Hello November & NaNoWriMo

Hello, November!

November is such a strange month don’t you think? Sandwiched between the beautiful and spooky month of October and the festive and busy month of December. Not only is this month the middle child of two pretty awesome siblings it is also a little bit of a novreject when it comes to the weather. Snow, rain, fog, sun, wind. Anything and everything here in St. John’s.

Alright alright, enough shitting on November. There are some really great things to look forward to this month also. One of them being NaNoWriMo.

You may be wondering what is this gibberish I speak of…

Well, allow me to introduce you.

NaNoWriMo is otherwise known as, National Novel Writing Month.

All month long during the month of November, writers from all over the world, at all skill levels attempt to write a first drafted novel of 50,000 words.

Bring on the coffee and sleepless nights because this is one of the biggest months for writers that there is.

This morning when I stared blankly at the screen of my laptop I got to thinking, what am I going to write this November? What posts and projects will I work on?

I have to admit that I drew a huge blank. It was a little disheartening.

But then, I came across the many posts of fellow bloggers excited for the start of this month. Excited to start their creative projects and stories and take part in NaNoWriMo.

I then checked out the website for National Novel Writing Month and  on a whim, I decided “#$%& it! I am going to go for it!”

So this year I am blindly entering November as a member of the NaNoWriMo movement, wide eyed and bushy tailed with no idea what I am getting myself into.

Many writers prepare for this month in advance gathering their story ideas and inspiration, but I am a blank page. Basically, my plan is to start writing a novel from scratch out of the blue for the first time.

What could possibly go wrong with that?

The truth is, this is a challenge to myself. I am going into this with an open mind and an open heart. Even if this story never sees the light of day or the eyes of another never unlocks its secrets I will be happy to have pushed myself out of my writing comfort zone and flex my creative muscles.

What does this mean for Scale it Simple?

Well for the month of November I will be posting considerably less, I will, however, try to blog at least two posts this month. There are some great projects coming up in December including a 2017 reading challenge and a Christmas Blog party! So stay tuned!

In the meantime I will be in a dark shadowy room somewhere, devouring coffee, attempting to weave togeather a coherent story within the next 30 days.

I must be mad, but wish me luck!

Happy November everyone, and happy national novel writing month!




  1. Elizabeth | 1st Nov 16

    You can do it! We’ll all miss you but you need to concentrate on the novel. Then we can all say we knew you when!

    • StephJ | 1st Nov 16

      haha, oh no pressure is on! I will be glad to write even a little bit. It is such a large task 🙂

  2. Gary | 1st Nov 16

    Luck is wished, now fancy buddying up for some mutual motivation and glaring at words that come out in entirely the wrong order???

    Gary Jefferies is my NaNo name, well real name too as it happens 👻

    Thus far I have a title….and a few words that are spawning into a horror story….odd that. I must resist the undertaker appearing !

    • StephJ | 1st Nov 16

      Excellent I will add you on there. Thanks for the motivation!

      • Gary | 1st Nov 16

        Brilliant, will look out for you when I log on in the morning. Motivation is something we all need in those blank page moments 😊

    • StephJ | 10th Nov 16

      Hey Gary! I dont know how to search for your name in NaNoWriMo… mine is StephanieJParrell add me if you can find me in there. 🙂

      • Gary | 10th Nov 16

        Hmm me and new tech….eeek. I’ll have a look right now 🙃

      • Gary | 10th Nov 16

        Correction…found you and added you to my buddy list…sent you a nano mail too 🙃

  3. Samantha Nicole | 1st Nov 16

    What a wonderful goal, you can do it! Will miss your blog posts but totally understand!

    • StephJ | 1st Nov 16

      Hopefully I will be able to post more. Promise small and deliver big 🙂

  4. Hannah Grace 2001 | 1st Nov 16

    Good luck with the novel writing! 😀 We’ll all be here for you when you get back to blogging and the Christmas Party will be fantastic!!

    • StephJ | 1st Nov 16

      Yes I really can not wait for that. Just trying to work on a good date to start the festivities 🙂

  5. Cook with Smile.. | 1st Nov 16

    Wish you a good luck👍… and looking forward to the blog party😊

    • StephJ | 1st Nov 16

      Yes:) It will be fun!

  6. budgetbelles80 | 1st Nov 16

    I hope you do very well! There is such much to write about and I believe in you can find some inspiration to make those pages full of excellent writing!

    • StephJ | 1st Nov 16

      Oh thank you very much. I hope so too!

  7. chezlerevefrancais | 1st Nov 16

    I wrote a novel in 2 months at just over 1000 words a day. It’s doable but I already had my story all planned out, although obviously it changed along the way! It never got published and I would be embarrassed about it now but good luck. Looking forward to finding out how you get on.

