As the only member of the Kobo Writing Life Team not participating in KoboWriMo, I’m inspired by the outpouring of enthusiasm and creativity so far! The team at Kobo is going strong; setting aside lunch hours and booking conference rooms to write almost every day.

So how’s it going so far? I wanted to find out the challenges and triumphs our writers have experienced over the past week.

Isabelle: I’m behind at 5000 words, starting to have second thoughts about the whole thing but I think I just need to really sit down and start writing

Elaine: I’ve been doing quite well, surprisingly. I know that outlining isn’t for everybody, but taking the time to make a scene-by-scene outline last month is really helping me along. (Oh, and my word count is 12992).

Hufsa: 4000 words. I’m pretty behind too. But I feel like I just want to have some words written out this November, so not so concerned about hitting the 50k.

Christine: Wordcount: 11,985. Triumph: I learned that I write VERY well on planes! Being trapped without wifi is awesome for distraction-free creative output. I wrote about 2k words on each leg of my trip to a conference last weekend.

Alissa: I’m not really going for 50K, my goal was definitely just to write every day and get some ideas flowing. I also am currently working on short stories rather than a novel. In that sense I’m doing okay, but I’m running out of steam on my initial idea. My challenge now is to not give up and keeping going, even if my idea isn’t exciting me anymore.

Laura: I’m also pretty behind. I’ve found writing at lunch really helpful but i’m still at around 4000 only. Like Hufsa said I’m trying to focus more on actually getting some writing done and less on word count.

Wendy: The writing at lunch is a huge help! I got 1000 words in the hour; while I only did 600 last night. It’s nice to have the quiet and the motivation of other people working around you. I’m still behind, but I think I can do it

And finally Mark, writing from homeAs of Nov 8th, I have only written 1742 words. Apparently, I’m committing all the NaNo No No’s—And here I thought that I’d have all the time in the world since I’m no longer working 60+ hours a week. I suppose it goes to show you that sometimes having MORE free time isn’t always the best thing for making writing a priority. But I’m not giving up, and neither should you. I now need to double-down my efforts, or, at least, hit almost 2,200 words per day.


How is NaNoWriMo going for you so far? What’s the greatest challenge you’ve faced? We’d love to hear how it’s going for you in the comments!




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