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message 1: by Tom, Supreme Laser (new)

Tom Merritt (tommerritt) | 1031 comments Mod
Hey all, I'm diving into NaNoWriMo again. Sort of sad to see nobody had started a thread on it so I decided to kick one off.

here's my profile page if anybody wants to buddy up!

http://nanowrimo.org/participants/ac...


message 2: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments I've tried in the past, but November is budget month for my town, so everyone's workload is doubled. I just did 10 hours last Saturday, for instance, on top of my normal schedule.

It doesn't help that every few years we have a nor'easter that knocks out power around Halloween. (See my "Apocalypse Diary" post.) I always start off November behind.

If only they held NaNoWriMo during a quiet month, like February.

But I'm rooting for you and everyone who gives it a go!

Go! Write! Win!


message 3: by John (Taloni) (new)

John (Taloni) Taloni (JohnTaloni) | 2618 comments ^Instead of November it should be March. 31 days, no major holidays, and if writers miss the 50K mark they can say unironically "April is the cruelest month."


message 4: by Tom, Supreme Laser (new)

Tom Merritt (tommerritt) | 1031 comments Mod
it was moved to November "to more fully take advantage of the miserable weather."


message 5: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments John (Taloni) wrote: "^Instead of November it should be March. 31 days, no major holidays, and if writers miss the 50K mark they can say unironically "April is the cruelest month.""

No major holidays? Don't let my mom hear that. St. Patrick's Day at her house is bigger than Christmas and the Fourth of July combined.

Here in NH we also do the voting thing in November and March, so we have candidates trooping through the station and extra programs we make for information purposes. This year was pretty light but 2016 was a nightmare. Trump was here so often that some people voted against him just because he screwed up traffic.

January would be my second choice after February. We have anywhere between one and five feet of snow by then, so that cuts down on hiking. Between stoking the fire and shoveling, there's oodles of downtime. Oodles!

Maybe we can have two NaNoWriMos. Who do we talk to about this?


message 6: by Allison (new)

Allison Hurd | 200 comments Trike wrote: "John (Taloni) wrote: "^Instead of November it should be March. 31 days, no major holidays, and if writers miss the 50K mark they can say unironically "April is the cruelest month.""

No major holid..."


Let us just revolt! I'm always hearing the pen is mightier than the sword, so it should be no contest. NotReallyNaNoWriMo - Jan 2018


message 7: by Dara (new)

Dara (cmdrdara) | 2253 comments Trike wrote: "John (Taloni) wrote: "^Instead of November it should be March. 31 days, no major holidays, and if writers miss the 50K mark they can say unironically "April is the cruelest month.""

No major holid..."


TrikeNoWriMo - the month Trike decides to write a novel in a month.


message 8: by Tom, Supreme Laser (new)

Tom Merritt (tommerritt) | 1031 comments Mod
Yeah, no month is going to be good for everyone. Everyone has different obligations and problems that fall through out the year. November is great for some because there are days off in the US near the end. That's a bad thing for some because of family obligations and travel.

Second, NaNoWriMo's main objection is to get us to stop making excuses and just start writing. If you adhere to that you may be surprised at what you can do, even in November.

Third, You can do your own personal NaNoWriMo ANY month. Go for it!

Fourth, I was hoping this could be a thread for people who ARE doing NaNoWriMo. Anyone? Anyone?


message 9: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments Hijack complete! Thread Pirate Roberts, arr!


message 10: by Poonam (new)

Poonam | 17 comments I'm doing it! First time in 10 years, started with out a plan since i just finished grad school. I'm bioengineer by training, so not really going to me upstart a novel for the long term goal of publishing probably, but hopefully it'll be fun


message 11: by Tommy (new)

Tommy Hancock (tommyhancock) | 97 comments I'm putting the finishing touches on a non-NaNo first draft, then plan on joining despite the fact that I missed at least 1/3 of the event. Still, even if I don't finish, if trying my damnedest to catch up leaves me with, say, 20k words written. Still a quarter of a draft done before we hit December. *shrug* life's a journey and all that jazz.


