The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Monday, October 17, 2011

For a writer; for me.

NaNoWriMo, my friends, is but fourteen days away. However, it would be a complete understatement to say I am excited.

NaNoWriMo: national novel writing month. 50,000 words in 30 days. 1,667 words each day. it's crazy. it's exciting. it's once a year. it begins november 1st.

It already feels like NaNoWriMo weather; cold fingers, frigid air, frozen toes. The memories of scribbled pages and loose sticky notes fills my thrilled mind. The mere vision of November first delights me.

Going into November in 2009 was pure frustration. I started late, my novel idea was weak and unlikely to go far. I gave up not even halfway in. November of 2010 was much different. My ruling emotion was fear. I wasn't able to do 7,000 words the year before, I was insane to think I could do 50,000 words this time around. But I tried. And I finished. November 2011 is pure excitement. My old Jr. High teacher is starting a support group which I'm joining, or, rather, helping with. And my 2011 notebook is bursting with jottings of ideas.

I got the idea for this year's NaNoWriMo early in August, actually. My greatest hope was that it was NaNo material--as I wrote in my journal. To tell you the truth, it really isn't. Basically, I was loving the idea of Childhoods. Thoughts of my own and of other's were streaming along my mind. A very small section of the up coming novel came from a picture on Pinterest which I have now lost track of. The novel, in the shortest description possible, is the childhood adventures of a young girl named Fern. From dolls, her grandfather's study, and ballet, to Cafes, candy shops, and school uniforms, the novel will be an amusing one to write for certain.

How about you; will you be doing NaNoWriMo? 

p.s. see my NaNoWriMo page here.


  1. Lovely! I an doing NaNo too - can't wait! My plot is really intense - a girl in the future, who has to risk her life to save the world. it's all on her shoulders.

    Intense, right? I'm hoping it turns out better than it sounds. :)

    Good luck!

  2. I did NaNo last year, and it was so fulfilling to push myself to get the 50k because it is so hard for me to sit down and write otherwise.
    And I would love to do it this year. But I've started high school and the work load is so immense that I don't know if I could manage it.

    But this post has inspired me; I think I'll be doing NaNoWriMo this year. Thank you Megan for this :)

  3. I'm doing it this year. High school is a load of work, but I'm at least going to try. I've already written two chapters on my novel, so hopefully that will keep me going. But yes - I will try. =)

  4. I. Love. NaNo.

    In 2009, it was amazing. One of my best friends and I were doing it for first time together and we shared the whole process with each other. I really felt like an author and I loved it.

    2010 was a different story. It didn't feel the same and I didn't finish because I was going through a really hard time in real life.

    This year, I am DYING to do it, but, with my college studies, I just can't make it happen this year. Next year, I'll be one month away from graduating so I'm not sure about 2012, but I will CERTAINLY be doing it in 2013!

    Anyway, I know that you're going to do fabulously!

    (I'm adding you as my friend on NaNo...)

  5. Your handwriting is beautiful.

    I think from this post, I get the slight idea that you're just a teensy bit excited. Just a little. I don't know - I might be wrong. ;D

    Ahh, you do the writing for me. I don't enjoy it very much, because it makes me think hard to put down what I think.

    Good luck!

  6. i'm not doing it this year, because i'm just too busy at the moment, but i think i will do it next year, because i need a writing challenge. this was a great post, and i hope to soon become one of the many whose favorite time of the year is november. :))
    -jocee <3

  7. I'm excited for you! I hope NaNoWriMo goes really well, and that you really really enjoy writing your novel.

    I love the idea of NaNoWriNo, and someday I'd love to do it. Maybe next year. Right now I think I need to learn more about writing and how to express my thoughts in words. I love to read, and I think that if I started I would even more love to write, but somehow I'm kinda scared to start. It's kinda weird. :/

    ANYWAY. I hope this will be the best NaNo year for you!

  8. I don't think I'm doing - not sure. Writing 1,667 a day?! Sounds crazy when I can barely get 600. ;) Haha... I think I might do my own type of thing. Ya know, so many words a day for a month and post it on my blog to hold myself accountable. If nobody else knows about it I'm as sure as any to quit within a few days. Hah! I'm terrible. But I'm excited for Nano for you! =D (I'm also having trouble starting the novel I've been trying to write for a while. =P That may be a contributor as to why I'm not doing Nano.) Okay, waaayyy long comment again. =/ =)

  9. p.s. (I always forget to add these on the first comment I leave. =P)

    Your handwriting is awesome. So filled with life and interesting. Mine is boring. Plus you can hardly read mine. Haha. =)

  10. @Abby: You should check, it's the same as the normal NaNo, except you set your own goal. It did it my first year; and although I was unsuccessful, it might be a good choice to start with :)

  11. hey megan, its kelsey. i was just wondering if there was a nanowrimo for kids? there are tons and tons and tons of websites i wanna join but i have to wait until im 13. but anyway i really wanna join but cant find any kind of kids one. so if you could reply to this comment here ( with the link. thanks, kelsey. ps awesome handwriting

  12. I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year too, and you can't believe how excited I am. Last year I did it for the first time and won (barely), and this year I have a plot that I'm really excited to write.

    Good luck, Megan and all other NaNo-ers!


  13. Sounds like fun, but I don't know if I would have enough ideas to fill 50,000 words. Good luck!

  14. WOW! I love that idea! Maybe you should put in a chapter about going to the fair. ;)

    I've thought of doing NaNoWriMo before, but even though I love to write, I don't know if I could push myself to write 50,00 wordds in a month. I'll think about it. :)

  15. hey megan, you dont have to send me the link anymore i found it and i signed up. maybe ill add you as a friend. if i do my username is kelseynicole26

  16. although i'm a dedicated writer, i will not be participating in nanowrimo:( my school schedule won't allow it. *sigh* but i'm glad you are! i'll definitely want a peek at your story/book after it's complete!

    <3anna :)

  17. Wow, I've never heard of that before. It looks really neat and intense, though! Way to push yourself to grow as a writer! :)

  18. i'm doing NaNoWriMo as well.

    i'm so very excited.

  19. I decided to do the YWP, because t would work better with my school schedule. My goal is 30,000.

  20. I did NaNo last year, and it was an amazing experience for me! I'm still not done editing/re-writing last year's novel, so I won't be doing it this year. :(
    Hope you have a good time in NaNoLand though! ;)

  21. I'm going to try and do NaNo. I've never done it before, even though I'm definitely not a very good writer. Hope it goes well for you!


  22. you are such a dedicated person. with anything you start, i have noticed you commit to it fully, with your whole heart.

    a toast to you, girl! :)


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