Saturday, October 23, 2010


That’s right, it’s that time again. November 1st is coming. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about let me introduce you to National Novel Writing Month. (

About twelve years ago Chris Baty and a few friends thought it would be fun to see if they could write a novel in a month. That is the day NaNoWriMo was born. National Novel Writing Month is a challenge where you try to write 50,000 words in the month of November. It is NOT a competition. You’re not going against anyone and no one’s going to judge your writing when you’re done. It’s just you and that empty page… or Word document... or typewriter paper.

50,000 words in 30 days. That’s 1667 words a day. That may sound like a lot but let me tell you that it’s not impossible. Last year was my first time participating and I never wrote anything that long. I never thought I could. But I won. It was down to the last hours but I did it. I edited and printed that book out later and I have never been happier to be holding that much paper in my life. I had so much fun doing this.

My friends thought I was crazy, family was cheering me on, and everyone on facebook was confused by all the numbers when I would post my word count. I also discovered an entire group on the site from my city that gets together regularly throughout the month to write. I never knew many people that wrote, people who I could talk to and they know exactly what’s going on because they’re going through it too. I was so happy to find a group of like minded people. I just went to a Kick Off information meeting today and it was great seeing old friends and new faces.

I got so much from doing this last year! Inspiration, motivation, and a manuscript that I never thought I’d have. This month I’ll be all about quantity and not quality. Worrying about making a perfect first draft is what stops people from writing sometimes and NaNoWriMo takes that worry away. If you have ever thought about writing a book, check out their website, sign up for NaNoWriMo and give it a try.

Any NaNoers here already? Are you ready? Are you excited?! I know I am. Well, I’m excited anyways. :)


  1. After a few plays, I've been aching to try my hand at writing a novel, but I've been putting it off. "Oh, maybe next week I'll start." "Tomorrow sounds good." "Maybe when I get home from work." I think your post has just inspired me to start.

    (Off topic: I just wrote a post that slightly discusses publication

  2. That's awesome! I'm glad I could provide that nudge. :)

    (I believe I was reading that post as you were posting here. Lol! I can only hope to have such success in the future.)

  3. (Haha, if I can do it, you can do it! Just write that novel, edit edit edit, and send it away!)

  4. w00t w00t w00t. I am so ready for NaNoWriMo to begin and I know you will totally rock it this year Sarah! And in case you c an't tell, yeppers I am excited!!