Monday, November 2, 2015

10 (Very Bad) Excuses Not to NaNoWriMo

by Alycia W. Morales

NaNoWriMo 2015
Maybe you've heard of NaNoWriMo. Maybe you're wondering what on earth the writers around you are talking about. Maybe you're one of the first in your region to sign up to participate. Maybe you're sitting on the fence, unsure. Maybe you've flat out said no and refused to join in the crazy.

If you're wondering what on earth NaNoWriMo is, it's an opportunity to write 55,000 words (a great start to your novel) in 30 days. Hence, the name NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth. For more information and how to get involved, visit the NaNoWriMo website {click here}.

If you're sitting on the fence, let me give you ten reasons to say "heck no."

10. You're just too darned lazy to do it.

 9. You can't afford to miss the latest episode of any number of TV shows.

8. You ate too much candy on October 31, which left you ill on November 1, so you're already a day behind schedule. Surely you can't make up that word count.

7. You've got to start Christmas shopping. Because, there are only 8 Fridays until Christmas (and we don't count Christmas really, there are only 7).

6. You have family coming in for Thanksgiving. And since your house looks like a tornado hit (thanks to the kids), you must get cleaning. And it will take you 20 days to get it done.

5. Maybe if you had a cabin in the woods with a cozy little fireplace, you might be able to get 55,000 words on the page before November 30. But since you don't, it isn't happening.

4. You ran out of coffee. And you're only paid monthly. So you won't have coffee again until December. Who can write without coffee?

3. Your dog ate your chocolate...

2. You don't believe in good ol' friendly competition.

1. You're not a panster. Which is a lousy excuse, because you had all of October to outline your novel. So you should really get to it.

I and several of my friends are geared up and getting our words on the page. We'll be a step closer to publishing a book than those of you who have given NaNoWriMo your thumbs down. So what's holding you back?

To join me in the pursuit of 55,000 words, find me as AlyciaMorales at


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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your posting. I had forgotten to sign up for NaNoWriMo, and this served as a reminder. I believe the word count is 50,000.


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