National Novel Writing Month

I have some good news which I’d like to extend out to everyone.

So first off, I am planning on joining (or at the very least following the steps for) the National Novel Writing Month. Basically, you sign up and join, and for the month of November you aim to write 50,000 words of a novel. They have things set up to allow you to put in your word counts until you hit 50,000 by the end of the month, and then you upload your 50,000 word manuscript! Ta-da you’ve reached your goal!

I believe there is more to it than just that, but that’s a summarized idea of what it’s all about. I am still reading up on it myself.

You’re allowed to continue a manuscript you’re working on, or start a new one. According to the people my brother has spoken to about it (he plans to take on the challenge as well), most people prefer to start a new one as they find continuing what they’re working on made them miserable. I haven’t decided for certain what I’m going to do yet. I’d like to continue my current novel, and there’s a good chance I will, but if it were to get frustrating, I might start over with something entirely new. Again, I haven’t made up my mind. I still have the whole month of October to deliberate my choice.

I encourage anyone who is trying to get writing done and need that push to try it out. It does take self-discipline, but it’s worth a shot, and just think of how much you’ll have done already when November is over!

I hope many join. Apparently they had over 700,000 participants last year.

Anyway, as I try to do the National Novel Writing Month challenge, I will be posting more often – or at least trying to. So you should get more updates from me on a more consistent, and regular basis.

For those of you interested, here is the site:


About rachelsparling

I'm a writer working on a manuscript for a novel. I love to write and I've been doing it for 17 years. Through several story ideas I have figured out what works and what doesn't, and I've learned a lot about myself and my writing style. I love to read and escape to many different worlds. I've also learned a lot about good writing and bad writing through both reading a lot and acquiring an education in English literature, and becoming an ESL teacher. I enjoy filming and photographing all sorts of things and putting together short documentaries and videos. I love my camera.
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2 Responses to National Novel Writing Month

  1. Nano is a crazy month. Tough at the beginning but worth it when you reach the end with a whole chunk of words to sift through

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