Sunday, October 16, 2011

It's that time again

What it is and why I do it


National Novel Writing Month begins on November 1 and ends promptly at midnight November 30. Nanowrimo is what, we wrimos call it. 


What we actually do is spend those thirty days banging away at the keyboard attempting to write a novel of 50,000 words in just 30 short days. That is 1,667 words per day for 30 consecutive days. That is not even with time off for Thanksgiving folks. I like to pull ahead (in my word count that is) a little bit earlier in the month, so that by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, I have met my challenge.


This year, I am attempting to finish Framescape. I tossed it back and forth, was considering ditching the whole project and just start something new, but I read last years work. I got super excited and now I have the fever to finish it. I have until November 1st to map out where I am going and what I am doing to finish this story. Easy peasy? Well not really. 






First I printed all 215 pages. I am going to read them and see where the major holes are. Then I am going to outline and make a game plan to fill in those holes. I know that I have a lot of character development I need to do, so I will map that out as well. I am not going to worry about writing this in some consecutive order because at this point that would be impossible. If anyone who reads this has any suggestions, I would totally appreciate your feedback.






Have you ever dreamed of writing your own story? 


Well here is a really supportive and fun way to do that. There are neat word count widgets that help keep you on track and most areas have a ML (municipal liaison). These are the folks who organize group write-ins and offer general support. All you have to do is sign up at www.nanowrimo.org and send a small donation if you can. If not, not the end of the world.  


There are rules but honestly the only rule that I can think of right now is NO EDITING allowed during November, that is what March is for.  It is fun and if you make it you get the distinction of the winner badge and a nice certificate that I even framed for my wall. Most of all you get that really cool feeling of having accomplished something really very difficult to accomplish, writing your story.


After all the world needs your novel...


Hey if you do decided to Nano, look for me we can become online writing buddies. 

14 comments:

Helen said...

A great article on this in our newspaper today ... in little Bend Oregon!!

Tess Kincaid said...

Go for it!

anthonynorth said...

Good luck with the novel. they are so satisfying to finish, if a real task to write.

Reflections said...

Sounds like a really exciting and supported challenge. Would love to join in, but I know my work schedule gets more intense and would not allow for such an endeavor at this point.

Good luck with your novel. Hope all goes very well for you.

Cylee Blake said...

I'm also doing NaNoWriMo and I can't wait to start.

Good luck with your novel!

Tumblewords: said...

Good luck to you! I've finished four Nanowrimos - two of my novels are on Amazon, Lulu and iTunes. Trying to decide if I have the energy to do it again. The desire comes and goes.

Brian Miller said...

best wishes on the novel...

Doctor FTSE said...

Best of good wishes for your novel. We all have high hopes.

Isabel Doyle said...

Awesome - write like mad!

Catfish Tales said...

I love all the sensations, collections of data, raw innovations and organisations that go into our personal experiences of writing novels. However, I'm admittedly disturbed by the thought of an actual contest of rushing about with a 30 day deadline. IMO, it appears nightmarish rather than an enjoyable pursuit.

Though I prefer the more languid aspects of all that goes into such an endeavour, I admit that my most recent experience at novel writing has sucked me dry - literally. It's a year later, and I'm still recovering.

Myrna R. said...

Oh my goodness! I don't have the courage. Maybe some day but not this November. Good luck to you, you courageous, persevering, novelist you.

Kristen Haskell said...

Thanks all, I worked on it yesterday and am feeling really good about where I am in the process. I have 14 days and I plan to go into this as organized as I possibly can. The deadline, in no way hinders me because it is so hard that I do best when I am pressured like this. If I tried to do it without the deadline so many other things would get in my way. At Catfish, I know what you mean, I had to put last year's nano away. It is only now that I am re-reading it and thinking there is actually something here to work with. I am terribly excited about this.

Arnab Majumdar said...

I've bravely signed up for Nanowrimo too. There's something that I've been meaning to write for a really long time now, and I think this would be (sort of) the perfect motivation for it too. Hope we both make it :)

Cheers,
Arnab Majumdar on SribbleFest.com

Trellissimo said...

May you not get writer's cramp!