NaNoWriMo – Who’s In?

Extra-large bottle of Ibuprofen?  Check.  Forewarned husband?  Check.  New idea?  Check.  Oodles of spare time?  Uh, no, but we’ll pretend that’s not important.

That right there is my official NaNoWriMo essentials checklist.  NaNoWriMo (a.k.a. National Novel Writing Month for the uninitiated) starts in November, which means I’ve officially got about a month and a half before I sit down and try to crank out 50,000+ words during the month of November.

I did NaNoWriMo for the first time in November 2008.  One of Wes’ friends (who I would also consider a friend, if for no other reason than that I can beat him at arcade shooting games and he also once shared a plate of frog legs with me {which are exactly like nasty chicken, by the way}) talked me into doing it, and so we slogged through our novels from opposite sides of the country.  When the end of November came around, we were victorious (and very sick of writing).

The feeling I got as I crossed the 50,000 word finish line was indescribable.  I felt proud of myself (even prouder than when I graduated college, funny enough).  I felt accomplished (I could honestly say I’d written a novel!).  And I felt very, very ready to break up with my keyboard.  When I posted to my blog that I’d done it, lots of people celebrated that victory with me and it felt like a gigantic wordalicious party.  My Dad, who followed my progress closely, even left one of his rare comments on my blog to congratulate me.

So, even though I have a precocious and busy little baby who distracts me with his smiles and a part-time job that demands most of my creativity and focus, I’m strapping on my novel-writing boots again this year and signing my name on the roster.  Put me in coach, I’m ready to write!

I came up with the idea for my novel while I was feeding Aidan a banana, so now I have everything I’m going to need.  All I have left to say is: Who’s with me?

9 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo – Who’s In?

  1. Me! Me! I love NaNoWriMo! This will be my… 6th time?? I only (only, ha!) made it to 26k last year, but I plan on finishing this year. I actually just thought of the idea for my novel a couple days ago, so I guess I’m ready to go. Bring it on, November!

  2. -Kelly O., You’re kidding, your 6th time?! Wow, I feel like a newb! Also, last year you had a newborn so maybe cut yourself some slack for not finishing, huh? Can’t wait to do this with you!

  3. I completed NaNoWriMo in…2001? I think. I’ve tried again every year since then. I usually make it to about 2000 words and then get stuck. Between work, baby and laundry, I don’t know if I can commit. But I can cheer you on! I think it’s great and I know you can do it.

  4. -Syd, I had no idea so many of my blogging buddies were NaNoWriMo vets! Well, I totally understand not doing it this year. Maybe next year?

  5. Thanks for the shout-out, friend! (as an aside, while I certainly won’t go so far as to deny defeat, I will claim to remember no such incident and call it highly unlikely…) As far as your adorable new(ish)born, might I suggest one of the many half-keyboard or one-handed keyboard products out there? I won’t link for fear that my comment will be intercepted by vigilant spam-guardians and whisked away to a secret spam prison to be held without trial or access to comment-counsel. But regardless… one handed typing means one hand for feeding banannasbannanasbandanaeric banabanaaananananananas… carrots to the little one.

  6. -dc, Dude, it SO happened! It was that time we all went to see a movie (this was the time I met your sister, BTW) and we played the arcade shooting game while waiting for the movie to start. You technically used fewer bullets, but I hit more of the targets. I fully acknowledge that it’s kind of sad that I remember that. As for the spam guardians and comment-counsel, I can’t even address the likelihood of that happening because I’m too busy giggling. The one-handed typing gear sounds intriguing, but alas I need three hands to wrangle food into Aidan’s mouth so I think I’ll just have to cram my writing time in when Aidan’s napping.

    -G, Thank you!!!

  7. oooh, the temptation! I start back at work (from home for two days a week) in November and will also have just four weeks to market my first book AND try and convince Oprah she ought to talk to me (she’s coming to Australia so we’re halfway there… well, I can pretend I’m halfway there!)… but my poor neglected second novel could sure use some NaNoWriMo love. Count me in, but don’t check my word count ;)

  8. -peta-jo, Woo hoo! I didn’t know you’d written a novel, way to go! Good luck with Oprah. Surely Australia is a small place, I’m sure you’ll run into her eventually ;)

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