Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Are You Participating in NaNoWriMo?

The leaves are beginning to change, the days are getting shorter, and the air is filled with a faint whiff of "I'm going to write me a novel." Yes, it's nearly November, which means nearly time for NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, wherein thousands of people around the globe attempt to write a novel in a month and opt for plot over pumpkin pie, turning points over turkey, and foreshadowing over football.

Are you participating? What do you think of NaNoWriMo? Is it a great opportunity to finally get over the hump and get that novel going? Or is writing best done when not in a mad dash?

Let this also serve as a preview for a NaNoWriMo themed week on the blog next week, wherein I will attempt to get those who are participating in the right frame of mind to write pages like they have never written pages before.






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Danielle said...

I am participating! I love it! It's a real daredevil way to do things and it really helps me shed my inner editor.

Amanda C. Davis said...

Yes, and for no reason related to writing: every year I do NaNo I meet more and more amazing people.

Courtney said...

To NaNo or not to NaNo...

TO NANO!!!!!

ajkulig said...

I love NaNo if for no other reason than the people. It's nice having so much company with a comoon goal. To be honest, I often write my MG books in a month, so for NaNo I like to stetch myself.

Cherie Reich said...

*raises hand* Yes, I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year. It'll be my second year in a row attempting the mad dash of words and hoping some of them make sense at the end of it. Last year, I wrote 68,000 words in a month of a YA novel. This year, I'm trying to go into my next novel with a bit more planning and hoping it'll be around 80,000 words. We'll see. I really did enjoy it last year, though. There is nothing quite like it.

Quinn said...

I did it twice, and to this day I wonder if I ever would have started writing novels if it weren't for Nanowrimo. It's kind of magical, the way it turns novel-writing into a social event and makes it seem so much less daunting. I don't think I'll be doing it this year, but one of these Novembers I'm sure I'll jump back into it.

Anne R. Allen said...

My carpal tunnels are way too stressed to try it this year, but Natalie Whipple says she's doing her own "NaNoReaMo" in November. She's reading at least three novels a week all month. I think I'll join her. For people who are doing NaNoWriMo, I've got some tips on my blog.

ryan field said...

I never participated but always thought it was a great event for writers...as a motivational tool.

And I've always wanted to participate, but never made the time. I have this mainstream novel just sitting around and probably should do something with it.

Kate Larkindale said...

I'm doing it. It's a great way to knock out a first draft without getting bogged down. You just have to write the thing, no time to procrastinate over the right words or phrases, just get that story out!

Crystal said...

I was going to. For discipline purposes, but I've since changed my mind, and am going another route instead.

Jeanne said...

This will be my 6th Nano. Can't wait to get into that adrenalized fervor. I get a lot of good stories out of this process, then spend the year polishing.
(And Nathan provides wonderful tools!)

Judy Black said...

Absolutely doing it!! This will be my third year. It's a great chance to really encourage that 'writing every day' habit that so many writers have. It also is a time when writing doesn't seem like a solo job. Lots of support, lots of fun, lots of words.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to it this year. Planning on writing a sequel to my first novel unless something else grabs me before then.

Maria Kenney said...

I have never participated in NaNoWriMo. The 1st of November always seems to slip by without my ever noticing.

I'm still seriously considering it, but I also just finished the first draft of my WIP, and I feel like my time would be better spent editing. I'm hoping to set some monolithic goal to have a finished book by the end of the month (I like to think of it as NaNoEdMo).

I think it's a brilliant idea, and really pushes writers past themselves and their own limitations. It would be interesting to look at a list of published books that were written during NaNo.

Are you doing NaNo? I guess agents don't have the time to write books in a month. have you ever participated?

Reena Jacobs said...

I absolutely love the idea of NaNoWriMo. It's an excellent opportunity to push writers to actually finishing a novel. Many say people say they'll write a novel in their lifetime, but few do.

I heard about NaNoWriMo last year for the first time. I thought about participating, but was knee deep in revisions. I didn't want to sacrifice the momentum I had going with edits for a new novel. So, I didn't.

I know I need to complete another work. But this year, it's the same situation. I had a goal to finish edits by the end of this month, but they're going slower than expected. Now I see them creeping into next month. So that dilemma again. Do I set aside a current work or start a new one?

I have so many partially finished novels, coming up with a new idea and starting from scratch seems counter-productive. One task at a time. And I don't think NaNoWriMo will be it this year.

