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In case you can’t tell by my catchy title, I have decided to join NaNoWriMo this year.  For those of you writing noobs, NaNoWriMo is a super serious venture for super serious writers who need a deadline and other tortured artists to simultaneously guilt them into writing an entire novel throughout the thirty days of November.

This is their logo, I like it because it reminds me of my Scandinavian heritage.  And my football team.  #GOVIKES

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The goal is to write 50,000 words by November 30th, but it’s not about publication or fame, it’s more a battle against your own will and the fear of rejection that propels you forward.  Oh wait, no, that’s not it.  It’s about feeling a sense of accomplishment and the ability to follow through on your commitments.  Hmm, actually, it’s about whatever you want it to be about!

For me, finishing (or putting a dent into a novel) is going to make me feel like a bad-ass and will give me something to brag about at holiday parties.  Plus, when someone asks me what I do, I’ll be able to say, “Blogger, SAHW (stay at home wife), AND Writer.”  My point is, if I can write a novel then I’ll be able to do anything I set my mind to (well, anything that doesn’t involve adventure and the outdoors at least).

Or I’ll shut down this blog and never publish a story again because I’ll be so sick of writing by that point.  I guess we’ll have to see what happens.

The good news is I ROCKED day one.  Day one and I were a team.  I wrote more than I was projected to write and I didn’t even hate it.  Day one and I were in love.

Day two was this past Saturday.  And I was all, fuck this shit.  I don’t want to write anymore, it’s the weekend.  I’m going shopping with The Scottish!  Hours later, OK fine, I’ll write, but I won’t write as much as I did yesterday.

Day three was a Sunday.  I decided to write a post about NaNoWriMo for DH instead of writing my novel.

Off to great a start!

Are you joining this month of fun?  Have you done it before?  Any tips are welcome!

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4 Responses to ““Write a Crap Load of Words” November”

  1. Rara

    I did NaNo last year. The only tip I would have is… just write! Worry about details and proofreading later. 🙂 Good luck!

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    • Stephanie

      Good call, I already know there is so much to research and confirm but for now, I’m just going for it and getting content down! Thanks so much!

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  2. Jenn

    I did NaNoWriMo for 5 years and was the local ML for 4 of them (aka an eternity). It was a blast, especially organizing and attending the write-ins, but I burned out after a while (and it was getting harder and harder not to punch people when they bragged about how they were going to get their “novels” published in December when their story was Harry Potter fan-fic… *twitch*). I still have plans to turn one of the stories into something finished 🙂

    Good luck!

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    • Stephanie

      OH wow, that’s awesome. Yea, I went to a coffee shop this past Saturday and these college aged girls were talking non-stop about Harry Potter. Also, one of the reached 50K while we were sitting there, I was like WHAA?? It’s Day Nine! I hope you do get to finish one of your stories! 🙂

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