NaNoWriMo

United States
February 5, 2007 5:47pm CST
I am already thinking forward to November of 2007. I haven't even edited my book from 2005, and my 2006 book isn't even worth editing! But I want to be in November - I want to be writing! Anyone else miss that thrill of NaNo? Anyone? Bueller?
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I didn't do very good in 2006, but had an excellent book in 2005. I still need to do some more edits on it, but I think it turned out rather well. Yes, I will be there on November 1, typing away. I do miss Nano. It really helps keep me on track.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
This was me exactly! Wonderful (at least I think so) novel in 2005, and then pure and utter carp for 2006. I'm so glad to know I am not the only one who misses NaNo when it is over!
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I have yet to actually complete a NaNoWriMo, but I really, really want to this year. I was just thinking about it the other day... I mean, I write all of the time, but there is just something about NaNoWriMo that makes it easier.
• United States
6 Feb 07
For me at least - it is all about the deadline! I am SUCH a huge procrastinator! But the deadline makes me rush to finish! I have the type of personality that works hardest under pressure - so NaNo is PERFECT for me :)
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I completed my 2005 and 2006 WriMo novels, and hope to have the '05 one published by April. I miss November as well, and am considering doing Script Frenzy in July. The details are on the NaNoWriMo home page.
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• United States
7 Feb 07
I was thinking of Script Frenzy too!! I'm a teacher, so June would be PERFECT for me :) (Unless I go to Germany with my best friend.) (We'll see if I can swing the costs.) What might your script be about? The novel you are trying to get published = are you self publishing, do you have a publisher, do you have an agent? How did you find a publisher/agent if you have one? Share, please :)
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• United States
10 Feb 07
Still don't know yet what the script will be about, but I'm sure I'll know by April or so. As far as publishing the first book, I've had trouble even getting agents to read some sample chapters because it's not in the same genre as DaVinic Code (D*mn that Dan Brown), so I'm probably going the Lulu route. I had them print the free one we get after WriMo, and the quality was really good. I'm using a freelance editor to tighten it up, and have talked to a few publicists as well. Just keep plugging along and good things will happen.
• United States
10 Feb 07
That is very encouraging :D I'm a bit of a wimp myself, and afraid of going the self-publishing route because of all the WORK involved in publicity, and getting stores to carry it, and getting the word out there. BUT, I have heard of people who made that work, and got their book carred by national chains, and now have regular publishers who publish their new books. So it can be done. I guess I'm just afraid that I'm such a procrastinator I'd never get anything done, and therefore it would be a waste of money. I hope it works out for you! If it does, maybe I'll give that a shot myself, and make myself actually do the work and not procrastinate :)
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I've done NaNo twice and didn't finish either time. The first time I stopped at 10,000 words, and last year I got to 16,000. Maybe some day I'll actually finish. I don't really know whether I'll try it again this year. But I'm still thinking about the problems of last year's try, so I might do something with that instead of tackling another novel. I have to say that whether you finish or not, it's a real inspiration to get writing.
• United States
7 Feb 07
It really is - that's what I try to explain to all my creative friends! It's not really whether or not you "win," since that's really just an icon on a website, or a downloadable certificate. It's really about actually MAKING TIME to write daily! That's the exciting part - so many of us just say, "One day I'm going to write a novel" without ever actually doing anything about it. But November can be "that day." :)
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I never heard of this site until I read your post and wondered what it was all about. So I put in the "NaNoWriMo", added a .com and found it. Wow, what a very cool idea. Do you actually write into their site? I am very intrigued. I have never done anything like this but I am a real procrastinator, so it sounds perfect for me. I'd love to hear about other great writing sites.
• United States
7 Feb 07
You don't actually write into their site. You can write in any word processing program you enjoy, during the month of November, and periodically you save your document as a .txt document instead of .doc, and upload it in their counter program to see how many words you have so far. During the last five days of November, they upgrade their word counting program to decide if you "win" or not by having enough words or not. They don't keep your novel or anything, and noone reads it except you unless you want to share it :) In 2005 I shared a lot of what I wrote, and actually posted every single chapter on my myspace blog because I loved it. This year noone got to read ANYTHING because I wrote such horrible, horrible crapola! As for other writing sites - did you know there was a site where some people try to write a novel in JUST ONE WEEKEND? It's a three day weekend. But seriously - that is too insane for me at the moment! There is also a group on livejournal that does something similar to NaNo only in February I think, and the NaNo people have NaNoEdMo in March where you can put in a certain number of hours editing your NaNovels from November. Lots of fun stuff! And the forums on the NaNoWriMo site are lots of fun, too :)
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• United States
7 Feb 07
2006 was the first year I did NaNoWriMo. My writer's site made a huge to do over it, turned it into a contest and we gave away an awesome prize basket to the writer who met the 50,000 finishline first. We had three people in our group make it 50,000, but the rest were troopers too. We had a great time doing it together as a site. We do other challenges every month to keep us busy and periodic contests, but I have a feeling we'll be definitely doing NaNo again in 2007.
• United States
10 Feb 07
It sounds like that was a really fun introduction to NaNoWriMo. I think it would be a lot more fun if I had other people around me doing the same thing. That is partly why I volunteer each year to be my area's ML. But it would be even MORE fun to actually know the people I was getting together with to write during NaNo :) And prizes for finishing first - that is never a bad thing. Prizes are good :)