NaNoWriMo 2018: starts November 1

I am excited! I have decided to participate in writing 50 000 words in thirty days this November.

I’m going to write in my mother tongue to make it easier to write faster and more because to write 50 000 words in 30 days each day needs at least 1 666 words per day!

What is it about?

The follow up of  JUST ME: A MEMOIR. Part one was about my life as a child growing up in the Netherlands until my sixth year.

I’m writing Part two about; starting my schooling in South Africa, studying as a teacher, and starting my teaching career in late 1960.

Reblogged the following from:

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it takes place every November.

Anyone can do it. You can sign up on the website (you don’t have to). You can go to events in your region (you don’t have to). You can donate for fabulous swag (you should probably do that one; they’re a fabulous non-profit).

But really all you have to do is write 1666 words a day for 30 days starting November 1 and ending November 30th, which leaves you with 50,000 words. A novel in a month.

That’s it.

Simple? Yes. Easy? Uh, no.

But here are five easy tips you can implement now in October if you are considering tackling this generative writing goal.

1. Just write. Don’t edit. Don’t research. Don’t fact-check. Just write.

NaNoWriMo is about getting words down on paper (or in Word, Pages, Scrivener, whatever). It’s about creating the raw material. I know. It’s hard to rush past imperfect sentences that could be crafted beautifully but you can do that later. In December.

2. Give something up.

Unless you already have a daily writing practice, you’ll have to find the time to write. It’s stupidly simple to say and ridiculously difficult to implement. This is NOVEMBER, after all. The verge of the holiday season, end-of-year mayhem and all that stuff.

With that in mind, before you mark off time in your calendar to write, clear it. Find something to sacrifice. Maybe you won’t clean the house in November (that’s what J.K. Rowling did when she was a single mom writing Harry Potter). Or you won’t watch Netflix. Perhaps you’ll get off Facebook for an entire month or wake up an hour earlier. If email is a big time-suck for you, consider setting up an auto-response letting people know you will be slow to respond to their email during November and then only check your email once a day.

It’s your call, but figure it out before November starts.

What do you need to give up to open up your schedule?

3. Decide when you will write.

Now that you have cleared your calendar a bit, mark your writing time. Early morning? After everyone else is in bed? Maybe you’ll write in the car instead of watch your kid’s soccer practice. Ideally, there’s a consistency to your writing practice but because this is a binge-write, it doesn’t matter as much as just getting it done. Carve out time whenever it works for you so you can get your butt in the chair and write.

4. Pick a daily reward system.

It’s amazing how a little reward can motivate you to meet your daily quota. The NaNoWriMo website is great for this. You get virtual stickers for meeting your targets and other little perks and congratulatory accolades along the way. But if you don’t want create an account on the website or if you are creating your own word counts, you can invent your own reward system. It should be something cumulative and visual—a reward/progress bar as simple as X’s on a calendar or post-its marking your daily word count will do the trick.

5. Visualize your writing routine

Picture it.

You: in your writing spot (the library? Fave café? Home office that is actually the dining room table?) Is it dark out because it’s so early? (or so late.) Take a moment to check off all the distractions that you’ve eliminated: you’ve shut off your phone, turned off Wi-Fi, shut the door or whatever else you have to do to block out the outside world.

There you are. In your happy writing place, happily writing. And when you’re done, you get your reward. An X, or upload your words to your NaNo profile, whatever it is.

Can you see it? That’s you! Writing, succeeding. Getting sh*t done.

Janine Kovac is the co-founder of Moxie Road Productions. She teaches writing workshops, including the month-long accountability workshop Finishing School course, which is specifically designed to outline a project and get it done in one calendar month. For more info on Janine, Moxie Road, or Finishing School, check out her website:

34 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2018: starts November 1

  1. Hi Scrapy,

    Ek lees al ‘n ruk die blogs van die dames op die groen toerbus, maar lewer amper nooit kommentaar nie. Ek gaan ook NaNoWriMo doen en jy is welkom om my te buddy as jy wil: Cecilia Lombard.


    1. Dankie vir die uitnodiging om jou Buddy te wees. Ek sal graag joune wil wees . Ek het probeer om dit op my NaNoWriMo blad te sit maar ek kry dit nog nie reg nie. Jy kan my opsit ek is Scrapydo. Laat asb weet as jy dit opgesit het en hoe jy dit gedoen het asb.


      1. Eers moet jy die nuwe buddy op NaNoWriMo se blad opspoor. Ek het so BIETJIE daarmee gesukkel en op die ou einde gaan kyk hoe lyk die URL as jy na iemand se blad op NaNoWriMo kyk en dit aangepas. Die URL is iets soos “” en dan vervang jy met die regte naam; sit ‘-‘ waar daar ‘n spasie is.

        In elk geval, as jy eers op die persoon se blad is, is daar ‘n knoppie regs bo wat sê “Add as buddy”, kliek dit en siedaar :).

        Het jou nou bygevoeg.


          1. Ag die haastige vingers. Ek het mos na my fotosessie geskrywe ek moet voor myself gee pad. Get out of my own way. Ek is so lief vir skryf en stories, maar uitstel is my groot tydverdryf. Nou kan ek nie – 1 November tot 30 November is vir my om my self-dissipline in pas te kry.

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    1. Aaaaaa, dis gaaf om te hoor. Het jy al jou inligting ingevul op die webblad? Ons kan rerig skryf buddies wees. Dit sal lekker wees om uit te ruil. Ek was al bekommerd om niemand te hê nie omdat ek in Afrikaans wil skryf.


        1. Mooi man. Ek kry net nie Buddies ingeskryf nie. Hoe doen mens dit.? Ek skryf onder Scrapydo. HIer is n Celia Lombard wat ook gaan skryf en sal ook my buddy wees. Jy kan haar miskien ook nader hark.


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