Do You Nanowrimo?

The keyboard of the Malling-Hansen writing bal...

Do you Nanowrimo? ©  copyright 2012  by Sara Jacobelli

November is NaNoWriMo month. Do you NaNoWriMo? Yeah, sounds kinky, but stands for National Novel Writing Month. Produce a 50,000 word novel in one month. Pretty ambitious, don’t you think?

I  thought of trying this, since I am attempting to write a novel. Thought it might give me a push. But in looking at their website, I can see that NaNoWriMo is not for me. I really don’t want to share any portions of my novel until I have a decent first draft completed. It’s too much like having someone looking over my shoulder while I’m writing. Call me superstitious, but hey, who’s more superstitious than writers, gamblers and fishermen/fisherwomen?

Also, I didn’t see any way I could write 50,000 words in a month, unless I became a meth addict. (Since I can’t stand cranksters,that ain’t gonna happen).  Plus, I’m not crazy about the emphasis on quantity here, as opposed to quality.

That said, I still think that the project could push some people to produce a basic outline for a novel, as long as he or she realizes that after one month, the work is just beginning.

As for me:  I started my novel about a week before NaNoWriMo, and. . .  I am still on the first chapter.


NaNoWriMo web site:


Salon magazine’s take on NaNoWriMo:

(I learned from the Salon article that Sara Gruen, who wrote “Water for Elephants,” participated in NaNoWriMo).


Slate magazine’s take on NaNoWriMo:


Fake NaNoWriMo Tips:


LA Times article with the best NaNoWriMo Advice:


Photo Credit: “The keyboard of the Malling-Hansen writing ball, invented in 1865 by Rasmus Malling-Hansen,” by Wikipedia, Public Domain Photo.



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