High-Octane Noveling in June

For the record, I think I might be a little crazy. See, a week or so again I was reading a blog post by my friend, The Watery Tart, and in her post she mentioned participating in a June version of the National Novel Writing Month’s 50,000-words-in-30-days challenge sponsored by her writing group. I responded with a comment saying that it sounded like fun, and a few back-and-forths later, I was committed to the challenge.

Now I’ll admit it. I’m a self-confessed NaNo junkie. I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for the past seven years, and loved pretty much every minute of it. But still… Twice in one year… And with everything else going on in my life right now… This is maybe not the smartest idea I’ve had.

But I’ve also been in a pretty bad writing funk lately. I still sit my butt down in the chair every single day and write, as I’ve done for the past six-plus years. But there’s been no joy in it, and the thought of that high-octane, quantity-over-quality, fast-as-my-fingers-can-fly-across-the-keys style of writing, well, it’s awfully compelling. Besides, I've had this idea tossing around in my head and...

So I’m going to go for it. Yes, I have a novel revision I want to start. Yes, I have the Fresh Blood contest to promote. Yes, I have a synopsis to finish and a novel to submit. And no, my work schedule isn’t going to suddenly going to give me huge buckets full of free time. But I’ve learned with this whole writing thing, sometimes you just have to go with it.

I still planning on promoting the contest (please see: And Then There Were Three), and I’ll be damned if I don’t finish that synopsis and start submitting that novel, although the starting the revision process for the next novel might just have to wait until July. But I can fit in 50,000 words in 30 days. After all, it’s all about that can-do attitude, right?

So if anyone else is interested in coming along for the ride, please feel free to check out the BuNoWriMo group on Facebook. It’s a great group of people, we’re starting tomorrow, and it’s going to be a wild ride.


  1. I can't join the ride, but it sounds to me like you're going to have a lot of fun. I get more done when I have the most stuff going on (does that make sense), and I hope you're that way, too. Good luck!

  2. I'm not a novelist, but I am looking for writing challenges for non-fiction. I admire you for taking on this challenge in the midst of your busy schedule. I'm sure you will be the better for it, although a bit more stressed. Write a blog about how you did with it. Good luck and God bless.

  3. You are a brave woman! But those who persevere are the ones who get somewhere. Good luck!

  4. YAY! I think there is nothing like the WriMo adrenaline to pull out of a funk--and I actually think the books written faster have a cleaner primary plot--yes, lots of editing, but not as bad as the ones where you forgot you already wrote a scene and so you wrote it again (or maybe that's just me)

    Anyway, we're glad to have you! (we can edit together in July--I've got one I want to try submitting in September)

  5. I think you're daft... In a good way. : j
    I bid you best of luck and the endurance to outdo granite in your writing challenges.

  6. Wow! That's a commitment. Good luck to you!

  7. I'm also doing a version of NaNoWriMo in June. It's called SoCNoC so I hope I can get a lot of stuff written. Last year was my first time doing NaNoWriMo but I think I did pretty well. Best of luck with your writing!♥

  8. Hi Lisa K:
    Thanks for your lovely remarks on Lisa Mc's blog about me. Much appreciated. I don't think I'm up for the NaNoWrite thing. This old brain is way slow, but I enjoy being with all you young enthusiastic writers.

    Betty K (aka as Liz K on ABNA)

  9. Thanks, everyone, for the thoughtful comments.

    Anita -- Yes, I am exactly that way too! I think I thrive on chaos, lol.

    Inside the Shrink -- Thank you for the suggestion. I think I will blog about it, maybe mid-month and then again when it's over.

    Solvang Sherrie -- I like to believe that, too, about perseverence!

    Watery Tart -- I would LOVE to do some editing together in July. I certainly have plenty of it to do.

    Alesa -- lol. I sure am daft. Thanks for the good wishes. :-)

    Vicki -- Thank you so much!

    Keri -- Good luck on your novel writing in June, too!

    Betty K. -- Good to see you...and you're very welcome. I loved hearing about your journey with your novel. :-)


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