Sunday 28 October 2018

I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year!

Guys, I'm super-excited (and nervous!) to do NaNoWriMo this year for real. I say for real because I have attempted it twice before: once in May of 2014 (I had just heard about NanNoWriMo, a 50,000-words writing challenge that happens every November), and I thought I could do it by myself in a random month. Turns out, I can't. (I failed miserably and abandoned Lucy.)

The second time I tried to use the NanNoWriMo-deadline approach was to finish the first draft of a book of essays I worked on in 2015. That worked out better, but still wasn't the real thing.

Well, they say third time's the charm, and I hope that will turn out to be true! I'm much better prepared this time than I was ever before:
1. For starters, I'm doing it in the actual month (November), and knowing that thousands of other people will be writing right along me will feel amazing in this inherently lonely endeavour.

2. I have an outline! I know exactly what I will be writing about, and I already have a (rough) outline! I've been half-halfheartedly working on it for a while and I have about 12,000 words right now, but for the challenge I will start counting words on November 1. If everything goes according to plan, I should have around 62,000 words by November 30!

3. Two weeks in November will be spent at my "writing retreat", aka my time away from home, where all I do is work, walk Lily, and have more time than I know what to do with. I've finished my two biggest time-suck shows on Netflix (Grey's Anatomy and The Mindy Project), I'm not starting a new one, and I'm also holding off on starting any new books that may side-track me! Not having enough time won't cut it as an excuse this time - I better just buckle down and do it!
I won't tell you much about it because I don't want to jinx it, but here are just a few details:
1. It's another non-fiction book.
2. I already have a title I love but don't want to share because I'm scared someone might steal it (it sounds paranoid, but apparently that happens).
3. I'm really excited about this book, because I think it will be helpful, uplifting, lighthearted and FUN!

Most likely it will be quieter on the blog in November because I will have to write 1,667 words a day to complete the 50,000 by the end of  the challenge. But we will see! I hope to pop in at least once or twice a week.

Wish me luck!
I'm gonna dig into some homemade cranberry-apple-cobbler now. I hope your weekend ends on an equally delicious note!

xo Miriam



  1. YAY! How exciting, I'm actually really interested in this. I'll have to look into it! I can't wait to learn more about this nonfiction book you're writing. You're such a great writer and I know you're going to just thrive this time around! Third time is absolutely the charm!

    1. Let's hope so! I'm really motivated, this book has been in my head for too long and needs to come out! I really hope you will participate,too (if you have the time with your YTT), we can cheer each other on! If you do sign up, friend me on NaNo! Just search for my name.

  2. Yay! Friend me on NaNo! It should come up if you just search my name.

  3. Ohh, me too!! I've tried a few times as well, but I was never really prepared. I am now and I'm super excited! Good luck and have fun!

    1. You can add me too, if you want! :) I'm still allerdings on the nano website

    2. Same to you D! I just added you, and I'm so happy that we are going to be writing buddies all through November. Together we will write 100,000 words!!!

  4. I literally just found out about this yesterday on another blog and signed up! We're having a really sad week in Pittsburgh right now so I thought it would be perfect to immerse myself in a make believe world and work on a book that I've been thinking about for a few months. I've never attempted to write a book before. The longest thing I've written in the past 10 years is a blog post! I'm excited to go to some of the in person meet ups. I think that will really help me stick to my goals. I'll look for you on the site now!

    1. That's so great! I just added you, I was in there as Farmgirlmiriam but changed it to my real name.
      I'm so sorry what happened in Pittsburgh, it's beyond horrible. The world looks increasingly like a dark, scary place these days - but we have to remember that the good outweighs the bad.
      Writing our stories will be a great way to create a world the way we want it to be!


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