Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

NANOWRIMO: Love it or Hate it?


NanoSome writer’s cringe when they hear the acronym NaNoWriMo, while some get excited. The non-writers might be left scratching their head and asking, what the heck is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It’s a writing competition held every November. It challenges participants to write 50,000 words from November 1 until the deadline on November 30th. In others words, you write like a crazy person for thirty days, often ignoring family, friends, laundry, etc.

Of course, 50,000 words isn’t considered novel length, but it can be a great start to a very rough draft.

For those of you who’ve stuck with me all of these years, you know the first book I ever wrote was during the 2010 competition. I wrote 1667 words a day, sometimes more on the weekend. By November 27th, I had 50, 655 words. Was it hard? You bet. Was I cranky those twenty-seven days? Ask Derek.  But in the end I met the challenge and was awarded with this.


The working title was CAPTURE THE DREAM.

The working title was CAPTURE THE DREAM.

Although the characters never left my thoughts, the book sat on my hard drive virtually untouched until March of 2015. After months of work and a generous contest, that book turned into this, with a different title.


After a complete rewrite, my second book is currently with my editor. Whether it’s purchased by Harlequin is yet to be determined. It’s my 2012 NaNoWriMo book.

On November 1st, I will participate in my third competition. You won’t see much of me, until I meet the challenge.

 For those of you who think I’m crazy…maybe I am. 🙂


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

139 thoughts on “NANOWRIMO: Love it or Hate it?

  1. Thanks, Jill. We had a nice Thanksgiving. Hope you did too. I’m planning on reworking it eventually. 😀

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  2. You’re not crazy. When my friends do NaNoWriMo I am in awe! They get so much fun, inspiration, motivation from it — and of course, results.


  3. But a good kind of crazy!

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