Monday, October 19, 2009

Do You Know NaNo?

For those of you prolific writers out there, don't forget that NaNoWriMo is just around the corner!

November is National Novel Writing Month. NaNo poses the writerly challenge of producing 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. Last year was my first time as a participant, and although I didn't quite make my goal (a small thing called "paying assignments" took top priority), it was a great exercise in productivity and self-discipline!

Though I have an idea for this year's NaNo, I haven't decided if I want to put myself through the paces this year. Everything has sort of been put on the back burner with this teaching gig--which I still find challenging, but I think I'm learning to take back some control--and I haven't had time for much else since the end of August!

But for those of you who are debating, I highly recommend giving NaNo a try. It helps to get you on a regular, daily writing schedule and who knows? You might just keep going and finish that long-stagnant masterpiece!

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1 comment:

  1. I did NaNo for the first time last year too, and I also blogged about it today! Great minds!

    I was totally unprepared last year, signed up at practically the last minute and it was a total disaster, though a lot of fun. It also gave me the self-discipline I needed.

    I wish we had NaNo every month!