I'm a NaNoWriMo 2015 Participant!

This November, I'm participating in the annual event that is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. The objective is to "win" the competition by writing 50, 000 words of a brand new novel in 30 days. The great part is that participants are competing against themselves, not each other, so anyone who reaches the word goal is a winner! 

I first participated in 2012, 3 months after giving birth to my second child and I was home on maternity leave. After my first son was born I turned to creative writing as a way of doing something purely for my own enjoyment. When I heard about NaNoWriMo after the birth of my second child I thought it was a great way to connect with other writers and to push myself to really commit to a writing practice. 

It worked, and I was able to get a huge chunk of a novel written during the month. I participated again in 2013, as well as in a few of the Camp NaNoWriMos that are held in April and July of each year. As a result I have two book length manuscripts that I completed thanks to the commitments I made during those programs. I have decided to participate again this November after taking a break last year due to travel. 

I'm 5 days in and have logged just over 6100 words so far! I'm a little behind my daily goal count needed to keep on track, but I hope to remedy that over the weekend. I attend a weekly writer's group here in Paris on Saturday mornings, and I think this Saturday I may just stick around the cafe when the meetup is over to write as much as I can! 

If you're interested in writing and think this may be the type of thing that interests you, check it out at nanowrimo.org. It's a lot of fun, and it's a great way to commit to a writing practice. Otherwise, just wish me luck, and I'll keep you updated as the month moves forward!