Posted by: victanguera | September 17, 2008


On November 1st, NaNoWriMo starts again. I have my pencils sharpened. I have two computers to write on (just in case). I have a flash drive. And I’ve warned my friends I’m not available in November.

I’m realizing that keeping your friends in the loop—and at bay—is actually more important than anything. At the beginning of September, I decided to try my hand at writing at the same speed as NaNo last year. By the end of the first week, I’d fallen behind about 2,000 words.

So I switched gears and started something else. And caught up to the proposed word count. All good. Until the weekend—a day spent with my daughter, a trip to Hatley Castle to enjoy the gardens, and a barbecue with friends—and now I’m about 5,000 words behind.

Eep. That’s not going to be easy to make up. I wrote yesterday, but it was desultory and didn’t progress well at all.

Which is why the friends have already been informed that in November, I’m not available. No wonderful walks in the garden. No dinner dates and long chats in the evening. Word count first, friends second. Ooh, it sounds so brutal when you put it that way.


  1. I’m looking forward to NaNo again this year. Last year was the first time I participated; I managed to just cross the 50K mark. I probably would have gotten more if I hadn’t fallen ill with food poisoning…

    As much as I love NaNo I also know the amount of dedication it takes…:P

  2. Last year was my first NaNo as well. I can hardly wait until November. I tried to write 50,000 words this month, but failed dismally (only a little over 20,000 words). I was so determined not to repeat the same mistakes I made in my novel last year, it crippled me. The concept is good, but I’m not as willing to just write and see where it leads. I’m realizing that is how I write best, so I need to just do it.

  3. I tried it for the first time in 2007. I got up to 48,000 words, but at the end of the month, I felt as though I’d been in a vacuum. 🙂

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