Thinking About NaNoWriMo 2015

It’s coming close! National Novel Writing Month is only 23 days away!

This year, I’m a little bit more prepared. I am really having to resist getting going on the story that i’m conjuring, and yet keep myself outlining the characters and plot to keep my motivation up. While 23 days isn’t really a long time, it’s kind of a long time (yes, you read that right).

The problem is the same as it was last year: do I have time to go to school, work, and participate in NaNoWriMo? Sure, I probably do, if I don’t want to sleep. This quarter I am taking four classes – all of which are writing and reading intensive, and working two jobs. Also, in November, I’ll be spending four days at a conference in Salt Lake City, where I will be watching various lectures as well as participating in discussions (and I won’t lie, there’s the risk my boss might encourage me drinking wine while I’m there as well).

Then November also contains Thanksgiving, and the tail end leads up to finals week (though I do realize that’s a week and a half into December).

NaNoWriMo is the challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. This boils down to 1,667 words a day. This doesn’t seem like too much, but when you’re trying to keep it to a novel, that is, one idea–then it becomes quite a bit of a task. Some of you may remember my participating last year, though it was after I finished the quarter, a month later, and I had five weeks off from school.

This year I’d like to see if I can do it. I have more against me this year than I did this time last year. Though I do have one thing going for me this time, and that’s the solid idea for a plot…ish. Ok, well, I have a solid idea for a premise, and a possible lead for a plot. And! I have 23 days to figure out how to turn it into a plot. hopefully this will work to my advantage, and I can be an active part of the NaNoWriMo community.

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5 thoughts on “Thinking About NaNoWriMo 2015

  1. Sounds like your life is nearly as epic as mine is – I’m in grad school, and going a bit crazy trying to balance school, writing, and those other things we need like sleep and food.
    I’ve only completed NaNoWriMo once – it was a few years ago, while I was working and not going to school. I only succeeded because I got the flu and spent my days half-asleep in bed typing away madly. The story came out okay, but I prefer a little more breathing room in my writing process – and not having the flu.
    Good luck! I think it’s worth completing at least once just to know you can.

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    • I’m only finishing up at community college–I can’t imagine trying to do NaNoWriMo in grad school!
      I did it last year, but only because I participated in December, when they granted us five weeks off between the quarters. Though I’m hoping to be able to do it in the designated time slot 🙂
      Good luck to you this year!

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      • I’ve been to community college, and it’s a great stepping stone, and challenging on top of the rest of life.
        I’m not participating this year because, first, I have too much to do for school, and, second, I’m working on preparing my second book (my NaNoWriMo project from 2012) for publication.

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