Many of you are already familiar with NaNoWriMo. For those of you who aren’t familiar, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it takes place during the month of November. Essentially, the challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Super challenging.

Back in the day (read: pre-marriage and children) I’d have met this challenge head-on, but these days I know better than to get myself in so totally over my head. So my version of NaNoWriMo is considerably more flexible, and much less official. My challenge: Write something (anything) every day in November. My goal is simply to cultivate a little more discipline in how I use my spare time, and maybe practice some skills that I don’t use often any more. So far this has included: blogging about my pumpkin pie, writing a thoughtful email, penning a personal letter to a family member, and short (very short) stories (more like scenes than complete stories). We’re ten days into my dumbed-down version of NaNoWriMo, and I’m really enjoying it!

My favorite exercise so far is writing down the silly things that happen in my day-to-day. I’m surprised at the details that I remember (and the details that I’ve forgotten), and at the sheer volume of silly things that happen to me. (I live a charmed life, what can I say?) I’ve even written some fiction! (It’s terrible.) But it’s fun!

Maybe there’s something you’re wanting to do, but it seems like way too much? Rather than putting it off until everything is “perfect,” why not give it a go now? Who says you can’t change the rules to accommodate your situation? The way I see it, doing something is always better than doing nothing.

If I feel courageous, maybe I’ll post some of my favorite NaNoWriMo exercises, and you can tease me and tell me how cheesy I am? 🙂

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  1. Brandon

     /  November 11, 2011

    Awesome post! I have a friend who is a writer (of Urban Fantasy novels), and as I recall she drafted her first published book during NaNoWriMo. I was impressed.

  2. I’ve been so bad at NaNoWriMo. I can’t get over the fact of writing to just get it out there. I always go back and reread. I’m harsh on myself. Etc.

    BUT. I haven’t given up! 😉


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