You Know You Do NaNoWriMo When…

It’s that time of year again!

November-the one month where writers come together from all over the world to create a novel in 30 days or less. It’s a time of creativity, discovery, and all-around coffee binges, and is probably one of the most fun (and a tiny bit stressful) events a writer can be a part of.

This is my second year of doing NaNoWriMo and my second time trying to write a novel in a month (I was in the July camp session this year which made for good practice.) After thinking back on my previous experiences, I decided to come up with a (mostly sarcastic, yet goofy) list of what I’ve discovered writers go through during the NaNoWriMo event:

  1. You plan your new novel with outlines and notes that tells the perfect story from beginning to end only to find out you change your mind three pages into writing, voiding every plot point you spent weeks or months thinking about.  (Seriously, I can’t be the only one who recycled an entire basket full of sticky notes.)
  2. The barista at your local coffee shop knows you on a first name basis and makes sure your little table by the window is ready for you and your laptop.
  3. You spend more time on Facebook, Pinterest, tumblr, and Twitter than you do in actually writing the story.  (You never know when you’ll find inspiration buried underneath all those recipes.)
  4. The first week of November is productive and confident.  The second week is just okay.  The third week shows signs of writer’s block and re-written paragraphs.  By week four, you’re scrambling for a sentence that makes sense.
  5. Friends and family start to wonder where you’ve been because you’ve been glued to the computer for 30 days.  The light also hurts your eyes when you finally go out of doors.
  6. When you do take a break from writing to be social, you find many fellow NaNoWriMo participants match the deer-in-the-headlights look you have.
  7. You celebrate your victory in winning by jumping up and down and dancing, followed by confused stares from onlookers.

Of course, I kid at the fact that us participants are book-writing zombies by December 1.  The truth is NaNoWriMo may be stressfull and a lot of work, but it’s also one of the most fun events for anyone who ever wanted to write.  It’s a time to get creative and tell a story, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with other writers who share the same passion for the written word like we do.  Even if I don’t hit the 50,000 word count goal, the mere act of participating and getting a story going is a win.

So to all my fellow writers and NaNoWriMo participants-enjoy this year’s event and have a great time writing!


I’m getting questions regarding a Kindle version of my book, “The Ripple Affair”.  A Kindle version is being created and I will post as soon as it’s available.  🙂  Thanks for the patience!