November is here and that means a lot of people chatting about NaNoWriMo.

That’s National Novel Writing Month to all of you peeps out there. I haven’t participated in a very very long time. Have you been thinking about writing a novel? or trying to take your writing to a new level? This might be the time to do it!


5 reasons why I’m joining NaNoWriMo this year –

  1. I’m not writing. Like, at all. I used to write a lot. But everything changed when my baby was born and I never got back into the writing swing. I am going to use this month as a way to really focus on writing again, making it a priority, getting up early to get the creativity out. Usually by the end of the day I am so tired, the last thing I want to do is write. I’m hoping this month will allow me to refocus, and hopefully, finish my WIP.
  2. I’m a happier person when I’m writing. Not only because I enjoy it, but because I feel like a more complete and productive person when I write. I experience the world differently when I’m actively writing and by doing it everyday, I feel more accomplished. This in turn makes me a happier person, which makes me a better mom/wife/friend. I am satisfied and productive and how can that be a bad thing?
  3. Group support in November. I’m more inclined to keep at it if my friends are doing it and I have a support group with me. It’s like losing weight. If you have friends who are there to support you (and not offer you the fries and cheeseburger) then you’ll have a greater chance of succeeding! If I’m forced to go to the site everyday to count words and check in, then I will be more invested in my success.
  4. Getting back to me. There is a certain kind of crazy that all new moms encounter and sometimes it takes us a little while to feel like ourselves again. And while my priorities have shifted forever, (baby is always number 1!) I find myself wanting to reclaim my old self again pre-baby. I may not have a lot of time to do the hobbies I love, but I want to remember that I love them and to do them all. Even if they’re just a little bit, every week.
  5. Because why not? It’s not my first book. Or even my second. I haven’t been published. Yet. But I hope I will be and the only way to guarantee that is to keep writing, honing my craft and getting better. I am big on hope and positive thoughts and actions. I will never get published unless I keep writing and sharing my stories.


And so I ask you: Why not?