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5 Quick Ideas for National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo

Updated on October 9, 2013
Binge eating is a byproduct of participating in NaNoWriMo. (I wish I was kidding!)
Binge eating is a byproduct of participating in NaNoWriMo. (I wish I was kidding!) | Source

NaNoWriMo in a Nutshell

NaNoWriMo is an international event where people all over the world get together to all do one thing; write a novel. I have completed a novel two times and this is my third time participating. Last year was a little rocky, but I am determined to complete my third novel this year.

NaNoWriMo is getting more and more popular every year. For the last three years over 30,000 people have completed their 50,000 word novels. So if you have ever thought of giving novel writing a try, now is the time! There are several forums on the NaNoWriMo website and if you are more into face to face help, most cities have groups that meet once a week for encouragement.

If you want to join me and several others in this pursuit, hop on over to and sign up. It is free and easy.

So, What if I Don't Think I Can Write a Novel?

You don't have to be an aspiring best selling novelist to participate in NaNoWriMo. You can use the month as an excuse to sit down and write about something that matters to you. If you still need a little nudge in the right direction, I have suggested 5 topics that you can write about to get the ball rolling. Heck, if you want to write about all five things you can because NaNoWriMo has very few rules.

Idea # 1: Write a Family History

Interview members of your family and compose a family history. Ask older members of your family what it was like for them growing up and then write about it, you might be surprised at what you learn! Christmas is right around the corner, and your completed NaNoWriMo novel could make an excellent Christmas present. This could also be a present for your future self. Imagine what it would be like to read this in the future!

Idea # 2: Write Through Tough Feelings

Use the month to write about issues you have had in the past or present. Don't tie yourself down to rules when you write about your feelings. Even if you delete your work when you are done, if it helped you to move on, you have accomplished something big.

Idea # 3: Love Letters to Family and Friends

This might not get you to the 50,000 word mark, but it could help. Reflect on what your loved ones mean to you. Write about the good times you had with friends and family. Maybe you might even think of more ideas as you write about those you love the most.

Idea # 4: Write a Biography of Your Children

Were you too busy when your kids were little to keep track of a baby book? Now you might be able to make up for lost time. If you children are still young, take this time to write about what they are like. Life is so busy when you have little ones, so take a little time to write about what they are like now. Maybe your child can inspire a character in the novel you write next year!

Idea # 5: Write a Memoir

Who doesn't like to talk about themselves? You can start from any point in your personal history that you want to. You can skip the parts that make you look crappy if you want to! You will be surprised at how many words you can write about your own life.

Last Thoughts

Good luck on NaNoWriMo this year! I hope you have as much fun participating as I have in the past!

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