The NaNoWriMo Challenge

I am not an author.

The idea of writing a book sounds really scary to me, but also really exciting at the same time. (Probably why I surround myself with clients who have already done it.)

So when NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) rolls around each year, I get excited and also kind of overwhelmed.

Should I actually try to write a novel this time? Will I be able to do it? What would I even write about?

But the funny thing is that these questions could be asked any day of the week and during NaNoWriMo I should feel more comforted by the idea of writing my first book.

Why? Because of the great community that has been built over the years with this event. So many writers coming together to motivate each other to write a novel in 30 days. Such an exhilarating idea complimented with the peer pressure of wanting to finish. I’d say that’s a good formula for action.

So will you act?

Are you a seasoned writer always looking for a reason to write down your next great adventure? Are you unsure of the event but have lots of ideas to put down on paper? Maybe you’ve written a book before and you remember how hard it was, and the idea of doing it in 30 days sounds dreadful.

No matter your experience level. No matter your reservations. I challenge you.

Don’t worry. I’m challenging myself, too.

And we’re all going to be a part of the Savvy Sexy Social NaNoWriMo Team!

How about we slim it down a little?

NaNoWriMo: Team Triple S

The Goal: To write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days (1,667 words per day!)

When: Participants can begin writing at Midnight on Tuesday Nov. 1st and must be finished by 11:59pm on Wednesday Nov. 30th.

How: Sign up for an official account with the National Novel Writing Month community. Then sign up with the Team Triple S chapter’s e-mail list for motivational writing and productivity tips in your inbox every day of the challenge so we can help each other get to the finish line!

Why: All Team Triple S participants who finish their novel within the NaNoWriMo requirements will receive a special, personalized gift from me!

Fun Stuff: Make sure you get your own NaNoWriMo badge (the code is in the sidebar —->) so you can share with everyone that you are participating!

So sign up! And quick! I am going to shut down opt-ins for this group at 11:59 October 31st. Only people that sign up in time to start with everyone else will be in the Triple S chapter so all is fair.


  1. KristinOffiler

    Great idea! I’ve participated in NaNo every year since 2006 or 2007. I’ve “won” a few times, but not every year. Last year I was working on my MFA thesis at the same time while also freelancing and doing a 20-hr a week internship, and it became next to impossible to keep my brain functioning through all of that!

    So I’m back on board this year, and it’s the first time I’ll be doing it while not in college or grad school, so I’m confident this will be a winning year for my NaNo. It’s such a fun challenge, and it really works for me because deadlines are the best way to motivate myself. They don’t allow me the luxury of wasting time worrying about if I should or shouldn’t take action. NaNo gives you a solid reason to just go ahead and do it!

    Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with, including you! 🙂

  2. Schmittastic

    @KristinOffiler So excited to hear you are participating this year, Kristin! Sounds like you are one of the seasoned writers I was talking about. I hope you’ll consider joining Savvy Sexy Social’s team cause I really want to bring my community together so we can all win!! Looking forward to seeing what I come up with as well! lol

  3. KristinOffiler

    @Schmittastic Oh, I signed up as soon as I saw that 🙂 Do you have an idea of what you’ll write about? I’ve found that the years I prepare a little and have a rough outline I do much better than the years I wing it!

  4. Schmittastic

    @KristinOffiler I came up with a great idea yesterday but I’m not sure it’s what I’m going to go with. I agree about the outline. I definitely want to do that so I can stay on track!

  5. KristinOffiler

    @Schmittastic I downloaded the NaNo version of Scrivener to use for next month (I’ve used some beta versions of the regular program before and loved them), and just so you know ,the NaNo template is AMAZING. I spent hours tinkering with it today, fleshing out characters and plot points. Check into it if you haven’t heard of it before– you might find it super useful too! 🙂

  6. Schmittastic

    @KristinOffiler Awesome! Great suggestion! I will definitely be downloading that so I can check it out.

  7. mauishopgirl

    Ok, I’ve signed up! But feeling a little nervous. As a post daily, camera challenged blogger with a pretty difficult day job, I’m not sure how how free time will mysteriously appear out of nowhere. (Did I mention I really need to lose 30 lbs on top of it all?) Maybe I’ll tell the BF let’s take a writing break, let grooming go by the wayside or write out loud on a mini tape recorder during my commute (not sure how to get it into text, is there an app for that?). But, if anything this challenge will kick start me into novel writing. And I totally need a kick in the novel writing bootie. It’s been my dream since I first clutched Charlotte’s Web in my little grubby girl hands. I think it’s about time, don’t you? I’m ready Amy. Get ready, set, WRITE!!

  8. Schmittastic

    @mauishopgirl Girl you gotta just set the time everyday to get your words down! If it’s been your dream then you definitely need to get started next month. Start your outline now and your daily responsibilities will be a little bit easier on you. Can’t wait to get started with all my NaNoWriMo subscribers!

  9. Schmittastic

    @jayrowsey@KristinOffiler Still think about about what it’s going to be. Hopefully something good enough to keep me motivated to write throughout!

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