What is NaNoWriMo?

If you’ve been following me here or on Instagram, I’ve thrown the term, NaNoWriMo, out there a couple of times. For those who don’t know it stands for National Novel Writing Month.

What is National Novel Writing Month?

Excellent question, dear friend! It’s been described as many things: writing boot camp, a novel writing celebration, a creative restart, a commitment to the craft.

Basically, it is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. One month, one book, 1667 words/day for thirty days. Yowza, amiright? That’s a lot of writing.

I’ve thought about doing NaNoWriMo for many years now, but let’s be honest, I’ve been popping out children for the last 8 years, and children don’t lend a lot of time to commit to writing, especially when you are also teaching/working. It’s hard to find the time to commit to such a big project.

And I think that’s one of the big goals of NaNoWriMo: to force writers to find time in their day to dedicate to writing.

This year I have been extremely bless to have time. Not a ton–I still have four kids–but I’m not teaching this year, my oldest three children are at school, and my husband is incredibly supportive of me and my writing. (He’s the best.)

So this year, I’m doing it. I’m signing my name on the dotted line, and making this commitment. I may not have the best writing habits, or even the best writing skills, but one thing I do have is a crazy level of commitment. It’s like that Will Smith quote:

I’m not hopping off the NaNoWriMo treadmill.

What about you? If you’re reading this, either you’ve been following me (thanks! 🙂 ) or you’re interested in NaNoWriMo yourself. Do you want to write a book? Want to finish the book you’ve been working on? Or maybe just challenge yourself to something new?

Join me! Leave me a comment below, and we can complete NaNoWriMo together! Whadduya say?

For more infor about NaNoWriMo, check out their site, or this great podcast episode! (Be sure to look for the interview with Grant Faulkner)

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