NaNoWriMo – a self-imposed adventure

I love deadlines.
I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.
Douglas_Adams, The Salmon of Doubt.

November is the NaNoWriMo month!
According to NaNoWriMo site:
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. Participants work toward the goal of writing a 50,000-word draft during the month of November. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

It has its pros and cons.


  1. Free
  2. Open to professionals, hobbyists and practically to everyone with internet access. No one asks for credentials, recommendations or previous sales figures.
  3. The genre does not matter, and even lack of thereof.
  4. No one is going to read it, so even if the draft it awful, there won’t be public humiliation.
  5. Fun (or so Tara Sparling claims)
  6. An opportunity to look like a real-writer while importantly pointing to the deadline and saying firmly, “I’m busy, really busy, extremely busy”.

The cons:

  1. Having to truthfully answer inquiries about how the writing is progressing.
  2. No one will bother to ask how the writing is progressing.
  3. Ending the year with copious amounts of frenzied writing I’ll have to rewrite.
  4. Actually writing 50,000 words. In. A. Month.

Any advice?
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

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2 Responses to NaNoWriMo – a self-imposed adventure

  1. Joseph Nebus says:

    Having to truthfully answer?


  2. tkflor says:

    Sometimes, the average progress per month is quite abysmal…


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