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NaNoWriMo 2021

It’s that time of year again, national novel writing month. There are many reasons I love this time of year. From the start of October to late December I feel rejuvenated and inspired.

The crunchy leaves, the cold sun, even the rainy days, everything signifies comfort. What better time to write than one that inspires all my senses.

I’ve taken part in NaNoWriMo many times, I’ve not always ‘won’ by the set standard of writing 50k but I have never finished feeling like I’ve lost either. For me, writing any number of words is a win but more importantly, dedicating focus to writing and making it a priority is an even bigger win because us writers tend to put it on the back burner and don’t treat ourselves and our writing with the respect we should.

Imposter syndrome, guilt, whatever it is that makes us push it aside for something else (which is likely to be something which we 99% don’t want to actually do) November gives us that freedom to announce to the world, We Are Writer’s and with that the dedication to spend the entire month indulging in our imaginations.

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My Project

This year I am fully embracing my inner rebel and not actually starting a new project, or indeed writing as such.

I am going to edit my manuscript, I’m aiming to get the full thing done, all new scenes written and added during this month so I can send it off to beta readers in December.

However, me being me and a bit of an overachiever I also have a YA Horror story I would like to write. While it won’t be a ‘write-every-single-day’ project, it is something I would like to get some writing on when inspiration strikes or I get ahead on my editing schedule. If I finish NaNoWriMo with my book edited and then my sideline project with even a few thousand words I will be more than happy.

Be Inspired

If you are like me, you will love watching others on their writing and NaNoWriMo journeys. I often feel so motivated watching them that it gives me that extra boost to push forward when my inner procrastinator tries to take over. I also made myself a NaNoWriMo survival kit this year, or well, more of a writers box of treats, but I am looking forward to opening that as well.

Here are my favourite YouTube accounts to follow;

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Natalia Leigh

Kate Cavanaugh

Michelle Schusterman

Becca. C Smith

Thank you for reading and I would love to know if you are taking part in this year’s NaNoWriMo and what inspires you when you need that motivation boost.

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