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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!




40 thoughts on “Hello November & NaNoWriMo

  1. 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 !

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  2. 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.

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      1. 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. 🙂

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  3. 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!

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  4. 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!!

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  5. 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!

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