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

Published by: Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.

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2 thoughts on “NaNo: National Novel Writing Month”

  1. 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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