Saturday, October 01, 2011


As many of you know, November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. For those who don't know, writers participating in NaNoWriMo attempt to write 50,000 words of a novel in a single month.

As a parent of three with a full time day job outside the home, not to mention how busy November tends to be with holiday drama and school activities, this doesn't seem very practical for the everyday writer. So, I'm curious if any of you have attempted this feat? Was it a success and motivate you more or did it actually block your productivity?


Rashda/Mina Khan said...

I have participated in NaNoWriMo before and loved it. Lots of positive writing energy and fun (at least the part headed by Austin, TX has been :)). At the same time, it can also be very overwhelming & yes, you need to be disciplined about time.

This year, I have my novella --The Djinn's Dilemma (sorry couldn't resist the shameless plug)--coming out Nov. 1, so I'm skipping NaNo. So you have to decide whether your life and NaNo are good fits or not.

I think the key is embracing the fun, reconizing it is a challenge and having realistic expectations (you may not reach the wordcount & that's not the end of the world; even if you reach the goal, the pages will be a mess; and your house will probably be a mess by the end of the month).

If you do try, good luck! And enjoy :)

Ann Stewart said...

I've written 60k in two weeks during the summers when I'm out of school and the kids are at summer camp, but other than that, I've never finished.

I use NaNo as a way to puch myself with some other "doable" goal like writing every day. Maybe that will help.

Cari Hislop said...

I've never done it (I don't write that fast) but I have a friend who did it a few years ago (she has two small kids) and wrote a whole book. It was really good too. I think some people work better with a deadline. I'm the opposite. For me a deadline becomes an artistic garotte. I'll be over the moon if I can finish the book I've been working on for three years before the end of November. Two chapters and an epilogue to go. If only I could wave a wand and write faster.

Carla Swafford said...

Kat, perfect timing! We are having a presentation at the October meeting about this very thing!

Nope. I haven't done it. Maybe next year.

Louisa Cornell said...

I've never tried it, Kat, but the idea of being held accountable for producing SOMETHING every day has its appeal. I think Rashda has the right take on it. Use it as a motivational tool, do the best you can and don't beat yourself up if you don't make every single goal.

I am debating doing it. I need to finish my current book by the end of November and I could use a push to get that done.