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I did it.

I signed up for the craziness that is NaNoWriMo. I also messed up my profile which makes me look like a newbie at this, but that is ok. I have been attempting NaNo almost every year since 2003.

If you are not familiar, the acronym stands for NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth. It is a time where writers all over the world attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.

This exercise is always good for me, although, depending on your frame of mind, it can be stressful. I have eased off the pressure I traditionally put on myself because it seems every November some big thing comes up in my life that interferes greatly. So, I give it my best and every year I approach it hoping I will be successful.

My daughter and a few friends signed up to write this year, so I am excited to have a few buddies to share my pain. The people who participate make up a lovely and supportive community. Many cities also have local write-ins where you can gather with like-minded people during the challenge if that is your thing. I am more of a solitary writer.

If you are interested, you can click over to the website and read about it and perhaps sign up. It really is a very cool experience and an exercise in persistence and vulnerability.

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26 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo”

  1. Good luck with the challenge, Maggie. I am suitably amazed that you have been around this idea since 2003. I didn’t even have a computer then… 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. A friend was able to finish a book for middle schoolers using this method. Now editing remains another daunting task. I wouldn’t thrive since I tend to conserve words.

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    1. It is a good exercise in just getting the words out, there is another whole month dedicated to editing. When I was teaching, I enrolled my students to write, then my job was eliminated. I was so disappointed. No one else picked up the gauntlet to run with it.

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  3. In November I used to do NaBloPoMo [National Blog Post Month] but I’m not sure if it’s still around. I wish you well as you write your novel. As I recall the support among the bloggers as we did the challenge was great. Hoping it’ll be the same for you in NaNoWriMo.

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      1. It was a *thing* at one time, like a decade ago. Blogher organized the challenge and kept the online lists. It was fun, but NaBloPoMo died out as bloggers became more concerned with being in a niche, having a clique– than making random connections. I still have my badges on my About page. Just cuz

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