I never wanted to be a writer when I grew up. Aside from some very, very lame fanfics for a long canceled show, I’d never written for anything other than school assignments. I didn’t really intend to, either. I was in college, and while I liked and aced my English classes, my major was biology.
And then, one year, I stumbled on Nanowrimo. I don’t even remember how exactly, it’s been so long. It was early October, and I spent the rest of the month planning out this horrendous coming of age, college drama filled story. It involved sex, drugs, rock and roll, and absolutely nothing I had any knowledge about at that point. I was all set to start, but late on october 31, I felt absolutely nothing for the story, nor the characters. I was bored before I even started.

I lay there, staring up at the ceiling. I wanted a story that was exciting. I wanted a story like what I wanted to read. I asked in my head, “OK, any characters running around in here who have interesting stories to tell?”

Out walked a red head with a haunted look to her eyes. “I do,” she said, and 50k later, I’d won my first nano.

Over the years, I’ve won some, lost some. I’ve made friends, and enemies. I’ve found writers groups, lovers, and through it all, the words that wouldn’t come out in any other way but Nano. Sure, all of them need work. Even the best ones need some staunch edits. But each year, I learned something, be it about my writing or about myself. Nano made me start putting words on the page, and even in the craziest years, I try it.

Now, and forever, I Nano. Do you?



  1. sharkbytes said,

    April 16, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I haven’t because I don’t like to write at that speed, but I’m slogging along, getting writing done anyway. I’m trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month. My alphabet is at

  2. April 16, 2012 at 8:51 am

    NANO scares me just as much, if not more, than the novel itself! 😀

    • Leigh Caroline said,

      April 16, 2012 at 9:38 am

      It’s rather freeing, to accept that the speed means less quality. For me? I use it to bash out a draft that I know needs work. And letting go of that expectation of quality on drafts is very freeing. It’s the only way I can write, if I catch that feeling. Otherwise, I fret over word choices and sentence structures like NO one’s business. 😛

  3. April 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

    My goal is to participate this year. I’m scared, but also inspired by the thought of doing it.

    • Leigh Caroline said,

      April 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

      I would definitely suggest, if you do it, get involved in your local community. The local group, for me at least, gives me motive to push through. I’ve made some really awesome friends that way too, which is always nice!

  4. nutschell said,

    April 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I’ve never joined nano, but I did my own version last year when I wrote a draft in 3 weeks.:)

    Happy A-Zing!

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