Benefits of NaNoWriMo 2020, at the halfway mark

Learning from NaNoWriMo and hopefully keeping these habits moving forward.

We’re about halfway through the month of November, a month in which writers buckle down and set themselves to the seemingly herculean task of writing a novel in a month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. In my previous post, I outlined the rules of engagement that Tiffany and I had set out when we began our 2020 NaNoWriMo journey. We both have had small personal failures but we’re still on track and here’s what I’m taking away from it. 

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NaNoWriMo 2020

We’ve entered National Novel Writing Month. Check in on your writer friends!

As is tradition, with the beginning of November comes the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, the challenge to every writer to complete a full novel in a month. No easy feat. I was enrolled in a creative writing class at Penn State the first time I heard about the occasion. One of my fellow class members asked if we were to participate as a class. I was daunted by the task at the very mention of it and terrified that my grade may be attached to such a seemingly insurmountable task. I had an awesome professor who sensed my hesitancy and encouraged me to continue regardless. Ever since, I’ve revisited the challenge most Novembers. 

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Itching to create

With any luck, and more than a little discipline, you’ll see more of these writing posts in the future!

Lately, I’ve gotten the itch — the itch to create something completely new from scratch that is. And, specifically, to do so via writing. Emotional issues, from personal drama to the pandemic, have kept me from getting this feeling in what feels like the last year. So, when I was taking a walk one beautiful morning and I felt like I needed to stop right there and put pen to paper I nearly did one of those jumping foot taps, which, by the way, I’ve never actually been able to pull off in real life. It was amazing and glorious and hasn’t left me since.

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