My NaNo Story

Official NaNo Name: GOAL Entertainment

Title of 2016 Project and Genre: Heroism and Other Lies, Science Fiction/Cyberpunk/Superhero/Dystopia

How many years participated? NaNoWriMo-won 10 years, ML for Oxford, Ohio region 2 years; ScriptFrenzy-won 2 years; Camp NaNo-participated 3 times

How did you find out about writing for Nano?
I was told about NaNoWriMo by one of my friends who was participating in the same year (2006).

I’ve always been grateful to NaNoWriMo for putting me under deadlines and giving me goals to help motivate me to keep writing. I think without some sort of set goal, I tend to let myself slip on writing and make excuses. “Oh, I’ll get to it later.” In November, with NaNoWriMo, I get to it now; I’ve got to meet my word count.

But the best thing I’ve gotten from NaNo goes beyond just the motivation in November. By getting involved in my local NaNo region, I became connected to the group of writers that is now my regular writing group. Together we share our writing, offer advice, and encouragement, and just provide each other with friendship and support. These people have become some of my closest friends, and they’ve helped me to grow as a writer in ways I would never have on my own.


  1. Thank you for participating today, Doug. Sometimes having that daily goal is all the motivation I need to spur me forward. I too, have met people who I feel are lifelong writing friends. I wouldn't be the writer I am today if it weren't for my friends (and Nano, of course).

  2. Very uplifting post. And that cover is awesome!


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