Monday, October 10, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011

Normally I talk bout hair, but that's not what I'm bringing to you guys today.  Ever since I was a little girl I have had a love affair with reading and writing. I could read and write before entering kindergarten and my love for them just continued to grow from there.  When I was younger I could spend hours upon hours doing nothing more than reading a new book.  Dragons and witches and warlocks and mermaids would captivate my imagination and have me so enthralled I would sometimes forget to eat.  Have you ever started reading a book and felt like only a few minutes had passed only to realize you've been sitting in the same spot for hours and totally missed lunchtime?  I have.  Too many times to count.

And now I've decided I'd like to venture even deeper into the world of literature and attempt to write my first novel.  But here's the kicker, I'm going to write it in 30 days!  Yep, that's right.  I've committed myself to tackling the insane task of completing a 50,000+ page manuscript from start to finish in the month of November.  But I won't be doing it alone.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and is hosted by  This year I will be an official participant.  There are plenty of forums and meetups for fellow NaNo's to help support you on this journey.  Any and everyone is encouraged to sign up any time before November 1st, 2011 and join this year's group of amateur and veteran novel writers alike.  The only rules are that you must not have any written prose before the first of November and you must upload your novel for word count verification by 11:59 PM on November 30th.  If you reach 50,000 words or more you are a winner!  While there are no tangible prizes sent out to winners, I think walking away from the experience knowing you have written a full length novel in just one month is prize enough.

If anyone is interesting in joining NaNoWriMo, I seriously encourage you to do so.  Writing is a creative release like no other and everyone can be a writer.  You just have to have to drive and dedication to reach your goals.  I hope you guys consider joining me on this novel writing journey!  Let me know if you decide to do so. :)


  1. This is really cool. Good luck! I wont put that crazy pressure on my mind, but I am working on my own novel... posted the first few pages on my blog. I have always been in love with reading and writing... became an English teacher and all :)

  2. @Elisha I actually follow your blog. :) I should add you to my link list. I'm glad you knew what career path you wanted to take. I'm in the process of changing my major and I feel like I'm going to be in school forever. I have no idea what I want to do right now.