NaNoWriMo: Welcome November

Last year, as I created my 101 in 1001 list I went through many other lists and found so many awesome things to add to my own. One of those things was National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. I got SO excited that I signed up on the spot, completely forgetting that I was expecting my third child in November.

Once my preggo brain caught up with my preggo body I promised myself I would participate in 2011.

With three days of October left I just happened to catch a tweet about NaNoWriMo being just around the corner, sent me into a frenzy, but here I am all signed up and (reasonably) ready to go.

If you’ve not heard of this before, let me give you the important points; I have committed myself to writing a 50,000 novel by November 30th. You can’t start until the 1st of November and you have to write a work of fiction.

And I have committed myself to winning (which is what they call reaching the 50,000 word goal by the end of November).

Writing has forever been my dream, unfortunately I allowed others to influence my belief in myself, in my abilities and I gave up. This is my snatch at living my dream, even if only for a month. When November’s over we’ll see where I stand and how I feel about writing. About myself.

This feels like an important step for me, so, please feel free to encourage me in any way you can – chocolate and coffee is greatly appreciated. Or vodka – that could make for some interesting chapters.

As part of my participation I am hoping to raise some money for The Office of Light and Letters “where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential.” While I chase my dreams, it would be uplifting to know that I am also helping others have the same opportunity. If you’re interested in donating a little (or a lot) please visit my profile. Every little bit helps.

I look forward to sharing my progress with you all; whether that be highs, lows, me banging my head against the keyboard and screaming…

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Have you ever?

5 Comments

  1. Good on you Becky! My husband has done this for the last few years and will be starting his novel tonight. I’m used to not seeing him too much each November!!!! Good luck and I hope you do get to 50,000 words.

  2. I really wanted to do it this year, but I’m too overwhelmed with everything else I have to write. January for me is going to be slower, so I’ve committed to doing it then – even though I won’t have all that lovely support!!
    Well done to you though, Becky! x

  3. I am doing it this year – I’m 3600 words into a middle grade novel. I did it in 2010 and won, got 51,000 words down on another MG novel.

    Very best of luck with it – if you want to be writing buddies on the site, I,m KathyZucchini over there.

  4. Best of luck!! I’m only taking on NaBloPoMo – not as daunting as your task, but daunting enough for me!

  5. I’m attempting it again this year…for the fourth time! Have yet to complete it, but I’m going to give it another go

    http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/nosuzyhomemaker

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