Writing and National Novel Writing Month 2019 – What’s Your Process?

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, starts tomorrow and I’m nervous as much as I am excited. I have just decided to start a new draft of my current Work-In-Progress (WIP) and plan to write it as my project this year.

For those who haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, it is a one-month challenge during November where people will attempt to write a 50,000 word novel.

I’ve done the challenge twice and I’ve succeeded once.

I remember it being a mentally torturous month, a huge step out of my comfort zone. I was only able to reach my goal because I said ‘No’ to most of my social life. My closest friends at the time were my laptop, coffee and ice cream. Ah good times. Yes, it was hard, it was daunting, it was exhausting, but the rewards were definitely worth it.

I didn’t care about all the grammatical mistakes I made. I didn’t care if certain plots points weren’t fleshed out or that the characters weren’t as developed as I would’ve wanted. I just felt accomplished that I manage to finish writing a 50,000 word novel in a month and you know what? I plan to do it again.

On twitter, there are numerous posts from people writing about what their goals are for #NaNoWriMo2019 and how they plan on tackling it. From having snacks, to just going for it.

My process?

Loading up on coffee and ice cream again. Last time I also made a schedule and did my best to stick to it. I also reminded myself not to edit so much. Just write and keep writing, even if it sounded terrible.

Otherwise I would’ve been staring at the same word, same sentence or same dialogue for hours, trying to figure out why it didn’t feel right being there. Whether or not these methods will work this year, only time will tell.

Truth be told I know for a fact that I will be struggling to reach this year’s quota because I’ll be going away again this November. However even if I don’t reach 50k, I’m still ‘x’ number of words ahead of where I was on November 1. That’s still words on the page. That’s still something to be proud of.

To those participating in the challenge tomorrow, how do you plan on tackling NaNoWriMo2019? What’s your process? Let us know in the comments below.

Good luck and I hope you reach your goals.

Happy writing everyone!


Thank you to those who have read this post. I would like to mention again that what I write about is simply a reflection of my own personal experiences. By sharing my thoughts about the things that have motivated and inspired me as well as the people in my life, I am hoping I could motivate and inspire others. I am aware that everyone’s situation is different and if what you are doing works for you, I’m really glad. Please continue doing what you’re doing.

Photo Credit: StockSnap from Pixabay

2 thoughts on “Writing and National Novel Writing Month 2019 – What’s Your Process?

  1. Rebecca Wallick says:

    Good luck to you! My first year trying NaNoWriMo. I’m enjoying your posts. As a recovering attorney who spent 30+ years representing children and incapacitated persons as a court-appointed guardian ad litem, I can relate to the work you do with your clients, and how much can be learned from them and their life experiences.

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    1. Leo Ladia says:

      Thank you for sharing Rebecca 🙂 It’s definitely a job that has been one of my greatest teachers in life. Good luck to you as well with NaNoWriMo! How’re you going with it so far?


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