NaNoWriMo (or, Why We Will be Brief and Sound Frazzled this November)

This will be a short post, which is ironic.

For those of you who don’t know about NaNoWriMo, it’s a sort of online challenge to write 50,000 words every November. That’s 1667 words every day. Not really that much. It’s fairly easy to get that much written in a couple of hours.

Of course, you’re also supposed to write one complete novel in that time. Then, of course life comes along and maybe you can’t write for a couple of days. Or a week. And, of course, writer’s block happens…

And before you know it, you’re thousands of words behind. And freaking out!

But it’s still fun. And challenging. And good for actually sitting down and getting work done.

Here is the NaNoWriMo site, where masses of insane writers flock to give advice and encouragement and generally procrastinate. And I wrote more about it last year in my other blog.

It’s something I both look forward to and dread every year when November rolls around. It’s a time to curl up with a huge mug of hot cocoa and a bowl of popcorn, flip to a new page of a fresh journal, turn the music up too loud, and let the creativity unfurl. Honestly, I think I also rely on it to get actual writing done; and maybe use it as an excuse to not write at other times… Hm’m, perhaps I’m addicted.

Hannah and I have participated for 7 years now, rolling out story after strange and fantastic story. Sarah joined in a year or two later, though she consistently gets the highest word count now – which is also ironic.

And, between Etsy and the upcoming holiday shopping-and-selling season, and craft fairs, we’re still crazy enough to be doing NaNo again this year!

So, we’ll keep up posting, but our posts might be a bit short and sweet! And in that spirit – goodbye!

Here are the profiles of each of our novels:

Sarah: “The Last Watcher”

Abigail: “Harness”

Hannah: “Hidden Treasures, or the Dream of the Segments”



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