November 1, 2010

NaNoWriMo: How I Plan to Beat Writer's Block.

The thought of participating in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, has always made me nervous and wary – nervous because there’s no way I can crank out 50,000 words by the end of November without paying any attention to my schoolwork, and wary because I feel like being pushed to write will suppress creativity and turn it into a chore. And with the amount of papers I write, writing already feels like a chore.

But I’ve been doing little-to-no creative writing, and constantly abandon story ideas after the first few pages. I want that to change. So this year, for the month of November, I’m throwing myself into the NaNoWriMo frenzy.

And yes, I’m still nervous and wary about it.

Don’t know what NaNoWriMo is?
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.

So what about you? Are you participating? Any worries about stress, writer’s block, etc.? Are any of you NaNoWriMo veterans?

* Also, just a quick reminder that this week is YA LOVE TRIANGLE WEEK!
Be sure to stop by - there will be awesome arguments for your favorite YA guys, and giveaways!

I think my argument for Puck from the Iron Fey series will speak for itself.


  1. This is my first NaNoWriMo too! I'm scared beyond belief, mostly because I don't really have a plan about what I'm going to write. But hopefully, even if we just write nonsense and skip a day here or there, we'll at least get into the habit of writing daily. Good luck!

  2. Man, I wish I could just do that. But you know, with the number of papers due this month, I just might end up writing 175 pages anyway =\. Hehe. Good luck with it.

  3. This is my third NaNo and I'm so excited about it! Hope you're having fun with it! It'll be interesting for me, trying to write amidst college applications and everything, but I love it! :)

    My username is chameleon_bex if you want to be my writing buddy.

  4. Good luck on NaNo!! I "won" my first year doing it (back in 2002) and haven't been successful since.


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