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I’ll be busy in November for #NaNoWriMo

November 1st-30th–National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo to those in the know)–is when the entire world considers becoming a writer. Words pour from pens like ants to an abandoned picnic with the goal of finishing a novel in a month. People stop going to movies, watching TV, making dinner, visiting social media–all in the name of literary passion.

In 2017 (according to the NaNoWriMo website): 402,142 participated including 95,912 students and educators in the Young Writers Program. Tens of thousands were winners defined in the rules as writing over 50,000 words. In any time but November, a novel would take from one to ten years to complete (twenty-two for me), exhaust the writer and infuriate those close to them who don’t understand how sitting in a hard chair, talking to fictitious people, can be so gal-darn fascinating.

I did strongly consider doing NaNoWriMo last year but 1) I was in the middle of editing, and 2) I don’t like starting a new novel until I finish the prior one. This year, I think I’m in the right place:

  • I should be finished with my outline by the end of October.
  • I like tracking my progress by adding about five pages a day (which is about the right amount for NaNoWriMo–a little lite).
  • I am not sure how to write the final book in a trilogy so I’m ready to try something outside my usual structured box.

So, I signed up, ran through the prep material, sharpened my pencils (OK, I didn’t do that but I did charge my keyboard) and I’m ready! I write a lot every day so I actually don’t expect this to affect my current schedule much, just focus it more.

Who’s in?

More on NaNoWriMo

No to NaNoWriMo

16 Reasons I’m NOT Doing NaNoWriMo (Again)

4 Ways to Pre-plan Your NaNoWriMo Story

Is NaNoWriMo Important if I Don’t Care About the Word Count?


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, In the Footsteps of Giants, Winter 2021. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

120 thoughts on “I’ll be busy in November for #NaNoWriMo

  1. I considered joining in this year but with my General Anxiety Disorder, I decided it wouldn’t be feasible. I will be trying to work more on my current project though. If I get to 25,000 words, I figure I did okay.

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  2. I’ve seen quite a few bloggers that are undertaking this challenge, and I’m glad you’re able to say yes to it this year so you can see what it’s like. Given how much writing you already do I imagine you’ll find it engaging and doable, but I’ll wish you luck anyway! Enjoy the process, Jacqui 😊
    Caz xx

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  3. Good luck with this, Jacqui. I’ve never participated because, like you, I’m usually in the midst of editing a book, but maybe one year if the the timing’s right, I’ll give it a try. Hope you’ll post a blog at the end of Nov. to let us know how it went 🙂

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  4. Nope not in this year. I have participated twice
    Never achieved 50000 words, but I got 2 book contracts for my eggorts. I hate all the editing after Nano writing. Like starting to write the book again. Best wishes for a successful result!!

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  5. I am doing it too! (and new ML as well). Finishing the first volume of a series. 4 or 5, pirate adventures, Title of the series The price of freedom, title of the first one Sword Angel. Good luck to you! Until 2016 I was saying NaNo is not for me either. I changed my mind in the meanwhile, to promote it 🙂

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      • Thank you, Jacqui. Now my auto type shows your name and Jacquie’s name. Yes, it take a lot of effort to be there NYT Bestseller. I don’t think indie authors can do that. I only did it with Amazon. Best wishes with your November writing. I downloaded the preparation file but I have some health issue to take care of this year. I may do it next year.

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  6. I’m in, Jacqui. But I’m being kind to myself this year and setting a personal goal of 20K words. That will finish my first draft, something that has been in the works for a year. It will feel like an amazing achievement! I’m glad you’re joining in. Happy Writing!

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  7. I almost commited, but got distracted with our outages and other things. I do need to edit, but I’m not against doing it if something hits me and this bug goes away. Good luck!

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  8. I’m on the fence for NaNo this year. I have never “successfully” completed the NaNoWriMo challenge. That is, I’ve never achieved the 50,000 word count. I have written enough to go on to publish two novels–so that’s some measure of success. But I have no less than three unfinished novels kicking around–all former NaNo ventures. I need completion…not new challenge! So, this year, I’m doing PerNoWriCom. Personal Novel Writing Completion. Same rules. (No registration, because it’s just too embarrassing.) Same over-the-top efforts to exhaust myself into production. We’ll see how it goes.

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  9. “Words pour from pens like ants to an abandoned picnic”… what an analogy Jacqui. Chains could never bind me nor would my muse be happy with them. Wishing you good luck dear friend, you are so flexible. 🙂

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  10. Good luck Jacqui – I understand the idea of trying something new to get the last book of your trilogy. Nano is never going to fit into my work schedule, so it’s not for me, but when life settles down and I do manage to get back to a writing schedule, I’m going to try something new for the final book in my – what should have been a trilogy, and is now a quartet – series: a good, solid outline!

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    • I couldn’t do it if I worked outside the house, or had a full 8-hour day. I have a lot of flexibility so I don’t think the time thing will be an issue.

      That’s interesting your trilogy is becoming a quartet. How’d that happen? I ask because I’m afraid this one is headed there, too. How do you change from a trilogy to a longer series?

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      • When I began book 2, I quickly realised there was too much material for a single book, unless I wanted one of well over 200,000 words. I know some fantasy authors do write monsters like that, but mine lent itself to splitting out one plot thread and making that into a separate book, which is now book no. 3
        So book 4 will be the book that was originally destined to be book 3. Unless, of course, when I get it plotted out, it turns out to be too big too…

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          • Sounds like the entry to another series to me!
            Although my current characters will complete their arcs in this next book, I have plans for two subsequent trilogies following on from this quartet, featuring the offspring of this set, and with an overall arc to the whole lot.
            Going to take me a while to write that lot, but I’m looking forward to it 😀

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  11. I did NaNo one time and did get to the end, but brother did I need editing – a pro would have had to rewrite it all!! But it was fun. Since you are a published author and teacher that I have enjoyed – I can’t wait to see your finished product!!

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  12. Jacqui, You’ve got this! 😀 As the consummate professional writer you’re prepared, and keen to get going! How exciting that this will be the final of the trilogy … must be an emotional writing month for you. Good luck and enjoy! 😀

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  13. Not me. I think I’ve said it before, but NaNo is the wrong time of year for Oz. Longer days, warmer weather, end of the school year, right before summer holidays…we need a JuNoWriMo 😉

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  14. Hi Jacqui – well done on going for NaNo … obviously suits you … so good luck – I’m sure you’ll achieve loads – even outside that box! Have fun … cheers Hilary

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