I am a little worried that I’d be lost without an outline. My concern with being a planner was that I’d chicken out if I planned to have an outline by November 1 but didn’t have the *perfect* outline and I’d just give up before starting (that’s just me and I’ve been working for quite some time to get over that). My guess is that once I’ve gone through this and know what to expect, I will probably be a planner next time.

      I do plan to do more prep over the next few weeks to at least flesh out the characters and put together a loose outline.

      From what I have seen of the writing community, the majority of people are very supportive and helpful.

      Thanks again!


      • I’m definitely lost without an outline. I pantsed once…spent as much of the month writing backstory to one of the characters as I did writing the actual story, because I didn’t know where I wanted to go with it. Even the amount of planning you’re talking about can make all the difference.

        Good luck with your first NaNo! Hopefully you can muzzle your perfectionist side for a while.

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