It’s November. And that means, it’s NaNoWriMo.

Also know as National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo is an annual writing challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.

I participated in NaNoWriMo last year for the first time. It was a brutal month. NaNo is HARD! But I did it. I met my 50K goal. And my book has been sitting on my hard drive since then. It’s still not actually finished…

I decided not to participate in NaNo this year for a few reasons: I’m desperately behind on my blogging and I don’t want to fall further behind, I’m running a few events at work, I’ve started a new job as of November 1, and I’m trying to get my ducks in a row to get my editing business actually up and running and successful. Oh, and I’m super behind on my Etsy shop listings too. Basically, I’ve overcommitted myself to a ton of really awesome stuff, and adding the pressure of one more, especially one as big as NaNo would not be a wise move for my physical or mental health.


I’m super impressed with and proud of everyone who is doing NaNoWriMo. And with that in mind, I thought I’d send you some encouragement as you battle your word count.

Encouragement for NaNoWriMo participants

Feel free to share these gifs with any Wrimos you know of who might need them.

Write yourself a note. GIF via GIPHY


Screw your courage to the sticking plate! GIF via GIPHY


You can do this!!! GIF via GIPHY


Your fellow Wrimos, your friends, your family can all help. Just ask them for what you need. GIF via GIPHY


Good ol’ Walt Disney. He may not have been perfect, but this quote is definitely true when it comes to NaNoWrimo. GIF via GIPHY


A little wisdom from Kid President can go a long way. GIF via GIPHY


You wrote a word! YOU’RE AMAZING!! GIF via GIPHY


Let’s keep encouraging one another. If you feel down, try sending an encouraging note to another Wrimo. GIF via GIPHY


NaNoWriMo is tough. But it’s only for 30 days. It’s a brutal 30 days, but you will get through this. And whether you make that 50,000 word goal or not, you’re amazing and all us other Wrimos are super proud of you for making it through. GIF via GIPHY

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If you’re looking for more encouragement or inspiration for NaNoWriMo, check out the NaNo website for things like Pep Talks from authors, and virtual or in-person write-ins, writing sprints, and more cool events.

You can also connect with NaNo on all their social media:

Connect with other Wrimos (folks participating in NaNo) on Twitter with the hashtag #NaNoWriMo2017.

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year, I’m rooting for you!
What encourages you most during NaNo? 

Encouragement for NaNoWriMo - open this when you need encouragement

  1. Nicola Cameron says:

    I’m running a club at for NaNoWriMo. I reposted your blog post there. I am noticing a number of us on the sidelines doing a lot of cheering.

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