To Be or Not to Be (a Wrimo)

That is the question.

I first heard about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) through a video by John Greene.

He mentioned this 50,000-words-in-30-days writing challenge that so many writers, published and unpublished took part in, and that piqued my interest. If I wanted to be a writer, especially a novel-writer, that would be a good place to start, right? (Write?)

So I googled it and decided I would do it. If anything, I hoped it would just kick my butt into gear around finishing a novel. (I’m curious, why did you decide to do NaNoWriMo?)


A few months later, when November 1st rolled by, I dove head-first into the challenge, with only three characters, a very, very basic plot, and a few scenes in my head. My life became early morning sprints, weekend coffee-shop cram sessions, and frequent working lunches (working on my book, that is…). SOMEHOW I managed to meet the 50,000-word goal by November 30th. (I will say, that last week was awful. If you do NaNo, do NOT rack up too many zero-word days, haha.)

November is almost here, andI really want to do it all again. It’s going to be a different challenge this time around, given that I’m not starting the project from scratch with an ‘anything goes’ mindset, but I’ve got to pump out the last 50k of this book. Plus, I love the challenge of NaNoWriMo; I love the lofty goal, the online accountability, the community that takes part all over the world. It’s so motivating!

So I’m curious about those of you who are veteran Wrimos. When was your first NaNoWriMo? What has kept you coming back year after year? Or did you try it once and say that was enough for you?

Let me know in the comments and tag me in any of your NaNo posts. I’d love to read about your experiences!

Until next time,

3 thoughts on “To Be or Not to Be (a Wrimo)

  1. Ruby Rumsey says:

    NaNoWriMo 2018 went okay for me – I finished writing what I had outlined, but didn’t actually hit 50k. Whooooops. I’ve been doing NaNo since 2013 but it seems like it gets harder and harder the more I do it which is?? Weird?? I keep coming back, though, because it’s a great kick in the pants and the people are so friendly.

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