NaNo: National Novel Writing Month

I’ve joined up this year. I say I will every year but never seem to get around to it. My son, Josh, has challenged me this year to go for it, so I am plugging away. I feel like I am writing the worst crap ever, but at least I am writing something!

So far, I’ve written a grand total of 340 words. I believe NaNo recommends at least 1600 words per day. Guess I need to get cracking, huh? NaNo gives you these lovely stats each day as a means to kick you in the butt: 



I’m working on a novel called The Maia Experiment (read about it here, if you want).




So, anyone else participating in NaNo this year? Have you participated in past years? Would love to hear from you! I need all the encouragement I can get!

Want to join up? It’s time to ‘get er done”! National Novel Writing Month

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Karen leads workshops in Creative Writing, Poetry and Journal Therapy, and Memoir Writing. She has studied genealogy and personal histories since 1987, lecturing and leading workshops on Memoir Writing and Journaling to the community since 1998. Karen holds a BA in English and has studied Literature, Business, and Education at the graduate level. She is a former college instructor of English Composition and Reading. In the past, Karen has worked as a high school & middle school teacher. She currently works as a Curriculum Specialist and is an MFA Creative Writing student at Florida Atlantic University.
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2 Responses to NaNo: National Novel Writing Month

  1. chitrader says:

    Hi Kaz,

    This is my first NNWM. So far so good. I took an online course to plan out my plot, characters, main plot points, etc. It helped immensely, at least so far. I’ve written 3500 words in two days so far. No trouble knowing what to write, I just pick a scene and go.

    The hardest part for me is not editing as I go. I tend to get bogged down in my normal writing by trying to write the perfect sentence and end up in a rut or writers’ block. It’s still early and I have a trip coming up mid month, plus Thanksgiving entertaining, so we’ll see how it goes, but I know I can write 50k in a month even if I get pressed for time.

    You can do it too. If you get stuck, don’t edit. Just write. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Editing comes in December and beyond. Good luck.


  2. Hi there,

    It’s my first year too. It will be a long haul since life goes on as well as work while writing in between. I think I have about 4000 words in though according to Word, but haven’t uploaded anything yet to see what NaNo says.

    I’m doing this on the sly, so no one knows except a few writers I stay in contact with. My family would have a fit! They’re not very supportive.

    But this is something on my “bucket list,” so I have to do it once.

    Good luck to you, but you better kick it in gear. Shoot for at least 1000 words a day, somehow.


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