Reading & Ranting: NaNo Crazy


With November on it’s way in and the busy October I’ve had, I wanted to share some of what I’ve been doing and what I will be doing most of November.

NaNo Crazy

November is National Novel Writing Month, or more commonly known as NaNoWriMo. It’s where all of these people get together and dedicate a month to sitting behind a computer or with pen in hand and then purposefully driving themselves off the deep end…

With all joking aside (I was only half joking) it’s a month dedicated to writing a novel. You have a goal of 50,000 words (which is roughly around 132 pages give or take) and the overall mission is to just get it done. It sounds crazy and stressful, and it kind of is, but it’s actually a ton of fun and you get to meet and connect with all kinds of people who have joined in on the madness as well. If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel but I just can’t seem to sit yourself down and do it, this is your chance. I really encourage everyone who wants to write to give it a shot, because even if you don’t reach 50k by the end of the month you still made progress and that’s really what matters.

My NaNo

So last year was my first time participating in NaNo and it was both overwhelming and incredibly easy. I have spend hours starting stories but I’ve never really bothered to finish them until last year. My first draft is done with a little over 50k and even though I’m still in that stage of “oh god this is so horrible” I’m still happy I got it done, because now I have that first stepping stone to a finished book. That being said I have a ton of rewriting, editing, and revision to do on it…and in some part I blame that on the fact that I did no prep for it. In fact I didn’t even really know I was going to do NaNo until the week before and THEN I changed my mind on what story to write…so when I say I went in blind I mean it. I had a title and an idea, but now I have the first draft of what I call Worlds Away.

This year I wanted to be ready, so I spent the first half of the year juggling two ideas. One was a sci-fi books with “super powered” characters and the other was based off a super quick piece of flash fiction I wrote in like 40 mins for Figment called Monster of the Lake. It was just a funny idea I had to fit the challenge of urban legend, but then it stuck with me. So after hours of pinning pictures on Pinterest I decided that’s the story I wanted to continue. In September I met Kat Zhang and Savannah Foley at Kat’s book launch, and they shared NaNoWarmUp with me. It’s a low stress way to get ready for November. It started on October 1st with a monthly goal of 25k and it’s been incredibly helpful. They’ve been giving tips as well as giveaways for some great help guides. I spent the rest of that month getting my notebook of notes ready to go.


Okay so I didn’t finish everything in that notebook…because I have some pretty detailed character sheets that I went overboard on. At any rate I started the story and it’s going great! My characters are fleshing out and I have some great ideas for the upcoming plot. With luck by the time November 1st comes I’ll have my 25k (or more) and I’ll have  good start for NaNoWriMo. FYI I typed this two weeks ago, so I’m not sure what my finally count will be for October but I’ll definitely updated this post with that number.

Wordcount on October 31st: 23,000

It’s been a crazy month and even though there are days where I didn’t write anything or didn’t want to, I’m really pleased with the progress I made. I really hope to see some of you during NaNoWriMo!



My NaNo Profile (MGilmore) – Feel free to add me as a buddy, I’d love to keep up with your progress and cheer you on!

Monster of the Lake Flash Fiction

MotL Pinterest Board – This has a ton of my inspiration photos as well as links to some cool info on Loch Ness and Scotland.

Worlds Away Pinterest Board – This is my board for last year’s project. While I’m still working on just how much I’m going to change this is what I started with.

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2 Responses to Reading & Ranting: NaNo Crazy

  1. Good luck, I admire everyone tackling this project. It’s great that there is so much help and support in the build up and during the event, you are still the one that has to do all the hard work though!

    • Thank you! It is really awesome to have so many people involved with it. They are so willing to help you get through rough patches and provide feedback. I’m a bit competitive, so if I see someone with a word count slightly higher than mine I push myself to ‘beat’ them, because if they can do then so can I. 😛

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