On NaNoWriMo


(photo courtesy of nanowrimo.org)

For anyone who doesn’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a writing challenge that encourages participants to write a 50,000 word novel, solely in the month of November. While that was the original intent of the challenge, a lot of people have adjusted the challenge to fit their needs, the main constant being to just write 50,000 words in one month, whether it’s on an old project, a new one that will continue past November, or multiple projects.

I’ve done it every year since 2016, with different types of projects each year. This year I kept working on my four main projects of the year. For the most part, anyway. Eventually I dropped three of them to focus on just one, but that’s a different story.

I finished the month out with just over 76,000 words total, and got pretty close to finishing up a story I’ve been working on for a very long time. I’m happy with my progress.

If you’re a writer who’s completed NaNo this year, congratulations. You did something really great. If  you’re a writer who chose not to participate in NaNo, or go for the full 50k, I admire you for doing the right thing for yourself. If you didn’t know what NaNo was before today, I’d advise you to be very careful about considering it next year. While it is fun and the competition can be great for some people, taking care of your health and well being are always first priority.

I don’t have much else to say, so I’ll end this ramble here. Hopefully I’ll have a more interesting post up in a few weeks.

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