Earlier today, I was asked if I was taking part in NaNoWriMo, or the National Novel Writing Month. Up until now, I had dismissed the idea but thinking about it today I started to list some pros and cons.


  1. To do the required 50,000 words in November, I would need to average close to 1,700 words per day. Sadly, I don’t recall the last time I was doing that consistently.
  2. I can see me getting easily frustrated with anything that might cut into my writing time. Which could be helping my wife with our home business. I don’t want to be that person.
  3. I’d probably need to focus on this to the exclusion of anything else.
  4. I’d need to decide whether to try pushing ahead with book 3 or something different.
  5. My perpetual fear of failure.


  1. It might give me the kick-start I’ve been needing.
  2. I can learn things from the support they offer.
  3. I might get some decent writing done.
  4. I shouldn’t let fear control me.

Now that this is in my head, I expect I’ll be going back and forth about it for the rest of this month.

But, in the meantime, I would like to express my admiration to for anyone who is taking part. Anyone, and I think I may have spoken to a couple of you, willing to make the commitment and effort this involves is worthy of respect.

I would also like to bring attention to Raimey Gallant and her project, the NaNoWriMo 2016 Blog & Social Media Hop. Raimey is the one who asked me about NaNoWriMo in the first place and gave me the idea for this post. As you (hopefully) know, one of the tthingsI try to do, both here and on my Twitter account is to help writers in whatever small way I can. Raimey is taking that notion to another level, by organising a web of NaNoWriMo participants to follow and support each other. Hats off to her.



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