I'd still like to do it one year though. Maybe I'll set my own month this year to write a novel in a month. Just not November.

T. Anne said...

I think I'm going to use this opportunity to amp up the word count on my current WIP. I like the idea of pouring more energy into my work although I still try to carefully manage the quality of my writing.

Ezmirelda said...

I am definitely doing Nanowrimo this year. I've started a blog just for Nano. It's eznowimo.blogspot.com

I think nano is good for motivation, and even it's it's done in a mad rush, you could always do editing afterwards. At least you got the actual writing part of it done. ;)

Sierra McConnell said...

Heck yeah~! I have an outline and everything! I'm so super jazzed I haven't been able to contain myself for months.

It's going to be so awesome. I've been on the forums for months, posting back and forth with others and I plan on going to meetups this year. I think that's the biggest thing about it. The cameraderie.

Not only do you get to free write 50,000 words (or more) that you're more than likely going to throw out once you start to re-write, but you get to bounce around with a bunch of other over caffienated human-type people who are just as crazy as you are.

NaNoWriMo. A synonym for insanity in some cultures.

Valerie Norris said...

No. I write at a pretty good pace already, and am fairly disciplined about it. Don't need to add crazy to my life!

Nicole said...

I'll be doing NaNo! Love it. Not for the output, necessarily, (though sometimes you get good stuff) but for the experience. The years I've attended write-ins have been so much more fun than the years I haven't! It's good for the challenge, too.

Melody said...

I'm in! :) This will be my first year, because my writing schedule worked itself out perfectly. Not sure what's going to come out of it, but I'm excited!

Wordy Birdie said...

Sure will. I just decided yesterday. As an editor, I suffer horribly from self-editing-itis and I've also had awful writer's block this year. NaNo is just the thing I need to get jump-started.

Racquel Henry said...

I will be participating for the first time! I think it's a great idea. It'll be tough, but worth it in the end. I look forward to your posts next week! :)

chicleeblair said...

Year number six for me! I love NaNoWriMo, it makes me get a draft onto paper and then I can revise as much as I need, but I at least have a new novel to work with.

William Jones said...

Heck yeah! This will be my fourth Nano. This year I've signed up to be the ML for my region, so I hope to get more people to join me at write-ins.

My novel I'M A NOBODY was mostly written during Nano 2009. This year I will be working on a new project called THE SECOND GUARDIAN, and shooting for 80,000 words.

I'm Fantasyfreak_18 if anyone wants to add me.

Kasey said...

I will be participating in NaNoWriMo with one of my close friends for the second year. I just bought a NaNoWriMo shirt, and I've had my story (somewhat) planned since summer, so I'm counting down the days excitedly.

Karri Justina said...

Looking forward to reading your posts during your NaNoWriMo week - this will be my first year participating and I expect I will need all the help I can get!

Joseph L. Selby said...

I think NaNo is a good intention. And we all know where those lead.

Joanne Sheppard said...

NaNoWriMo is definitely not for me. I'm sure it works for some people, but for me, that quantity-over-quality, doesn't-matter-if-you're-writing-plotless gibberish ethos just doesn't appeal.

Also, I find all that motivational cheerleading and "Hey guys, we're all in this together!" stuff a bit icky. Again, there's nothing wrong with it at all, and I know that some people love it, but it's not for me.

E.D. Lindquist said...

I am most definitely NaNoing. Sure, the rushed writing will need a lot of editing later, but it feels good to see those 50,000 works done. The community and camaraderie makes it fun instead of simply daunting.

Jewel Fern said...

Sounds crazy and intriguing. I think I might have to try this!

Jaime Callahan said...

I'm not participating this year, but I have in the past. It definitely kept me writing beyond where my internal editor would've stopped me. I won the year I participated, but my "novel" was a complete mess. For me, I think that serious writing is better kept outside of NaNo, but I still had fun.

DLCurran said...

Yep, I'm in for nano... and since I'm also going to be on holidays in sunny Florida, I'm thinking some good beach time might just add to the ambiance! Bring it on, baby! ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering whether or not it's a good idea for a published writer who is >stuck< in one genre to try and break away by entering a novel that's part of a different genre in nanowrimo...with a pen name.

Anonymous said...

This was a cute post, Nathan, but I just wanted to remind you that outside of Canada and the U.S. (and expatriates), the globe doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving. :P

Remus Shepherd said...

