Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My mini NaNoWriMo challenge (aka the kick in the pants I need)

A story has been circling around my brain for the last few months. My future MC's voice keeps elbowing me in my side, begging me to bring her to life. I have a mental outline. I have love interests, a villain, two red herrings and an opening chapter, but all of it is living inside of my head. Because for some reason I can't find the motivation to get off my @$$ and write.

Has this ever happened to you?

It wasn't that long ago that I started writing my current MS. I sat down. I started writing. I revised. Wrote some more. My memory makes me think it was an easy, natural process. So why is it that I can't find the motivation to start this new story that so clearly wants me to write it?

I think what I need is a good sharp kick in the pants. Which is why I am making my own NaNoWriMo pledge, right here, right now.

I hereby declare that by November 30, 2012, I, Stacy Stokes, will write 25,000 words or more of my as yet untitled story. No take backs. No excuses. You are my witness!

Participant 180x180 (2)For those of you who are not familiar, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Thousands of writers will challenge themselves with writing 50,000 words in a single month, and many of those 50,000 word first drafts will go on to become full fledged novels.  It's a lofty goal, and I applaud every single person who has taken the challenge or plans to take the challenge this November. Unfortunately my day job coupled with Thanksgiving travels makes 50,000 words a bit too lofty of a goal for me, which is why I'm setting my sights on 25,000. It's enough to get me started, and who knows? Maybe I'll come closer to 50,000 words than I thought. The goal is for me to get off my pajamaed @$$ and write!

For those of you interested in going for the gold, check out There you can connect with other writers who have pledged to take the challenge, find the support and encouragement you need, along with other helpful writing support tools.

For those of you who aren't quite ready for the 50,000 word goal but are in desperate need for a kick in the @$$, post a comment here. I'm happy to be a writing buddy/cheerleader for anyone looking for a little extra support. And once you say it out loud it will be official - maybe that's all the motivation you need?

Hopefully you will all keep me honest.  25,000 words by November 30th. There's no taking it back now. Feel free to heckle me at will. (@stacyastokes)

Happy writing! 


  1. I'm gonna try it this year--for the first time. I'm excited to see what happens. Glad to see you're finally on Twitter! :) Did you sign up on the NaNo site?

    Good luck with your 25,000, you can do it!

  2. I didn't sign up online since I'm not going for the full 50k, but I joined a facebook group for support. Congrats on signing up! Very exciting - any idea what you will be writing?

  3. Yup, gathering my ideas. Contemp YA. My Oct. 14th blog posting gives a little preview, if you're interested. But I haven't plotted it all out yet. Have fun!

  4. Just checked out the post - sounds great! Love the title. Best of luck with it!