Posted by: mydarkestplaces | October 21, 2010


So. I signed up for #nanowrimo the other day.

For those unfamiliar with it (which I imagine are many of you), #nanowrimo is National Novel Writing Month. The idea is that participants churn out 50,000 words over the course of the month with little regard to editing and just focus on getting the first draft of their novel done.

Writing a novel is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now. I love to write and I think I do it well (feel free to agree :)) so I do believe anything I do will be at least passable.

But (come on – you know me, you knew there was going to be a but) I’m scared witless.

  1. My attention span is not so great. Fifty thousand is an awfully large number to stay focused for.
  2. When it comes to my writing I have pretty high standards. Spelling, grammar, word choice, organization. These are all high priorities.

I know that #nanowrimo is about production, not content, but I can’t help but wonder how I’ll keep my ADD and OCD in check for an entire month.


  1. DUDE. duuuuuuuuuuuuude. i so hear you with the ocd writing thing. that’s actually a big piece of why i started my blog. i needed practice just spitting shit out and walking away. i feel that way about nano too. having it be just a month somehow takes the pressure off of feeling like it has to be epic or perfect. i’m doing it, and so are edmund, elisa, sean w., and rachel. come get friendy with us! i think we’re going to try to meet once a week to write. it would be nice to see you there in the absence of any good girlie movies. xo. -a.

    • I’ll see what I can do – but nights are really at a premium for me. As you know :P

  2. […] finds me hovering around 30,000 words. I am absolutely shocked. You may remember from my previous posts that I wasn’t sure how far I would actually get with my novel. I fully expected to peter out […]

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