Monday, November 7, 2011

I’ve Decided to Participate in NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month, is sponsored by The Office of Letters and Light. The goal is for participants to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. While the challenge is to write a novel, there are rebels who are writing blog posts, memoirs, or historical non-fiction.

I’m one of those rebels. In addition to posts for four blogs, I have several writing projects lined up: a marriage record compilation, a diary transcription, a book about my mother’s ancestors, two short articles to submit for publication, and an entry for the Southern California Genealogical Society’s 12th Annual Family History Writing Contest. Whew!

You may be wondering if I expect to finish all those projects in the 23 days that are left in the month. Not really, but I hope to have a solid, working draft for each of them.

NaNoWriMo began on November 1st while I was vacationing in Texas. So I have a lot of catching up to do! So far, I’ve only written 772 words; I need to write 2,052 words a day for the rest of the month to reach 50,000 words. Wish me luck!

© 2011 Denise Spurlock, Ancestral Trees Research


  1. Good luck! I'm doing the blog post a day and also a dollhouse challenge. no nanowrimo this year for me.

  2. Thanks, Kristin. I didn't know about the blog post a day until after I had already started on NaNoWriMo. Good luck to you on that and the dollhouse challenge as well!

  3. Yeah! And good luck. I'm doing NaBloPoMo.