Friday, October 25, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2.0

I tried doing NaNoWriMo two years ago.

(For those of you not in the know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month.  It's a program that invites you to sign pledge to write 50,000 words in 30 days.  No excuses, no extensions.  The idea is that there's only one thing you need to get your novel written:  a deadline.

I was really excited about it in 2011.  I needed a project.  I needed something to keep me busy.  I needed something to think about besides grief and trying to get pregnant again.  I needed a distraction.

And then something happened in October of 2011 that threw my plans for a loop.  And NaNoWriMo became The Middle of My [Holy Shit I'm So Tired] First Trimester.  I was going to bed at 8:30pm every night.  I was working a brand new full-time job.  I was taking progesterone supplements that made me tired, nauseous, and depressed (not to mention constipated).  I was physically incapable of staying awake enough hours to write a novel.  I petered out somewhere around the end of week 2, having only hit about 15,000 words.

Last year I decided to do NaNoBloMo instead.  I was at the end of my maternity leave, heading back to work but not teaching a class, and I blogged every day of the month of November.

This year?  This year I am working the (same old) full time job.  My energy-sucking fetus has become an energy-sucking toddler.  But I'm tackling NaNoWriMo.

In fact, I'm spear-heading a NaNoWriMo group on campus and trying to get students to join me.  I've also encouraged forced one of my colleagues in the English department to write a novel as well.  And she is holding me accountable by posting a huge calendar on the department bulletin board outside her office, where she wants us to post our daily word count.

So...  if the blog is a little quiet next month, know that I am furiously typing away at this elusive novel.  I don't plan to go on a month-long hiatus from the blog or anything (I kind of need this place) but, you know, I've got a daily word count to meet!  (1,667 words a day, but who's counting?  Oh, wait.  I am.)

Any other NaNoWriters out there?


  1. Oh geez! Good luck with that! :)

  2. I can't wait to see your novel in print in a couple years! :)

  3. Maybe you should post your novel on the blog, so all your readers can help encourage you!

  4. Well boo. I mean I'm excited for you and your novel, but I loved the new blog post every day last year!!