Do You #NaNoWriMo?

I tried the Official NaNoWriMo a few years ago, I truly did.  I gave it the genuine college try, and then I genuinely beat myself up when I fell short.  I wasn’t even mad that I fell short due to just…not writing enough…I was just mad that I hadn’t been able to give it 100% and therefore didn’t really stand a chance of hitting 50,000 words.  Life, work, health…the usual.

But I’m not a special snowflake, and many others at least achieve the goal they set for themselves, not in spite of life happening, but in addition to life happening!  So I thought about it a lot this year, and realized I was more angry about failing at a goal set than actually writing a novel in a month.

So I guess I’m doing the lazy woman’s NaNoWriMo…I’m not doing it officially, but I’m doing it quietly in my head, not taking up the official challenge.  Is anyone else doing this?  In thinking about it more, I believe my downfall in years past was realizing I wasn’t going to meet the Official Challenge, and pretty much gave up after that.  So for NaNoWriMo 2016, I’m just challenging myself to do something every single day, even if it’s just writing the back cover blurb.

I might not hit 50,000 words, but if I can meet my little goal, I’ll be happy (and much further along than I was last year).

Anyone else doing an Official or Unofficial NaNoWriMo?

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  1. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

    I don’t respond well to word count pressure. I write because I write, and have something I want to communicate. But then, I write non-fiction, so maybe I don’t get the whole novel ethos. To me it seems, why write words you’ll have to edit OUT later?

    I support writers who are motivated by this format. I just don’t happen to be one of them.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”


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