Writing and NaNoWriMo

Saugeen Shores-20131013-00400Well, winter’s been doing its best to threaten us this week–icy car windows, the scramble to find mittens and scarves, fat flakes of snow flying horizontally past windows, but none of the snow has stayed on the ground long enough to be considered ‘real’ snow. Personally, I’d like winter to wait just a little longer. Fall has been extraordinarily beautiful here. We must have had just the right kind of summer weather we needed to create the oranges, golds, and yellows that still brighten the trees.

Today is a sit-by-the-fire-and-watch-the-sleet kind of day. And a writing day, too. Naturally, there are lots of other items on the to-do list, but writing is going to be top of the agenda for the next hour or two. Nice.

Are you planning to try National Novel Writing Month  (NaNoWriMo) this November? I’m working with some other writers on an amended version of the NaNo challenge to get a couple of my current projects past the stalled stage. We all set our own goals, or use the NaNo daily, 1667-word-count that produces a 50,000-word novel by November 30th.  Some of the writers in my group will be signed up for NaNo, and others, like me, will have their own daily word count goals. Either way, we will be checking in every day to report on our progress. If you’re signed up for NaNo, I’d love to hear what you’re planning to work on, and I also wish you every success.

I’m going to shut things down for a while, get out the journal, and do some writing. Since it’s November 1st next week, I’ll be brainstorming some new first-of-the-month writing prompts, too.

Hope you find some creative time today!

9 thoughts on “Writing and NaNoWriMo

  1. Once again I am missing out. My house is a disaster as I am in the early stages of reconstruction from the storm damage done last year. Getting the insurance and builder on board has been quite an experience! Perhaps that is something to write about if I survive it all! 🙂 I haven’t had a kitchen since last Saturday…

  2. I will be doing nano. I’m working at my own pace. I never try to win just try I just try to get a good story out. I love the community over there. I’m working on the story I started in namo camp in April. I’m just counting the words I write next month .

    The story is called Bound By Nothing. It’s about a young woman and her friends misadventures.

      • Actually your words make perfect sense. You’re doing what I’ve been hesitating to do and that is sign up for NaNo knowing that I’m not going to write anywhere near 50,000 words. I’ve finally come to the conclusion that actually counting my words will be a good way for me to stick with my writing plan for the month. Having done NaNo before, I also enjoy the motivating emails that they send out to keep you writing and working towards your goal. Thanks for tipping the scales for me Melody. I’m signing up for NaNo right now!

      • My NaNo name is Moonlitnight if you want to add me as a buddy. I’m glad you are joining. Some people go in as rebels. I tried that last year. But I had a hard time focusing on two total different types of projects. This time I’m sticking to the one. People post there all year around so you can always find support.

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