Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | October 7, 2013

Are You Ready For Nanowrimo?


National Writing Month for short is a month where millions around the world participate in the first month of November–every year–since the Taco Bell Chicken Taco was invented.

In short, this wonderful month is where participants will gather together and write their hearts out (and their minds) in a crazy bid to flesh out 50,000 words in a single month from November 1st to the 30th.

And those lucky few who make it (I participated in 2003 and won) will get this nifty little badge which the participant will get to flash all over the social media empire–providing Facebook doesn’t “penalize” you for having low-content on your page. (Part of the now ongoing rumor mill–unconfirmed of course.)

It’s also a good time to unwind and forget about the world’s immediate problems…like the ongoing government shutdown and the impending default over our nation’s debt limit and credit ratings. (This will be an educational experience for us all!)

So whatever book you have in mind, whatever story you may have cooked up for your reading audience, it’s always a good idea to see if you can make it the entire month without cracking from the strain of writing.

Because I’ll tell you something…writing 50,000 words in any given month takes a lot of patience, dedication, and drive.

It’s not for the faint of heart.



  1. Had not heard of of nanowrimo, until a few days ago. This will be my first time ever participating. i am looking forward to it, but feeling a little intimidated as well by the 50,000 words. As you won in 2003, do you have any advice for first timers?

    • Just be prepared for sleepless nights and long days of writing–as you burn through a lot of empty calories and such trying to get to 50,000.

      And even if you don’t make it, you shouldn’t stop writing. Because the more you write, the more experience you’ll gain and you’ll be blasting through that barrier in no time flat. ^_^

  2. I’ve been plotting for NaNo and have signed up. As I’m usually a pants of the seat writer I have completed NaNo’s before but this year I am attempting a new genre so need some preparation. Cowboy Romance here I come!
    Good luck to you.

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