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I’m Writing a Book!

Dream Big

Before you ask, no, I don’t have a publisher or an agent offering me an advance or anything cool like that… this news isn’t that exciting! But, for the first time in three years, I am finally participating in #NaNoWriMo.

Every year on November 1st, #NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month) participants open a new Word doc and start writing. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30th – that’s approx. 1,667 words per day, which is no small task, if I do say so myself.

I have wanted to participant in this writing challenge since at least 2010. For the last two November’s, however, I was busy writing papers for 2-3 classes in school. But 2012 has been a year of big changes for me and, since I’m now living in a city where I don’t have many friends, it seems like the perfect time to hole myself up and write, write, write.

Unfortunately, I’m already behind – only by 950 words, but that’s 950 words I’ll need to tack onto another day. Still, I am confident I will be able to write all 50,000 words, no matter how crappy the last few thousand may be. (And Annabelle says there will be many crappy words in my first draft!)

To help stay focused on my blog while I’m doing this, I’ve written out an editorial calendar for the entire month of November. This month, you can expect a number of posts will relate back to Financial Literacy Month (which is this month!). I am also planning on posting at least one vlog.

I feel lucky to be among great company this year, as a few other personal finance bloggers are also participating in #NaNoWriMo. We’re now chatting daily in a Facebook Group, while sharing updates and tips along the way. If I don’t write all 50,000 words, I’ll be cheering on all the other bloggers who are trying.

If you’ve done #NaNoWriMo before, did you win? And can you share any survival tips for the rest of us?

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  1. That’s a pretty huge goal! Good luck!!

    November 5, 2012
  2. Rob #

    “since I’m now living in a city where I don’t have many friends, it seems like the perfect time to hole myself up and write, write, write…”

    “I am also planning on posting at least one vlog…”

    Now that vlog is what I’m most looking forward to seeing !

    Good luck in your writing efforts this month, oh “friendless” net friend !!! :-)

    November 5, 2012
  3. Exciting! I’ve never heard of this. What do you plan on writing about?

    November 5, 2012
  4. Wow, that’ s really an ambitious project – good for you! I don’t think there has been any month where I’ve written anywhere near close to 50,000 words personally and I don’t think I’m going to start now.

    Are you going to share the subject matter of the book with us beforehand or are you waiting until you’re done to reveal everything about it?

    November 5, 2012
  5. I have several friends on facebook who are doing it this year (and have done it years past). I wish you much luck!

    November 5, 2012
  6. Ah! So jealous! I was hoping this was the year I would participate, but November snuck up so fast and now there’s no way to catch up now =(

    Good luck!! Hope you share with us what you write =)

    November 5, 2012
  7. Now, that sounds exciting Cait although I don’t know if I could write that much every day, that would wipe me out. I know I sound like I’m whining but I just know I’d fall way behind. Good Luck with it and keep us posted… Mr.CBB

    November 5, 2012
  8. I have never heard of this before but would love to participate! Unfortunately, with my new little one, this year just may not be possible. I wish you the best of luck, though, and I can not wait to see how your novel/writing journey turns out.

    November 5, 2012
  9. Woo! Go Cait!! Thx for the shoutout, by the way. Next year, you’ll be writing up your own tips for NaNo newbies :)

    November 6, 2012
  10. Wow, what a cool challenge! You always find the best things on the net!!

    November 7, 2012
  11. You definitely are dreaming big, Cait….but I expect no less from someone like you! I usually write blog posts that long (little bit windy, I am!) but I definitely don’t write that much every single day! What a cool challenge! Good luck :)

    November 7, 2012
  12. Fiction or non-fiction? You could kill two birds with one stone and use some blog ideas to create a big e-book and let us read it after :p

    November 7, 2012
  13. My sister did something like this, or maybe it was this. All I know is she spent I think this Remembrance Day long weekend and wrote an entire novel! She said it was a great experience so I hope you have one too!

    November 9, 2012
  14. Sounds like a great fun challenge!!!

    November 9, 2012
  15. Nanowrimo is exciting, I’m going to live vicariously through you on this one!

    November 9, 2012
  16. Congrats Cait. I can definitely relate because my first book will be finished by the end of the year. Good luck and I can’t wait to read it.

    November 9, 2012
  17. Annie #

    Good luck! It’s a fun challenge (and a tough one). I did it in…2004? I was happy to cross it off my to-do list, but keep forgetting that I want to do it again. Are you going to share a snippet?

    November 13, 2012

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