Do you NaNoWriMo? (National Novel Writing Month)

There’s a great article about National Novel Writing Month in November’s issue of Writing Magazine, with some great tips on how to get through the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in one month (see for more details on the article). It made me ask myself a question.

Will I take part in NaNoWriMo this year?

There are lots of reasons why I should – it’s a great motivational tool, you write as part of a community with a fab support network, forums etc, it’s a fantastic accomplishment – but there is one big reason why I won’t.

You have to start from scratch.

I’ve just checked the website (see and the rules – not that there are many- are clear; entrants are not allowed to use WIP’s, the 50,000 words must be the beginning of an entirely new novel.

Now I have two works in progress at the moment – The Nanny’s Revenge (which I blogged about for The Next Big Thing on 10 October) and Random Acts – and I have no wish to start another. Not that I don’t have lots of other book ideas in my head, I do, and I actually have a few of those outlines down on paper, but the point is, I want to finish these two before I start something else.

By being really strict with myself I have managed to write 20,000 words of Random Acts in the last six weeks around a full time job, kids, housework, hubby, pets etc the usual stuff that we all juggle. This brings my total to 50,000 words, with 50,000 more still to go.

So I am going to do my own NaNoWriMo challenge, as I did a couple of years ago. I am going to aim to finish Random Acts by 30 November and I will track it with a word counter on this page (if I can remember how to!) so I won’t be on the NaNoWriMo site but I will be quietly working away behind the scenes.

That means there won’t be any Writing, Work and Wine With… guest author posts until December, in fact I will be taking a complete break from blogging during November. I hope you’ll bear with me!

Good luck to everyone who is taking part in NaNoWriMo or their own verson, such as the Romaniacs with their 30,000 word challenge at

Happy writing, Nikki.


3 thoughts on “Do you NaNoWriMo? (National Novel Writing Month)

  1. Rebecca Leigh says:

    I’m glad that you’re able to make NaNoWriMo work for you. I’m doing it because I need the push. I think there’s a good chance that I have ADD, so sitting down and coming up with a plot has been really difficult for me and I am constantly changing my mind when I am able to come up with something. I decided that I wanted to do it about a week before the start date and had only a miniscule idea that I wanted to build a plot around. Well, I didn’t really sit down and begin to work on the plot until last night and for once I made some real progress! I was actually able to work for an hour straight and came up with a chunk of the plot. I still have a lot of work to do on it, but I think that I will have enough to be able to start on November 1. 😀

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