NaNoWriMo – the pain and the glory!

Every November since 2006 my life stops for National Novel Writing Month, where authors everywhere try to write a 50,000 word novel in a month.  The first couple of years results are not even worth mentioning.  but, it gets easier the longer you do it.

I’ve learned to type faster, correct faster, encourage my muse and shut up my editor!  It’s great fun.  And the bonus round is that at the end of the month you’ve got a piece of work that is well on it’s way to being a novel.

In need of editing, certainly, but much better than I would have had if I hadn’t done Nano!  This year has been tough.  I’m doing my Master of Arts in Writing and I had two major assignments due, as well as usual work and life in general.  I missed a couple of days, but I’m still on track…

One of the things that helps me each year is to announce that I’m doing it.  That way, when I think about giving up, I remember all the people I’ve told that I’m a real writer who’s writing a novel in a month.  Oops! Embarrassing.  And I keep writing.

So here’s my stats…

Wish me luck.  If you’re doing it too, let me know in the comments, or look me up at and add me to your writing buddies.  “jazzsinger”.  See you there!