30 Days + Loads of Caffiene =

October 9, 2009


Are you ready for the most insane 30 days of your life? It’s that time of year…the time writers itch for all year. That’s right! National Novel Writing Month! At midnight Nov. 1st, writers from all over the world will open their laptops and tuck in to their pc’s to type the first of 50,000 words, the goal for the NaNo WriMo month.

For those of you doing the math, that’s 1,666.6666666666666666666667 words per day.

50k is a good word count for a young adult or middle grade book, which is why it’s perfect for us OPWFTers.

Many NaNo WriMo participants choose to take on a project that’s out of the ordinary from what they typically write. Personally, I’m taking on a middle grade steampunk novel. If I pull it off, it’ll be my first complete middle grade novel and second attempt at steampunk. (Speaking of which, Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan is AMAZING – but we’ll save the gushing for another post)

One of the best parts of NaNo is the supportive community. On the official website, http://www.nanowrimo.org/, there are forums and personal buddy lists to keep you motivated and provide hours of distraction from reaching your goal – so be careful!!! Don’t fall into the online trap and forget to write.

Are you braving the NaNo challenge this year? Leave us your username in the comments so we can buddy you and we’ll all cheer each other on to 50k!

-Jamie (username: Cashmellow)



  1. I can’t wait for this!! Soooo excited! Username: Rebecca_R πŸ™‚

  2. Every year I’m tempted but, alas, I know I would go insane. Nice post Jamie πŸ™‚

  3. I can’t wait! This is my first year of doing NaNo officially. Username’s the same as now. πŸ˜€

  4. Thanks, Jamie for pointing out how many words a day I will have to write. That really puts it in perspective πŸ˜‰ Still excited!
    Username: herbchick

  5. I’m really excited! Totally ready to crank out this novel!

    Username: epiphany

  6. This will be my first year as well, so I’m very excited!

    Username: mrsbizzy

  7. I dunno if I dare try this…but I’m seriously considering it. I must be nuts! πŸ™‚

  8. I’m gonna try…LOL

    user name: paranormalchick

  9. I’m Red.Ink.Rain πŸ˜€

    Way excited for NaNo! Still have no idea what I’m writing, but hey – it’ll be fun either way.

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