Fun and Games with NaNoWriMo

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It’s hard to believe that October is here. With all the storms, fires, and bad luck the country seems to be having, it is difficult to believe that soon Halloween will be here and after that November! Ah November – that means it will soon be NaNoWriMo time! Not familiar with NaNoWriMo? Well if you have ever thought about writing a book of novel length NaNoWriMo is for you. Everybody has a story, so why not try and write yours?


National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.” The challenge was begun in 1999 in California. It was spearheaded by Chris Baty with 21 people and has grown to be a huge annual event all around the world with hundreds of thousands of participants. There have been many published novels that have come from this crazy sounding challenge.

I first participated in NaNoWriMo in 2009 and was pleased to actually have written 50,000 words – not exactly a novel, more like a soap opera with no end! However, I was hooked and have since tried each year to make that 50,000-word goal. My first book  The Peacock’s Tale was conceived during the 2011 NaNoWriMo. There were a few lean years and then in 2015 I again won the certificate for writing 50,000 words. I liked the novel but life’s little bumps slowed me down, so it took a while before I could whip it into shape, but having edited and re-edited the work now, I am seeking an agent for the novel tentatively titled The Baby’s Tale.

I have been thinking all October about what I would like to write about next. I have become excited about a character I featured in a short story I wrote recently for the Winter Garden Ink & Quill writing group. Time to set about deciding on the theme of the story as well as the plot.  Time to get brainstorming!

Won’t you give it a try? Skip on over to the National Novel Writing Month website and find out what it’s all about. Join me! I’d love to hear about your efforts.

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