Signing up for my first #NaNoWriMo

I have officially completed my graduate diploma in Creative Writing. Although I haven’t received the certificate yet, it’s a done deal as I’ve finished all my assignments and handed the last one in on Wednesday this week. It feels great completing the course and I learnt a lot. But now is the scary part: to try and put all that learning, including what I learnt in the magazine writing courses from the Writers’ Centre, into practice.

The best way to begin, I figured, would be to jump straight in.

It’s therefore almost perfect that November is almost upon us as it means NaNoWriMo is about to start. I have never done NaNoWriMo before but have seen other writers and bloggers do it. I used to prefer NaBloPoMo. But given that I’ve been brimming with ideas and not done much about them, I figured this would be a good place to start. Even if it doesn’t amount to anything, at least I’ll have more words in the end than I have now.

What is NaNoWriMo? It stands for National Novel Writing Month. A community of writers aim to complete 50,000 words this month. It’s quite obviously not the length of an entire novel but it’s a way to get into it.

What am I aiming for? I don’t have big goals. I don’t think I’m going to be published anytime soon. I just want to write and get my ideas on paper in a structured manner and then assess what it looks like. I am also aiming to hone my writing skills and then, my editing skills.

What am I hoping for? I guess while I don’t have big goals, I am hoping that I get a somewhat decent story that I can work on in the next decade or so. In any case, it will still be 50,000 more words than I currently have. Or have ever had for that matter!

Since I’m a complete novice in this area, there are some other posts I’ve read about NaNoWriMo to help inspire you to participate:

Jodi talks about reasons why you should dive into NaNoWriMo

Allison shares authors’ views about whether you should plot or not

The Grammarly blog shared a post on how you can prepare for writing a novel

Jess shared her experience from last year

K. M. Weiland discusses how NaNoWriMo helps you become a better writer throughout the year

And in case you were wondering whether to take the plunge, Elizabeth Haynes discusses why it’s worth a try

If these posts don’t motivate you, the fact that several writers tweeting #NaNoWriMo and pulling their hair out certainly should! Or else, just to keep a friend company while going through the same. If you want to add me as a writing buddy, please do so. I’d like the company.

So tell me, are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

Do share!

***Linking with Grace for FYBF and with Jess, Karin, Sam and Shannon for The Ultimate Rabbit Hole***

Until next time,



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  • simple girl
    29 October 2015 at 7:28 pm

    All the best Sanch.. You will surely become 50000 words richer… 🙂

  • Vidya Sury
    30 October 2015 at 1:08 am

    Congratulations, Sanch! How wonderful it must feel!
    And what a way to celebrate but jumping right into NaNoWriMo. This is my fourth year and I am looking forward to it.

    All the best! Love, Vidya
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    30 October 2015 at 6:50 am

    Too daunting for me at this stage but I can’t wait to read your work if you choose to share!
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  • Vanessa
    30 October 2015 at 8:17 am

    Maybe…I want to but I feel lost at the thought of doing it without a laptop. I also don’t know if I will try to do it as a fiction book or use it to go “off book” and write another book I’ve had in my head for ages.
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  • Deborah
    30 October 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I’m doing it again as well. I’ve tried it a couple of times but really only seriously last year and ‘won’. Of course I’ve done nothing with the 50,000 words I wrote then, but still….

    I’m thinking of doing it this year but don’t yet have a plot in mind… and I only have a day or two left! #eek!
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  • Venice
    30 October 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Oooh! Would love to read a novel by you! 🙂 All the best Sanch! Cheers 🙂 🙂 🙂
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  • Debbie
    30 October 2015 at 9:51 pm

    I need to find some online course on creative writing. They have some here, but writing in Dutch is not my specialty and I want to improve my English.
    I’m attending other courses at the moment and hopeful I will have some time later in 2016.
    Lots of success with NaNoWriMo!
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  • Aditi
    31 October 2015 at 12:15 am

    Congratulations on the writing course! And all the best for Nano. I am doing it this year, would love to buddy up. Honest confession, I’m really nervous. I tried in 2013 and fell flat. I am going this time with a story in head bit no plotting as such. Hoping for the best!

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      31 October 2015 at 7:05 am

      Oh I’m super nervous too Aditi…but I figured I might get something down that’s better than nothing

  • Parul
    1 November 2015 at 1:30 am

    All the best! I am taking up NaBloPoMo and you were right – they announced very recently and I have my sleeves rolled up! 🙂
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  • Obsessivemom
    1 November 2015 at 3:39 am

    Hey good luck Sanch. I’m a bit envious of you – not for the NaNoWriMo but for that course in creative writing. Would love to get into one some day.
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