November is National Novel Writing Month, affectionately known as NaNoWriMo. In this month-long challenge, participants commit to writing a 50,000-word novel in a month. Shannon and Janine have participated in the past and in Episode 62 we decided to take it on agin this year. (Janine has done this every five years since 2004, so this is her fourth NaNoWriMo novel.) In this episode, we talk about our past NaNoWriMo challenges, how its lessons can apply to all sorts of things (like getting past perfectionistic tendencies) and encourage listeners to join us in writing a novel this November!
Discussion topics include:
- How Shannon is easing herself back into running after her ankle injury
- National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo): please join us!
- How participating in NaNoWriMo can help you let go of perfectionism
- Our NaNoWriMo origin story
- Our absolute lack of ideas around what we’ll be writing about next month
- Lessons from NaNoWriMo prep that can be applied to other projects
- Famous novels that started out as a NaNoWriMo project (like Fangirl and Water for Elephants)
- Janine’s husband Barry’s confusion about why she would want to do NaNoWriMo
- Shannon’s husband Mike’s confusion about the same thing. (They’re confused in different ways.)
- Alternative 30-day challenges
- Opportunities to share the fun with Shannon and Janine
- Shannon’s Couch to 5k Training App: Zombies, Run! 5k Training can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store.
- No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty
- Ready, Set, Novel! workbook by Chris Baty, Lindsey Grant, and Tavis Stewart-Streit
- Foundations,by Mandy Langston Manley, Janine’s friend, that started as a NaNoWriMo project
- Janine’s 30 x 30 genealogy challenge on her blog Organize Your Family History (there’s an October challenge on right now!)
- The quote Shannon referred to: “I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes at 9 every morning,” possibly from William Faulkner
If you’re up for a challenge but writing a novel doesn’t strike your fancy, there are plenty of other challenges to look into. If you decide to do any of these in November, feel free to join us in the GTGE Facebook group and we’ll support you! Just make a comment in the group post about challenges, or make your own post.
Here are just a few of the November challenges you might take on as an alternative to NaNoWriMo. Or you might find one on your own! (If you do, please tell us about it in the comments.)