Monday, November 5, 2007


Well, it's officially National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo... find it at

The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. That's about 175 pages. Because you only have one month to write, you're supposed to focus on quantity, not quality. There's always time to edit later. You "win" NaNoWriMo if you complete 50,000 words, counted by computer robots. That's it. No judging, no scores. Nobody even reads it, unless you show it to them. It's a great exercise for a perfectionist like me. I don't care so much about the novel - I'm trying to learn to let go a little bit and stop trying to make everything perfect. Maybe NaNoWriMo will be just the thing.

If you've never heard of NaNoWriMo, that probably means you don't have any friends who have done it. I'm lucky enough to have one!

Becca rocked NaNoWriMo last year, and this year she encouraged me to try it out too. My sister's participating as well. (Currently Becca's up to 6,688 words, my sister's up to 1,070 words, and I'm up to a grand total of 0 words. But I'd like to point out that I keep a total of two blogs and, as far as I know, they keep a total of zero. Hehe. Okay, so that's not an excuse.)

NaNoWriMo has some suggestions to help you actually complete your novel in the month. One of those is public embarrassment. You're supposed to tell people you're doing it, so that you feel pressured to finish - for fear of looking like someone with no follow-through. Clearly I need some kind of extra motivation, since it's been 5 days and I've written 0 words. So I'm posting it here. Any words of encouragement are appreciated!

Want to try it yourself? You won't be any further behind than I am. Go to NaNoWriMo to sign up!


Ben said...

I can't remember where I have heard about this but I have thought about doing it the last two years.

Anyway, good luck.

David Chivers said...

Love the blog, Lisa.