I participated -- and succeeded -- in NaNoWriMo in 2003. The stress of doing so ulcerated my hyatial hernia, which gave me a lot of pain, a little blood, and a new prescription for stomach medications.

I think NaNo is a wonderful endeavor and I admire everyone involved. I'd like to join you, but I have a doctor's note to excuse me from it. :)

Laura Maylene said...

I've never done NanoWriMo, but I have put myself through some self-inflicted writing-crazed periods (lasting anywhere from a week to a month) that I'd never take back. But I won't be doing NanoWriMo this year, either. I have too many other writing projects to work on, including continued revisions on my WIP.

I always say, "Maybe next year." I think it's because I know I'd approach my NanoWriMo novel as a just-for-fun project I wouldn't hope to one day polish and submit. Maybe that's why it's so easy to focus on my current "real" projects. Or maybe one of these years I'll change my perspective on the whole thing and just do it.

Yamile said...

This will be my third year. I love NaNo. I love more the fact that my 9 YO will participate of the junior NaNo, like he did last year. There's nothing like sharing the insanity with someone you love.

Melanie said...

i'll be participating, even though i'm not as prepared as i was the past 2 years. nanowrimo is the best thing that's happened to me in terms of writing - i can actually finish a first draft now!

emiliek said...

Yes! I am so excited, it's my first time. I need a huge push to just get pen to paper (or hands to keyboard) and just move the story forward. I LOVE editing so getting myself to write is tough. I hope this works!

John said...

I have no idea how people can write that quickly. I'm still editing my novel that I wrote last fall (August to December) and the idea of writing 50,000 words in one month (while working full-time, et cetera) is far too daunting. I'll be editing project #1 and writing project #2 in second and third gear, but best of luck to everyone else!

Brooklyn Ann said...

I wanted to do it this year, but unfortunately I'll be too busy revising another project. I likely will be adding 50,000 new words to the thing after all the stuff I need to cut, but according to the NaNo rules, it won't count. :)

Bonnie said...

No, but my goal is to finish draft 6 of my novel by Christmas. I hope there will not need to be a draft 7.

Nathan Bransford said...

anon-

Football is international and current depending on one's definition! Ha.

Carrie said...

I love Nano. It forces me to stop obsessing over little things and just put words on the page. Plus, it's a great way to meet other writers.

Sophie said...

Already (biting my lip)? I did last year and loved it. Sure why not. It's a great way to get the creative juices flowing.

hannah said...

I try to spit first drafts out as quickly as possible so one in a month is very slow for me, actually...but I ALWAYS do NaNo. There's nothing like having a bunch of people first-drafting at the same time as you. So much support.

RKBentley said...

This will be my 6th year doing NaNoWrimo.

Somewhere between now and then I need to finish my wrimo novel from last year (35k to go until I reach 100k) and this year I plan on doing 100k.

Gretchen said...

I've done it twice, never won, but I absolutely LOVE NaNoWriMo!This year my 5th-grade writing class is doing it! I got my free educator's classroom kit in the mail yesterday, and I just dropped off their totally awesome, non-lame Young Writer's Workbooks to be copied. I think NaNo has amazing resources for writers, and you can't deny the power of all the excitement and energy surrounding it. It's going to be another crazy, creative November!

Summer said...

I'm addicted to the word count meter, so a resounding hells yes.

Claudia said...

I so much want to do this, but suspect the month I'm due back at work after maternity leave is NOT the right month to try Wri-ing a No in.

TiffanyD said...

I love NaNo! This will be my 6th year. It's fun and puts a finite end to the rough-draft process, which otherwise can drag on and on and on and on....

Kristen said...

I've seen two major viewpoints among friends:

Nanowrimo is...
1) Awesome for getting over initial noveling anxiety given the provided structure and support.
2) Awful for "real" noveling because of the short time period and emphasis on output over quality.

Therefore, my conclusion is Nanowrimo's value depends on a combination of where you are as an author and how well you manage your anxiety.

Now I'm tempted to draw a matrix demonstrating my theory...

abc said...

Imma do it! But what is this about meeting people? On the forums? I need to meet people. I also plan to drink a lot of red wine, mostly port. And good chocolate. And organic pumpkin pie. And wear tweed. It's gonna be awesome!

Suzi McGowen said...

When I first did NaNo, I didn't do it to write a novel in a month. The word count was too low, and I don't think it's possible to write anything I'd want to claim in a month's time.

I did it to see if I had a novel's worth of ideas in me. It turns out I had lots of novels in me. And so I started writing, thanks to NaNo.

