My NaNoWriMo Round 4: Week 1

Happy November! It’s every writer’s favorite 30-day stretch: National Novel Writing Month. And it only means one thing: It’s time to get writing.

That’s right. It’s NaNoWriMo time.

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What Is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)?

In case you haven’t heard, the writing community dedicates the entire month of November to writing a novel. That’s 50,000 words of creativity in a four-week span.

That’s a lot of words.

Here are the rules to the NaNoWriMo challenge:

  • You can only write the novel November 1-30. Outlines, character sketches and notes can be written prior as long as you don’t add it into your final word count.
  • You must reach at least 50,000 words before December 1 in order to win the challenge.
  • Have fun! Don’t stress out!

Think you’re up to the challenge? There’s still time to sign up here.

How I’m Participating This Year

In years past, November was the worst month for me to take on the National Novel Writing Month challenge. I was traveling across the country or still catching up from the new job I started.

So I developed my own writing challenge that was on a smaller scale but still dedicated to furthering my creative writing. I called it My NaNoWriMo and I have done this year after year after year.

I committed myself to adhering to these rules:

  1. I chose one writing project to be my focus.
  2. I wrote at least 10 pages each week.
  3. I blogged about my progress each week in November.

After three years of practice rounds, I am making the big leap. This year, I am participating in NaNoWriMo for reals. I’m going to write 10,000+ words, not ten pages, a week.

Whew, now it’s in writing. And I signed up (so be my writing buddy!). I officially can’t turn back.

What That Means For My Blog

Each week in November, I’ll blog about my progress, my obstacles, my successes and my goals. That way, you can follow along on my creative writing journey while I dedicate an entire month to completing my manuscript.

This week, my goal is to reach 10,002 words. And, if I have time, make some room for traveling. Because why not set the stakes higher?

Ready, set, write! Are you taking on the NaNoWriMo challenge this month? Share your November writing plans below.


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