NaNoWriMo vs. ReNoReMo

“Doing” who he is.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is hovering. 

Started in 1999 with something like 21 actual participants, it’s become a tradition in its own right with nearly 200,000 people taking the challenge last year. 

The challenge: Participants register for this internet-based creative writing bit of insanity, committing themselves to try writing 50,000 words of a new novel (or something) between November 1 and November 30. 

I’ve taken the challenge three times, and finished. You submit your collected words to a word counting system on their website to be confirmed. This constitutes you being classified as a “winner.” 

The first time I did it was 2004. I was pretty washed-out by November 30, but I was also thrilled beyond definition. I’d proven to myself that I could write 50,000 words within a 30-day period. Actually–(I kept my writing calendar from that year)–I accomplished the challenge in 24 days as there were 6 days I didn’t put any words in at all. ☺ 

But I’m not going to do it this year. 

This year I’m going to do: ReNoReMo — Rebecca’s Novel Revision Month. (Kudos for this acronym goes to my youngest daughter, Jennifer.) 

My task list for November is long what with a historical play I’m rehearsing for, new writing assignments recently accepted in addition to the regular column expectations. I promised to sew the period costume I’ll wear for the play presentation later on in November and we will be traveling for Thanksgiving. We have two grandbabies on the way and two baby quilt projects await me down the hall in my sewing room. So . . . I feel I need to sit out any new novel writing, but I want to participate in the month somehow, thus: ReNoReMo. 

I plan to devote time every day to working on the line edits that have been glaring at me for the past few months. I’ll have to hold myself accountable, something akin to weighing oneself once a week, but not telling anyone what the scale registered. (Hell has a better chance of freezing and thawing ten times in the next century than me revealing weekly weigh-in results.) 

Possibly you are not up to taking the 50,000 word challenge yet. That’s okay. 

How about picking out one project, writing or otherwise, that’s been dogging you for a while and setting your sites on completing it during the month of November? 

Decide on what that project is and then take the first two letters of your name, the project, the type of work you will do and finish with “Mo” denoting month. 

GeorgeAnn finish short story – GeFiSsMo

Robert clean basement – RoCleBaMo

Jenna write thank yous – JeWriThuMo

Brenda bake fruitcakes – BreBaFruMo 

It might sound like gibberish, but if it gives you a goal—or a challenge—what do you care what it sounds like? Write your acronym for the month on a sticky note and put it on your refrigerator where you’ll see it every day and then dig in. 

You will be very proud of yourself come November 30 when you realize what you accomplished. 

Borrow the impetus of NaNoWriMo to be different to get what you want — or need — done this month. 

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8 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo vs. ReNoReMo

  1. Love you post! Yes, we do have a lot in common. Thanks for stopping by my “new” blog. I’m looking forward to the challenge, but then I’ve completely lost my mind. You are one busy lady! bur I love the idea of using this month to revise your novel!! That will be my goal next year! 😉 maybe. At any rate, I hope to see more of you this month as we write to our heart’s content!

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  3. I can’t think of a better alternative to NANOWRIMO than RENOREMO and to think those little babes must have their quilts on time cinches it. You are so gifted and able to spin “gold from straw” for your charming, informative and stimulating posts. That should be enough for any one.

    I also want to point out, if I haven’t before, that when I was private duty nurse to Dr. David Palmer (the Chiopractic Dynasty of Daniel, B.J. and David) he told me the story of B.J., his father, bringing back to Iowa three pair of black squirrels and setting them free at their place in Iowa. Black squirrels are not native to Iowa and B.J. loved them. Hence, your picture above. I have heard other therories about how they got here, but a man making dying declarations to his night nurse, is pretty credible. LOL

    • I, too, have heard these stories of some man bringing the black squirrels into our territory, and I’m so glad he did. They aren’t hurting anything and they make the landscape just that much more interestng. I think them quite beautiful. Pardon me if I get blurry-slurry-speeched here. I’ve been writing against the clock all day and I’ve taken a sleep aid to help me “come down” so I can crawl into bed. But I’m so pleased,too, because I’m way ahead of the mark for starting into tomorrow’s workload.

      Life is quite good and I intend to keep swinging until all projects are done. It can happen. :-)…..and now I best be heading for that mattress before I drop.. Has been a long productive, but cheerful day. G’night….

  4. Kudos to you for editting! I’ve done NaNo every year (except last year) since 2003 or 2004. I’ve only won it once and then never finished the novel because I was so burnt out- and I’ve never editted any novel I have finished outside of NaNoWriMo. I’m hoping this year will be different.

    I’m sure your edits will go well! And I wish you the best of luck. I’m sure you’ll get it done!

    • Thank you for the good wishes, Bethea! Now the scary part–I’ve committed myself before the world, haven’t I? Stay tuned.

      Give it another go this year. Anyone who even starts NaNoWriMo is a saint in my book. It is a killer task, but it is so worth it.

      All my best wishes back to you and your continued efforts.

      R’becca

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