ROW80: Jumping into NaNoWriMo

I’ve decided…. I’m going to go for it this November. I’m going to do NaNoWriMo. I signed up last week, after being inspired by some of my ROW80 peeps, and I committed to it today by telling my daughter, her friend, and one of my best friends from college and her partner. It was at that point that I realized that not everyone knows what NaNoWriMo, even spelled out: National Novel Writing Month, is.

Basically, it’s a month of craziness: you commit to writing a 50,000 word novel in one month. If you write 50, 000 words, you “win,” even if your novel isn’t complete at that length.

That sounds like a lot, yet there are plenty of professional, full-time writers who regularly produce at this level or more. I did it once before, in 2009. And yes, I “won.” I never did finish that book, but I still plan to.

The rules of NaNoWriMo require that you start a new book in November – picking up one that’s already started doesn’t count, although a lot of people do just that. I’m doing NaNo because other than “Time’s Holiday,” I haven’t written any new material since I did NaNoWriMo. I need that extra kick in the seat.

I don’t know if I’ll publish the book I’m writing for NaNo – I want to get back into writing for fun, and it’s a big departure from what I usually write, so who knows how it’ll turn out. FUN is where it’s at this month. It’ll definitely be harder to “win” this time around, as I have a regular blog and other writing activities to do, including my revision on Hangar 18, that I don’t want to put off further.

Fortunately, we can do ROW80 and NaNoWriMo at the same time. So here’s my ROW80 progress for this past week:

  • Finish Home for the Holidays print book, and if proof received, correct if needed; otherwise OK it and make available for sale – the proof had some minor issues, so I reworked those, uploaded the corrections, and ordered another proof. Done!
  • Physical activity 5x this week – No. I had a bit of a cold earlier this week, and although it was a mild one (thank goodness!), I took it easy on the physical stuff this week. I’m better now, so I’m hoping to jump back in this week!
  • Hangar 18 – review and markup Chapters 4-6 – Done!
  • Get it Together exercises 13 & 14 – No
  • I got some more outlining done on my NaNoWriMo project.

Here are my overall goals for this round:

  • Format and release OVRWA holiday story anthology – Done and soon to be released!
  • Revise Hangar 18 – revisions/markup started
  • Keep up with my exercise, five times a week – ongoing
  • Finish the Get It Together exercises – completed sections 3 – 12
For this week, I’d like to:
  • 6,000 words on NaNoWriMo novel
  • Review Home for the Holidays print proof, correct again if needed; otherwise OK it and make available for sale!
  • Physical activity 5x this week
  • Hangar 18 – review and markup Chapters 7-9
  • Get it Together exercises 13 & 14

If you’re participating in ROW80, how are you doing so far? Are you doing NaNoWriMo? If so, look me up and let’s be writing buddies! And either way, how are you doing with whatever goals you may have made?

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Good luck on your NaNo project (and if you check my blog tomorrow, you’ll see you’ve been tagged – hee hee). I haven’t felt brave enough to pursue this and it usually comes in the middle of a project. This year a cruise will come in the middle of NaNo. I don’t think I could do 50K in 3 weeks!

  2. Thanks, Stacy! The best thing I got out of NaNo in ’09 was learning HOW MUCH I could accomplish if I set my mind to it. I’d wanted to do it way before then, but it seemed come November, I was usually knee-deep in revisions, or didn’t have anything adequately developed enough to write. Looking forward to seeing my “tag!”

  3. Hey there, Jen! NaNo’s awesome, and I wish you fun and flying fingers.

    @Stacy – I’ve done NaNo 4 times, won the first 3 (friends hubby died just as #4 began, and I ditched it for her). The last time I finished, I had _18_ days to do it! I don’t write on Sundays, and we had friends coming for a week (or maybe 10 days, don’t remember) and were going to be taking them around Ireland. I don’t remember what the word count needed to be for 18 days, but I did it with about 600 words to spare. So go for it!

    And kudos to everyone else. I’ll be cheering you on this year, and probably next, until college is over. Good luck, Jennette!

  4. Jennifer – wow, 50k in 18 days? Color me impressed! It’s a challenge to do in 30. Thanks for your good wishes!

  5. Woot, Welcome to NaNo! Again 🙂
    Congrats on the (soon to be) released book – great accomplishment. Have a fantastic week and all the best for NaNo, Jennette 🙂

  6. Best wishes for NaNoWriMo! I’m not in (too involved in editing), but I will be cheering from the sidelines. Great progress so far this round, Jennette. Hang in there and keep up the great work!