Writing a Novel in one month

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NaNoWriMo? Ehh… what you say? Keep on reading and I’ll tell you about it!

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved. [whatisnano]

That is about 1666 words each day for 30 days!

nanowrimo I’m going to do it!

I’m registered at the site NaNoWriMo; National Novel Writing Month. I’ve read the rules. I have been thinking a lot about writing lately. Writing scenes in my head. Thinking about reality and fiction and what to “do” with it in a plot.

I’ve been to the start up meting in Stockholm. Through the years I’ve read countless books about writing.

I’m dreaming about writing a great novel in one month but can’t imagine I will actually show up and write every day?! But I will try and I will do my best. I’m going to be kind about what I write, how I write it but not if I write. I want to write a text. It will be in Swedish, but that’s about all I know about my text.

I’ve written texts since I was a kid but never any big projects except for this blog and my own diary. And the blog turned out a book, maybe some scenes written during November also will – after a while? I’ve written a lot about me in my diary and on the blog but no short stories in a couple of years now. Nothing fictionous at all lately.

But in two days I’m about to start! Yay for big strange geeky projects?!

Official site;
NaNoWriMo (come on over and cheer on me)!

I’m looking forward to this very much and I’m not going to worry about “winning” (writing 50.000 words in a month) but to write a lot and try to sit down and do it every day. Rule 1 in writing is: sit your butt down (!). I can’t imagine a stack of paper on my desk at the end of the month filled with prose, but I feel happy thinking about it and imaging it! And it’s the road that is important right, not the result? I’m also looking forward to getting the daily pep talks from famous and cool authors like Tom Robbins and Neil Gaiman and Deanna too!

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16 Responses to Writing a Novel in one month

  1. Merruli says:

    This sounds like a good challenge. I think a writing process needs limits and goals and this one has both of them. I hope you’ll have happy moments writing and hopefully we’ll get to read your text at the end(a good change to brush up my Swedish).

  2. Lina says:

    Wow, vilket projekt, helt galet!

    Kul att ses i s?ndags, fast lite… skumt :) Var inte heller s? pratsam (och tr?ffade syster fr?n Norrland f?r f?rsta g?ngen p? en m?nad, s? pratet gick till henne).

    Kanske ses igen d?r n?n annan s?ndag, n?r paragraferna inte snurrar lika fort inne i min hj?rna… (men det var sk?nt att anv?nda h?nderna n?gra timmar, precis som det blir att dansa med f?tter och h?fter imorgon).

    Lycka till och bon courage f?r ditt stora galna projekt! Hoppas man f?r l?sa n?n liten bit sen…

  3. I’ll be cheering for you! It’s a great idea, I wish you all the inspiration you may need! *^v^*

  4. Lin52 says:

    Welcome to Nano, Hanna! My name there is Lindan, and I’ve “won” it three years straight. This will make year #4. Feel free to be my buddy, as well as anyone else who is reading this blog. Having encouragement makes all the difference! Remember, it’s just 1,667 words a day, very do-able!!

    Lin52

  5. MissKoolAid says:

    Yay! I’m in it too! We can do it!

  6. Mira says:

    Go Hanna! I think it’s great that you are going to join in. I’m tempted…..two more days to decide. Good luck.

  7. PJ says:

    ME,TOO!!!! thanks for the links…I’ll be thinking of you!

  8. Suzie says:

    Have fun! That’s the most important thing ^___^ And thanks for the link!

  9. starsara says:

    Oh jej! En till! Toppen! Tro mig Nanowrimo ?r underbart! Du kommer att ?lska upplevelsen!

  10. Mira says:

    Okay, thanks for the encouragment, I’m in! Strap on your seatbelt folks, here we go….

  11. SallyQ says:

    Hi Hanna
    Found your page via my blog stats page. Thanks for the link and loads of luck with NaNo this year!

    Sally

  12. I’m gonna do it. Gulp! I’ve got the bones written out, and I’m ready to fill ’em in. Between this and school, I’m gonna be one busy gal. Love Tom Robbins and Neil Gaiman!

  13. Kelly says:

    Hi hanna, I signed up too! maybe we can be writing buddies over there? I’m registered under the name of “fanstasyscribe”.

    Good luck to you~

    and I love your posts…you’re so inspiring!!

  14. Unichorn says:

    Hey Hannah,
    First: what a great blog you have here. Very inspiring (I started artjournaling about a week ago). And second: thanks for these great tips for nanawrimo: I’m too facing the challenge to ‘cough up’ a novel next month and will need all the support I can get, I suppose.

    Goodluck with your writing and journaling. Nice to meet you!
    Greetz ‘n Cheerz!

  15. louise says:

    Good luck. How’s it going so far?

  16. Ninacolors says:

    Hannah – I think the majority of any creative endeavor is “putting your butt in the chair” and just doing it.

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