NaNoWriMo: Because This Exists, and the World Needs Better

Similarly to this author, I’ve put toff attempt NaNoWriMo for the longest time. Not this year.

Rachel Peterson: writer. reader. occasional wanderer.

This November, I’m trying National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). 30 days, 50,000 words – that’s about 1,667 words per day. And I am terrified.

Generally, I write short form fiction and poetry. I’ve started countless novels, but they’re all currently lying about in various stages of abandonment. I have trouble finishing what I start, and I don’t know if it’s just because I don’t plan properly, or I get bored, or I don’t do enough research. But for one reason or another, I’ve never finished a novel. And I would really, really like to.

I owe this adventure mainly to a couple of very creative friends of mine. You can check out two of their blogs here and here. The point of NaNoWriMo is not to create a brilliant masterpiece or shining work of literary genius, although I’m sure some people will. It’s more about giving you the push…

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  1. I’ve been doing Nano for years. Ever since 2006. Also, in 2007, I was part of a group that founded SoCNoC, the southern hemisphere equivalent to Nano, and did one of those every year as well. In total, I have 11 first draft novels, all of at least 50,000 words. One spilled over into 2 months and is over 100k words. I think everyone should do it at least once if they have the smallest inkling of a novel in them. Good luck!


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