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To NaNo or not To NaNo

I noticed a post by Jessica Rosen (Twitter: @jcrosen; Writing: yesterday about her prep for NaNoWriMo. She was starting to do her prep work, which got me thinking about whether or not I would attempt it again.

Last year* was my second attempt, after a disasterous try about 6 years ago, and it was a success. I made it with a few days to spare and I have to tell you it felt great. It was hard work, but having actually written a 50,000+ word novel in just 30 days is quite an agreement.

As I discussed with Jess, I thought it would be prudent to write down my thoughts in a blog post to help me make a decision. So, here are the Pros and Cons of doing NaNoWrimo this year.


  • Great impetus to write regularly due to the fact that you are…
  • Working to a clear deadline – 30 days to write 50,000 words and complete on 30th November. You don’t get much clearer than that
  • Once completed, it is a piece of work that can be edited and perhaps taken forward – see Am/Dram
  • Its great to be able to work as part of a community, all who have the same goal
  • The feeling once completed is hard to describe, but it is brilliant


  • The deadline is tight  – 50,000 words in 30 days is an average of 1667 words a day
  • The pressure (self inflicted of course) can be… challenging
  • Quality is often left behind to get words on the page
  • Taking the project forward may be more difficult due to said quality
  • It takes you away from other projects that you will have been working on


Still in two minds, but it is looking more likely that I will be doing this again. The pros outweigh the cons so it is most definitely worth the pain.

Plus, its exciting isn’t it?

* Last year, I blogged about the experience. First post here and all in one handy list here.
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