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    NaNoWriMo Thoughts

    Discussion in 'NaNoWriMo' started by Ubrechor, Oct 27, 2013.

    I contribute to a recently-started writer's blog set up between a few friends, and today I decided to write about NaNoWriMo for those who don't know what it is, and what opportunities it can present.

    I would appreciate it if you read my thoughts here:
    (http://wemightbewriters.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/nanowrimo-national-novel-writing-month.html)

    But I would also like to ask you all what you think of NaNoWriMo, just as a concept, because I've heard some say it's fantastic and I've heard others say it's terrible. What are your opinions, are you getting involved, have you been involved in a previous year, what were your experiences there?

    Happy writing! :)
     
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    Hi Ubrechor.

    I am doing the nano thing for the first time this year. While I like the community aspect, such as local groups who can meet to talk, discuss problems, socialise, etc, I also like the arbitrary nature of the word limit and deadline. What I do not like is that the novels are not actually read by anyone. There is no review process.

    I would prefer it if a panel somehow judged the entries. Well, just the 'winners' obviously.

    It would be a herculean task, I am sure. But without peer review, how useful is it?
     
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    Yeah, me too. It has really helped focus me into providing some story ideas, making notes, describing the properties of my universe, plot, pacing, etc.

    I really intend to go all in when November 1st rolls around.
     
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    This sounds like a fine idea, but it's not for me. It's a bit like Weight-Watchers, isn't it? Some folks enjoy the incentive and support of others who share the same goals at the same time. Others aren't inspired by whether somebody else is 'doing it' with them or not, and would rather do things their own way at their own pace. I'm afraid I'm a bit of a lone wolf, myself. I'm also verbose as hell, and have NO PROBLEM churning out 50,000 words in one month. Problem is, I then end up chucking 2/3 of them later on. o_O But good luck to all of you. Seize incentive wherever it comes from and enjoy your writing month. :)
     
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    I like the idea of it, but it doesn't really work for me. I find it really hard to shut up my inner editor.

    Last year I did one 100-word story every day instead to try and get into the spirit in a way that suited me better - that's what kicked the blog off. I haven't decided yet if I'll try and do the same this year or stick to the current M-W-F schedule.
     
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    I'm very much the same as you and probably won't bother much with the forums and camaraderie of it all. The first novel I published was written in under a month and I average 9k a day on the three novels I'm currently working on. What I'm hoping for instead is some focus. To get back to not splitting my focus so much so that I can be more productive overall. If that makes sense at all. I don't know that adding a 4th project is my best idea, but since I only have a month to do it I'm going to need to give it some amount of exclusivity. The hope being that when I'm done with it, I can manage to focus entirely on one at a time, finishing them more quickly. Possibly a ginormous epic fail in my future, but whatever. It's worth a shot, lol.
     
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    I'm like both of you. Recently wrote a 66K novel in less than a month, words are no problem, I might even write better when I don't feel any pressure of doing so though. But I like the thought of nanowrimo, so I'm going to give it another try, despite that. Problem is I'm usually a little slower the first few days of a new project before arriving at writing 3 or 4K each day. But those days are quite stressful with nano because it's so obvious that you are behind in the schedule, which isn't so nice. and the stress can give me some kind of writers block.
     
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    I tend to agree with jannert - I am usually better working on projects on my own. However, I'm going to give NaNoWriMo a shot this year because I think the aspect of committing to writing with a deadline will still push me there. Plus there's the aspect of thousands of other writers all writing a novel in a month, which I hope will be a source of motivation.
     
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    My first problem with nanowrimo is the utterly ridiculous name. It sounds like a Pokemon.

    My second problem is with its ideology. Writing month? Shouldn't we be writing all year Round?Why associate myself with a crowd attitude that says "this is it. This month I'm going to sit down and do it"? I'm already doing that, every month.
     
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    Current thought: f*** it starts in 1hr40!
     
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    I agree, a writer probably writes every month. But I still think it's fun to burst out in extreme writing one month a year and just write with the inner critic shut off. But of course I write all the other months too. I might just give myself a little more time to finish that first draft! :)
     
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    NaNoWriMo is also geared towards people who have always thought about writing a novel but haven't as yet, which is why there is a "writing month".
     
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    NaNoWriMo is a month dedicated to writing. If you are one of the blessed few who can dedicate every hour, minute, and second of your life to writing, every day, without fail, I commend you and can say, with absolute surety, that NaNoWriMo isn't for you. It is designed for people who can't do that. It is designed as a special time where people who are normally too busy, too distracted or too creatively-frustrated can say "F*** the world, I'm gonna write, and don't bother me 'til Dec 1st." It is for people who, if they did this every day of the year, would lose husbands, wives, children, jobs, or their mind.

    If all of this sounds like melodrama to you or if you're sitting there, reading this, and thinking, "meh, I don't see what the big deal is" or "it's just 50k words, I do that in a day," then it's clearly not for you. To borrow the Weight Watchers metaphor, you're a fit person; of course the program makes no sense to you. And there's nothing wrong with that. I'm just trying to put it into perspective.
     
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    Wonderful post, but, it hardly takes nonstop writing to produce 50k words in a month. Just throw out the t.v.
     
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    Again, you're the fit person. I've done it three years. My personal record is 30k and that was during a month when I had almost nothing going on in my life. I've actually finished novels before, just not in that time frame, because I am not a "throw words on the page and edit later" type of writer. For me, writing quickly while maintaining quality is a challenge.

    PS: the TV helps, if used in moderation.
     
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    712 words so far! I really need to get someone to read it and tell me if the beginning is okay. It's a little different.
     
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    I sent the first paragraph, I'm up 1211 words. I was really unsure about starting the novel so strong, but I think it is an attention grabber. Hopefully after I sleep I can pump out up to 3,000 words today.
     
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    Awesome Lew! No, don't revise, just keep going. The point is to finish a rough first draft without editing as you go. Once you start to tinker with it, you can lose steam.

    Great job though!
     
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    Stayed up late last night, until midnight rolled around, and managed 398 words which is officially one page - lol.
    I might've poured out more had I not stopped to keep tweaking the beginning.
     
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    Is there a peer review process or is the point simply to keep other people accountable/log progress?
     
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    @Carl Magnus There's no official peer review process, no. I'm sure if you made friends on the site, you could eventually peer review each others things.

    It's mostly an accountability forum, and a log that you update every day!
     

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