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Halfway Through NaNo

Posted by Ben Erlichman on November 17, 2011

I’m failing miserably on my NaNo word count. I think I have a total of 16,300 words written for the entire month. I don’t know why I just can’t get going on this story–maybe it’s because I have a bunch of other things going on. Needless to say I haven’t been managing my time as well as I could be.

For those of you who have read this blog in the past, you know that I have struggled with addictions to video games. That said, that’s a part of what has taken me away from NaNo this year, but it’s not the entire reason. I’m also taking on a leadership role in my youth group, so every Wednesday I’m at my church all day working on youth group stuff. I reclaimed some closet space yesterday and started reclaiming a little nook towards the back of our multipurpose room where we had been storing a whole bunch of sound equipment stuff that we never really used since we don’t have a worship team at the moment. It was all just sitting there, and has been for years, but we never did anything about it. Well, yesterday I did, and it took me all day to sift through everything and figure out what went where and how I could get some space for the youth group.


Some of our arsenal hanging in the "Merge Cave"

All in all, I’ve decided to go back and try to finish my 4th novel instead of continuing the one I’m working on right now. I should have just listened to my critique group and finished it instead of writing this new one. So that’s what I’m going to do. Maybe I can finish strong in both NaNo and my fourth novel by the end of the month.


4 Responses to “Halfway Through NaNo”

  1. Gently Mad said

    Hi there. I’ve just finished my first book and was reading about writing critique groups. (Maybe in a previous post here, I don’t remember). I believe this is my next step before trying to get published. How does one go about finding qualified people to critique your work? Thanks in advance for answering this question.

    • Ben Erlichman said


      I would suggest getting involved in a writing group that either represents your genre (speculative fiction, thriller, romance, Amish, mystery, etc.) or perhaps a larger one like the American Christian Fiction Writers group (if you write Christian fiction, or write from a Christian POV). Do some research, find some groups to join (you may only need one). There, within those groups, seek out others who wish to be in a critique group, and band together and do it. That’s how I did it.

      Another option is finding a critique partner rather than an entire group. I had great success trading manuscript critiques with some friends who wrote in comparable genres. I learned more there than I did in any critique group.

      Good luck!


  2. Don’t forget to add “soon-to-be-dad” to the list. That can certainly take away from the NaNoWriMo time! ; )

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