Brittany Takes on NaNoWriMo 2020

What Is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers, mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists.

NaNoWriMo officially became a nonprofit organization in 2006, and our programs support writing fluency and education. Our website hosts more than a million writers, serving as a social network with author profiles, personal project libraries, and writing buddies. NaNoWriMo tracks words for writers like Fitbit tracks steps, and hosts real-world writing events in cities from Mexico City, to Seoul, to Milwaukee with the help of 900+ volunteers in thousands of partnering libraries and community centers like… well, like nothing else.

NaNoWriMo is internet-famous. It’s community-powered (hello, Wrimos!). It’s hosted authors drafting novels like Water for Elephants, WOOL, and Fangirl. It’s a teaching tool and curriculum taught in 5,920 classrooms, and NaNoWriMo’s programs run year-round.

Whatever you thought NaNoWriMo is, it’s more than that.



For as long as I could remember I wanted to be a novelist. I’ve started and stopped so many stories in my life. I’ve played scenarios and scenes in my head for years without writing them down. I’ve told myself I’ll do NaNoWriMo year after year, but I’ve yet to stick with it after a week.

But this year I will do it! This year I will complete my NaNoWriMo! And I will take you all along with me.

The Plan

So, what I’m planning to do to help me write my novel will be to stream it. I’ve started streaming on Twitch this past month or so and have enjoyed it. My goal is to stream an hour or so of my daily NaNoWriMo and treat myself with a game stream like I’ve been doing. I won’t wholly be writing the novel on stream as I work best with pen and paper, so most of the stream will me my typing up what I’ve written.

I also will be sharing my working document with you all so you can join me on this journey. Since I’m utilizing Google Docs you as a read will be able to commentate on the document itself and give me suggestions and critiques.

I will be giving a weekly update on my word count and some commentary on the writing process. Also feel free to follow me on Twitter as I’ll be tweeting when I’m online streaming as well as other NaNoWriMo related things during November as well.

What will the novel be about?

I’m planning on writing some shorter stories in the New Adult Romance genre. I hope to spend a week on each couple’s story, but if one couple monopolizes my creative juices they will get more screen time. At this time I don’t have an outline, nor characters plotted out so it will be ever evolving over the month of November.

“New Adult fiction bridges the gap between Young Adult and Adult genres. It typically features protagonists between the ages of 18 and 25 with the cap at 30ish.

The genre tends to focus on issues prevalent in the young adult genre as well as focusing on issues experienced by individuals between the area of childhood and adulthood, such as leaving home for university and getting a job.

New adult is typically considered a subcategory of adult literature rather than young adult literature.”

According to Goodreads:

Some of my Inspiration

Kiriska’s 2020 NaNoWriMo calendar provides daily inspiration as well as a word count goal

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