My Only Post About NaNoWriMo. Promise. Well, maybe …

I love the concept of NaNoWriMo. I mean what better way to join together lonely novelists across the world than to give us all a common goal to write an entire novel in 30 days? Does that mean you’ll get daily posts on my progress?

Well, not this year, at least not in the full spirit of the “holiday.”

As an aspiring novelist, to be able to write full time is a dream come true. And, if I’m jamming on a story, I really think I could write an entire first draft in 30 days. So, why am I not diving into this challenge? Sigh. Reality Bites. Work.

But, that doesn’t mean I won’t celebrate in my own way. I seem to be stuck on the 1/3 mark for my manuscript. Tomorrow, the hubs and I are heading down to Austin for a week and I’ll have my computer in tow as I pray to the Muse that the change in scenery and all the good mojo from the writers of the world will jumpstart my own writing.

Will I finish my manuscript in the next 30 days? Highly unlikely. But, I do hope to make enough headway to feel like I’m not just running on ice. So, to all you writers out there heading to bed early to get a start on a full writing day tomorrow, I raise my quill to you my friends. And, hopefully, come November 30 we will all feel proud of what we’ve written, no matter if it’s an entire novel or a few chapters.



P.S. Does anyone else find it funny that NaNoWriMo coincides with Movember?? IJS …

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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5 Responses to My Only Post About NaNoWriMo. Promise. Well, maybe …

  1. Frank Bishop says:

    You can do it! Just don’t sleep, eat, or use the bathroom and the manuscript will be done in no time!

    Personally I think whatever reason/excuse people use to motivate themselves to write is something worth holding onto. Just get it done, everything else will fall in place.

  2. taureanw says:

    Good luck!! If you manage to get yours done I have some writing you can get finished for me as well :-p

  3. Kim says:

    Okay, I know this comment is two months late but I just have to say thank you. I cannot count the number of times I have been browsing around on the internet and I come across something about Nanowrimo. For some reason I always click on the article or the blog post or whatever medium happens to be that author’s preferred choice. Usually I am upset by how many people are dissing on Nanowrimo and how unprofessional it is. So it was nice to be able to read a your post and not having anything negative said about Nanowrimo.

    It really is a great place for writer’s to come together and help push each other towards the finish line, and just because you reach 50,000 words in a month does not mean you need to go out and get published right then, but it’s what helped me actually finish a novel. (Although it took two months for the first draft).

    So thank you for not dissing on Nano.

    • Hi Kim! Thank you so much for your comment! I agree, I never could understand why people diss NaNoWriMo. What’s wrong with aspiring writers banning together to cheer each other on their journey. Congrats on finishing your draft though! In my opinion, NaNo is just the tip of the iceberg to get you going and keep you going. Write on!

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