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    Is nanowrimo right for me?

    Discussion in 'NaNoWriMo' started by GuardianWynn, Sep 25, 2015.

    Okay. I learned about Nano from here. I joined her last Nov. So I didn't know it exsisted until January. :cry:

    All year I had been thinking about it with excitement. Yet now I sm questioning myself.

    NaNoWriMo seems to be more about motivating people. Yet this entire year I have been writing fairly consistantly. Took about one month off to recharge but beyond that every week I produce something.

    So I will no doubt be writing a lot during Nov. So the question hit me. Should I sign up and deticate Nov. to one new project?

    It doesn't seem like there is much of a point. It seems like editing/revising/writing as normal might yeild more than just adding another giant WIP to the need to be edited pile.

    I even tested myself earlier this year to the standards of Nano. :D

    Okay. Sorry it is late here. I might be getting off track. Big question is this;
    Is this something to Nano that I didn't mention that I don't know about? Some reason I should do it that I seem to be unaware of?

    Thank you. :)
     
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    I've never done the full NaNo but I did do Camp NaNo in April and July this year. I sometimes struggle to stay focused on my writing but having a set word goal (and other people holding me accountable for said goal) was great for keeping me motivated. I wrote tons but the quality was shocking. I think something like NaNo would be great for fleshing out a hazy idea. I I really got a feel for some aspects of my story but most of what I wrote will need to be completely rewritten if used at all. I found I write differently when I'm under the time pressure which led to some interesting developments to the plot. Word wars were one of the best things about doing it for me. Even when I felt like I had zero motivation they made me write something even if the quality wasn't there.
     
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    Nano is mostly about motivational tools and pushing yourself beyond your personal demons and distractions to focus on one, external measure of success and just write. If you don't need that to keep moving forward, then maybe it would just be another project and become the distraction for you rather than the point of focus? You know yourself best! Joining groups is probably the only other aspect of it worth considering. They have internal forums that offer challenges, support etc much like you can get here but more focussed because everyone's doing the same/similar things. Then there are offline local groups, which can be good for the soul; even if you don't complete the challenge, chewing the fat with flesh and blood writers every now and then is a good idea.
     
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    Nano also gives you prizes for winning. Discounts on products and other such things. If you're on the fence, check out what they have to offer and see if it's worth it. Otherwise, skip it. You're good at keeping on track, so you wouldn't benefit nearly as much from Nano as others would. Focus on what you already have, get that finished, then possibly do it next year.
     
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    GuardianWynn,

    NaNoWriMo is a great motivator for conscious writers. I think the word conscious is very important here - most of the people who take part in it end up writing 50,000 words (not even that for the most part) of complete, uneditable rubbish. Most, though, not all. You're a member of this forum, you've had your worked critiqued, you've got more insight into writing than others who sign up. If you follow through and make sure you are still in control of what you're writing and it's in what you deem to be an acceptable state, you'll actually have a bulk of your first draft done, which will be a relief by the end of the month. I'd say try and stick to your plan if you have one, but if any plot twists arise while writing (which aren't crazy), don't be afraid to use them.

    Good luck.
     
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    People who do Nanowrimo, even when genuinely writing the 50k words in November, will have plotted out their story long before then.
     
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    Try finding people in your local area. Aside from just the writing, you can meet some interesting people who won't be judgmental about your work (should you choose to share) because they are in the same boat as you. You can also make friends, and socialisation is a good thing.
     
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    I like having the specific goal to work towards, like a school assignment. Yes, I could set any kind of goal, any time of the year, but with others working towards the same goal at the same time somehow legitimizes it. It's a time when you're required to shut everything else out and focus on the writing. No gaming, no role playing, no casual chat, hanging out or social media nonsense. You can't keep that up all the time, so having one month of pure work gives you a chance to really make something.
     
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    I think it sounds like a great motivational tool, but I always imagine that if I tried it the result would be unusable trash.
     
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    Well, maybe I didn't establish my point of view correctly. I am saying that in my case. I don't need the motivation tool. I write all the time. On good weeks as much as 3k a night. So I thought maybe NaNoWriMo as such had no value to me. I was wondering if anyone knew about it having another use that I hadn't thought about or didn't know about.
     
