NaNoWriMo 2022: Trying Something New

Hello everyone.

Those of you who read my 5 Signs NaNoWriMo Might Not Be For You and 10 Pros and Pitfalls To Know This National Novel Writing Month might be wondering…

wtf am I doing NaNoWriMo again if I think it’s such rubbish?


Okay. Listen. I don’t think it’s rubbish.

I just believe that failing NaNo doesn’t make you a failed writer and winning NaNo doesn’t make you a successful one. What matters is doing the best you can and, more importantly, having fun.

In light of that, I’m doing something slightly different this national novel writing month. I’m considering this a low-pressure and, hopefully, a more productive month than those I’ve done so far, one that isn’t limited by the pressure to vomit word nonsense for the sake of meeting a word count goal.

If you’re looking for productivity tips, you might like this post on Reedsy.

My Project

This is a different project to A Path Of Roots. What I am (attempting) to create is an epistolary novel. An epistolary novel is a novel made up of letters or other documents such as emails, texts, newspaper clippings and such. By the end of the month, I plan to have a collection of short stories in a variety of different formats.

Because of this, instead of the standard 1667 words a day target that is customary for completing this hefty writing challenge, my daily target is dependant on the format of the story I’m writing. For example, a news article is between 200 and 500 words so my fiction-in-news-article-form will be a similar length. Other pieces will be longer.

My NaNoWriMo plan:

When I did NaNoWriMo in 2020, I found it helpful to have my daily word count written on each day of the month so I’ve done something similiar here. I have my prompt/title of my story, followed by its format, and the target word count.

I’ve left a couple of days free at the end of the month for the sake of cleaning up or finishing any stories that need to be. I’m under no illusions that I will complete a full story every day for the next thirty days. And that’s perfectly fine. My goal isn’t to reach 50,000 words, it’s to have a productive month.

Wishing everyone the same. Good luck and best wishes.

You read to the end! I tip my hat to you.

If you liked this, let me know 🙂

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2022: Trying Something New

  1. I like this interpretation of the challenge – and I think you’re absolutely right, the goal should be more about being pushed to be creative and productive, not stressfully chasing a wordcount. I hope it goes well – whether you follow your plan or take a diversion along the way.

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