NaNoWriMo What? Guest Post by Shellie Bailey

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
NaNoWriMo What?

by Shellie Bailey

It all started last year, the news of National Novel Writing Month filled all my writing friends’ social networking sites and blogs. As a writer I had to check this out, see what it was all about. Quickly I found the site and learned people from all across the globe joined together this one month of the year on a mission. A mission to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days! I started thinking to myself could I do it? In the midst of the busiest holiday season, would I be able to crank out 50,000 words, and coherent words at that. Well the answer for 2009 was a big NO!

Well here I am again in the midst of NaNoWriMo once again. Determined to finish and conquer the goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. My plan of attack, you ask? Well it’s simple. Write and write some more. Become so engrossed in my story I must tell it. Keep my MC on the forefront of my mind, constantly calling to me. It will not be easy, but nothing worth doing is easy right?

I have found it helpful to post my word counts on my social sites. It is a way of holding me accountable to my friends, other writers and any fans I may have. I am thankful to have full support of other writers who are participating this year. Writing is a lonely profession with the exception of heated debates with your MC on some occasions. So the support and interaction of the NaNoWriMo community is wonderful.

As a full-time working wife and soon to be mother, who can only write in her free time, which is rare I want to encourage other women whose hands are full, but love to write. You can do it! It is not easy, but the satisfaction of accomplishment doing something you love is a great feeling you shouldn’t miss out on because laundry needs to be done.

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Shellie Bailey currently lives in Kentucky with her husband Adam. She is an aspiring fiction author currently working on her second novel. You can find out more on her blog at


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