Three Things I’m Learning from NaNo (so far!)

2013-Participant-Vertical-BannerHi, all! Jennifer here. As you may have seen on my personal Blog and/or Twitter, I joined NaNoWriMo!

**Cue the menacing music**

This is a huge deal for me because it’s the first time I’ve decided to join. I’ve balked at NaNo before because I’m basically a slow writer by nature and also because I can’t think of a worse time to have to commit to writing regularly. I mean, November? Right before the holidays?


Why can’t it be in the winter, when I have absolutely nothing to do but sit and try to stay warm? Oh well. I am but one mere mortal and cannot change things, so autumn it still is.

It’s only been about a week into this thing, but I can tell you I’ve already learned some things about myself as a writer.

What are they? I’m glad you asked!!

1) I am still slow writer, but not that slow. Meaning, I can definitely get in a good amount of writing in a short amount of time. The only difference is I’m not going back and rewriting sentences like I normally would.

2) Having buddies really helps. The first thing I do before I start writing is check on my buddies’ progress. When I see that their word counter meter has moved, I think, “If they can do, so can I.” And then I get right down to work. Then nothing feels as good as being able to post my own progress.

3) Life doesn’t have to stop.  I personally have the time (and prefer) to write in the mornings. I can always get what I need to get written in that time frame and then I have the rest of the day to get on with other things in my life. And yes, that means, nobody in my household is suffering or not having dinner because I’ve committed to NaNo.

I like the pep talks and emails I get from the NaNo site too. Everyone there is so supportive and it’s all so very motivating.

So far so good!

In the meantime, have a great November and see you in December! (Hopefully with my book complete!)

Don’t forget: The blog swag this month is a $10 Amazon gift E-card and a copy of Letters from Home courtesy of Bethanne Strasser! Comment on any post in November to be entered to win.


If you’re a writer, are you doing NaNoWriMo? If not, what helps you to stay motivated to write every day?

Tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

About Jennifer Shirk

Jennifer Shirk is a USA Today bestselling sweet romance author for Montlake and Entangled Publishing who also happens to be a mom, pharmacist, Red Sox fan, P90x grad, and overall nice person. Check out her latest sweet romance: CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN

9 Responses to Three Things I’m Learning from NaNo (so far!)

  1. Good for you Jennifer! That’s exactly what NaNo is for, to stretch yourself as a writer. Welcome to the NaNo madness.

  2. I love NaNoWriMo. I wish I could have participated this year, but there were just too many edits calling my name.

  3. I agree with you…who the heck picked November? But I give you credit, I still haven’t dipped my toes in the waters of NaNo, I’m just too chicken 🙂 I think you’re right about turning off that internal editor and trying not to go back and rewrite – I think that can stop the mojo of the scene or your progressions at any time. Good luck with the rest of the month! (you can do it, rah rah…)

  4. Jennifer Shirk says:

    Thanks, ladies! 🙂

  5. Bethanne says:

    My lesson is always, writing never happens like I want it to!! 😛
    I thought their buttons were funny looking this year, too. All MineCraft[ish]. haha!

  6. Sutton Fox says:

    I’m with you. Why the heck is it in November? But it really does help one to turn off the internal editor so that’s a good thing.

    You’re doing great!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

  • Our LATEST Buzz!

    The first two books in the Cupid's Cafe series were released in June by Lori Sizemore and Landra Graf *** Lori Sizemore's Infamous was released on December 14. *** Julie Jarnagin's Cowgirl in the Kitchen is available now. *** Bethanne Strasser LETTERS FROM HOME from Entangled Publishing is available now! *** Nina Croft's latest books, Her Fantasy Husband, a hot contemporary romance from Entangled's Brazen line, and The Order Boxed Set, a compilation of the three full length novels, plus a new novella, exclusive to the boxed set, both released in April 2016 *** Debora Dennis's holiday novella, A PROPOSAL & PUMPKIN PIE is on sale for .99 through Thanksgiving.