Last Day to Register for NaNoWriMo


Be a NaNoWriMo participant.

One of my goals for 2009 is to write at least half of a novel I’ve had in mind for a couple of years. My friend Jennifer over at Procrastinating Writers has encouraged me to try NaNoWriMo as a means to achieve this goal.

If you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. It runs from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30. In those 30 days and nights you are challenged to write at least 50,000 words. NaNoWriMo is all about quantity not quality; it’s about getting your work out of your head and out on paper, no matter how revolting the first draft is.

Get all the details on NaNoWriMo here.

I was hesitant to commit to NaNoWriMo only because I really have a hard time imaging myself hitting the 50,000 word mark. That breaks down to writing about 1,600 words per day. And that would be in addition to writing my one-to-three weekly posts here. And don’t forget about Thanksgiving.

But then I figured why not? Does it matter if I don’t complete the goal? Won’t it be nice to at least have something accomplished toward this goal than nothing?

So today, I jumped in at the last minute and registered. This challenge is all about having fun with it, so if I complete NaNoWriMo, great, and if I don’t, hey, that’s alright too. Besides, participating in NaNoWriMo will give me an excuse to blow off housework and cooking. (We’ll see how long that lasts, as messes and clutter tend to make me feel stressed an/or anxious.)

Hurry up and register now so you can join me in this crazy goal! And if you need tips and motivation to stay on target during the NaNoWriMo challenge, sign up for the e-newsletter via Procrastinating Writers.

Good luck to you all!

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12 Responses to Last Day to Register for NaNoWriMo

  1. Yay NaNoWriMo! My plan was to attempt NaNoWriMo myself this year. However, I recently read the best book about fiction writing I’ve ever read EVER! And it changed my life, literally. So I’m still going to participate, but instead I’m going to be re-writing my novel that I’ve been putting off all year. And I haven’t started yet. I’m still in “outline” phase… once my outline is done (prolly in the next day or so), I’ll be starting my 30 days from that day forward. I’ll be finished the first week of December instead of Nov. 30, but it will still be within the 30 days.

    Good luck!

  2. Laura Lee Bloor says:

    Thanks! Yeah, I read about that book — what was it called again? I’ll have to check that out. Unfortunately, I don’t know when I’ll be able to read it! This month is going to be one interesting juggling act! Have fun with your rewrite!

  3. Crys says:

    Damn! I missed this post by a day! But I think I’m still going to try and take the challenge anyway. I’ll have to tell Kev about it since he’s been working on his novel for forever now. Hrm…this means I’ll have to definitely cave in and drop money on a new adapter though so I can use my computer. Ha ha.

  4. Laura Lee Bloor says:

    Yeah — NaNoWriMo would be perfect for him! I think you can still sign up too! You’re only down one day, which you can easily make up. Good luck — and keep me updated on how you guys are doing!

  5. Timory Wilson says:

    Good luck!!!

  6. Laura Lee Bloor says:

    Thanks, Timory!

  7. Rachael says:

    Woohoo! Good luck with your novel. I wrote my first children’s story… well, I guess it’s been almost a year ago… and I’d love to do something more. I missed the deadline, but thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  8. Laura Lee Bloor says:

    Thanks, Rachael! You can still do NaNoWriMo — jump in today! You’re only two days behind — you have plenty of time! I’m still at a 0 word count. 🙂

  9. Rachael says:

    Slow and steady wins the race, right? haha. I decided to start writing last night and plugged out a thousand words. Now, I’m afraid I don’t know where this is going and am going to be in big trouble.

    I bought the feather at a boutique here in Lexington. I’ve seen similar things around, though, so keep an eye out. (Or check out … they always have cute stuff I crave.)

  10. Laura Lee Bloor says:

    Wow! You’re already way ahead of me — great job! I use the expression of “slow and stead wins the race” all the time — it’s so appropriate for so many things in life. No need to worry about where the story goes, just have fun with it.

    And thanks for the heads-up on Etsy. I’ll probably avoid going there for a while so I don’t get tempted to buy adorable things I don’t need! Actually, maybe I’ll make that my treat for finishing NaNoWriMo …

  11. Hi everybody, it’s Thanksgiving Day! I’m happy with my extra day off, and I am planning to make something fun that’ll probably involve a car trip and seeing something new in Garden City I haven’t seen yet.
    You write something new at Thanksgiving?

  12. Laura Lee Bloor says:

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to you, too, Greely! I didn’t do any writing over the holiday weekend; I just celebrated with family and friends. Now it’s back to work!

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