Jena Petrie | National Novel Writing Month
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National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo began in the US but now operates internationally. Every November, writers from all around the world join forces in challenging themselves to write 50,000 words of a novel.
My stories are longer than this but it’s still worth while being involved. I’ve found that the effort of pushing myself and having to report in at the end of each day is well worth while. Being involved with NaNoWriMo encourages me to keep going, even when the story throws up problems. This often happens and I have to ignore the stumbling block and keep writing, regardless of how hard it is. My natural instinct makes me want to stop and sort out the mess before I carry on, like making sure the timeline’s right and adjusting it if necessary. Trouble is, that’s procrastinating and there’s no time to waste on such details when the time allocated is only 30 days. So I have to fight the urge to check on details and instead, push myself forward and ignore the problem, even if it means selecting a scene to work on that’s from a totally different place in the story.
 
Still, it’s fun checking in with my word count every day and seeing the total climb, along with the line on the graph which marks where I should be. And each day I’m given the average words per day that I still need to write, which of course is encouraging – unless I’m way behind!
 
I did get way behind once last month but amazed myself by writing more than ever for a few days. It just shows what can be done, given the incentive and appropriate encouragement and I guess, knowing by then that I could achieve so much, spurred me on to keep writing. Then I worked right up to the last day and didn’t stop until I’d reached 50,329 words.
 
Here is my certificate to prove I achieved my goal of wirting over 50,000 words in the month. How cool is that?

Jena