Discussion in 'NaNoWriMo' started by Jeff Countryman, Oct 2, 2015.
I thought I'd give it a shot this year.
I don't like writing under pressure.
Nah, I'm pretty good at staying disciplined and seeing a project through once I get the momentum going. I certainly don't want to force a lot of words in a short amount of time.
Best of luck to anyone who does go for it, though!
I'm sort of in. I write too slowly (generally) to finish NaNoWriMo - I care about my prose quality too much to rush it, even on a first draft. But NaNo does give me a bit more incentive to put the time in, so I'll try it.
Nah. I don't need the motivation and working to a set number of words per day/month/whatever doesn't work for me.
Instead, I'm dedicating the month to coming up with an idea and an outline plan for my next novel. I could write a first draft in a month but I'll be lucky if I get a single good idea in that time.
I might just try to finish my novel with a massive effort this Nov. It would be kind of fun to say I started and finished with NaNoWriMo.
I'm going to give it a go (probably!) for the first time.
I only started writing last year - mostly short stories- and I think it would be interesting to see what happens when I attempt something longer...
I find that type of ticking-off-small-numerical-steps-on-the-way-to-a-larger goal quite motivating so I think it will suit my personality quite well.
Any tips for a newbie?
Don't stop to edit, let the story pour out. You can go back and edit later. Also, when I got to parts I was stuck on, I switched to outline, then back to novel. So the ideas were there but it was far from a finished product.
Also, I wrote for myself more than for the credit of having done it. At first I couldn't get started, then things finally clicked but the month was half over. I got to 45K words on the last day. I kept writing and by the end of December, I had 134K word draft of a two book duology.
Four years later, I'm getting close to the end of a finished book one of the two.
Some people try to break it into even writing shifts. 1,666 words a day I think is the even break. I think that is harder. While it is true to say some things may work better for others than some in my expierence I found I needed a day off every week. So I found doing 4k in one night and then taking 2 days off a lot more relaxing. Because if you just don't have the muse and are tired but are trying to reach that 1,666 words a day. You may not only fail to reach it but burn yourself out for tomorrow. Resting a day, refueling your mind and then making the ground back up the next day is something that saved me.
Both great pieces of advice- thank you!
I am a little nervous about writing that much but nothing comes from nothing as they say...
LET'S DO THIS!!!
Me personally. I am not sure. I had been waiting for it all year but now that it is close I am not sure if there is any value. I write fast as it is. And I write a lot. There doesn't seem to be any real value in starting a new project just because it is Nov. lol.
It sounds like an amazing challenge. Not sure I am up for it though. I'd definitely be in for getting more of my current project further along.
I've only recently decided to pursue writing. I've always had journals growing up, and I wrote some pretty good quality stories in school... So maybe instead of a novel. I could challenge myself to writing a short story each week of November. Get the juices flowing.
I have a lot to learn!
Found my group today, hopefully. I will meet with them next week to see if they are a good fit. If not I'll be writing on my own, but hey, that's nothing new.
I'm stoked. I haven't decided yet if I will use it to finish the novel I started during last year's NaNoWriMo, or get a jump on another idea I've been saving for a while. Either way, should be fun!
I joined and have a really vague novel idea but will probably be a "pantster" . I'm not sure how to link my Nanowrimo account to this one on Writing Forums so I'll just copy and paste my link:
Cheers all! Here's to a great November!!! Hope to see yas there . . . .
I'm in, but no inspiration yet. October should be for mapping out, but I don't even know what I'm writing yet.
Not sure how i'm feeling about it, never did it before but seems like its something fun to try. Although, I write incredibly slow when put under pressure... So let's just hope all goes well.
@Jeff Countryman - I found you! I requested to be your writing buddy, because you're from here and whatnot, but don't feel pressured if doing this with other people isn't your thing.
Here's my profile:
Your story sounds pretty good, Lyrical!
Thank you! I've decided to venture into the world of Children's literature. I realized that a very old story of mine would be better served as a children's middle-reader, since the plot was so juvenile. It requires reducing the ages of the main characters and adjusting some themes, but there is greater potential for the story doing that than in its current condition. So I'll be cannibalizing the devil out of the thing this month so that when November begins, I'll have everything in place to write the new version.
By the way, both of your supernatural crime dramas look very compelling, @ManOrAstroMan. If you need a beta reader, I'm intrigued.
I'll be aiming for the 50,000 words, but I won't be starting a new project. I want to be making solid progress with the story I'm writing right now. I'm not sure if I should join the NaNoWriMo website, seeing as I'm not planning on doing things "properly".
And I can understand your point, Moth. I was pretty tempted to do the same, but succumbed to the siren song of doing a fresh project. If, however, you are still going to accept the challenge of cranking out 50k words in 30 days, you can still join to make use of the motivational tools and advice the site provides. You could even kinda cheat and call it a "part two" novel.
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