My #NaNoWriMo Challenge

November is shaping up to be a very busy month, as it always does. This year I am once again participating in #NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month to those unfamiliar with the hashtag, and I am really struggling. I actually think I have writer’s block, and that has never happened to me before. I mean, yes, I have taken longer to write some manuscripts and the words have been slow to form, but with this one I really am flailing about in the dark without a clue. It will be interesting to see what I have at the end of the challenge.


#NaNoWriMo 2017 Participant

The weather is turning colder bit by bit, although we do have a few mild days thrown in. We never know what to expect from one day to the next. On Monday the roads and pavements were covered in frost, and yet for the past two days we have strolled along enjoying pleasant temperatures and nice, dry days. I love watching leaves blowing about as they fall off the trees, seeing all the beautiful colours of autumn turning to winter, and growing excited as we inch closer to the festive season. Maybe I will end the month with the first draft of a new novel, maybe I won’t. This year I can take it or leave it, although at least I will have something to show for my efforts. Happy writing, my friends!

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6 Responses to My #NaNoWriMo Challenge

  1. jebjork says:

    Keep pushing through! No matter what you end up with in the end it will be worth it.

  2. scskillman says:

    Take heart, Catherine, I struggled with last year’s nanowrimo and only managed 30,000 words. But I am just about to print out the second draft of the full novel, and I know where I’m going with it, and feel excited about it. Don’t beat yourself up if you have, creatively, moved beyond the pressure of nanowrimo. Sometimes it’s a really positive thing to have that nano motivation and incentive for the first draft, and sometimes your own unconscious is telling you that now it intends to rebel against those artificial restrictions.

  3. Good luck with the challenge. I haven’t formally signed up to it, but I’m going for a big push on my book this week.

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