On your marks… get set… NaNoWriMo!

Let’s be honest: No one is going to read this.


Because everyone is busy writing their novel during Nation Novel Writing Month. Who has time to read my blog when they have 40,999 words remaining in their 50,000-word manuscript to finish by Nov. 30! Actually, a lot of writers are feeling the pressure to finish their manuscripts before Nov. 24 because anything can happen once Thanksgiving Day arrives.

No one wants to take the chance of being within 500 words of finishing their manuscript, only to have it consumed in a sudden turkey flashover thanks to the combustable nature of aunt Renee’s new whiskey stuffing recipe. And even supposing a writer and their manuscript make it through the holiday unscathed, there’s still Black Friday to get through. Will they make it back safely? Will they make it back without emotional scarring? Will they make it back at ALL? If not, will their family be taken care of? 

Or more importantly, will there be a ghost writer available to finish their manuscript in before Nov. 30?!? 

Even for writers who have no plan to venture out from their bunker for anything other retrieving their Door Dash delivery from the porch, there’s still the effects of turkey tryptophan to deal with. Those reserves will be coursing through your veins and causing extreme drowsiness for as many as three days! And that’s even if you aren’t watching bowling on TV!

But we’re having Tofurky, so I won’t have to worry about getting sleepy!

That may be true (for which I am very sorry). But keep in mind you can only spend so much time writing while on the commode.

We all know there’s nothing quite like staring at a blank page and knowing that, within a few strokes of the keyboard, you will transform a landscape devoid of life into a living, breathing thing of your own creation.

There’s also nothing quite like finishing that fourth cup of coffee only to find that same blank page staring back at you.

As NaNoWriMo kicks off today, remember: Like any race worth running, it will seems toughest right before the finish line. That’s when your legs feel like they have small children attached. And who knows? That may actually be true in some cases, especially if you write from home between laundry loads.

The fact that you’ve made the commitment is proof that no amount of tryptophan, an exploding turkey or even Black Friday is going to keep you from clearing the final hurdle by midnight Nov. 30.

On behalf of those of us who aren’t actually participating in NaNoWriMo (It’s official; we took a vote), we’d just like to offer our support and cheer everyone on as they begin this month-long writing marathon.

Be proud! Pat yourself on the back! Reflect on your achievements!

But NOT NOW! There’s no time!

Besides, that fourth cup of coffee is probably offering a different kind of inspiration right about now…


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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

11 thoughts on “On your marks… get set… NaNoWriMo!”

  1. That is a VERY CLEVER OPENING LINE to say, “Nobody is going to read this…” Why? Because stubborn, challenge prone people like me take on the tast so that ‘nobody’ becomes at least ‘somebody’.

    Or, maybe it is the contrarian in me?

    I did it. And, I am so thankful it was not 50,000 words in length. My silent reading speed is about 37 words per minute — if I am not interrupted.

    One more thing…. I love the auto spell in this response box. It really helps!

    Bill Olson

    1. I always wondered: If Mork participated, would it be NanooWriMo? These are the things that keep me up at night. Oh, and acid reflux. As for your profile picture, I figured you either just age really well or my eye sight was worse than I thought. Either way, it’s really good to see you again my friend!

  2. I don’t even attempt things like that because I’m certain I would not finish it and I don’t like to set myself up for failure. It seems there would also need to be a fair amount of preparation before starting such an adventure. I’m forever staring at a blank screen *sigh* The pressure would give me anxiety.. lol. However I do admire those who do this challenge every year!! Woohoo! good luck!

    1. I get it, Kim! It’s the same reason I avoid committing to healthy eating. Way too much pressure and prep time, and I know I’d eventually fail. Probably within 48 hours.

      1. Yep! That definitely takes prep time too. Having said that… I am not using my brain enough and it feels like it is turning to mush again. This is what sent me back to school a few years ago. But now that I have my degrees, I don’t know what to do with myself. I have actually looked at taking some more classes because I’m weird and enjoy school, but I think it has to do with being around young people. I think about getting a part time job but then I’m not sure how I would find time to do all of the things I take care of. It’s an up hill battle for sure…..

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