NaNoWriMo 2017: Let’s Do This!

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It’s that time of year again, guys! As many of you know, November 1st marks Day 1 of NaNoWriMo, aka: National Novel Writing Month. (Otherwise known as that 30 day span of time where you never see your writer friends because they’ve gone into that annual highly caffeinated full-blown hermit mode to reach that 50,000 word count.)

Last year was my first stab at NaNoWriMo, and I can honestly say that I went into it all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Something like this:

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And then when it came toward the end of November I suddenly found myself feeling more like THIS:

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Needless to say, things did not go exactly as I had planned. BUT, quite possibly the best thing about not succeeding is learning from your mistakes you made the first go around. That’s why I chalk my first attempt at NaNoWriMo as a valuable learning experience and not a “failure”. As long as you pick up on what hindered your goal and keep at it, it isn’t really a failure anyway. πŸ™‚

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I know that my number one NaNoWriMo nemesis is that damned backspace key. I am a compulsive nut about re-wording things over and over again to make them sound “just so”. (Not a good habit to have when working on first drafts.) Thankfully, I don’t have this habit while blogging. I just wing it and keep going. I’m really going to try to avoid deleting things at all costs. Just keep pushing forward. That’s the goal.

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50,000 words in 30 days is the mission. It can be done. It isn’t easy by any means, but I’m really planning on passing that finish line this go around. Some of you might remember when I decided to challenge myself to a similar goal I dubbed the “Necro Rhino” since my boyfriend and I call NaNoWriMo “Nano Rhino” and this was me resurrecting the challenge in a different month after my little nano rhino bit the dust well below the planned word count. I may have not made it during 2016’s NaNoWriMo, but I did during the Necro Rhino challenge I set for myself, so now that I know I am capable of doing it, I am hoping to go for the gold this time around! πŸ˜€

Another useful tool? Those heavenly caffeinated beverages. Coffee? Sure! Red Bull? You betcha! I can sleep in December when NaNoWriMo is over. πŸ˜›

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Good luck to all of you who are participating in this month’s dash to reach at least 50,000 words! I saw a lot of people make, and even surpass, that goal last year, so don’t get discouraged. We’ve got this, people! ❀

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19 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2017: Let’s Do This!”

    1. Aw, thanks! ❀
      I'm glad it isn't just me with the backspace syndrome when writing. I was seriously beginning to wonder if there was something wrong with me about that. lol It has been hard resisting it, but so far so good! πŸ˜€
      Hope you have an amazing weekened!! ❀

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  1. Good luck! For some reason your posts are never in my reader anymore. I need to fix the problem lol. But yea today is the day. I’m at 1100 words for today and counting. I’ve set a schedule of sorts because I seen to do my best writing in the morning. Then whatever I don’t finish I continue with throughout the day. The document is uploaded on Google docs so that I can access it at any time. If you are registered in the NaNoWriMo site is love to flow you as a writing buddy. My username is Luna26x 😁😁😁

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    1. Nice! It sounds like you’re off to a great start! I haven’t registered on the actual site, so you’ll have to let me know how you like it! πŸ™‚ I’ve thought about it before but I worry that I would wind up getting distracted from my actual writing. lol I’ve been keeping track of my daily word counts though and plan on doing weekly updates here on my blog. I’d love to find out what you think of it though on the NaNoWriMo site. Mornings have been my best writing time too so far this go around. I think maybe because I’m so tired and busy after work. Hope you’re having a great weekend so far and continue to slay those writing goals! πŸ˜€

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  2. Good luck! I’m actually trying it this year but not going for 50k. I’m just using it as an excuse to work on my novel more, haha. I’m surprised my backspace key still works… πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! πŸ˜€ And yay, that’s awesome! Best of luck to you with your writing as well! Haha, and I know what you mean about the backspace key. I’m surprised mine hasn’t been pulverized into a little nub of crumbled plastic and despair. lol πŸ˜›

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      1. Aw, well that’s okay! Maybe this week will work out better. πŸ™‚ I finished the first week at 11,330 words, so I was juuuuust shy of where I’d planned on being, so I gotta play a little catch up too. But hey, as long as we make some progress this coming week, I consider it a win! πŸ˜€ Good luck! ❀

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