why I love #NaNoWriMo

So, I caved.  I thought I wouldn’t.  Right up until the last minute I thought I wouldn’t, despite the fact I had actually registered to do it – but then…

I wrote my first thousand words and announced it gleefully to Andy who said, “I knew you couldn’t resist!”.

That’s right.  It’s National Novel Writing Month and I cannot resist writing a novel.  Last year was such an eye opener – showing me what I could do and in such a short amount of time.  A Twitter follower queried if I needed to do it again, since I’d done it last year.  But that’s not how I see it – it’s not on my list of 100 things to do before I’m 33.  I discovered that I loved it.  I wanted to do it.

And yesterday, I discovered I still love it.  Now, I know this November is busier than last November, but I’m not worrying – if I don’t finish, I don’t finish – whatever I do, will be a bonus and I will enjoy doing it.  Because I find it so releasing – dumping my expectations of myself and my work and just running with it.  It reinvigorates my writer’s spirit, if you like.

I’m not intending to shelve my other book – I’m intending to do some work on that tomorrow – but this is my little luxury, this writing-for-the-sake of it, this glorious sense of freedom.  Hopefully I won’t hit writer’s block…but it’s amazing how the little word count box motivates me to push on through.

Another Twitter user said something like ‘it’s not NaNoTryMo’, but frankly I’d rather try then fail than never try at all.  And I’ve done it once – I know it’s possible.

Here’s to NaNoWriMo 2011!

15 thoughts on “why I love #NaNoWriMo

  1. Emma says:

    Sounds like writing for the fun of it is something that will actually energise you and invigorate the ‘real’ book too. Plus, ‘ I’m working on a couple of novels’ is quite an opener. Enjoy..!


  2. Perpetua says:

    Lucy, this is just a test comment using my newly-acquired WordPress account. I’m getting so tired of Blogger’s bugs and technical hitches that I’m seriously considering moving my blog to WordPress and have registered my blog title and username as a precaution. Any feedback you could give me about platform stability and lack of technical hitches would be much appreciated.


  3. My Scribblings says:

    Lucy, I am with you on NANO. I am a writer who puts writing last in life and November allows me the challenge to get to it. It invigorates me and inspires me to write more after November. Here is to writing from our depths.


    • Lucy Mills says:

      Hi Lisa – more than one person has asked me this but I’m afraid alas not. Chiefly because I knew this November would be much more chaotic than last. It was a very good exercise though and I may do it again one day. Glad you enjoyed it!


  4. Debbie Kent says:

    Hi Lucy, glad to see you’re still writing 🙂 I was hoping you’d say you were going to post it again this year but I don’t mind waiting to read your novel if the new year is any less busy?
    Hugs and blessings,


    • Lucy Mills says:

      Hi Debbie, hope you are well! I don’t know what’s happening with this novel yet…I may attempt to take this one further and actually go for publication eventually so I don’t really want to put it ‘out there’ for now. Am playing catch up as have not had time for NaNoWriMo this past week – it’s hit and miss whether I’ll make it by November 30th! Still, it’s fun anyway! Thanks for your encouragement.


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