National Novel Writing Month is less than three months away

@Catana (736)
United States
August 11, 2010 6:31pm CST
This will be my fifth NaNoWriMo. Last year was my first win, and I'm aiming for another one this year. The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. Thousands of people all around the world join in every year for the challenge and the excitement. The only prizes for winners are a certificate that you can print out and keep, and the knowledge that you really did it. If you've ever thought about writing a novel and wanted some way to get your butt in gear, this is it! The forums will give you a break when you need one, information to help you with your writing, and friendship when it looks as if it's going to be just too much. NaNoWriMo is fueled by caffeine, chocolate, pizza, and adrenaline. Join the fun this November. See you there. nanowrimo.org
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
18 Sep 10
I have never heard of this before, and I am very interested. When is it exactly? How do they know that you for sure wrote the novel in 30 days? Do you think that some people write them in advance? Good luck to you and I hope you win again!
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@Catana (736)
• United States
18 Sep 10
Hi, Toofancy. Just accepted your friend request. NaNoWriMo runs from November 1 to November 30 every year. The whole thing is on the honor system, so if somebody wants to cheat, and I'm sure there are people who do, nobody's going to know unless they confess. But what's the fun of getting a certificate for something that you didn't really do? There are also some groups that are kind of proud of getting around the rules. I think one group calls themselves the NaNo rebels because they think it's okay to continue with something that you've already partly written. And there's always a forum thread about word count cheats -- like never using contractions, etc. But I'm sure the majority of the participants stick to the rules because that's what really makes it a challenge. If you survive the month and manage to write 50,000 words or more, you really have something to be proud of. I really surprised myself last year, because the most I'd managed to write in previous years was 16,000 words. Last year, I wrote almost 70,000, and the novel still wasn't quite finished.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
12 Aug 10
heard of NaNoWriMo before. i just cant have time for it. i am a working mom. but it sure sounds interesting. good luck to you!
@Catana (736)
• United States
12 Aug 10
You'd be amazed how many people with full-time jobs take part. Full-time students, too. I think that's why so many people wind up completely burned out after it's all over. You have to be realistic, not just about whether you can find the time, but how much energy you can put into it. I'm lucky. I live alone, so no family to get in the way. No job. My time is my own, but I'm a low energy person, so the month is very hard for me, physically. But I love it.
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• United States
23 Sep 10
Oh, I so wish you luck with this writing endeavor at NaNoWriMo! I've not yet had the desire to commit myself to a full-length novel, so I'll pass on the event again this year. However, I do have an interest in those who participate, so I do hope you share the results of your effort!
@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
19 Sep 10
I have considered doing this before and have even checked out the Rules and such but for the most part have never considered really entering anything like this. For me, this would be a lot of Writing just in one month and since you do not get paid I would rather try my Luck elsewhere, or save it for the one day I really get determined to write some Books. But if you are really wanting to do it again this yr. I truly wish you the Best.