NaNoWriMo 2014: A New Adventure Awaits!

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It’s that time of year again! Writing. Madness. Caffeine, if you’re a coffee drinker. Thousands of participants. Forum conversations. Inspiration. Plot bunnies. Writer’s block. And, most importantly:

50,000 words. 30 days.

I’m talking, of course, about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, sometimes shortened to just NaNo). It’s an amazing event that has taken place every November since 1999. People all around the world gather together via the Internet to cheer each other on as they each attempt a seemingly impossible goal: to write a 50,000 word draft of a novel in 30 days. That translates to about 1,667 words per day.

“That sounds insane,” you might be thinking. “Is that even possible? Why would anyone even want to attempt it?”

Well, first off, I can assure you that it is possible. I’ve done it every year since 2009, and have won each time. (When you say you “won” NaNo, all you mean is that you reached the goal of 50,000 words. It’s not really a contest — no prizes or anything.) So, yes, it is possible, although quite challenging. In fact, as I understand it, less than half of NaNo participants win each time it happens. Even if you don’t win, though, it’s an absolute blast if you’re into writing, or if you’ve had a story you’ve been wanting to write for a long time.

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This NaNoWriMo will be my first time while in school and while having a job, so I know I’m going to be more time-crunched than usual. I’m also a little nervous that I might not be able to win, and I don’t fancy the idea of breaking my streak. Still, though, it’s been so much fun every year that I’d hate to miss out on it, so I think it’s definitely worth the risk!

Curious? Maybe even thinking you’d like to participate this year? Head on over to the NaNoWriMo website and check it out! I’d start with the About, How it Works, and FAQ sections. And if you do decide to sign up, add me as a buddy if you like!

Even if you don’t decide to participate, I hope you’ll pray/cheer for me as I embark on my sixth noveling adventure!

November is just around the corner. *evil chuckle*

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4 Comments

  1. Aaaaaah I’m so not ready! I need to plot my novel! *cue panic*

    I hope you’ll survive NaNoing during college and job! O_O I have some sort of equivalent, given that I’m MLing and will probably be on a road trip for the second half of November… >.> *cough*yesI’mdoomed*cough*

    Do you have a plot yet? :) BEST OF LUCK I’LL BE CHEERING YOU ALONG. :D

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  2. I’m so pumped!!! :D Except…I still have TONS to plot before November gets here. But I’m still crazy excited.

    I think it’s awesome you decided to do it even though you have work and school. Even if you don’t reach that 50k, you’re a winner just for attempting it amidst all your busyness. But I have every bit of faith in you that you can totally get that 50k. You got this!

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