Call Me Crazy…

…but I’m taking on a challenge that may possibly cause me to lose my mind.  Or perhaps the mere fact that I’m taking on this challenge indicates that I’ve already lost my mind.

Either way, my sanity is questionable.

This month, I’m writing a novel, well a memoir, really. (I’m still trying to get over just how pretentious that sounds.  By definition, it is merely “a historical account or biography written from personal knowledge.”)

I can’t think of a worse time to tackle something like this.  Matthew turns one (!) mid-month and then there’s Thanksgiving to celebrate and Christmas to prepare for, but November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), so I’m setting aside all common sense and I’m just going to go for it.  And if you know me, you know that I’m not a risk taker.  At all.

50,000 words.

That’s 1,667 words a day.

And for a quick frame of reference, my blog posts typically range between 700-900 words.

I’m still committed to in these small moments and this space will remain my first priority, as far as my writing goes, anyway. 

But, I’m clearly going to need to shake things up a little bit.

Once a week, I’m planning to republish a post from my archives. I’ve gone back through and chosen some of my favorite posts.  If you haven’t been with me from the beginning, I hope that you enjoy my choices and learn something about what I’m trying to do here.  If you have been here since the early days, I hope that you’ll enjoy the trip down memory lane.  (I just love you all.)

I may also occasionally post bits of my book (my book!).

I hope that you’ll all hang in there with me.

Thank you all in advance!  So very much!


  1. Roxane

    I think it makes you more ambitious, not crazy! You are awesome, and if anyone needs to be writing a memoir, I'm pretty sure it's you.

    Wishing you luck. Have fun with it first and foremost.


  2. Tim

    I look forward to it. Writing a novel takes a lot of dedication but I know that you have the ability to pull it off. I already know that you have both emotional heartwarming and heartwrenching tales as well as very interesting stories so I'm sure it will be fantastic.

  3. Paige Morgan

    Great ideas, I am doing it too and just finished up my blog post and still trying to meet my goal for the day. I tell myself I'll write extra on vacation (I leave next week) but what if I write less? I might also bring in some guest bloggers for the first time, becuase juggling it all is going to make me more off-balance! Good luck!!!

  4. kris

    You are a crazy woman.

    I love that about you.

    It will be awesome.

  5. Jean

    I look forward to reading it! I know it will be great!

  6. Cristina Dos Santos

    1,667 words is insane right? that's why I'm cheating and gave myself the goal of 30,000 words instead.
    I think it's just such a great motivator to write that project we've been wanting to… good luck!

  7. Kmama

    Good luck with the memoir!

  8. Nikki

    I really do admire all of you that are taking on the NaNoWriMo. Good luck and I look forward to hearing some excerpts from it!

  9. 2old2tap

    Good luck to you! It might be a little crazy, but you can do it!

  10. We're all here for the long haul, dear one.

    Do what you need to do.

  11. KLZ

    All weekend I kept muttering "why isn't National Novel Writing Month in FEBRUARY?? Nothing happens then anyway."

  12. Jhajer

    Good luck you!

  13. Natasha

    I am intrigued for sure! Writing about your past can be so healing. I hope you savor the journey. I have no doubt you have the strength to balance your life with ease.

  14. CDG

    Good luck, Nichole!

    Sign me up for the advance copy list!

  15. Alexandra174

    Wishing you luck. I"m thinking that this may be the jump start for many.

    It'll be fun to see what is posted after this month, did it get everyone's brain moving??

  16. Lydia

    Love that you’re doing this, I’m sure it will be spectacular. And at least trying something is a huge step forward in my opinion. I’m going to do this too….someday in the not too far future. You rock.

  17. awesome! very excited for you!!!

  18. Sherri

    Nichole, I am so happy you are doing this! But I agree…what were we thinking?! I look forward to reading some classic Nichole posts, since I haven't been here since the start. What a great idea!

    Remember to have fun with it, too. I know you topic isn't really fun, but just write and write and see what happens. Don't worry about editing too much and just let it flow. I have a feeling you'll be glad you did.

  19. Mary

    Nano is amazing. This is my eighth – yes eighth!- year doing this. I love the fun, the camaraderie and the sheer exhilaration of writing so much so quickly. You'll be glad you did it.

    If you have time, come chat in the forums. I'm writergypsie there. :-)

    (found you through Kris at Pretty All True)

  20. Cheryl @ Mommypants

    I got your back.

    I hold your hand.

    Whatever you need, sister. Whatever you need.

  21. Nichole

    Thank you, Tim.
    I think that it will be a long road from the end of November until the day when the words I write see the light of day.

    But, I'm excited to take on this challenge. :)

  22. Nichole

    Good luck to you too! I'd love to get to know you better…does December work for you? ;)

    Have a great vacation!

  23. Nichole

    Thank you…it will be 50,000 words. I'm not so certain about the awesome part.

    But I appreciate that you believe in me…so very much.

  24. Nichole

    Thank you, Mom!
    Knowing that you believe in me means the world.
    Love you…

  25. Nichole

    I love it when other crazies come by! So great to see you here.
    Don't think that writing 30,000 words makes you less crazy. ;)
    In all seriousness, best of luck to you! Let's stick together.

  26. Nichole

    Thank you so much. I'm already looking forward to December!

  27. Nichole

    Thanks so much for your support, Nikki! :)

  28. Nichole

    Thank you, Renee.
    It's a lot crazy, isn't it?
    I'm going to give it my absolute best shot…

  29. Nichole

    Thank you, Lori.
    You are a true friend…I'm so grateful for you.
    Beyond words…

  30. Nichole

    After mulling it over, I realized that with only 28 days, February may not have been our best month either!
    Can't wait to see what you write!

  31. Nichole

    Thank you so much!
    I'm already missing Twitter. This doesn't bode well. ;)

  32. Nichole

    Thank you, Tasha.
    I am so incredibly happy to see you here!
    You have quite a story to write too…

  33. Nichole

    Bwahahaha…I got my hooks in you… ;)

  34. Nichole

    Thank you…
    I can't wait to see all of the creativity that flows out of this.
    It'll either get us moving or burn us out. I'm hoping for the former!

  35. Nichole

    Thank you, Lydia.
    It will take a long time to clean it all up after it's written. The website warns that this month is for writing…no editing should happen until December. It even says to expect to write a lot of drivel.
    It might hurt to read it when I'm through. ;)

    Let me know when you do it and I'll be right here, cheering you on!

  36. Nichole

    Holy Smokes, Mary! Eight times? That's amazing.
    I will certainly try to get over to the forums. I'm NicholeB over there… :)
    And that Kris is quite the matchmaker, isn't she?

  37. Nichole

    Thank you.
    I'm anticipating many chats where you talk me off the ledge. Or poke me with a stick.

  38. Yuliya

    Good luck "crazy" I am rooting for you, and as a newish reader of your blog I will be enjoying the archives!

  39. ksluiter

    I think i have quit. boo. :(

    but you? You will rock!

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