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Thursday, November 01, 2018

The World Needs Your Novel!

Happy 1st of November! Yes, it's fall and nearly thanksgiving, but as a writer, November brings so much more! It's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and right after you read and share this article, I hope you'll post the following on social media:

I am going to be taking a break from unnecessary distractions so I can work on my novel during 2018 NaNoWriMo - Thank you for your support!

The only way the world is going to read my novel is if I limit distractions and let's face it, social media is a blessing and a curse. It's a great way to promote ourselves, our work, and share our love with friends and family, but it's a time suck. NaNoWriMo starts now and if we are going to make it to 50,000 words by midnight on November 30th we are going to need to buckle down and get writing. After all, the world needs your novel!

I'm going to say that again - even louder!

The World Needs Your Novel!

Stop and think about that for a moment. 

I'll wait...

You have a story to tell. The only guarantee in life is that none of us will leave this life alive and if we don't share our story it will be lost forever. You knew that, but take a moment to really let it sink in. What if Jane Austen had waited until 1818 to start writing? We wouldn't have Pride and Prejudice, that's for sure! There's a big difference between writing a novel that isn't published until years after you pass on, and passing on before writing the novel you've created in your head. Don't take those words and that story with you when it deserves an audience. The World Needs Your Novel!

In 1999 National Novel Writing Month began with 21 authors and now all you have to do is google search National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo and you'll find thousands upon thousands of people just like yourself - people who are joining together to share their love and passion and ensure that these novels are being written.

What's holding you back? Time? Confidence? We all have doubts about our abilities - don't wait until
it's too late to share your story. This has been a tough year for me professionally and I lost a business acquaintance who had become a friend - I often think about the fact that I will never have another opportunity to read a new book by him. I know he was working on a new book (he was always working on a new book) and yet he was taken by a tragic accident. Those stories will never be told. His memory is pushing me to participate this year - I don't want my story to go untold. 

Have you participated before? Tell us about your experience as a comment on this post.

Will you be participating this year? Why or why not? We want to know!

Thank you in advance for your comments and support - I can't wait to see what you write this month! (And I'll be first in line to read and help you promote it once your novel is published! - GO YOU!)


Crystal is a secretary, council secretary, and musician at her church, birth mother, babywearing cloth diapering mama (aka crunchy mama), business owner, active journaler, writer and blogger, Blog Tour Manager with WOW! Women on Writing, Publicist with Dream of Things Publishing, Press Corp teammate for the DairyGirl Network, Unicorn Mom Ambassador, as well as a dairy farmer. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their five youngest children (Carmen 11, Andre 10, Breccan 5, Delphine 3, and baby Eudora who somehow turned 1 a few weeks ago), two dogs, four little piggies, a handful of cats and kittens, and over 230 Holsteins.

You can find Crystal riding unicorns, taking the ordinary and giving it a little extra (making it extraordinary), blogging and reviewing books, baby carriers, cloth diapers, and all sorts of other stuff here, and at her personal blog - Crystal is dedicated to turning life's lemons into lemonade!


  1. Hi Crystal! Happy NaNo! I'm participating this year for the first time. Please look me up on the NaNo site and add me as a writing buddy and I'll add you back. My pen name is: Andrea Mackall. We can support each other! :) I woke up this morning and wrote for two hours, and even had time to edit it twice. I know they say don't edit, but I can't help myself. I figure if I've written over the daily required word count within two hours, I can spend time editing. I ended up with 1806 words. I think that's my new routine--write for two hours in the morning before work and then whatever I can squeeze in at night after everyone else is asleep. :) How are you doing on day one? I totally relate to what you are saying about having someone's memory push you to participate. I feel the same way, and I can't keep putting things off. Good luck, love! Cheers to all Wrimo Warriors!

  2. I have participated before, but I have never made it to 50,000 words. I have, however, made it to like 25, 000, and so that's 25, 000 more than I would have before.

    This year, I am determined to finish a draft I've been working on during November. Again, it will be about 25, 000 words, but then it will be done! YAY!

    Good luck! :)


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