The one where she might just prove…

by Jennifer on November 1, 2008

…that she is nuts, certifiable even.

You’ve all heard about National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo? Participants have one month to write 50,000 words of a novel. No editing, no revision, just pounding out that shitty first draft.

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve talked myself in and out of doing it, a few times. But last night, at the 11th hour, I signed up.

Since I’m facing a major rewrite of my novel anyway, after changing something big about the story, it’s not really a bad time for me.

According to the NaNoWriMo rules, the work must all be original, so anything that I’ve written before has to stay in a scrap pile for a while. Later on, during the revision process, I will add some of it back in, where I can.

Over in my right sidebar, you’ll see a badge, and beneath it a word count widget*. I’ll update it daily (assuming I can figure out how) as I go through the month.

50,000 new words. We’ll see if I can dig up that many.

Wish me luck.


Edited: Other writers I know who are participating in NaNoWriMo include Kelly at Experiments In Life, and Lisa  at MamaMilton. I’m on the edge of my seat to read what each of them will write during this time.

I know they would also appreciate your support.

*Settled on just the widget to free up some space.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Gwen November 1, 2008 at 11:59 am

Good luck! Can’t wait to buy the final product at my local Borders.


Manic Mommy November 1, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Very exciting! I see a lot of take out in your future. Good luck!

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Kelly November 1, 2008 at 1:18 pm



Lisa@verybusymomwith4 November 1, 2008 at 1:39 pm

You can do it! You can you can!!!!!

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catnip November 1, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Good luck! I know you can do this.


Ree November 1, 2008 at 2:43 pm

You’ll do just fine, sweetie… and I can’t wait to read that novel.

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Jenn @ Juggling Life November 1, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Good luck with it–it sounds like quite the undertaking.

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Mrs. Chili November 1, 2008 at 4:13 pm


I’ve signed up for NaBloPoMo which (if anyone hasn’t heard by now) is a commitment to post once a day for the month of November. Since I blog all the way around the calendar anyway, it seemed silly to sign up, but I did – I get a lot of new readers that way.

I’ve never been inspired to write a novel. I guess I’m still waiting for that particular muse to come and beat me about the head with her magic wand but, as yet, my noggin remains unmolested.

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Kimberly November 1, 2008 at 5:26 pm

I’m rooting for you! I know you can do it.

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Louise November 1, 2008 at 6:51 pm

I know you can do it. I KNOW you can. Just do it! (Every day after your 4-mile loop which will help you clear your head and organize your thoughts.)

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flutter November 1, 2008 at 9:07 pm

I bow to your bravery.

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anymommy November 1, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Luck, but you don’t need it, you’ve got skill.

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Desiree - Mother Musings November 1, 2008 at 9:28 pm

Good Luck!!!!!!

I’ve thought about doing NaNoWriMo for the last two years but haven’t because I’m chicken. And November is a terrible month for me to take this on. Waaaaaay too many things happening. Heh.

Here’s to you finishing! {raises glass}



dragonfly November 2, 2008 at 2:07 am

Wheee! Good luck! I’m going to do this someday…but not when I have a toddler. And definitely not when I have a Very Bad Cold (that actually seems to be something worse…I’ll find out tomorrow when I go to the clinic).

I’ll be cheering you on!! 🙂

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Kelly November 2, 2008 at 6:26 am

What Louise said.


jenrantsraves November 2, 2008 at 8:00 am

Can’t wait to read it!


Jan November 2, 2008 at 9:14 am

Oh, good luck! You are a braver woman than I – I wouldn’t dream of tackling a novel. I have a hard enough time blogging.

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Susan November 2, 2008 at 9:38 am

I was a drop out last year so I knew better than to join up this year! And look,at you at almost 2000 words already! Wahoooo


Emily R November 2, 2008 at 2:03 pm

You go, girl!

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Crazycath November 2, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Go Jennifer!!

Rooting for yer…..

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Smart Mouth Broad November 2, 2008 at 3:00 pm

I’ve never heard of this. Good luck. I really enjoy your blog.

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melissa November 2, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Bon chance! I’m jealous–I want to do this myself, but must wait a few year for all kids to be in school full days!

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Suzanne November 2, 2008 at 6:20 pm

I think this is absolutely a brilliant project for you and I wish you every single bit of inspiration, endurance, and good wishes! I join the rest of the group in saying I can’t wait to read the novel and to hear about your adventures as you go through the month!

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RiverPoet November 2, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Good luck with that! I’ve often wanted to participate, but it’s too much pressure! 🙂

It will be interesting to see how it all turns out – D

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phd in yogurtry November 2, 2008 at 8:49 pm

NaNoWriMo – separating the men from the boys, the wheat from the chaff. Good luck! Signed, Boy Chaff.

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JCK November 3, 2008 at 1:33 am

Yowza! Good for you! I’m doing NaBloPoMo. 🙂

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Lisa Milton November 3, 2008 at 9:31 pm

I’m kinda curious what Lisa Milton will write too.


(So glad to hear it repeated frequently: Editing will come. Because right now I am stymied with the crap I’m producing. And I am going to befriend you as soon the nano gods let me. :))


Ann November 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm

ROCK on, girl! You can do this and it will be magnificent!

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