Got NaNo? {National Novel Writing Month}

I currently have Whimsy the bunny eating the broom and Maggie the mum pleading with the autumn sky for a bit of sunlight. It’s a good way to start the morning.

Life has been pretty crazy. Crazy as in amazing, and full, and just plain October-ish (which means beautiful on all levels). During the last week I’ve been sick, attended a weekend church retreat, finally got caught up with book reviews, got behind with editing, cut grass in the rain (while eating gluten-free lasagna – it was fantastic), and listened over and over again to an actual autumn song. (Come on people! We need more of those! It would keep me from breaking out the Christmas music in September.)


Last night I was talking to my dad and I suddenly realized that November is going to be packed full, too. I have retreats (which means busyness at my one non-writing-part-time-job), an out-of-state wedding, an out-of-town cousins weekend (yay!), family coming in for the holidays, work at the coffee shop, epic amounts of baking to do, a book to edit, and life to live. It’s actually pretty exciting. Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and looking at what my October and Novembers look like, it’s obvious as to why.

Sarah asked on my blog recently if I was going to do NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. And, as much as I would really like to, it’s just not something I feel like I’m supposed to slip into my world at this moment. So no. I won’t be taking part in it.

But! I will be (hopefully) doing a lot of editing during November…. So maybe at times I can pretend like I’m doing NaNo so I don’t feel all sad and left out?

Are you doing NaNo this year? If so, I’d be delighted to hear about your project. I’m going to miss all the fun and comradery, so if I can at least act like I’m in the group, then that would make my little writerly heart happy.

8 thoughts on “Got NaNo? {National Novel Writing Month}

  1. Sarah says:

    Hey there Lydia! Haha, I love that you’re pretending to do Nano 🙂 Editing can be such a pain….I’ve rewritten my first chapter like……twenty times??? And I still haven’t come up with anything I particularly like. So this November I’m going to do the exact opposite of you–ban editing till after Nano. Hopefully that will let me get through the novel without deleting everything in pure frustration. lol
    My project is called Firemaster, and it’s currently the first book in a trilogy. (I would send you the “blurb” but it’s around a page long right now, so….if you want to know more, I’ll just let you check out the page on my blog. xD )
    xD, Sarah

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      Ah yes! No editing during NaNo is pretty much a MUST! At least, for me it is. 🙂 I don’t even generally let myself re-read anything when I’m trying to power my way through a first draft. Sure, it makes for a lot of corrections, but it helps me to stay focused. I know not everyone’s brain works like that though.
      My book that I’m working on editing this year was actually first written during NaNo, so that’s pretty cool, because it IS like I’m doing something special for the occasion. 😉
      Oh! I’ll have to check it out. I’m about to hurry off for work now, but hopefully I can read the blurb later on today when I get home.

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  2. Mukta says:

    Hey, if you don’t feel like doing it, there’s nothing wrong in that. Point is that you get creative this November, and you’re going to do that anyway, huh? 😉
    I’m taking part, and my project is not to be revealed just yet, but hopefully after I’m done I’ll let it out. 😀

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      Well I FEEL like doing it, it’s just not something I can/should fit into my schedule. 😉 But yes, I agree that if someone doesn’t feel like doing it, there’s nothing wrong with that. And YAY for getting creative! And yep, I’ll be doing that anyway, so happiness. 🙂
      Fun! Non-revealed projects can be fun. I hope it goes well for you!

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  3. Bekah says:

    I love the picture with those dark clouds. It looks so dramatic and beautiful! I’m not doing NaNo. I’m just about to finish a big writing project and I hope to get a lot of editing done in November, as well. I hope this next month goes well for you! Time with family and such is always a lot of fun.

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      Aww, thanks!
      And nice! Yay for editing in November. Currently, I’m just hoping I DO get a lot of editing done this month because there’s already so much craziness happening and we’re only 13 hours into November. 😉


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