So you’re doing NaNo this year, eh?

If you didn’t think writers have a death wish, then you’ve obviously never heard of the yearly ritual known to writers as National Novel Writing Month; affectionately called NaNoWriMo. Every year, hundreds of thousands of writers, young and old, newbie and veteran gear themselves up to go full writing tilt on a marathon of writing fifty thousand words in thirty days.

It’s do-able. You can successfully write that amount in the span given if you stick to a schedule and WRITE EVERY DAY. I did it back in 2008 and the one of the things I took away from the whole process (there were many), was that I could take my dreams of publishing a book and make them real, not because I had written a draft novel, but because I completed a project. Something that was a rare event in my life.

One of the things I hear from new writers is how hard it is to find the time to write, or there’s too much going on in their life that it takes away from their writing. This is understandable. As a new writer, they’ve not disciplined themselves to set aside some time every day and work on their novel. It’s a hard habit to get into at the beginning, but worthwhile in the end. NaNo helps with this. By entering the competition, you are forcing yourself to take your writing seriously and put real effort into creating a story. It doesn’t matter if what you’ve written reads like crap; you’re training yourself to make writing an everyday part of your life. Something all successful authors will tell you is the first step.

Participating in NaNoWriMo is not about the finish line, it’s about the journey to get to there.


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

5 Responses to So you’re doing NaNo this year, eh?

  1. Jack says:

    Hello again, my young friend ~
    As a member of, all I’ve heard about from half-a-million members for the last six weeks is NaNoWriMo. I envy people who can make their muses come in and punch a time clock for a month straight. Mine most decidedly doesn’t work that way, so I’m probably one of those who actually needs the discipline of this international exercise in lunacy. Those who can turn their creativity on and off with a switch have considerably less use for the distraction.
    Need it or not, no way! I’m a big enough lunatic without looking for new ways to prove it…

    Have a great day, darlin’, and keep thinking up fun things to talk about!

    ~ Blimprider

    • Hey you!
      It’s pretty popular. I bet you could leash your Muse for a month. 😉 Maybe next year you could give it a try?

      • Jack says:

        Jambo, youngster!
        Sorry, I had to finish rolling on the floor before I could type again. Leash the muse! What a howl! You’ve obviously never met Mr. Crusty. You’ve given me a great idea for next week’s post, though. Drop in on the Beyond the Rails site next Monday, noonish. I’ll introduce you to the old codger.
        Leash Mr. Crusty! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…………….

        ~ Blimprider

  2. beabear1986 says:

    Hey Darke! For the first time, I’ve taken on this challenge. It is, as you said, about the discipline of writing every day. I hope to at the very least walk away from this month with a greater determination to try again next year if I don’t make it this year, because it is worth putting forth the effort.

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