NaNoWriMo 2017

Welcome November.

Happy November everyone.

November is National Novel Writing Month.

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I have joined NaNoWriMo 2017 which is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that participants attempt to write a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30th.

I found out about this great project by accident and decided it was something that I must do. I have been dreaming of writing my memoir for years and have started writing it and then restarted it and have had bits and pieces of it written for years, but have never gotten serious enough to tackle it and finish it.

About a year ago I decided to get more serious about my writing and started up my blog and other little projects here and there. A few months ago, I got very serious about my memoir and started writing it again, but this time I made a storyboard type of rough draft outline, wrote my real outline and a plan of my chapters I knew I wanted to include in my memoir. I finally knew how I wanted to write my memoir. I was ready and began the process. I had a great start going for a while, but again I got side tracked with too many other projects and I stopped.

I think NaNoWriMo will help me stay focused and will give me an incentive to keep writing and hopefully be able to finally complete my memoir.

That means during this month of November I will be very busy writing every day on my memoir and may not have as much time as usual to write on my blog.

Sorry to say I may be away for a little while. I usually try to write at least one post a day on my blog, but I will not be able to do that this month as I will be focusing on my memoir first.

Plus, I have a silly part-time job as well, that keeps getting in my way of my writing. I wish I was independently wealthy and didn’t need to work, I could write and play on my computer and draw and paint and do things like that all day long. I have too many projects and just not enough time.

I am not even sure if NaNoWriMo allows memoirs to be written, but I am doing it anyway as a way to keep me focused and to learn new things about writing and get support from other writers. It should be fun. I just wish I never had to work at my part-time job, but I do need the money. That’s life. I guess I have ot be an adult. Shoot.

I think this is something I must do and I am going to give it my best shot to write at least 50,000 words in a month, which averages about 1700 words per day. I am up for the challenge and I am going to do the best I can at reaching my goals.

My word total for November 1st and 2nd is…. drumroll please….

6707 words.

Yay. That was great for two days but I know as time goes on it will become more difficult as I will have to work and things like that. I didn’t have to work today, so that was great.


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NaNoWriMo Facts

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) believes stories matter. The event began in 1999, and in 2005, National Novel Writing Month became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. NaNoWriMo’s programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMothe Young Writers ProgramCome Write In, and the “Now What?” Months.

In 2016:

  • 384,126 participants, including 71,229 students and educators in the Young Writers Program, started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
  • 1,168 libraries, bookstores, and community centers opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program.
  • 60,951 Campers tackled a writing project—novel or not—at Camp NaNoWriMo.

Hundreds of NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published.
 They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s CinderSee a full list of our published authors.

Each year, authors offer mentorship to our participants through pep talksPast author mentors have included Gene Luen Yang, John Green, N. K. Jemisin, and Veronica Roth.

NaNoWriMo is an annual event which challenges authors and aspiring writers to undertake the huge effort of writing 50,000 words throughout the month of November. That is an average of 1,667 words per day, which can be immensely challenging for any writer.

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  1. I’m doing Nanowrimo this month too! (obv this month lmao) but I’m super excited to get back into writing again too, I joined as I figured it would get me back on track and have a set goal in mind. It’s going to be a lot of work, but it’ll be fun!!

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    1. I think it will be fun too and a way to make me stay focused. I only hate it when work gets in the way…. lol Good luck. I hope we both reach our goal of 50,000 words. What is your name on Nanowrimo? I can look you up to add you to my buddy list if you wouldn’t mind. Happy writing. Hugs, Sue

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