National Novel Writing Month or Nanowrimo

Nicolette Reed Book Signing

My first book signing event at Emerald City Writer’s Conference 2012

National Novel Month is upon us. At the stroke of midnight millions of fingers will descend upon tons of keyboards. I can already hear the din of the digits from those countries that have already crossed over to November 1st. Don’t know what Nanowrimo is? It is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November with the only reward at the end being a sense of accomplishment and perhaps a usable first draft.

The Nanowrimo community is creatively invigorating. From the online forums and in-person write-ins to simply seeing the bar on your word count chart go ever higher. I credit Nanowrimo with giving me that kickstart I needed and also the confidence to realize that not only do I have a novel (or six) in me, but I have the wherewithal to get it out. The skill comes later. Nanowrimo is not about skill. If it was, you would never be able to pound out 50,000 words in a month.

For four consecutive Nanowrimo seasons I signed up and won, promptly putting the finished manuscript “in the drawer.” I tried several times to edit what I had written, but without any sense of how I would begin I gave up.

Last October I attended the Emerald City Writers Conference and that gave me the kick in the butt that I needed to make my Nanowrimo novel 2011 my first release. Thanks Cherry Adair! Nanowrimo gave me the push I needed to write. The conference gave me the push I needed to finish.

Now I can, without guilt, say that I am not doing Nanowrimo this year. And that is because I have a novella and another full length novel being released in November and December and writing is no longer an annual event. It is a part of who I am and there is no going back.

I wish all you Nano-ers good luck this month! How many of you are taking the plunge?

7 thoughts on “National Novel Writing Month or Nanowrimo

      • Thanks Nicolette, thankfully I have your confidence as well. I’ve got it so long as I continue to choose to go for it, for that is the only difference in the doing and the not. It is a choice and I choose to do so.

        Thanks again.

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