Replacing sugar with writing …

In an effort to curb our household dependence on processed foods (which are often ridiculously high in sugar and fat), we’ll be trying our best to be as sugar-free as possible starting from today. We’ve cut lots of sugar out of our diets already, so the adjustment shouldn’t be too dramatic … it’s been nice knowing you chocolate!

Today also sees the start of National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short). Basically participants commit themselves to writing a 50,000 word novel from scratch over the month of November. The idea is to focus on the output and take part in an intense writing exercise, rather than over-think and over-analyse the content … and therefore not getting very far at all.

I was a successful NaNoWriMo finisher last year, so I’m hoping for the same achievement this year. At the very least, I’ll give it my very best attempt!

Are you joining in too? Or perhaps, you’re taking on a different project?


  1. jan

    Good for you,

    I, however, will be gnoshing chocolate and blogging when the muse strikes.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Haha, well all the chocolate I won’t be eating must go to someone wonderful and deserving … so I’m glad you’ll be doing your bit (be sure to eat plenty of dark chocolate for me … that’s my favourite).
      Thanks for wishing me well on this sugar-free, writing-full bonanza! 🙂

  2. Fourth Daughter

    I’m sure there’s some chocolate with very minimal sugar (I eat Green and Black’s 85%, the really dark one)?? Admirable pledge though – the no sugar AND the writing one.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fourth Daughter – Mmm, you may be right about sugar-free, or at least low-sugar chocolate … and I have to say that I LOVE my dark chocolate … thanks for the tip – I’ll definitely be investigating this further (even though I probably should try to resist my sweet tooth).

      Thanks for your well wishes for the no sugar and the writing … hopefully I won’t drive myself too mad over the month ahead … 😉

  3. Mel

    Mmmmmm, chocolate…..

    Sorry, got distracted for a moment! I love dark chocolate too 🙂

    All the best with the writing – I’m still in the middle of my True Stories class which is all about writing anyway. I might give NaNoWriMo a go some time, but not this year – let us know how you get on! xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Haha, well chocolate does have a certain something about it which tends to distract! 😉
      Dark chocolate is THE BEST! Thanks for your well wishes with the writing … I’ll be doing a bit of catch-up over the weekend … but that’s OK. I’ll definitely be keeping you posted on my NaNoWriMo progress! 🙂

  4. katiecrackernuts

    That is a mammoth attempt and you say you’ve done it before. Outstanding. I’ve been reading a lot of novels written by women in the 1950s and 60s. The tone and style is different to moden writing and I quite like it.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Katie – Thanks for your lovely comment about my second attempt at achieving NaNoWriMo. Here’s hoping I can meet my first year NaNoWriMo result and make it to 50,000 words! 🙂
      How interesting that you’ve noticed a different tone and style in the books written by female authors in the 50s and 60s … there are so many wonderful books to read, it can be hard to find the time to fit them all in and appreciate such wonderful details like you’ve observed.

  5. Erika Lee Sears

    I have a couple IRL friends doing it 🙂 and I am so proud of you guys for doing it. Such an achievement committing to writing.

    November my goals are 1. Work on my grammar. My spelling and grammar is horrible. HORRIBLE! 2. Make a Christmas illustration for Christmas cards. 3. Get my office organized for taxes- yuck.

    :)Good luck with writing..

    PS. My pumpkin survived halloween- maybe it was because it was so scary. My husband was a little worried someone would steal it and smash it.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Thanks for your NaNoWriMo well wishes, and I’ll definitely pass along my good luck vibes to your friends giving it a go as well … I hope they find it rewarding! 🙂
      Your November goals are a wonderful mixed-bag of activities … Grammar is something I’ve been wanting to refresh myself in recent years, I don’t think I ever received the best introduction to all things grammatical at school, so I’ve kind of bumbled my way around a bit (I’m sure your spelling and grammar isn’t all THAT horrible!).

      I’m very much looking forward to seeing the Christmas illustration for your Christmas cards!! 🙂
      As for getting yourself organised for doing your taxes … yep, I’d definitely agree with your ‘yuck’ reflection … there’s really nothing fun about taxes, unless you get a huge tax return!

      PS. I’m so glad to hear your pumpkin survived halloween … surely it WAS that severe grimace that kept it safe! 😉

  6. Ricardo

    A wise choice tracy. Very wise indeed! But I’m sure you can sneak in some chocolate now and then.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Ricardo – Thanks for the ‘trying-not-to-eat-sugar’ support … I think I need it today … (and yes, don’t tell anyone … but I’m sure a little chocolate here and there isn’t all THAT bad!)

  7. Gabrielle Bryden

    Have fun with the crazy writing month thingy 🙂 You know dark chocolate is really quite good for you in so many ways – antioxidant, good for coughs and asthma and high blood pressure – just sayin’ – hee,hee.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Thanks for your well wishes for the craziness that is NaNoWriMo … it certainly brings with it much excitement and many challenges.

      Oh, believe me … I definitely know how good dark chocolate is (I just think I love it a little too much!) … haha!
      I’m just trying to go as ‘cold turkey’ as I can on all sweet things (at least for now) … though most of the dark Lindt chocolate is closer to being bitter than sweet … yum!! 🙂
      … I’m sure you’ll see me posting about the joys of over-indulging in chocolate before too long! 😉

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