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Missing Nanowrimo

This year I’ve decided to take a break from Nanowrimo.

For the past… maybe… 8 years (?) I’ve tried to complete National Novel Writing Month – a global challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. I’ve actually succeeded once, but the novel was a terrible mess! Regardless, I’ve always had a great time trying to write variations on a similar tale.

This year I’ve decided to take a break. I love the challenge of writing a novel, but I also recognize that it takes at least an hour (and sometimes more) every day, and between a large workload and my writing course work, I can’t spare that much time and do my best job in the areas that matter in my life.

This is a pretty great choice. I’m enjoying my writing course, but if I were also writing a 1667 words a day I wouldn’t have the energy to succeed. For once in my life, I enjoy the writing that I’m doing so much that I don’t want to challenge myself to an abstract goal (uh… other than daily blogging) just to spice things up.

For those of you completing this year’s Nanowrimo – way to go! You’re 1/3 of the way there, which is usually the hardest part. If you can get through to the second week (or past 20,000 words), things will get easier. You’ll develop the habit and  you’ll start to see the end in sight. It’s a great practice for writers of all levels! Happy writing!

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One thought on “Missing Nanowrimo

  1. I’m nearly halfway this time! I somehow managed 4675 words yesterday! I just hope it doesn’t stall like last year’s did… I got my 50k, but it was a struggle towards the end and completely useless. This is my 7th year, I love it too, but you’ve done well to resist the addiction when it doesn’t fit your life this year. I considered leaving it this year, but then I got an idea I couldn’t resist.

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