National Novel Writing Month – Have you ever participated? If not, why not?

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National Novel Writing Month? Yikes! I have so much pressure on me now to write, to create, I don’t see how I could ever add to it.

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Word counts mean nothing to me. I write almost every day. Blog posts. Newsletters. Writing presentations. Social media. I’m primarily a short story writer. I’m trying to put together a collection of middle grade adventure stories. I need to do one last reading of my college memoir. I’m researching publishing paths and learning new technology. [Okay, okay…Trying—I’m trying to learn new technology for writing and publishing. Happy?]

What I’m saying is that I don’t need any more pressure on me to work harder. I try not to look out the window and notice the beautiful fall colors, the leaves to crunch through, the trails to hike. Gosh! It’s difficult for me to take a break now from my writing deadlines. How could I ever add National Novel Writing Month to the mix?  


I wish all those who participate in National Novel Writing Month good luck. You are my champions. My heroes. Write strong, novel writers!

My last FREE writing workshop for 2023 will be on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 6-7:00 p.m. at the Maple Shade Library in New Jersey. We will be discussing the types poetry and how to make poetry felt through the senses. Here are the particulars:

Maple Shade Library
200 Stiles Ave.
Maple Shade, NJ 08052

The Power of Poetry – 11-9-23 at 6:00 p.m.

Register here:

If you are in the area, I’d love to see you there. I’m encouraging participants to bring their works-in-progress in order to ask specific questions. I want to help you finish your manuscript to the best of your ability.

Once I have the new schedule for free writing workshops in 2024, I’ll post it under the Workshop Events tab at my website. Thank you!

I am extremely thankful for all of you for being my sounding board and advisors on this scary writing and publishing journey.

Thanks for stopping by my little spot on the web. Please come again!

This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. I’d like to thank our co-hosts for November: PJ Colando, Jean Davis, Lisa Buie Collard, and Diedre Knight! Please visit them if you can.

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12 thoughts on “National Novel Writing Month – Have you ever participated? If not, why not?”

    • You made my day with your kindness, Diedre. Thank you so much! A refreshing walk in the woods always helps me when I’m stuck with my writing.

      Thanks for stopping by Adventures in Writing and leaving a note. Have a beautiful week!


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