Are you writing in November?

You must wonder what sort of question that is.

Those of you who’ve been around the block a few times know that November is associated with writing. Yes, the National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is commonly referred to, is upon us.

I’ve tried to do this challenge once. And gave up by day 3. Writing 50000 words over a 30 days period is not for me. Also, some of those who proudly announce that they’ve done it 3 and 4 times, have yet to show me any proof that they’ve actually written a book.

But seriously, I can do without the guilt of not completing another challenge. If there was a prize for the most number of unfinished challenges, I’d win hands down.

Thinking about the word count, I remember a one of these professed  NaNoWriMoers saying something to me in a group forum. In an ever-so-putting-down-yet- pretending-to-be-nice kind of way, she said, “I don’t count the number of books I read in a year” . Since I do and was, in that particular conversation, encouraging others to take part in a book reading challenge, I turned around and said, “And I don’t count the number of words I write.”

You can call me cynical or say that grapes are sour, but it seems I’m not the only one in the ‘NoNoWriMo’ camp. I loved reading this article this morning – Better Yet, Don’t Write That Novel. And naturally, the last part of the article made me smile. A lot.

But hey, I’m certain there are many people for who this works and more power to them.

In case you’re not into writing fiction, you could write a non-fiction book, check out The Write Nonfiction in November (WNFIN) Challenge


For us lesser mortals, we can stick to doing a 30-day Blogging Challenge. Yes, it is also time for the NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month.

Here’s how it started.

NaBloPoMo (aka National Blog Posting Month) was created by Eden Kennedy who wrote:

In 2006 I started NaBloPoMo as kind of a joke because I’d failed at NaNoWriMo the previous year. I decided that if I couldn’t write a novel in thirty days, at the very least I could post on my blog every day for a month. I thought maybe thirty or forty people would do it with me. We ended up with around 2,000 bloggers, I think. In 2007 we moved to a real web site and got almost 6,000 people, and by January of 2010 we had more than 16,000 members. WHERE DID ALL YOU PEOPLE COME FROM?!

In 2010 Eden sold NaBloPoMo to On November 1st, 2011, the old NaBloPoMo site (hosted at Ning) was closed, and NaBloPoMo is now hosted at BlogHer.

Today, I invite you to join those of us who are doing the NaBloPoMo – writing a blog post every day through November. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Commit to writing one post a day in November.

2. Register for NaBloPoMo on BlogHer and join the BlogHer Writing Lab.

3. Join our Write Tribe Group on Facebook, where we’ll have a separate thread for the NaBloPoMo posts.

Whichever challenge you decide to undertake, or even if you don’t want to do any, I wish you well through November.