First, because not everyone knows what it stands for, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. The objective is to write a novel, consisting of 50,000 words, during the thirty days of November.

Something to keep in mind–50,000 is at the low end of word counts for a novel.  To give a comparison, novellas go up to around 40,000.  Most novels, at least in Urban Fantasy–the genre I’m currently writing–come in somewhere between 85,000-100,000.

My opinion on NaNo is that it’s good for writing a rough draft.

So, I’m unofficially doing this.  I say unofficially because I’m not signed up at the website (, and I’m not trying to ‘win’.  I’m mostly curious to see if I can do it, and to get my head back into writing mode.  Three or four months with little-to-no writing is not the best thing for me, and it’s possible that I would’ve been in a better headspace if I’d been writing, considering the circumstances.

In the past, I never tried NaNo because I was always in the middle of trying to write and finish a story or revise a draft.  This time, I wanted to let the first story sit a bit before really jumping into revisions, and I decided to start on the second and get a draft of that done.  Though even if  I do hit the target, I expect to be maybe halfway through the story.

50,000 words in thirty days breaks down to 1,667 words a day.  I started the month lagging behind because two days without power and heat make writing difficult.  Not because I couldn’t recharge my laptop–like I’ve said before, I write with pen and notebook.  The problem was more that no heat meant trying to write with cold fingers. Writing-wise, the power outage only affected knowing the actual word count.  Saturday was a minimal writing day–there were errands to be run–and I don’t write on Sundays.  That’s the day I do laundry and play games and generally relax.  Most Saturdays I write more than enough words to make up for Sunday.

Overall, I have 6,350 words, not counting Friday (those aren’t typed up, but should be around 1,000), and I should be at 15,003 (including Friday, but not today).

I’m not worrying about that.  I tend to do the majority of my writing on Friday nights and Saturdays when I have larger blocks of time to spend writing.   My typical daily goal is 500, and I can write at least that much in thirty minutes at lunch.  While I can write 2,000 on a weekday, those days tend to be rare, and they’re days when I don’t exercise and have no other distractions.  Plus, the clearer an idea I have about what’s going to happen, the more I write.

And I write less when I use my writing time on blog posts.  Which, yes, means I should be writing instead of doing this.

So, I will write.

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I'm a writer in progress, and in my day job I copyedit/solve puzzles.
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