NaNoWriMo ’16

I had been telling myself all summer that I was going to write a novel this November during National Novel Writing Month. I was determined with no real plans – delusional, as usual.

My novel was going to be lit.

And then October 28th hit. I am a full-time student, teaching assistant, intern working with an independent author, resident advisor, independent writer (when an English essay isn’t due), and young adult who is trying to have a social life. Coffee helps.

Things are too busy! You simply can’t do NaNoWriMo as a student at university.

Welp. November 1st (today) came around. I woke up with no intentions of being a participant (at least not a registered one) of NaNoWriMo. But then I thought, Why the fuck not? and signed back into my account at This way, in three days, when I don’t feel like meeting my writing goal for the day I’ll have people watching me. The pressure is on – but it’s the good kind.

My plans for NaNoWriMo at the moment reside within the overlapping genres of LGBTQ contemporary literature/adventure/drama and to write 1,667 words per day.

So for any other university students out there: JUST DO IT! What’s holding you back? You might have some fun. Remember, the first draft is supposed to be rubbish.

*Featured image: Wrinkled Notebook Paper by Darren Hester


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