National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Oct 08, 2009 1:03 PM GMT
    Every year (since 1999) November has been the (Inter)National Novel Writing Month, where whoever wants to participate tries to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. The effort was initiated and is run by NaNoWriMo, a non-profit organization.

    Has anyone here participated in it before? I first heard about it from some friends a few years back and am going to give it a shot this year.

    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
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    Oct 08, 2009 1:20 PM GMT
    Last year I lasted a week. I wrote the parts that were fun to write and then plotted and planned for two weeks how to fill in the gaps.

    In the end, it was just a fantastic excuse to have a messy desk and drink scotch on a weeknight. So, I can't wait to do it again this year.

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    Oct 08, 2009 4:09 PM GMT
    Never done it, though I'm excited for it this year. My writing needs a boost this season.
  • postyork

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    Oct 08, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    Hey - here's a subject I don't need to "lurk" on...

    I've completed nanowrimo 4 times, and "failed" once. It's a really good time, but there's tons of hurdles to get past. In the end, as a veteran, I think it's a lot of fun, but you have to know that the novels you write are in no way going to be ready for publishing. It takes about 30 000 more words, and a whole lot of editing. icon_smile.gif

    That being said, I can't think of anything else that's more fun to do in November, and the community on the website is a godsend. Nowhere else can you post into a forum "where's the most likely place for a new liberal arts school in boston to be built?" and get a response from 4 bostonians in hours!

    And finally, the number 1667 will never mean the same thing to you again (number of words a day to be "on track").

    Good luck to any potential nano'ers. If anyone has questions they can PM me... tricks of the trade, support, whatever ya like. Bonus points if you're hot, too.
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    Oct 08, 2009 4:15 PM GMT
    I think I'm giving it a crack this time around. I've been blogging like crazy and getting the creative gears running again after a long dormant period, and I've got ideas bouncing around my brain...so yeah, I think so. If nothing else, it's a good excuse to find a cozy little coffeeshop to hole up in for a month.
  • DrewT

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    Oct 08, 2009 5:47 PM GMT
    I tried last year, and didn't last very long. icon_sad.gif I think I did good the first week and a half. It is not easy, but my friend did it and she's been working on her novel since!

    Let's see if I can do it this year! icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 08, 2009 5:56 PM GMT
    Hmm, I dunno. I like to write at my own pace. It has to fit into life, as it is. There are evenings I crank out 3000...and weeks where I don't record 100. I gave up worrying it years ago.

    But it sounds like more of a fun exercise mental challenge than a fruitful means to an end.
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    Oct 09, 2009 10:45 PM GMT
    If anyone ends up doing NaNoWriMo, I'd love to have a thread here or somewhere so we can talk about our progress and encourage one another. Anyone else up for it?
  • DrewT

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    Nov 01, 2010 6:35 PM GMT
    Bump.

    Anyone participating this year?
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    Nov 15, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    A year later, what about now? I am at 17K words but I should be closer to 23k by now.
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    Nov 15, 2011 4:27 AM GMT
    Um, I haven't started and I doubt I'll be able to crank out a novel in 15 days. lol. but maybe the point is starting the novel not finishing it on time.

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    Nov 15, 2011 5:06 AM GMT
    Yea, if you have the time do it. I personally think it should be in February, when you're stuck in the house and there aren't leaves to rake, holidays to plan for, or nice days you want to enjoy outside.
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    Nov 01, 2012 9:16 PM GMT
    Who's doing it this year? I started last night and got to 1800 words.
    I feel pretty good about it, but I'm probably going to have to put
    some structuring work in before I start again tonight.
    Writing off a stream of consciousness can only go so far...
  • HottJoe

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    Nov 01, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    I write and edit fiction almost every day, throughout the year. This month, I'm focusing on one of my favorite short stories, while my bf edits my new novel.icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 01, 2012 9:22 PM GMT
    Do you get a prize or something from this?
  • HottJoe

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    Nov 01, 2012 9:24 PM GMT
    OneSongGlory saidDo you get a prize or something from this?


    Yeah, a half-assed novel that needs A LOT more time and attention. icon_lol.gificon_cool.gif
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    Nov 01, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    OneSongGlory saidDo you get a prize or something from this?


    Yeah, a half-assed novel that needs A LOT more time and attention. icon_lol.gificon_cool.gif


    Woohoo!
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    Nov 01, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    Not this year... I can't seem to keep my ability to focus fueled outside of lightning in a bottle. I'll try again next year.
  • reptile18

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    Nov 16, 2012 2:06 AM GMT
    OneSongGlory saidDo you get a prize or something from this?


    This year, you get five (5) free copies of your book if you get to 50,000 words by the end of November.

    I'm at 50453 icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 16, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    I'm not writing a novel, just my own historical magazine. I'm writing a articles about major events in the past 13 years and how it has changed my perception or thought process.
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    Oct 06, 2015 3:03 PM GMT
    *bump*

    Trying again this year, but will be continuing work on my 2011 effort (I hit 50,000 words but did not finish the story, and it still needs major editing).

    I was able to visit three of the four major venues for my story, which has given me the bug to get back to work on it.
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    Oct 06, 2015 3:23 PM GMT
    This sounds interesting. Instead of investing so much time on the forums here where the vast majority of topics are just race, passive aggressive white guys, angry black men, and every relationship topic that has been divulged in the spectrum. I could be using that time to be writing something meaningful.
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    Oct 06, 2015 3:59 PM GMT
    Talon saidThis sounds interesting. Instead of investing so much time on the forums here where the vast majority of topics are just race, passive aggressive white guys, angry black men, and every relationship topic that has been divulged in the spectrum. I could be using that time to be writing something meaningful.


    I encourage you to try it. This will be my third time participating and I was able to hit 50k words both times.