NaNoWriMo Mid-Point

If you’re participating in the annual NaNoWriMo challenge this month to write 50,000 words on your next great novel, you’re now at the midpoint. Halfway there. Halfway done. So how’s your progress been?

I started out strong–for two days. Yes, two days. But I haven’t given up yet.

I went into the Nano challenge not really expecting to make 50,000 words, but used it more as a motivator to get me on a consistent writing schedule, even if that meant just a few hundred words a day. It worked for 2 days.

Then we had storms and power failures, election day, kids off from school, Veteran’s Day holiday… Oh yes, I’m not short on excuses here. LOL! Next week is Thanksgiving so that’s another obstacle. I already know I won’t be doing any writing that day. And the days around it might be difficult as well because, you guessed it, kids home from school. 🙂

So I think my Nano progress is going to be meager this year, but I’m glad I tried and like I said before, I haven’t given up yet. I still have 15 more days to produce at least another 2500 words. I’d like to get to 10,000. I think I’ll write that on a piece of paper to post over my desk so I see it every time I sit down at the computer. 10,000 would be great and it will be 10,000 more than I had Oct 31.

I hope your progress is better than mine, but whatever happens in Nano, keep writing. Once you get into a rhythm, it gets easier to stay in the groove for longer periods of time.

I’ll check back in the end of the month and let you know how I did.


  • Maybe NaNo isn’t for you. Some people can pump out decent writing, others need to take their time. As I see it, there’s no sense in doing it if you don’t enjoy it. Who cares if it takes three years to write your story, as long as you like making it.


    • As someone who tends to write books slowly in general, I totally agree that it’s not a race and if it takes a year or more to finish a book, that’s what it takes. 🙂 No harm in that.

      I wouldn’t say I don’t enjoy Nano. It’s a challenge, so to meet it you work harder. I like that it forces me to try harder. I do, however, believe in setting small, attainable goals first (50,000 words wouldn’t be my first goal 🙂 ) and then building up. Small goals give you a sense of accomplishment, especially if you exceed them. Even though I won’t make the 50,000 words, I still find Nano fun.

      Mainly I join the Nano challenge because I like the accountability that goes with it, the reporting in, plus the camaraderie of so many other people doing it at the same time. I may not get to 50,000, but if I do 10,000 that’s more than I had before, so it’ll still be progress. 🙂