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Happy NaNoWriMo

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Happy NaNoWriMo

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, a challenge, started in 1999, to write a 50,000-word first draft of a novel in 30 days, officially in November, though anyone can do it any month they choose. Millions of writers and aspiring writers around the world are currently writing their brains out.

If you’re doing NaNo, how’s it going?

I am not doing NaNo. I’ve done it twice, the last time in 2015. (I know that for sure, because that year I treated myself to an official NaNo t-shirt that had the year printed on it.) It’s an excellent exercise, but if you cook on Thanksgiving, you’re probably going to miss a day or two of writing, and that can be stressful. My first year I wrote less than 30,000 words; the second year I wrote 43,866. Neither of those books is finished yet.

The reason I’m not doing NaNo this year is that my husband is in a season where he needs my help a lot. I have very limited uninterrupted time, definitely unable to get into the “zone” necessary to write 1667 words a day.

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However, I remain a NaNo enthusiast, and if and when my circumstances improve, I will definitely participate again.

Many writers start preparing for NaNo months in advance: fleshing out ideas, conducting research, outlining, assembling supplies, taking care of other obligations to limit distractions during their month-long writing marathon.

A substantial community of support has grown up around NaNo, both online and in person at local chapters. There’s even Camp NaNoWriMo, challenges to work on more writing projects in April and July. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel—you can get tips from NaNo pros about how to meet your goals. Tip number one is to turn off your internal editor. The goal is to put maximum words on the page, quantity over quality–you can make them pretty after NaNo’s over.

Now it’s your turn. Are you doing NaNo this year? How’s it going? Have you participated in the past? Do you not need to because you routinely write 2000+ words a day? Share in the comments below.

Creative Juice #216

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Creative Juice #216

Such good stuff here. Curated especially for you.

Creative Juice #161

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Creative Juice #161

All kinds of good stuff.

  • Basel, Switzerland. Or Basel, France. Or Basel, Germany.
  • A watercolorist’s process. Her roses are amazing.
  • Beautiful paintings.
  • Following an obsession with Magritte.
  • You know God is capable of giving you a miracle, but it doesn’t happen. How do you respond to that?
  • How to be smarter.
  • I wish I had a cute little quilting studio like this one.
  • The power of a tree to comfort.
  • If you follow this blog, you know I’m a fan of Inktober, the drawing challenge that comes around every October. Here’s an article about another participant’s experience from three years ago (but still timely).
  • Speaking of challenges, NaNoWriMo is coming up next month. Have you ever wanted to write a novel?
  • I don’t really want to be a millionaire, but I think the suggestions in this article could help anyone have a better life.
  • I am such a fan of Fair Isle sweaters.

Video of the Week #114: Time to Think About NaNoWriMo

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Video of the Week #114: Time to Think About NaNoWriMo

Is it worth it to even think about writing a draft of a novel in a month? Here are four authors who would say Yes!

In the Meme Time: Get it Down

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In the Meme Time: Get it Down

For all the NaNoWriMo participants:words-meme

NaNoWriMo Final Update 2015

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The official NaNoWriMo crest

Total wordage: 43,866. Today’s words: 1155.

I’m 6134 words short of my goal of 50,000.

My average words per day were 1462, a couple hundred shy of the 1667 required to meet the goal, but significantly up from last year’s average of 940 words per day.

I might, if I have the opportunity and the energy, try for some more words tonight.

Or I might not. I’m ready for NaNoWriMo to be over.

What I learned: 1667 words a day is possible. I actually exceeded that number nine times this month. It’s just hard to keep it up 30 days in a row.

I’m glad I spent an advance month writing 30 pages of notes. It only took me so far, though.

I’m looking forward to doing it again next year. Next year I’m going to hit 50,000.

How did you do? Feel free to give your stats in the comments.

NaNoWriMo Update, Day 29

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Total wordage: 42,711. Today’s words: 1881.

I wrote the words “The End” today–not because I’m finished with this first draft, but because I knew what the epilogue had to be and wrote it today. I’m not really finished with the ending (got stuck), and the middle is a murky, confused mess, but I’ll deal with that later.

Chances are slim that I’ll make it to the desired 50,000 words tomorrow. But I’d really be pleased if I could hit 45,000. Nevertheless, I am 14,499 words past what I wrote last November. That’s progress, right?

NaNoWriMo Update, Day 28

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Total wordage: 40,830 words. Yay, I finally broke 40,000! Today’s words, 1285.

The ending is coming along. The middle is a mess. They tell me that’s typical for a first draft. I’d hate to be atypical.

NaNoWriMo Update, Day 27

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The official NaNoWriMo crest

Total wordage: 39,545. Today’s words: 1250.

NaNoWriMo Update, Day 26

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Total wordage: 38,295. Today’s words: only 460, but I really didn’t expect to get a chance to write at all, since we hosted Thanksgiving for three of our kids today. Another blessing to thank God for. Happy Thanksgiving to all the NaNo-ers.