NaNoWriMo Virgin

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This year is my first time participating in the National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as it’s commonly abbreviated. Actually I’ll probably call it NaNo as I like that better. Sign upย and friend me – I’m under OneStorySlinger. There we can track each other’s progress and cheer each other on to the end!

For the entire month of November, writers around the nation (and possibly globe) will write 50K words in hopes of finishing a novel. The goal of the month is quantity, not quality, and is designed to help writers like me who have a hard time finishing projects.

As someone who edits as I write, this will be my hardest challenge. I can type 90 words a minute so I’m not stressed about typing at least 2K words a day. That’s nothing for me. But not editing? Just rolling with whatever I’ve written? Eek!

Originally I was going to finish one novel that is already started but not plotted. Instead, in the spirit of the month, I’m going to work on a novel I haven’t started, but have already plotted from start to finish.

Any other NaNo virgins out there? What will be your biggest challenge? Writers who have done this before, what advice do you have for us newbies?

Happy Writing!



6 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Virgin

  1. Carolynne, I always wondered what the abreviation meant. Now I know thanks to you, cheers for that! I would love to give this a go, however I work full time monday-Friday so I think that I may be pushing it by attempting to do so. Anyway I’ll check out the website and give it some further thought.

    • Juggling a full-time job and this project are definitely going to be a challenge for me as well. Plotting seems to be a key to success, which is why I’m using a story I’ve outlined already. Hope you join us, but if not, there’s always next year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. First time for me as well. Good luck to you!!

  3. This will be my second year doing NaNoWriMo. I would advise two things: be consistent, and don’t edit (no matter how much you want to). It’s easy to get behind when you have an average of 1,667 words to do per day, but, if you stay consistent, it’s really not as bad as it looks. And whatever you do, don’t edit. Leave that until December. Editing kills your time, creativity and word count. Believe me, I’ve been there. Wish you the best!

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