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Tips for Surviving the Agony and Ecstacy of NaNoWriMo

All my NaNo writing buddies, you must read this! Tip #6 is my favorite: “Every book you’ve ever loved started out as a beautifully flawed first draft. In November, embrace imperfection and see where it takes you.”

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NanoWriMo 2013-Participant-Vertical-BannerNaNoWriMo is my birthday present to myself each year. Every year, I love it. And every year, I hate it…there’s simply too much to do in the tiny little month of November.

Even without my birthday falling at the beginning of the month and Thanksgiving at the end, there always seems to be unexpected craziness. Last year it was shingles; this year it’s a family vacation.

I tend to arrive at December 1st a little bit out of breath.

And still, I love NaNoWriMo.

I love the community, the late-night writing sprints, the before and after parties my local team throws. I love the write-ins, the pep talks, the excitement and uploading my word count. I adore getting the chance to encourage my peeps and watch everyone chase their goals.

Whether you’re gearing up for NaNoWriMo or not, I wish you luck in your writing goals this month.


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Marie A Bailey

Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.

6 replies

  1. I agree- #6 is great advice! I’ve found lately that my first drafts, at least what I’ve been working on lately, aren’t quite as horrific as I thought they were all the time. I think NaNo has been fun- some people are stressing out though!


    1. Good point. Actually the first draft of my first NaNo novel wasn’t too bad. Needs editing, of course, but when I read it again just a few months ago, I was surprised at how well it flowed. Wish I could say the same about my subsequent novels 🙂 I wish people wouldn’t stress out about NaNo! I’m glad you’re enjoying it!


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