Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Today, Kayla Curry talks about NaNoWriMo and how to use it to motivate yourself.

NaNoWriMo can stand for National Novel Writing Motivation.

Some of you may be aware of the craziness going on this month known as NaNoWriMo. If you don't, you should definitely check into it. NaNoWriMo actually stands for National Novel Writing Month, but I feel that motivation is what the event is really all about.

So during this month, participants are supposed to write like there is no tomorrow and get at least 50,000 words down in 30 days. Sounds pretty difficult to some and easy for others, but to me, that isn't the point.

You see, I use NaNoWriMo as a motivational tool. I tend to get more writing done when I do it along side of someone. So, I like to join word sprints and wars with groups of writers. NaNoWriMo provides an environment where I can actually meet up with people and write "with" them.

The forums on the NaNoWriMo site are also very helpful. If you are stuck in your story or need advice or just an opinion, you can head to the forums and have an answer within the hour.

This event is good to join, even if you don't think you can reach 50,000 words in 30 days. I'm behind on my word count, and I'm alright with that. I've written more this month than I would normally and that is all that matters. Sometimes motivation is all you need. Sure, sometimes "Winning" is great too, but as long as you are getting some words down, you're doing awesome!

Is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo this year?

Kayla Curry is the author of the MSP title, Obsidian. Her second book, Moonstone, is soon to be released. The Mystic Stones Series is a paranormal fantasy story with romance, magic and action. Check out Obsidian on the MSP site.


  1. I've always wanted to do the NaNoWriMo challenge but November is such a wicked month with so much distraction. Maybe that's why they chose it? The writers' group I belong to is a help in keeping me accountable. When I'm on a roll though, 50,000 words in 30 days would not be difficult.

  2. Kayla - - Thank you for providing this forum for all of us who are part of the MSP family. When I see that there is a new comment, this blog is how I start my day. I love hearing about what other MSP authors are up to and the writing tips and information about other sites gives me inspiration. Also, thank you for writing "Obsidian," although I probably should be mad at you because I couldn't put it down, so I stayed up all night reading it.