NaNoWriMo Check-In: Day 19

I can’t believe it has been almost a month since the NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party I attended.  I honestly wasn’t sure if I was even going to participate in NaNoWriMo until the night of that event.  In October I had been kicking around the idea of using NaNoWriMo as an excuse to finish the non-fiction (gasp!) book I have been working on a long time, but I had read a comment on a blog post that was making me feel guilty about doing that.

This person suggested that “participating” in NaNoWriMo but using the time to work on a non-fiction book was cheating because that wasn’t the true purpose of NaNoWriMo.  Although I don’t totally agree with this person, the guilt she instilled in me was enough to convince me that if I was going to partipicate, I needed to do it right.  I personally wouldn’t be able to show off my non-fiction book at the end of the month and tout that I had finished it while participating in the National Novel Writing Month.

SIDE NOTE: However, I do personally believe that the true purpose of NaNoWriMo is to get people writing, so even if you’re not a “fiction writer,” you can participate in whatever way that means to you.  In fact, my new writing friends at the Kick-Off Party told me about a NaNoWriMo forum just for rebels like me:  If I participate again next year, I just might go this route.

So, my new friends at the NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party told me I could “cheat” if I wanted to, and they would still like me, but I was just so inspired by the writers I met that night that I decided I was going to write a novel!  Some of them had participated in NaNoWriMo before and some were first-timers like me, but we were all in it together.

Fast forward to today – November 19th – and I now have 33,138 words on “paper”!  My novel is almost 2/3 complete and I have made it my goal to always stay slightly ahead of the daily goal to give myself some room in case I get behind over the Thanksgiving holiday. Now there are 12 more days and I have 16,862 more words to go!  I can do this!

Whether or not you are participating in NaNoWriMo, I’d love to know how you are doing so far with your writing goals this month.

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5 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Check-In: Day 19

  1. Congrats on your progress Kelly! That’s such great news. I cheated too but started my word count on November 1st not that I was very far in what I had been working on. I was thrilled last night to hit 40,000 words on my manuscript.

    • Hi Eunice — Thanks for the congratulations message. It sounds like you may not be very familiar with NaNoWriMo. It’s a writing contest. There are no prizes other than the personal satisfaction of completing your own novel, which I did and I’m very proud of that accomplishment. There’s no conflict of interest with sponsors also participating in the event…in fact, it’s encouraged because the whole purpose is to get people writing. I look forward to participating again next year.

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