Tuesday, October 11, 2011

NaNoWriMo coming up in November and I'm participating!

Yes... I am going to participate this year (ignore the year at the bottom of the picture, there were no current year ones!). A huge thank you to the wonderful fellow bloggers who are very encouraging. (Specifically Angie @ Eastern Sunset Reads, and Lan @ The Write Obsession for reminding me it's coming up soon.)

For those who don't know what it is... National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short) is held in November. Participants begin writing on November 1st, and set out to write 50,000 words by November 30th (yep, that's 1667 words a day). The focus is the output--quantity not quality. No stopping to edit. No worrying about mistakes. Just get all the words out.

That is exactly what I need.

I'm excited and nervous and excited and freaking out. Ha. When I was reading more about it online, it seems like it's just the thing I need to get my writing off the ground.

I've been going through my current WIP back and forth with no real progress... Okay, SOME progress. But I've probably spent more time editing and rewriting sections than I have spent writing. That's all well and good to some degree, but sometimes it's better to get it all out, THEN edit the crap out of it, literally.

So, now I've gotta pick out the novel idea I want to outline now so I can be prepared. Thank goodness I have almost three weeks.


How about everyone else? Who else is signed up and participating in this year's NaNoWriMo? Who will be struggling along with me? Let's support each other!!!



  1. I'm looking into doing NaNoWriMo, too. I wonder how many other book bloggers are thinking of giving it a go? I wonder if there is some way that we can all support each other? :) Have you decided what type of story you are writing yet, or do you plan to just start day one cold turkey?

  2. There are a few that I've heard talking about it since I started blogging. It looks like we're able to "friend" people on the NaNoWriMo site and chit chat on the forums. So I'm sure we'll all be able to support each other pretty well! I wonder if there's a group on Goodreads for it. That would be nice too.

    I've got at least a handful of story ideas up my sleeve, a couple of them are too complicated to do without a bunch more research, but a couple are simpler. They're all mostly YA romances. How about you? Do you have a plan or are you starting from scratch?

  3. I'm thinking about doing this this year too...kind of nervous to.

  4. Woohoo!! I'm so glad you're doing this Jessica. Have you signed up yet? My author name is Write_Obsession so add me as a buddy when you do. I'll do the same and we can encourage each other the whole way. Can you tell I am super excited?

  5. Sarah: You should do it! Jump in! I am. I've only gotten 10,000 words into a novel in... um... 4 or 5 months? I don't even remember when I started. You can do it. :)

    Lan: GO LAN! Yep, I am signed up (onlyminordetails is my username). I tried to add you as a buddy, but it says I can't do it. Bah! Hopefully I can soon. I'm excited too, so I'm sure we can give each other a few kicks to keep going. ;)

  6. The site is undergoing maintenance I think. I had added some people and now all the info is gone. I did get your email though :) Will add people once it's all up! Happy outlining. I am doing the same.

  7. Maybe I'll do it if I had others to do it with me :)


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