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Participating in NaNoWriMo as a Blogger

50,000 words in 30 days. Let’s do this.

If you’re not familiar, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it’s a long-held tradition among novelists aiming to crank out 50,000 words of a novel in the month of November. That comes out to 1,667 words per day.

As you can probably imagine, for those who choose to participate, November feels both like an insane Marathon you’re not sure you should have signed up for, and like a sprint you don’t have time to reconsider because it’s already too late.

And this year I’m doing it as a blogger.

Audacious? Yes. Crazy? Absolutely. Has blogging 50,000 words in a month even been attempted before? After a brief Google search, the answer appears to be: maybe?

The rules are simple:

  • 50,000 words by the end of the month.
  • Only personal blog posts — Instagram captions and client work do not count towards the word goal.
  • No excuses.

I’m certainly determined to document my experience, so if you’ve ever been curious what 50,000 words of blog posts does to a person’s psyche, hang on for the ride. It’s goin’ get bumpy.

And if you’re another brave soul joining me for NaNoWriMo, as a novelist or otherwise, here’s a virtual fist bump.

Because what I love about NaNoWriMo is that it gives you the chance to prove to yourself that you can write a novel (or a novel-length collection of blogs). You can crank out the words. You can develop a writing habit.

So consider this an official starting shot. On your marks, get set, write.

Copywriter + Content Strategist. On a freelance writing journey. Find me here: graceclaman.com or IG: grace.claman

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