    • StephJ | 1st Nov 16

      Thank you! My goal is to reach 50,000 words. It may be a mess but I just want to get the juices flowing 🙂

      • chezlerevefrancais | 1st Nov 16

        A great tip I read is not to worry about what you write today and then review it tomorrow. Good luck!

        • StephJ | 1st Nov 16

          Thanks for the advice! I am going to try and remain as neutral and non critical of myself as possible when it comes to this month. I will save it for December editing. 🙂

  8. Azia Willis | 1st Nov 16

    I was going to do this but I’m a little too busy with school so I think I’ll try it next year. But I hope all goes well for you! Can’t wait to hear about your experience 🙂

    • StephJ | 1st Nov 16

      thank you! I will have to give a update at the half way mark!

  9. TheChattyIntrovert | 2nd Nov 16

    Hey howdy. I’m about in the same boat–never did NaNoWriMo before and am all wide-eyed and wondering myself. I’m kicking myself a bit because I decided to do it this year, then October just sped by and I forgot to sign up and get info until the 29th. Crazy. But hey, if I wanna be a writer for life, I’ll have to get used to strange ideas and strange deadlines, so this could be “in the trenches” simulation for the real thing. Ooh. Anyhoo, good luck and Hugs!

    • StephJ | 2nd Nov 16

      I agree. That is how I feel. Applying some pressure to myself, hopefully it will be good practice for the future.

  10. ignitedmoth | 2nd Nov 16

    Good luck with your goal! This is my first year trying NaNoWriMo too. It’s intimidating but exciting. 🙂 Also, love that Hemingway quote you posted at the end. Best of luck to you on your writing adventures this month!!

  11. CiaraTone | 2nd Nov 16

    Best of luck with your November goal!

  12. TrainOfThought | 3rd Nov 16

    We’ll miss you but good luck. I’ve signed up but I’m not planning on a serious completion. I just wanted to see why everyone was so excited and what it was! I’m actually writing something but nothing where I’m writing so much. I know I won’t finish it, haha! Anyways, hope all goes well for you especially with your new strategy 😀

    Looking forward to the Christmas Party!

    • StephJ | 3rd Nov 16

      awesome! Thank you very much. Christmas will be here before we know it 🙂

      • TrainOfThought | 5th Nov 16

        Anytime! When will you announce the winner for the Halloween Writing Contest?

        • StephJ | 6th Nov 16

          The winner has been contacted. Their feature post will be up soon!

  13. Santana | 18th Nov 16

    Loved this one. Goodluck you can do this!

    • StephJ | 18th Nov 16

      Thank you very much! Everything is on track so far 🙂

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  18. Kelsey @ There's Something About KM | 26th Oct 17

    I will be semi-blindly entering November as a NaNoWriMo participant as well! For the past few years I’ve started and never finished, so (like I say every year) I hope to get a little further than I did last year (more than halfway through the month). I’m going to write down at least an outline or a few ideas to expand on to help me start. Good luck to you!

    • stephaniewp | 26th Oct 17

      Awesome! You should add me as a friend on Nano! I find writing first thing in the morning is the best for me. Then it is over with. If I feel like writing mroe I can but I still get my word count in. Plus I am super motivated in the morning.

      • Kelsey @ There's Something About KM | 26th Oct 17

        I’ll look you up when I sign up this weekend! I’m most motivated in the morning so that’s the best time for me, too. 🙂

        • stephaniewp | 27th Oct 17

          Me too! Also writing when I am motivated helps me. Sometimes I write like 6000 words in one sitting and then take a break for a few days.

  19. mistybooks | 26th Oct 17

    Just realised that I shall have t’internet virtually to myself whilst the rest of you are Nanoing away. I can blog to my heart’s content.
    Also just realised that there’ll be no one to read whatever I blog about.

    • stephaniewp | 26th Oct 17

      hahaha the pros and cons of writing in november!

  20. josypheen | 26th Oct 17

    Oooh how did it go in the end? Are you thinking of doing it all again this year?

    • stephaniewp | 26th Oct 17

      It went awesome! so much fun :)I am doing it again this year. I will be posting about it next week!

  21. Gloria | 26th Oct 17

    Brilliant! Can we buddy up? I will need all the cheerleaders I can get. And I’d like to cheer others on too. This will be a huge challenge for me too as I’m quite a slow writer and I ponder far too much over my words. My user name is GloriaMcB.
    Best of luck!

    • stephaniewp | 27th Oct 17

      Hi! I think I added you but I am not sure. I will post my profile link on my post next week. You can find me that way if it didn’t work. 🙂 It’s good to have support!

      • Gloria | 27th Oct 17

        Just checked. Yes you found me. I added you back. Thanks. 🤗🤗 Here’s to NaNo 2017

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