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A Nano NaNoWriMo

Shut Up & Write! Writing at NaNoWriMo November Writing Challenge

A Nano NaNoWriMo

My last NaNoWriMo was amazing. I wrote 57,000 words in thirty days! I’d never felt so focused and determined when it came to my own writing process and I couldn’t imagine ever losing that feeling. But shortly after that, I found out I was pregnant. Two years have passed and while having and raising my daughter is a wonderful experience, I haven’t written a thing in all that time (journaling notwithstanding). I need some help getting back into the groove. Sign me up, NaNoWriMo!

Hang on a minute. That little, inspired battle cry was just assaulted by vivid memories of what writing 1,667 words a day really takes. In 2016, I had the time. As a new mom, yikes… What I really want is to get back in the habit of writing every day, and NaNoWriMo is the perfect challenge for that IF I make a few modifications.

So here it is. I am not going for 50,000 words – high praise to all of you who are, you got this! – but I’m shooting for something a little more modest and approachable. I expect that I’ll be able to do most of my writing at night, once my young baby goes to sleep, but I haven’t written in ages. So, my usual 1,000 words an hour will probably be much slower. What I can commit to doing is 500 words a day, minimum. That would still give me 15,000 words by the end of the month.

It’s not fancy, but it’s writing.

That was the promise I made to myself. 500 words a day. A nano NaNoWriMo.

So how am I doing, you might ask? We’re a week in and I’m up at 7,403 words… Not too shabby, right? Cause while writing a 50,000 word novel in a month is a huge accomplishment, what matters is showing up and writing.

How about you? Are you doing NaNoWriMo? If so, I’d love to hear how it’s going!

CatE.

Managing Director, Shut Up & Write!

Catherine Ellsworth is currently working on a science-fiction novel and runs a monthly critique group in the Bay Area.When not writing and reading, she eavesdrops on commuter conversations, monitors the development of AI, and fantasizes about living on other planets.

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