NaNoWriMo: 30 Days of Novel


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November is National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo as it is more colloquially known).  I have a love/hate relationship with NaNoWriMo.  I love the concept of it as it seems like a great idea.  50,000 words isn’t that much (especially for a Fantasy or Sci-Fi novel) as many of the novels that I read end up being 100,000 words plus.  However, November is the absolute WORST month ever (for me) for this type of project.  No matter where I am, Library, Teacher, or PhD Student, trying to do 1,667 words a day (or about 2-3 hours of writing EVERY DAY is simply not tenable for me.  At the Library, that meant that I would have not played any video games or done any work for school (while working on my two Master’s Degrees).  As a teacher, planning lessons and grading had to be done, and now I’ve got both teaching duties, student duties, and a part-time job and (surprise) there’s no time this month either.  However, I’ve come up with a way around this–I think.

30 Days of Write

So there was a movie a while back called 30 Days of Night.  The basic plot of the movie is that the heroes have to survive 30 days (of night) at the arctic circle until the sun comes up.  I’m going to take this premise and use it to help me write (or more accurately, plan a novel).  So for the next 30 days in November, I’m writing a 1-2 sentence synopsis of each chapter for the current project that I’m working on: Ship of Shadows.  So, today I wrote a 2 sentence synopsis for Chapter 1.  My plan is to do this for the next 30 days and have a plot outline for a Ship of Shadows novel.  In December, I’ll update you with how it has gone, but this is the only way that I can actually participate in NaNoWriMo.  Instead of actually drafting, I’ll have to use it as a launching pad to help me get ready for 2019, which I’m hoping will be a year of Ship of Shadows where I try to write a chapter per month (*fingers crossed*).

So, I guess I just wanted to update everyone on what I’m doing in terms of writing and in terms of NaNoWriMo this year and inspire myself to simply sit down and do it and get my novel written (and to find techniques that I can use to help me get my dissertation written as well).

Well, that’s all for now.


  • Current Work-in-Progress: The Independent (Sci-Fi Short-Story – 2nd Draft)
  • Current Work-in-Progress: Project Star (Sci-Fi Short-Story -1st Draft)
  • Current Work-in-Progress: Ship of Shadows (Sci-Fi Graphic Novel – Script, Issue #1, Currently on Script Page 28)