Thursday, November 3, 2011



I know I said I was going to switch this blog to a MWF posting schedule ... but now that I'm getting back into the whole "posting & hopping" blog thing ... well ... I realize I have a lot of words to get out of my system.  So, count on a MWF schedule, but there may be TTS posts when I feel so motivated.

With that said, let's talk about NaNoWriMo, or NaNo for short.

Or ... NoNaNo for me.

Frankly, NaNo feels like something all the cool kids are doing. And it's spreading like wildfire. Even my daughter's high school formed a group to do it last year, and she's doing it again this year.

What am I missing? Do I need to have NaNo on my resume to be considered a dedicated writer? Am I going to be shunned by all the cool kids for not giving into the peer pressure and joining them? Can I be an independent and still be accepted by the writing community as a whole?

Well, regardless of your answers, I'm still a NoNaNo.

I hope we can still be friends.


  1. Hi Margo. I don't consider myself particularly cool (just kidding), but I'm a great fan of NaNo in that it does somehow instil a motivation and excitement to write like a nutter for a month. I've done it twice and really loved it and look forward to it each year. To each his own.

    Whatever motivates people to write is a good thing. Of course we don't need it, but it's somehow fun.


  2. Hey Denise! Thanks for your feedback. :) I'm wondering though ... what does "nutter" mean? I love your line "to write like a nutter" ... ha! :)

  3. Hi Margo - I am not doing NaNo - I am challenging myself in November to ratchet up the volume on my writing, but I simply don't need the pressure...and you definitely do not need Nano on you resume :-)

    Thanks for your nice comment on my blog and have a wonderful day!

  4. I'm with you guys :) No doing NaNo either. Honestly, for some people I feel like it can become a magic feather for writing, which is totally fine, but I prefer to write on my own terms.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  5. I use NaNo to jump-start a lagging writing time. Seriously, I slowly get lazier and lazier as the year goes by, and November really kicks me back into gear.

  6. Does that make me cool? I'm excited! Actually this is my first time doing NaNo. What I'm realizing is that it might instill very good writing habits that carry over. For instance, I'm up early every morning and doing two hours of writing -- before blogging, reading email, etc. Seems like if I can keep that up past November I'll be much better for it.

  7. I'm not doing NaNo either. I don't work like that. I'm more of a slow-and-steady writer, and that works for me.

  8. I am definitely not a cool kid, but signed up because it looked like fun (yes, that is past tense). The site sort of seems like a distraction although I like the word count chart.