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Why I NaNoWriMo

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You may be wondering what NaNoWriMo is. So let’s just get that out of the way first. NaNoWriMo is the short form for National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo takes place around the globe every November. During November, participants try to write a novel of 50 000 words in one month. Everyone who completes the challenge by writing at least 50 000 words wins!

I wanted to share with you how I got involved in NaNoWriMo and how it changed my life. I had always wanted to be a writer and to write a novel but I never thought that I actually could. On November 2, 2010, I saw a post on the website of my local library. I had never heard of NaNoWriMo before.

National Novel Writing Month? Write an entire novel in a month? That sounded intriguing! Yeah, we were two days into November already but I still wanted to give it a try! I remember sitting in my rocking chair, rocking my baby to sleep on my lap as I thought up a story. I started writing but it was hard! Writing a novel is no easy task; that’s for sure.

So I turned to the NaNoWriMo forums on NaNoWriMo.org. There I found three other people from my local area and started chatting with them. We decided to meet at a local restaurant to talk about our writing, write together and read some of our stories to each other. I was a little freaked out because they just had usernames so I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. Would they all be weird and creepy guys? Or, more likely, were they all memoir-writing traditional folk who would disapprove of my science fiction story?

But then we met and I found that they were all women who were writing science fiction novels just like I was! It was through the encouragement of meeting together, having a specific goal with a specific deadline and the cool graphing feature on the NaNoWriMo website all helped me to succeed. And so I wrote my fist novel!

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track of how you’re doing.

Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 7.07.36 AMMy first novel!

It was the NaNoWriMo of 2010 that launched my career as a writer. After winning NaNoWriMo, I gained confidence to continue writing because I knew I could do it. It was during that time that I first started calling myself a writer. Now, over twenty books later, I’m so glad I took the NaNoWriMo challenge.

I wanted to share this with you so that, maybe, you’d think of taking the challenge, too. If you’ve ever thought that you might like to write a novel one day, don’t let this opportunity pass you by. You can sign up for NaNoWriMo today!

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