National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it’s called, starts today.

I’m not going to be a part of the official website membership, or do any of my work through the website.

The organization website seems cool, and from what I saw this morning has a powerful community that can offer encouragement and support to writers, has lots of resources, it all seems very positive.

There is a but, though. I’ve been plodding along on my project for years now, and when I am finished I am going to be able to legitmately say that my novel was heavily influenced by Manny, James and Cassie and was encouraged by the support of my friends here on the blog, period. 

My success or failure and speediness of delivery won’t be affected by having a membership on a community website, no matter how well-meaning or supportive.  And conversely, no website is going to be able to point to my work and claim to have had any impact on it or influence over it, however it may turn out.

As always, the good bits come from friends, the msitakes come from me. 🙂

I would say that I’m going to be working very hard on my novel this month, but that is a lie. I’ll be writing like hell, but I expect it to be equal parts frustrating and fun. 

Work? Work is what they have to pay you to get you to do.

If you have ever had the desire to get writing a novel, telling a story your way, putting your own imagination out there, NaNoWriMo is a great community and there is a ton of buzz and support if you get going now.

Never forget, though… any time is a great time to sit down and hammer those keys. Or scribble that lead.

5 thoughts on “National Novel Writing Month

  1. I write constantly, but decided, knowing myself, I needed an artificial deadline. But something you said kind of scared me, and maybe I should read the fine print, but in no way did I think NaNo would “own” anything I did or take credit! Eek! Is this a “thing” I should be aware of? As far as I know, my writing belongs to me. I have a good professional friend who did it two years in a row, and is taking this year off. He got one published and I think did a moderate amount of success. My inner discipline is fairly weak, so let’s hope someone else’s cheering section gets me focused!


    • Nope, NaNo doesn’t claim ownership of anything, they don’t even make you cut and paste the actual novel into the wordcount validator (you can make a document with the word ‘word’ with the same wordcount and use that instead). They just love to cheer on those folks who’s book that started in NaNo makes it all the way. (Water for Elephants was a NaNo book! :D)

      I do NaNo every year, although I don’t always win and I certainly don’t end up with a ‘book’ every time, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun. There are no real rules for NaNo so you can do it without interacting with the rest of the community if you’d rather play it safe. 🙂

      Although you’d miss the Traveling Shovel of Death, the Charge of the Knight of NaNo, and other silliness of the forums. (woe!)


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  3. Well said, Bear!

    I have no grand plans for a novel at this time, but I am just happy to be back to writing. 🙂

    I wish you good luck with yours! Keep your own pace, I say.

    ~ Effy


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