To NaNo, or not to NaNo?

To NaNo or not to NaNo… that is the question! November is rushing at my face, and I still haven’t decided if I shall take the plunge or not.

Life things and health things say “no”, because it wouldn’t be wise to halt everything for an entire month.

But patiently waiting friends and my love for writing shout “YES!”, because I super need to finish my novel “Eagledare”!

Oh the conundrum.

The sad thing is, most of my people here won’t be able to do NaNoWriMo this year, so that’s no fun. 😦 Hmm.

But then there’s this…

from Pinterest

Plus I don’t really qualify for any of the exceptions in The Constitution of the United Writers of America…

So my idea currently is maybe I’ll just sign up as a “rebel” and chip away at this last 18k needed to finish Eagledare’s first draft. That’d be more relaxed than trying to write a 50k novel, and it would also leave some time for the life things that need to happen during November.

I guess I’ll just see what happens when November 1st slams into my eyeballs… like, if I start writing or not. πŸ˜›


Are you going to do NaNoWriMo? Do you feel ready or nervous? Is that even a question?

Later lit. people*,

Anna πŸ™‚


(*literary people)

56 thoughts on “To NaNo, or not to NaNo?

  1. I am facing the problem of this decision as well. There’s no way I have enough time to hit 50k… but I want to write my novel if I can finish plotting it in time!! 😭 (Okay, admittedly, I’m done plotting it. I just want to plot the books I want to come after it in case I’m struck by inspiration and need to foreshadow something in the first book for the next ones…)
    School ALWAYS comes first for me, and there’s a LOT of it. I have to slam in my writing on weekends and attempt to squeeze it in at night time. IT SUCKETH.

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    1. Aw I getcha! Maybe you should do it like I am, like, with a smaller goal than the crazy 50k. πŸ˜‰ (ooh that’s smart! Love, love foreshadowing especially within a whole series!!)
      Right?!! It’s tough, but totally possible too! πŸ˜€
      Did you decide/are you doing NaNo?
      Thanks for commenting, Julia!

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  2. Haha, you should try, Anna, and if you don’t end up doing it, that’s okay. You tried, right? I’m so ready for NaNoWriMo (as long as you don’t look in my planning notebook.) and I’m not the least bit nervous. Bring it on!

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  3. Well, we can rebel together! 😜 Whichever works for you!
    Honestly, after 2 times… I’m not sure what to feel. But can’t wait nonetheless!

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    1. Top Tips:
      — Outline! Even if it is a bad, SIMPLE outline, it helps to have something to look at. However brief it is, it helps your brain stay on track when ya need it!
      — Time frame! If you write fast or write slow, it’s important to do the math and see how many words a day you have to do. I think it is over 1,600 words a day. What time do you write best? Work with that!
      — Stay focused. Social media might have to get pushed aside, since real life can’t. πŸ˜› I recommend word sprints/word wars — you still write but have company!

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      1. SUPER advice, Angela! ❀ πŸ‘

        @Grace, I would only add that it is really helpful for my writing to have a friend that like asks each day if I've written and someone I "trust" enough to send random excerpts to for encouragement and/or critique. That's what truly got me through the 50k last year. πŸ™‚
        Cheering for you!!

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  4. I am. I’m plunging. I’m going to try to write 50,000 but I might not be able. I was just telling Perry on her live that I’ve been working on my sequel to a Dewdrops and Butterflies while my Alphas have Dewdrops and Butterflies and I’m already 18,000 in. I’ve only been writing for a little over a week.
    Be wise, but I think you should try. πŸ˜€

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  5. I hope you do it! This is going to be my FIRST year doing NaNo, so I’m nervous/excited! Really would love to complete the challenge (but in my mind it seems a little too good to believe I can do it, lol).

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    1. Aw first year doing NaNo is always so fun and exciting but scary at the same time!! How did it go? Remember, no matter how many words you get written it is probably more than you would have gotten done if you hadn’t tried NaNo! πŸ™‚ Hope it was fun!!


  6. Am I doing NaNo? Good question. Figures I would still be wondering β€œAm I doing NaNo?” on the 26th, when I just finished the editing of my book and have no outline for a new project. πŸ˜‰ *sigh* Okay, now I’ll go write.

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    1. That’s a cool idea, Lilian! Do you like to draw? There’s a cool challenge I’ve heard of called “Inktober” done in October.
      Oohh i just thought of the most perfect wonderful thing!! A month-long reading marathon!! A book a day!! that would be epic.

      Thanks for commenting! πŸ™‚

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      1. I do! I’ve done Inktober before but it didn’t end up super well (i.e. I drew horribly at the beginning so I gave up xD). I do really want to do it again next year to improve my drawing though!
        DUDE THAT WOULD BE AWESOME. If you need someone to co-host it with you I volunteer xD

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    1. Oh I so get the busy thing… Hope November was great for you!
      And TONS of confetti for you starting a novel!! Isn’t it the most exciting thing to launch into and also really overwhelming?! You can do it, Faye!!

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    1. Aw poor thing, but I bet you enjoyed the comparative calmness of November without NaNo! πŸ˜‰
      (YES!! Thanks millions for the encouragement! I’m working on it. XD)

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  7. You totally should!!! XD Just because I’ll be behind you tripping as I drag you along πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ That’s ’cause I totally want to read Eagledare at SOME POINT! hehe πŸ˜‰ I’m not ready for November, but I’m going to dive in, and hopefully not collapse in the process!

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  8. Yes, I’m doing NaNo! I’m going for 18k which is the longest I’ve ever done. I’m a short-story + novella writer. πŸ˜‰ All the best to you!

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    1. YAY Katja!! 18k is a great goal! How’d it go?
      Personally, I love short stories. πŸ˜‰ They’re like a yummy little bite-sized story and often so much more interesting/fun/well-written/intriguing than an entire novel.


      1. It went very well! I did an outline for the first time (based on Abigayle Claire’s) and it worked amazingly! I actually did some short stories after that so in all I wrote 40,300 words in NaNo 2018. ^_^ Two of the short stories I wrote then I am going to polish and hopefully publish soon. πŸ˜‰

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