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    The best thing about NaNo for me personally is that the forum is very busy from at least October to December and you can get a lot of help, motivation, whatever you need during that time. They even have threads where you can post the title of your novel and what kind of story it is, and people can make you a novel cover, which is kind of cool I think. I would also suggest you find your regional forum and contact those people. Sometimes they meet up somewhere like a coffee shop to write and be social which can be great if you like that kind of thing. In my regional forum we also have an open chat room during November so you can chat with people there. We do word wars or just help each other out.

    Basically, the month of November for me is equally about socializing with other people who love to write and when I'm not able to do NaNo myself because I don't have the time, I still stop by the forums and chat and help out anyone I can or just encourage people.

    It doesn't sound like you need the extra motivation, but there's no harm in seeing if you actually write 50,000 words in November, and remember, it has to be on a brand new novel, not something you're currently working on, so the reward is a 50,000+ words on a first draft of a new novel which is nice :)
     
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    I did it the other way around. And I wrote 134,000 words, the first 45K I finished in Nov and I just kept going.

    I ended up with a detailed, but very rough draft. NaNo was useful for me to just write, get a story down, and not worry about how it read. The motivation was different than just working steadily, which I've been doing for the last 4 years now, finishing my first novel.
     
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    My view is that if you don't need the motivation, NaNoWriMo doesn't have that much to offer. I see its primary use as breaking perfectionist barriers, and its secondary use as just getting you to write. If you're writing, neither of those uses is, well, useful.
     
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    That is what I was thinking, but one never knows. I have been wrong before. Plus I had such hype all year about it. As it got close I sort of realized I was over hyped. lol
     
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    It is fun. I'm probably going to do it. But then, I need the motivation. :) I haven't been reliably writing lately. I will probably be a "NaNoWriMo rebel", though, and work on something that I've already started.
     
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    If there are a few people doing this this year we could perhaps start our own chat room if anyone's interested.
     
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    Seems great for discovery writers, I do not know if it is my thing, but I signed up.
     
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    What is Camp NaNo? How does it differ from what we do in November?
     
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    I have to say, it's not doing a lot for me. I quite like seeing my word count go up but I can do that with Word, or I could do it here in my progress journal, or I could write the number in lipstick on my mirror every day.

    The quality of writing on the forums is poor, overall. About 90% of the critiques I've seen are useless. Few people seem to be hitting the word count goal, even the ones who post actively on the forums.
     
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    I am not sure what you mean here?
     
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    Just that I'm not writing any more or any better than if I hadn't signed up and done it under the guise of NaNo. :) The site and the whole concept aren't helpful for me. But as you know, my issue isn't a lack of motivation, so I'm not really its 'target audience'.
     
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    Basically the main differences are
    a) You're put into a group of other writers in a chatroom for the duration of the month. This can be done randomly or you can find people in a similar timezone/working on similar things etc
    b) You set your own word count goal. I found this useful as I doubt I could never write 50k of usable stuff in a month so by setting a lower word count goal allowed me to keep some quality while writing much more than I ordinarily would.
     
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    I don't do NaNo, but I think it might be helpful for the kind of people who start one story, then get bored and go hiveing off to start another story, and so on and on. NaNo should help to focus people's minds on one single project. If NaNo does nothing else than force people to stick with one story and see it through to the end, I'd count it a huge success.

    Never finishing a piece of work is just about the worst habit a writer can get into. Much worse than procrastination. Procrastination is something that slows you down, but it doesn't stop you once you finally climb back into the chair. Never finishing anything because you keep thinking up better ideas? That's a neverending trap, and a deadly one.
     
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    Unfortunately, it has the opposite effect on me. Yesterday, I was writing merrily away on a scene, and decided, "I'm writing too slow. This project needs thought. I need to try something easier until NaNoWriMo is over."

    I think that NaNoWriMo served its purpose for me the first couple of times, a few years ago, with getting my fiction-manufacturing apparatus oiled up and running, but that this year it's not productive for me. I'm probably going to bail.
     
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    That's funny. Ach well. Horses for courses. It doesn't sound like NaNo is doing you much good this year. You'll do better working at your own pace.

    I also think if you base your writing on research this won't work very well either. I know I have to constantly stop and consult my research, to keep myself on track. It's one of the reasons that writers' retreats don't appeal to me at all. I mean, I could use the peaceful, quiet place and time, with hot and cold running servants making breakfast lunch and dinner. But I need my 'stuff' around me to work properly.

    What I really need is to send friends and relations off to writers' retreats, and leave me here on my tod to get on with it!
     

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