NaNoWriMo for Moms

Ah, November.  Around here, November is when it starts to get cold.  The hard frosts come, the plants die, daylight savings robs us of our natural sleep cycle.  Okay so I dislike the dark and the cold.  But, however true that may be, I do enjoy this season.

I love Thanksgiving.  It’s my favorite holiday, if I had to choose.  Kevin’s birthday is in November, too.  And November is also when NaNoWriMo happens!

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an event run by a nonprofit organization.  It happens every November, and the goal is to write 50,000 words (the average length of a full-sized novel) in 30 days.  For more information, head to their website.

I have participated in this wonderful, creative, crazy event once before.  I loved being a part of such a large group of fearless (or fearful, yet courageous) writers.  But when it came time to sign up this year, I hesitated.  Being a mom, homeschooling two kids, and running a very small business, I figured I just wouldn’t have time.

But writing is what I love to do.  It’s what I’m passionate about.  And I’ll be boldly honest here – becoming a published author is my dream.  After a little nudge from a friend, I decided to just go for it.

And so I came up with my own criteria for this year’s NaNoWriMo.  I’m sharing them here, for all those who have ever said, “I can’t do that…”

  1. Set your own word count goals.  There are no NaNoWriMo police.  The event is about creativity.  Go for it!
  2. Write when you can, accept when you cannot.  This year, my writing time is limited to once, maybe twice a week.  Be where you are.  It’s okay.
  3. Recognize what NaNoWriMo is all about.  Stories matter.  So do you.

Write on!