I’m finally doing it. After years of hearing about it and shrugging it off as some silly little exercise… this year, I’m going to participate. Now, I know what you’re thinking:

“Andrew, you’ve already written a novel called The Man in the Box which will be available on Kindle for download on November 30th

(Did you catch that?)

“And you’ve written another one called I Am the Lionwhich will be out next year.”

That’s true too.

“So why are you trying this NaNoWriMo thing?”

Because as a writer, I want to push myself. Plus, I’d like to have another book written by the end of the year.

“That’s great,” you say. “But what the heck is NaNoWriMo?”

(Were you thinking all of that?)

National Novel Writing Month begins on November first. The goal is to write a fifty-thousand-word novel in just one month. No edits, no proofs, no corrections… just fly through and get your story told.

I used to be against this project because I believe in cultivating the art of storytelling and letting your ideas simmer and then slowly but surely mold those ideas into a seamless narrative that others can look at and appreciate all the time and effort that went into it. I still advocate for that, but I also realize many people have great stories to tell, but simply haven’t told them yet because they just haven’t gotten around to it because “Swamp People” has been consuming them or something.

Well, no more excuses, people. I’m going to be jumping into this crazy little endeavor right beside you, even in the midst of the oncoming holiday season, heated election, November birthday parties, and Thanksgiving togetherness, I’ll be at my computer dark and early each morning typing my 1,666 daily word-count.

I’m not going into this blindly. I’m preparing for my book now, doing my research, and noting plot lines that will help fuel the story. But the great thing about this contest is that you can write about virtually anything you want!

So, for you inspiring writers, I encourage you to take this challenge with me. And as Sarabeth suggested, I will be posting a link on here for you to list your samples and your blogs for others to find. Yup – free advertising!

So, buckle in and get ready. November will be quite a month. Visit nano for more information and to sign up. Dig down deep for that novel you’ve always wanted to write, start getting some notes together, and let’s embark on a really cool writing adventure together!

Oh, and did I mention? I haven’t seen the movie or read the book, but Water for Elephants was the winner a few years back, which is how it became so popular.

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33 Responses to NaNo

  1. Good luck and I will see you there!

  2. Jae says:

    I agree with the sentiment that sometimes it’s good to just get it out. I have a few writer friends that rarely make much progress because they’re stuck doing outlines and rewriting the first chapters in perpetuity. I’m not discounting those things, I just think sometimes you just need to get the story out, see what you have, and then improve on it. It seems easier to flesh a novel out if you have a skeleton to work with. Just my two cents.

    That’s cool you’re participating in NaNo. What genre will you be writing for it?

  3. Story Addict says:

    Never knew about Water for Elephants, good to know! Best of luck 🙂 I’m participating, though not sure I’ll meet the goal. I’ve already started on the novel (about a third of the way through), but I like to go at my own pace. Still encouraging to know other authors are trying.

  4. Ruth Layne says:

    Also amazed at the Water for Elephants factoid. What a great tid-bit to keep in mind as we all trudge through the mad month of November. It’s my first go at it too. Hopefully we can not only survive but thrive! Best of luck to you.

  5. Benedicte says:

    Good luck!!! I did NaNo WriMo a few years ago, a part of homeschooling my son (he was 7, I gave him 8000 words to write!). I did my 50000 words, having really never written anything before. it was an amazing, exhausting, cathartic experience. I didn’t finish my novel, and I haven’t had the courage to delve back into what was an extremely painful story… maybe one day!! I also love what you say about planning and storytelling and simmering. I think unfortunately, I’m too impatient; I just plunge headfirst and my heart comes out. If I’m lucky it seems to strike a chord!!
    I’m looking forward to discovering more of your writing!

    • The greatest stories ever told are told with the storyteller’s heart fully submerged in the plot and beating behind the chest of every character. And yes, it is hard to look back at stories written yesteryear – I hardly have the courage to do it myself! That’s why we need to continue to innovate, recreate, and retell the stories that still flourish within us.

  6. Newly New says:

    I am going to give it a good shake myself, though I am away the last week so I may have to just do NaNoWriThreeQuMo…or something. Not as catchy, I’ll admit. Good luck.

  7. Rejoycin says:

    I am new to blogging but I have heard about the NNWM. Sounds like an interesting challenge. I would have to go to the woods and lock myself in some cabin with trail mix and water. Have fun! Densie

  8. southernjohnson says:

    I signed up for Nano a few years back. Started the book but never finished it. I got bored with the story before I was done. But I’ve been thinking about trying it again this year. Still haven’t decided for sure. Kudos to you for pushing yourself though! Best wishes!

    • You’ve got a few days yet to decide how to change your story to make it more exciting. Rule of thumb is, if the story bores you, it will likely bore others. But then I add… don’t give up on it. Just fix it!

      • southernjohnson says:

        I still have it, and plan to fix it one day. Maybe. I’m far from a writer though. Just like to do it.

  9. melissamwolff says:

    I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo since 2005 and I love it! Two of my novels that I wrote and self published were from NaNoWriMo. I’ll join you this month! Good luck!

  10. WOW. Never heard of this, but I think I’m in…. Thanks for sharing 🙂 And giving us a kick in the butt 😉

  11. joeafiala says:

    I am going to try to give NaNoWriMo a try, as well. However, the end of November is filled with my semester’s finals, so it might get a bit hectic. I guess I’ll just have to suck it up and find a way to finish the book.

  12. melzzartt says:

    I’m still undecided about Nano. I always end up drawing, instead.

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  17. Relysh13 says:

    This is too cool! My cousin Chris started NaNoWriMo when I was just a kid and I remember hearing the family talk about how weird he and his Berkley friends were. 14 years later it’s still going strong and I’m so glad to see evidence of that on WordPress! I know this post is old but I hope you wrote your novel and enjoyed the process! I just may participate this year myself 🙂

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