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Updated on December 16, 2019

National Novel Writing Month.

Are you considering the writing of a novel? Is the only thing holding you back a little something called procrastination? There is a remedy for procrastination.The Remedy is

NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month

The theory is ridiculously simple; all you have to do is write a novel in a month. If not a novel, at least 50,000 words in the month. That amounts to around 1,600 words per day approximately. You can write your novel at home, or with other WriMo’s in your area. You usually have the choice of morning, afternoon or evening get-togethers.

The novel idea that NaNoWriMo has is to use the month of November to write a novel.

This, if you consider it, is the perfect month after March. March and November are two non-months. Working on the same principle, there are two non-days in each week, Tuesday and Thursday. Think about it; what happens on Tuesdays or Thursdays? Those are the two days you’ll book hospital or Doctor appointments because you don’t want to take time from the stimulating days.

Mull it over; what have you got to lose? What else were you going to do apart from worry about Christmas?


I entered as a contestant back in 2009, and actually won. I wrote 53,000 words as you can see from my winner shield. Why didn’t I do anything else with the half finished novel? Well, to be honest I thought it was a load of crap and not worth the effort of finishing. I had no sensible idea of what I wanted to write and the 50,000 words were a disjointed collection with little cohesion and a distant goal.

This year I know what I’m going to write about. I have most of the prime subjects’ names and backgrounds. I have most of the chapters laid out and most importantly I know how the book is going to finish – I think. This book I’ve been thinking about for years, and when I say I have most of the novel worked out, I mean the first half of it. This doesn’t necessarily mean the book is going to work, but I’m all suffused with excitement just thinking about it. I still need to think of a title, but I’ll use a working title for November.

Oddly enough, I read my 2009’s 50,000 words and I was quite shook up with it. It made sense and I may have wasted 5 years, but I’ll put that down to procrastination.


Self Publishing

I am going to finish this novel, and when I finish it, I am going to publish it – so there. This does not necessarily make me an author, not in my book anyway.

I know 3 authors. One of them actually has a book published, and I would classify him as an author. The other two friends have self published their books, and to me they are writers, plain and simple. There is a vast difference between an author and a self-publisher; the main difference is that the author does not have his basement or loft filled with unsold books.

The 2 self publishers I know are dear friends, which is why my spare bedroom is filled with their books. I suppose that a ‘spare’ bedroom is the ideal place to store the ‘spare’ 190 books left over from the 200 printed books that were available at each book signing.

Self publishing has always had me shaking my head at the pointlessness of it all, but if nobody publishes my latest NaNoWriMo book, I intend to self publish – with a difference. There won’t be any book signing and there won’t be any books left over, which is just as well as there is no room for any more books in my bedroom, and the creaking of the living room ceiling gives me the shivers now and then.

No, this self publishing will be via e-publishing. If it sells it sells, and if it doesn’t sell, nobody will be discombobulated. There’s a good title, the Discombobulated Novel.

You have 26 days to prepare for NaNoWriMo so extract the digit and log on to National Novel Writing Month.


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    • John MacNab profile imageAUTHOR

      John MacNab 

      6 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      Thank you for reading and commenting strictlydating.

    • stricktlydating profile image


      6 years ago from Australia

      Interesting and a good inspiration.

    • John MacNab profile imageAUTHOR

      John MacNab 

      6 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      Availiasvision: Thank you for reading and leaving a comment Availias. I like your comment about a reader 'accidentally stumbling over the book.' This is basically what happens in Hubpages. I'm looking forward to doing the NaNo book, and this time I may become more socially conscious about it.

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a great idea and I wish you much luck and the best in your endeavor.

    • Availiasvision profile image

      Jennifer Arnett 

      6 years ago from California

      Way to go! It sounds like you've already done the hard part--outline your story. E-book publishing is awesome because there is almost no overhead. If a reader or two a month accidentally stumbles over your e-book, you will feel really excited that someone is reading it. The only costs, which are somewhat voluntary, are for editing and the cover.

      The best part is, is that as a new writer, you can publish your first few books under a pen name and no one has to know about how you spend your evenings. Most writers don't get good until about their third or fourth book, so being able to use multiple names can save some embarrassment. I wonder if I will one day look back on my earlier works (published under my own name) and wonder, "What was I thinking???"

    • John MacNab profile imageAUTHOR

      John MacNab 

      6 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      Thank you very much Sunshine625. One of the reason I posted the Hub was so that I would HAVE to write it. I take it you, like me, are another Mike fan? I am going to use his knowledge whenever I need to.

      NOW, why don't you think you can participate - I'm a great believer in...... 'if I'm suffering so you should you be'.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I wish you luck with your upcoming book challenge. I'd like to participate but it's doubtful once again. I highly recommend Mike!

    • John MacNab profile imageAUTHOR

      John MacNab 

      6 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      I'm overwhelmed Mike. Believe me I'll take you up on your offers when I finish the book - there, I've just locked myself into a book finish - now I'm nervous.

      As for the half the book being half finished - the 2009 book I wrote your way, wondering what the heck the next chapter was going to be about. This one, I think I have it all sussed out, all I need to do now is write it.

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      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello John. Over these last years as a book promoter, publisher, reader, etc I have learned a good bit about what not to do. You can now via Createspace, once uploaded, etc, etc, have your book printed on demand. Meaning any potential buyer can order receive a printed copy. No additional coast to you, now upstairs storage. And you still get a royalty on the sale, as if you had a publisher.

      I am sure you will write an amazing book, especially as you say the book is all laid out. First half outlined and plenty of time to route out a path to the finish - I should try this method some time. I just keep saying, 'what's next'.

      If I can be of assistance in cover design, title drinking contest, or other book related vast knowledge (gag) let me know.

      And a belated congratulations on 2009. You can use that in your promotional blurbs.

      All the best, and good luck.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great hub, makes me want to write a book!


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