NaNoWriMo 2013

This is my first year even thinking about trying, but I will be attempting to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year!

The goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of November. That’s an awful lot of words, and I only started today, so I’m quite behind. This is a busy month, but I like the idea of having something productive and creative to do when (if?) I have free time.

At first I had exactly zero ideas. This was November 1st. I am going to try to write something with a friend who had a super cool idea based on a dream she had. But THEN yesterday, I remembered I had an interesting daydream that could become a story. I’m not sure if it can be 50,000 words, but it is a promising story.

The problems I am having are:

  1. Perfectionism. Perfectionism is the enemy of NaNoWriMo, so this has been making it difficult for me to just plow through daily word count goals.
  2. Planning, er, lack thereof. Not having things planned out will bite me in the butt very soon.
  3. Research. Originally, the story setting was a 19th century tavern, but given that I don’t really have the knowledge to write in this setting, I changed it to a hotel bar. The problem is I still don’t know much about this setting either, so I will be set back by little spurts of research sprees.

I’m pretty excited, though! This has been kind of fun, so far. Feel free to add me as a writing buddy if you are also participating this year. 🙂

3 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2013

  1. if you’ve chosen the hotel bar and want to stick with it, why not go on a “field trip” and hangout for an hour/few hours at one, near one. sometimes its good to go off and takes notes and certain places, write down personal feelings there that you can place onto your characters (at least in my experiences)


    • I wish I could! But with time as a constraint, I’ll live vicariously through movie/TV depictions. But I should try for a field trip. Thanks for the tip!


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