Monday, October 22, 2012

Things Every One's Talking About: NANOWRIMO

Since people in the writing world typically post about the same nonsense over and over again. I'm going to join in the on the fun, especially when it's a topic I can get behind. So if I see a bunch of posts over a few weeks that deal with the same stuff I'll chime in. What the hey, right?

This week every one's talking about: NANOWRIMO

It's around the bend, 10 days away in fact, and people are blogging, shop talking and app downloading in preparation. Some do it for fun, some do it because they genuinely want new material to work with in the new year, and others just do it because they do it every year. Sounds like a new sexual position, but alas it's writing. Hardcore, labor intensive writing. You're expected to produce 50,000 words in a month.

To most this may not be hard, but factor in the Thanksgiving turkey stuff fest, the biggest shopping day of the year, and the bed binge afterward... 50K doesn't seem so easy now does it? If you're still saying it's easy then you're probably published or you don't care about the quality of what you produce. This is a creative juice fest for sure. It's about the fast draft and downloading as many creative ideas onto your word document as possible.

Will I Nano? Yes Mork! I will, Nanu Nanu. My goal isn't to start from scratch. I got a head start plopping 20k down on my current novel in 10 days. I figure this gives me a 10 day rest period if I need it. I'm also shooting for 80k or around about in there.

Will I post updates or use fancy gizmos for motivation? No, but there's plenty available. You can find all sorts of motivating apps and tools to help you gear up. From plotting outlines to Write or Die. I don't buy into those app dealies. I tend to use my critique partner for motivation. Every time we talk we experience a sudden urge to produce words. So it's a win-win!

So enough about me, what about you? Will you Nanu Nanu? What tips and stratagems can you offer?


  1. I am Nanoing again this year, mostly because I love the challenge. For me, 50k is almost impossible but not quite, and I've won more years than I haven't.

    I'm a complete amateur; I don't see publication in my future; I'm like the marathon runner who dons a chicken suit for the race because the aim is simply to have fun and to finish.

    So imagine me typing along in my chicken suit...

    1. I have this visual and it's all good! I also love the fact that you've won! I've never won a Nano so maybe I will this year.