NaNoWriMo 2011

After skipping it for a few years, I am doing NaNoWriMo this year and I am loving it. I started right on Nov 1 with a scene that I had had in my mind for over ten years. I stripped it of the details that had accumulated over time and left it as the simple concept, then let the characters show me how it happened now. They very much did and they have continued to tell me their story day by day.

As of this post I am right on target with 14,201 words written. I have a daily goal of 2000 words so I can account for Shabbat and have a day off each week and after week 1, so far so good. I get up every day at 4 AM to give myself time to wake up and get some coffee made and by 5 AM I am typing, usually until 7 or so when it’s time to wake my wife up and do all the usual morning chores. It’s a bit exhausting, especially days when I work 9 hours until closing at 9 PM, but I am loving the early morning quiet writing time. The words flow so much better on a clear, rested mind.

I don’t know why I stopped writing. I have found a part of myself I had missed terribly and am loving reacquainting myself with it. I have a really good idea where this novel is going, too, which has me really excited to continue.

You can take a look at my NaNoWriMo profile (if you’re doing NaNo as well, friend me up), where you will find the very first scene of the novel as an excerpt.

Ok, that’s 287 words I could’ve put into the novel. Back to work!


  1. I’m NaNoWriMo-ing for the first time this year, and I wondering why I’ve been putting it off for the last 7 or 8! It’s been so much fun (not without its frustrations, however), and exactly what I needed. I recently published my first nonfiction, which was a highpoint for me. But my dream has always been fiction. This is forcing me through those tough parts I was afraid of, like dialog. The learning process is so incredible I don’t care if the end results stink. Well, yes I do. I do care if it stinks. Just don’t tell anyone. I sound braver if I don’t care if it stinks.


  2. @Diane
    I know exactly what you mean! It’s all about the permission to suck. There should be a little card, a license to suck, that we lay on the table as we write, allowing us to just put out the words and worry about them later.

    I hadn’t written any fiction in years, a bit of fluff for some roleplaying project I worked on here and there notwithstanding, and as I work on this NaNo project I can’t imagine why I ever stopped, or ever stopping again.

    Good luck on your NaNo as well!


  3. Wow, good luck with the project. I’ve never heard of that before. That’s a lot of writing to do, but you seem to really enjoy it. I agree with you on writing in the morning with some coffee. That’s when I do my best work.


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