taking the ‘no’ out of NaNoWriMo?

Good grief.

It’s November next week.  And we all know what that means.  Yes, National Novel Writing Month is once again upon us – and yes once again I am umming and ahh-ing…to write or not to write?

Which is a silly question, as I’ll be writing whatever – but will I be writing a brand new novel?  As usual, I’m tempted.  And as usual, there are a few things that make it difficult.

Is it a good thing for me to prioritise?

I’m just getting back into working through Forgetful Heart after my break – I really don’t want to put it on the back-burner for an entire month.

Do I have time?

I have a Magnet residential meeting in November, plus a weekend off, as well as other unavoidable tasks.

Is it different enough from my day job?

That might sound odd, but being a writer and editor by profession, this means that finishing my day’s ‘work’ and then going onto to write some more is rather a lot…it’s not a total change of scene as it would be if I was an accountant (pause while I giggle at the very idea – numbers are not my forte!).

The last two years it has been a change of scene when I’ve switched from non-fiction and focused entirely on fiction for the month, but as I’ve already said, I don’t want to push Forgetful Heart into the background.  Something tells me it’s important not to do that right now.


My initial idea was to take the ‘No’ out of NaNoWriMo and simply use November to write 50,000 words – on whatever – so including all non-ficiton work, stories, novel if I feel like it.  It’s not true NaNoWriMo, but it would at least be…WriMo.

But then, I want to write a sequel to last year’s, which I hope to polish up for self-publication on Kindle next year….ack.

What will I write?

Well, I’ve signed up (click here for profile), but am taking it lightly (I know – I’ve said that the last two times, the first time 100,000 words ago).

Whatever I write, I’ll write. I’ll write. I’ll write.

We’ll see.

16 thoughts on “taking the ‘no’ out of NaNoWriMo?

  1. Marion Stroud says:

    Why November? That’s what I say! Why not January … or February? Having just got back from the US with lots of catching up to do … would I do better to have a private NaNoWriMo in Feb.? Excuses excuses… Help!


  2. Freya Morris says:

    Hi Lucy – had the same idea in a way. Am writing an MG book which I don’t want to be 50,000 words – so I am aiming for 40,000 max. I think next year I would be inclined to do something similar in shorter pieces. You could call it a collection!


  3. scskillman says:

    I share your dilemma, Lucy. I’m still polishing the final version of the novel I drafted with NaNoWriMo in November last year! I had hoped to start writing a new novel this Nov but now it seems unlikely. Perhaps I should pray for a miracle and then start writing the next novel halfway through November!


  4. Tammy J Rizzo says:

    I’m with you. Even if you’re not working on a new novel this NaNo, at least you’ll be working on something, and writing something. That’s why I’m working on finishing my main WIP this NaNo rather than letting it lie unfinished. I’m still shooting for adding 50K to it (it will probably need that much, or more), though.


  5. Naomi says:

    I’m taking part for the first time this year. I have no idea how to write properly, I feel I just about cobble blog posts together so a bit intimidating being next to pro’s! But I like the idea of just getting a bulk down on paper and not over-worrying about how it comes out, even if I am the only one to read it I’ll have accomplished something!


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