message 12: by Nils (new)

Nils Krebber | 108 comments I'm kind of doing it - due to family I am not going for the full 50k, instead took the obligation to finish my short story on Arcane Hamburg that is slotted for February.
And for all you November avoidance artists, there is always Camp Nanowrimo in Summer ;)


message 13: by Laura (new)

Laura (conundrum44) | 96 comments I'm doing it! I did it in 2011 and 2012 and decided to do it again this year. I told myself I wasn't going to try and win it, but use it as an incentive to write every day. Yeah, I am totally stressing out trying to not fall behind. (I'm about 1000 words behind right now.)

I am conundrum44 over on the NaNo website for anyone interested in being writing buddies. :)


message 14: by katie (new)

katie (katekor) | 10 comments I'm doing nano for the first time (and posting for the first time--I'm spoiled by good forum design on another website and it's ruined me for other forums) and it's going surprisingly well! I'm not a morning person, but I decided to try getting up earlier and writing before work, and I think I might be turning into some kind of morning writing monster now. Still hate mornings, but I feel so good and accomplished after a quick morning writing session! Of course, it's Saturday and I didn't have to get up for work, so I haven't written anything yet and it's already 11:25...


message 15: by Laura (new)

Laura (conundrum44) | 96 comments katie wrote: "I'm not a morning person, but I decided to try getting up earlier and writing before work, and I think I might be turning into some kind of morning writing monster now. Still hate mornings, but I feel so good and accomplished after a quick morning writing session!"

I know what you mean. I haven't been trying to write before work, but the days were I'm able to go better for me. I think I get less frustrated because I don't have writing hanging over me so much. Perhaps I should try to make a bit of morning writing part of my routine.


message 16: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments Write tired, edit wakeful.


message 17: by Poonam (new)

Poonam | 17 comments Well. I almost quit today. I hadn't written anything in two weeks due to a variety of reasons. But I was free all day today and decided to push for a completion. And spent all day basically doubling my word count. I still am far far behind, but I'm pushing for it. Hopefully, I'll make it to the end. I think next year, I'll try to have an outline before starting. This time, I'm winging it and coming up with the world, characters and the plot all at the same time, has been a little challenging. I don't know, maybe that's how it always is?


message 18: by katie (new)

katie (katekor) | 10 comments Poonam wrote: "Well. I almost quit today. I hadn't written anything in two weeks due to a variety of reasons. But I was free all day today and decided to push for a completion. And spent all day basically doublin..."

I think it's the writing that counts. You still have more words than you would have otherwise, even if you don't finish!

This is my first full nano (I have done camp nano and written two masters theses, so I can't say I'm I total writing newb). But I came to this month with a premise, background about most of my main characters, and a vague plot/outline (I've changed it a ton since starting writing though, and I just yesterday had a way better idea for how to start it--will entail a total rewrite!), and I'm around 43k right now, so planning is definitely the way to go for me. It's weirdly almost been easy for the most part. When I know in general what I'm going to write about next, I can sail through 2,000 words. I think I was lucky to strike the right balance between planning and making it all up on the spot, as I'm still finding lots of surprises, which is keeping it fun and interesting.


message 19: by Richard (new)

Richard Eyres (richardeyres) | 14 comments This was my first time doing Nano, and i had a brief idea where i was going with the story, but really had no idea what 50k words was. Turned out its a lot more than you would think.
I managed to get past 50k yesterday, and found the last 5k words the hardest, as i needed a way to expand the story (hooray for a epilogue and prologue).
I really enjoyed this, and will now spend time reforming what i have written - as i have changed my mind on a few plot points and need to drop a character.
Next year, planning. I bought a course for £10 from udemy on writing, so hopefully this will nudge me a little in the right direction for next year.


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