The Joy of Losing NaNoWriMo

I’ll be starting NaNoWriMo in about a month, but let’s be honest… I don’t expect to win. Fifty-thousand words in a single month is a lot, and a new project? Well, it could happen, but I’m still working on the old one, right now. My tiny little pantser mind has just the tiniest breeze of an idea. No plot. No characters. No setting.

I’m still looking forward to NaNoWriMo in November.

I have my brand-new (and very nifty) Leuchtturm 1917 just waiting to be unwrapped, and I’ve started to reconnect with my buddies from NaNoWriMos past.

The thing that keeps me coming back is the community. If I let my own writing schedule keep me away, I’d miss out.

Nano is a really big, really active bunch of writers who get together to support each other every November. It’s fun to be around other people with similar goals, trying to learn the same craft. It’s amazing when you really connect with someone, and they stick around for a while.

And yes, there’s an element of nostalgia, too. There are a lot of us who wrote our first novel-length work during Nano, and Nano was the first time a lot of us truly believed we could do this.

If you want to buddy up for NaNo this year, my profile is at

If you’d like to face the challenge with a group, sign up for Holly Lisle’s free flash fiction class, and then log in and check out the Nano Group in the student forums.

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  1. Ronel Janse van Vuuren


    Good luck! NaNo is always fun — and exhausting! — and totally worth it.

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