Should I do NaNoWrMo This Year?

No. I should not.

I will probably die if I push myself to write that much. Besides, I finally got back to my long neglected story about telepathic tree fungi and am ready to write about the fight with the dragon. I don’t want to shelve that for a month to do NaNoWrMo.

On the other hand, I suffer from anxiety and have trouble sharing ideas, so sharing a story as I write it could be quite therapeutic. And good for this blog, since there isn’t a lot of content on the short story page yet.

And there are probably people who have no idea what I’m talking about. NaNoWrMo – National Novel Writing Month – is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in November. Their website, with more information, can be found here.

Wait, does making a post about NaNoWrMo just to say I’m not doing it count as clickbait? Am I writing clickbate now?

I guess I am?

I’ve often thought about doing a NaNoWrMo challenge, but the timing has never been right. Also, I just don’t think I am capable of writing 50,000 words in one month. But I do want to do something this month. Here’s my plan:

  1. finish the story I am currently working on. Then post some quality tree fungi content on this blog.
  2. Write a short story between 5000 – 10,000 words and share it on this blog.
  3. Read and review something written before 1980.

I’ve been doing prompt challenges over at Reedsy, and I feel I’m getting the hang of writing stories inthe 1000 – 3000 word range. I think it’s time to write something a bit special for this blog. Anyone want to throw a prompt at me to make things more interesting?

I better get busy. Even without committing to NaNoWrMo, I’ve still set myself a lot of work. Is anyone here going for the 50,000 word target? If anyone is, I’d love to hear what you’re working on. I’m also interested to see if there is anyone else out there that has their own alternative to NaNoWrMo? What personal writing challenges are people setting themselves and how well do they work?

Happy Writing,

~ Lauren


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