NaNoWriMo (and a Good Healthy Slug of Tequila)

Hooray November! Hooray Thanksgiving! Hooray general writing bad-assery with NaNoWriMo! (That’s (Na)tional (No)vel (Wri)ting (Mo)nth if you’re not in the know.)

Some years ago (quite a few actually), some zany people thought it would be a great idea to make November the month that you write your novel. Since, of course, it is only a month, that novel will likely be shite. (Unless you’re the King, but I sincerely doubt the King is hanging around in these parts.)


For the rest of us, NaNoWriMo is a time for us to get into the habit of writing.

1,667 words a day.

50,000 in the month.

It’s about the length of a shortish novel, but a novel nonetheless. It’s supposed to be pure dreck at the end of it, but that’s kind of the fun–letting yourself free just to put words on the page and deal with the consequences later.

Many of us (certainly not all of us) do this perhaps with a certain end goal in mind. The elusive NaWriEvMoMoFo, a creation as old as the written word, but only penned recently by Mr. Wendig: National Write Every Month, Motherfucker.

Which is just about as clean and real about it as you can get.

And it’s actually possible! The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was started in NaNoWriMo 2004. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen turned into a best-seller and movie. We’ve also got Wool by Hugh Howey and Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Cool, huh?

I’m participating in NaNoWriMo in a more editing capacity this year, but certainly still funzies all around. If you’re looking for your own inspiration, you can also check out Amanda and I’s motivation creation over on Pinterest. (Told you I was in love with that side.)


And, so it’s a proper pairing, I’m going with the only natural one: heavy drinking. 50,000 words folks! You’ll need a case of something strong to give you the cojones to attempt it and something even stronger to make it through each 1,667 word day.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Have a certain pairing for it that helps you keep on writing? 

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  • Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    A glass or two of wine. Not enough to make you so tipsy/drunk you mess it all up, but just enough to loosen your filters and WRITE.

    • Nikki Steele

      Oh yes. Just enough, but not too much. Very wise Amanda.

  • Love at First Book

    No effin way!!!! Those two books started as NaNoMoWriMos???? AMAZING!!!! Thanks for sharing that!!! I think I need to join in on this at some point.

    BTW, in the time I wrote this SK wrote a novel that was pegged to be a mini-series.

    • Nikki Steele

      I know, isn’t that cool?!

      Heck. I think he wrote two. And a half.

  • Melissa

    I really want to participate in this next year. It’s such a wonderful idea!

    • Nikki Steele

      It is! It’s always a little overwhelming but super fun. There’s also great local events going on everywhere.

  • Katherine Nabity

    I have beer, I have pie. I am NaNo-ready!

    • Nikki Steele

      Woah. You are on FIRE!