Surviving and Thriving During My NaNoWriMo 2022 Journey

Participating in NaNoWriMo for 2022.

Bill Holmes


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I declared almost eleven months ago I was done with national writing month events.

I wrote a Medium story about my decision on January 13th, 2022 called “No More National Writing Month Events for Me.” My concern when participating in events like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) or National Journal Writing Month (NaJoWriMo) was that my enthusiasm for writing started waning as I wrote more for quantity versus quality.

Laura Jevtich commented in my original story: “Never say never, you might not know how you feel six months from now.”

A whole lot occurred between January 13th, 2022 and October 31st, 2022. One thing that happened for me was engaging in writing. A lot of writing from creating several articles for Medium and freelance publication; attending random Sunrise Scribe morning writing sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays, hosted by my sistafriend Fisiwe Zwana; to completing Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way twelve-week challenge to write three pages longhand; to attending a science fiction and fantasy writing workshop this summer, which resulted in creating my first short story in that genre.

By the time fall arrived in September, my creativity was at an all-time high. My writing significantly improved with every literary work I created. I knew NaNoWriMo was right around. I participated in the event last November, producing 15,046 out of 50,000 words. I hadn’t touched the unfinished manuscript since then.

My ego gave in to the creative challenge. I was going to participate in NaNoWriMo for 2022 with my friend Elizabeth Wellington who was my accountability partner during The Artist’s Way event and the science fiction and fantasy writing workshop class. I didn’t know if I’d achieve the required word count but the two goals I set for myself for this year were the following items:

1. Consistently write every day during November.

2. Double my total word count from last year.

Come November 1st, it was on and poppin’ for this writer as I kicked off the annual writing event. When it was all said and done on November 30th, I completed an entire manuscript that consisted…



Bill Holmes

Writer. Poet. ESSENCE Best Selling Author. Filmmaker. Personal development aficiando who lives and breathes the mantra "I will not be denied!"