Are You Up for a November Writing Challenge?.

If you can fulfill all your duties as an American mother and still manage to participate and complete NaNoWriMo, I declare…

The above is a reblog of SweetMother’s NaNoWriMo challenge post. Definitely have a look-see. As for me, I find NaNoWriMo falls at the absolute worst time of the year for a mother who lives in America. It falls at the tail end of October, which is always a wickedly busy month with school Fall Festival, Fall Break, Halloween, and, in my particular life, a very important cousin’s birthday weekend. Then in November we have the ramp up to Thanksgiving and Christmas, which, for a mother in America, is a pretty darn hectic time. So, ever since my daughter was born, I haven’t even bothered thinking about NaNoWriMo.

My life every October through December.

But ten years ago I took the NaNoWriMo challenge and I got about 50,000 words towards my first novel. The very same novel that I’m still working on the fourth draft of and intend to have finished and on its way out into the world by this time next year. In the meantime, I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words of other stories and other books. But this one has a piece of my heart and it won’t let me go until I set let it fly–however lopsided its trajectory might end up being.

With that in mind, perhaps I will continue with my regular writerly self-flagellation by deeming November to be my own personal NaNoWIPMo–National Novemember Work In Progress Month. I’m waffling between nailing down a sturdy outline of another WIP and trying to write something like 1,000 words of it a day throughout November. (Ahahaha!) Or saying that I am going to finish up the rewrites of the third fairy tale book. Or saying that this is it, time to commit myself to that first novel again, and get that sucker ready to go. Or maybe I should just recognize my limitations, be realistic, and admit what I said in the opening paragraphs–November is a terrible month to attempt anything like this as an American mother (who works outside of the home, has a second job writing books, and attempts to be a good wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter, and human being).


Oh, and did I mention that I started a short story today that would fit a submission call that ends October 26th just perfectly? I’m putting that one into the hands of fate. If I get it done in time, so be it. If I don’t, so be it. If I do and it gets rejected, so be it. May the story gods be with me in whatever outcome is best.

Are you planning on doing NaNoWriMo? If so, what’s your plan? And if not, why not? Feel free to join me for NaNoWIPMo, too. It’s got no rules, as you can see, aside from “run hard at those WIPs and try to get ’em done”.

14 thoughts on “Are You Up for a November Writing Challenge?

  1. Good luck American Mom! I won’t be participating as I’m not working on a novel but must say last year was rooting for quite a few people and it was inspiring. πŸ™‚ Trick or treat!

    1. NaNoWriMo can be so fun! I think that’s why it tempts me every November. It’s exciting and everyone’s on the same bandwagon. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the good luck wishes!

  2. I do a personal type Nano with two friends every year. I don’t force myself to get to 50k. If I do that’s great, but I can’t stress about it. Like you, I’m a mother, wife, and living in the US. It’s a busy time of year. πŸ™‚

  3. I intended to write Book Three for NaNoWriMo, but then I finished the Sooper Sekrit Project three weeks in advance, which means I can start Book Three early and spend November editing and preparing Book Two for release. So I dunno. I’d really love to get that badge, and having written 65K in 28 days in September I know I’m capable of doing it, but I’d be better off spending the rest of October writing to clear way in November for other things that I CAN’T do just now.

    So, we will see.

    1. I envy you so hard for not having a day job. So, so, so hard. *sigh* It sounds like you’ve got a lot of great plans for the next few months! *high five* Yay!!!

      1. *hugs* and *high five*! The next couple months are going to be very exciting (also stressful. It’s really going to be a crunch to get Book Two ready for release before the holiday shopping season.)

        I wish you could have more time away from your job to write. I’m extraordinarily lucky, I know, though there’s a lot of pressure right now because I’ve pretty much got a year, until Bub is in school full-time, to generate a sufficient revenue stream to make the argument that my time would be better spent staying home and writing than looking for a full-time job. So this wonderful freedom and productivity I’m rocking right now might not be around for long.

        1. Imma gonna hope you can keep on keeping on with your current way of life. I may envy you, but I also am happy for you and want you to have this opportunity to live the best life for you! πŸ™‚

  4. I am participating! I thought about working on an ongoing project, but I really want to start something new and fresh and churn out a first draft.

    I’ve only finished NaNoWriMo once, and it was such a good feeling. I usually drift away from it by the 20th. Last year, it was by the 8th. Oddly,it’s when I have an idea in mind that I drift. The year I finished, I just wrote and let it go where it wanted. We’ll see.

    1. Can’t wait to see what you do! *high five* The year that I ‘finished’–in that I got 50k words, not that I finished the novel and had a product to work with–I also just let it flow and had no plan. Of course, now it’s a giant 400k novel, so…maybe a plan would serve well. πŸ˜›

    1. Ah, sm, how I wish I could be counted as ‘in’. As it stands currently, I’m already in a mild panic over the commitments of the next few months. But I will watch your journey with pom-poms fluttering! πŸ™‚

  5. Good luck with your NaNoWIPMo or whatever you decide to do in November and hope you manage to find the time for that short story, too. May the writing Gods smile upon you favorably. πŸ™‚

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