Short fiction, literary analysis, and shenanigans from Kinjers
Short fiction, literary analysis, and shenanigans from Kinjers

NaNoWriMo Hokey Pokey.

Whacha doin?

NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth is less than a month away.

Are you in, are you out? A few of you are already hell bent on doing it, some of you are dead set against it, and even more of you are still trying to figure out what the hell NaNoWriMo is.


So let’s break it down. NaNoWriMo is nothing more than a commitment to yourself. Now, just like any other commitment, you can fail or succeed. You succeed by writing a 50,000 word story in the month of November. Say that with me. Fifty Thousand. That’s an average of 1667 words a day. And it is doable. Very much so. I started doing NaNo in 2010 and I’ve succeeded every year since then. And I am damn proud of that fact. It is an accomplishment. For some. Others, 50,000 is a mere pittance and by the end of the first week, they are over halfway done re-writing the unabridged version of Stephen King’s The Stand (~472k words).

You need to take a step back and figure out, is NaNo for me. DO you write regularly? CAN you write regularly? WILL you write regularly?


Honestly, the only one of those three questions you need to answer yes to is the last one. If you are willing to do the work, then NaNoWriMo can be a fulfilling experience. If you are willing to do this, the answers to at least the second one of those questions should be yes, or at the very least “I will.”

Now that we know what NaNo is, will you be participating? Sound off in the comments below!

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