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Monday, November 3, 2014

National Novel Write Month (NaNoWriMo) 2014

Hi everyone,

On Saturday, National Novel Write Month 2014 began! What is National Novel Write Month or NaNoWriMo you ask? According to Wikipedia, NaNoWriMo is "an annual internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel from November 1 until the deadline at 11:59PM on November 30."

Year after year, I always said I would participate and I never do. I am a member of Writing.com and Writing.com has an area to host the novel and to input the word count. They reward members in merit badges. After not being so active on WDC for 3 years, this year I've become more active and saw some members were having a NaNoPrepMonth last month and I joined. It really helped me plan out the novel and I really liked the encouragement throughout the month. Everyone provided good insight to all the members. I know I am a bit nervous writing my novel since my novel will be a roman a clef, like Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar." Everyone reassured me that was okay. I enjoyed encouraging other members and I look forward to continuing that in November. We also had to join NaNoWriMo.org.

Although I won't be writing 50,000 words like what is defined, I will be starting small with 25,000 words. NaNoWriMo.org simply tells all writers:

Consider the word-count goal a threshold, not necessarily a stopping place. Reaching that goal and realizing you still have a lot of wrapping up to do is a good thing: it gives you something to come back to and work on later. You will still win if you reach your goal but have not yet completed your novel. Keep writing!


Throughout the month, I'll also be trying to read everything from non-fiction essay books to novels to get me in the mood to write and of course, get some ideas. Here are the books I'm thinking:

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris (currently reading)
My Mother's Funeral by Adriana Paramo
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (re-read)
The Catcher In the Rye by J.D. Salinger (re-read)

Before I end this entry, I'd like to share an excerpt of what is going to be in my novel. This was used during the prep; I will be editing it a bit:


But, here I was standing in some section that I lost count of trying to find a home. I was laid off from my publishing job six months ago and I was evicted from my apartment in Roseville. “Please,” I begged my landlord as tears rolled down my cheek. “Sorry, but there are paying customers who need a home!”

This Labor Day as the rest of America celebrates the 120th anniversary of Labor Day, I look into the home of an abandoned house—despite the desperation of trying to avoid being a squatter, it is the will of some higher power that I gave up on years ago; I am now embracing being like a lot of the homeless across America.

“DO NOT BUY THIS HOUSE, OR I WILL BURN IT DOWN,” the sign that hung on a foggy window read. My heart skips a beat—I don’t want to die, I don’t want to die a fiery death, but the house is pretty and it has a 1940s cottage feel to it. It’s perfect and it’s hard to believe it has been abandoned, much like the rest of this neighborhood.


The door creaks and I step inside. It smells moldy, but I will live. I am a survivor. My life as I know it now can begin. “Carpe Diem!” I say to myself and close the door.


If you're participating in NaNoWriMo... good luck! It shall be one heck of a month regardless of your word goal!

5 comments:

  1. Ahh that's so awesome that you're participating in NaNoWriMo!! Good luck. I like the excerpt from your novel so far - it definitely made me want to read more. I think reading a ton while you're trying to write/getting ready to write is a great strategy. I read the David Sedaris collection when it came out and I thought it was great. Catcher in the Rye is one of my all time favorites, I love re-reading that one. Cheers!

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    1. I have 100 pages left in the David Sedaris book and I LOVE it so far. I think I might get a copy when it goes on sale (I borrowed it from work at the library). I bought his "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk" on sale for $2, so I might read it at some point this month.

      Thank you! After dinner, I'm working on it some more. Between job hunting for a 2nd job and the novel and Christmas stuff, it's going to be a busy month!

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  2. Hello!

    This has been my life the past few months (I used NaNo to boost word count) - my story's called Verst After Verst - it started as a Bildungsroman travelogue, and is currently a sci-fi comedy. I don't know either, but basically Wo Xe came from Vladivostok across Siberia, Kazakhstan, and Jordan (all the places I remember talking about) to eventually visit Tel Aviv by teaming up with a Muslim Gypsy caravan (who stop five times a day to bow southwest towards Mecca). Fun stuff! Most heavily researched of all I've ever written. Two days ago I broached the 50,000 mark.

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  3. Ha ha, for college I've been writing pieces with a minimum word count, although the minimum has been around 600-700 words. :P

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    1. I didn't reach my target. After I realized I had some writing I need to do for Christmas gifts and saw contests that award a lot of money, I focused/am focusing on that instead. November is insanely busy for me writing wise. NaNoWriMo would be easier for me if it was in September. :D

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