NaNoWriMo 2011

Monday was a day of celebrations:

  • 36th wedding anniversary
  • Verified NaNoWriMo winner!

The November roller coaster ride that crept ever so slowly toward the highest point, chugged along at a tortoise’s pace, finally reached the apex. The last two hundred words were written, verified on the website, and a winner declared. Join me, as we stretch our arms high overhead and scream at the top of our lungs (I hope you remembered to fasten your seatbelt)!

My journey began when the seed was planted by the leader of my writers group at our September meeting. I had heard of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but didn’t know much about it. Evelyn‘s words were encouraging, we had nothing to lose in trying to write 50,000 words during the month of November. 

I considered it briefly, then quickly forgot about it as we prepared for an October vacation. Upon returning home, I got a email from Evelyn updating what I had missed at writers group that week. She included information on NaNoWriMo, which lightly watered the previously planted seed, and added the warmth of her encouraging words. A doubt came to mind, what would I write about? To sign up required a working title. 

Out to the garden I went, trying to make up for a month of neglect. Bending low over the yarrow to cut away the deadness, the increased circulation to my brain brought with it the words, “The Gardener’s Guide to Devotion.” I stood up. I had a working title! 

The first few days of November, I wrote with abandon, occasionally visiting the NaNoWriMo website to learn more. That’s when I realized I was writing nonfiction, not a novel; but found there was a rebel category for people like me. 

To reach the 50,000 word goal in thirty days, 1,667 words per day are required. Knowing that Thanksgiving, a granddaughter’s birthday, and our anniversary fall in November, I increased my daily goal to 2,000 words per day, giving me five days “off.” 

Early on, the words came easily. There are many life stories I want to share with my grandchildren, and this was the perfect opportunity to spill them upon the page. When it seemed the well was running dry, I found that taking time to get outside and experience nature refilled it. 

The third week of November, hubby took a long weekend to do some work at his parent’s home. I came down with a cold, and seized the opportunity to write as much as I possibly could on that four-day weekend. That was the boost I needed. I was so close to the goal, I had no guilt in staying an extra day after Thanksgiving with the family. This past Saturday was spent doing some much-needed housecleaning, Sunday was a true day of rest. 

Today, I’m sitting on top of the world. Join me to celebrate. And bring cake! 🙂


59 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2011

  1. High five, girl!!! You did it!!!. And what a great idea for a book…I would honestly spend my hard earned money for that book…even if you weren’t my friend!!

    So do they do this at any other time of the year besides November? November, for me, with my insane work schedule, would be next to impossible…note I didn’t say it would be impossible. It would just require me to give up a few things, oh…like sleep…


  2. That is truly awesome!!! IT really is!!! I am so happy and proud of you!!! Do your fans get to read this eventually? Are you going to publish it??? I can not imagine doing this but then I am just not quite there in the whole writing process though I do think I might have a book in me. Non fiction . Fiction is too hard! 🙂


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  5. Wow, Patti! Congratulations! I know that must be oh so gratifying to have accomplished. If it wasn’t on the bucket list you should put it there just to see the check mark next to it. You’ve created enough niggling in the back of my brain that I might just go look at that site. I started doing what you talked about a few years ago, but let it fade away. Hmmm!
    Blessings, Coleen in Ukraine


    1. Thanks, Coleen. I do have a great sense of accomplishment, but there’s a lot of work ahead for it to be presentable. I love adding things to my list that I can check off! lol They’ll do it again in November, or Camp Nano for any other month you might choose.


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  7. ~standing ovation~ Gosh, I’m plumb-tuckered out just reading the hurdles you jumped to reach your writing goal. You must be exhausted and quite proud too. You made an awesome achievement. 🙂


    1. Thanks, E.C. I’d do it all over again, elation hardly describes the feeling. Now I must shift gears and return to “normal” life–can you believe it’s almost December already?


    1. Thanks, Merle. She most certainly is a great motivator. I can’t believe November is over already, though. It’s like I’ve been on another planet and just returned home.


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  9. Congratulations NaNoRebel 🙂 Patti, I love your title and the whole project sounds absolutely wonderful. Your grandchildren are very lucky.


    1. It’s a great feeling, Susan. I’m having trouble getting back to “normal.” Surely it will kick in soon. I’m glad I gave it a shot, quite an experience. Congrats to you!


  10. Congratulations!
    Now you’re making me want to do it next year. Perhaps.
    My creative writing teaching said that all fiction has elements of nonfiction in it. We write from our our experiences.

    I’m glad you got things written down that you wanted to.


    1. You should do it, Christine, if only for the experience. If November doesn’t work for you, they have a new “Camp Nano” where you can choose the month that is better for you. Thanks for your support and encouragement.


  11. Hey Patti, a friend of mine once invited me to do Nanorwrimo, and I have been too shy to do it. I signed up, I get the notices, but I truthfully don’t get how the process works. Perhaps when you are not too busy you could help this ‘Luddite’ by demystifying the process?


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