Caroline said...

This will be my second year. I'm hoping that, like last year, it will allow me to write without inhibitions again. My creativity gets stifled by my deafening inner editor. I don't see this as a way for me to write a viable novel (although that would be great, and it has been done). I see it as a writing exercise and good therapy.

Last year brought me a local writing group, elation when I hit 50k (then 75k), and a novel I LOVE, even if it's nothing publishable.

My NaNo page: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/515973

exploringeliza said...

NaNo! I've been dithering back and forth, since I am currently wrapped in the loving arms of a novel in progress already. But I'm going to do it! And on December first I will wipe up all the brain good smeared over my keyboard.

Patrice said...

Don't say no no to NaNo! Say yes!

I'm doing it for the first time this year, since the dates work for me. Convenient that it starts on a Monday.

I've written commercial fiction, a courtroom drama, a comic memoir, and a kid's fantasy (plus lots of short stuff) but I'm going to try literary fiction for NaNo. We'll see if it actually turns out that way -- plot and twists keep percolating in a very commercial way in my brain, even as I try to think lit fic.

Good luck to all fellow NaNoWrimers!

Robin McCormack said...

I will be doing it again this year. Discovered NaNoWriMo in 2007 and love it. Great way to jump start a story, great motivation and challenges me. Looking forward to your posts about Nano.

S.B. said...

Not this year, but I have in the past and loved it. It was more of an exercise to try new stuff and get a story "out of my system".

Reena said...

I will be participating unless I manage to get a job--grad school and novel I can do, work and grad school and novel might kill me.

I've done NaNo three times before--I am awful at finishing things without a deadline--but this will be the first year I'll be writing with a detailed outline. Hopefully I will end up with a draft that is not a total mess.

Kathleen said...

I have never heard of this before now but I am so in. I think it's a great motivator and I am psyched to finish my WIP before Thanksgiving!!

Terin Tashi Miller said...

Mr. Agent Man: I'm participating in "NaNoReWriMo," also known as revising a rough draft of my latest novel.

So, I can't honestly say I'm going to try to write a novel in November. I'm going to try to maybe finish revising one I started last year, though...and if I'm lucky, I'll be happy with it by the end of November.

But no promises...

Of course, once it's where I want it, I'll query you...:)

Maybe in "NaNoQeMo", which could be December or early next year...

Kristen said...

Ended up making the matrix:
Will Nanowrimo likely help you?

It does assume the person in question wants to write a novel.

fairyhedgehog said...

I love Nanowrimo for the camaraderie, the challenge, and the excitement.

There's no way I'm going to get a usable novel out of it but then I'm an amateur. The more of us hobbyists there are the more room there is for the professionals!

Kelli said...

I'm going to NaNo again this year. I tried last year. And yes, in that I use 'try' to mean attempt and fail. But this year feels different. I'm not in love with this story, I'm not as serious about this book, so I know I won't labor over it. It should be fun. I'm excited.

Jenny said...

No NANO this year. But it works great if I'm not in the middle of something, and wanna just cut loose. Though you do meet some rockin people.

Jenny said...

No NaNo this year. But it works great if I'm not in the middle of something, and wanna just cut loose. Though you do meet some rockin people.

Audreya said...

I don't think I will this year. However, I am going to use it as motivation to revise / edit / generally makeover my novel from last NaNo (well, that I finished shortly after NaNo and have done little with since then).

Plus, the other part of my NaNo job is keeping Kelli from getting too fiesty! :-)

Mithril Rose said...

I am most certainly taking part, I love NaNo! Last year was my first try at it and I won, which was an awesome feeling. This year I'm doing something even more crazy and attempting 2 novels at once! Am I insane? Why, yes, yes, I am. ^_^

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Hannah Jenny said...

I'm not participating this year--I'm in college and need to focus on other things (not that I don't get some writing in, but something as intense as a novel in one month isn't a great idea). I hope to participate eventually because it sounds like loads of fun!

Nicole said...

This will be my first year doing NaNo, and I'm so excited! I've wanted to do it for years but haven't had the time. It seems like a valuable exercise - both in terms of pushing yourself to see what you're capable of and in the way the event focuses on community for writers.

Other Lisa said...

NoNoNaNo!

StaceyW said...

I'd love to try it, but I'm not that masochistic. I've got two careers, a packed calendar, a kid and one novel already in the works. Maybe I'll try my own version: NaNoReMo - National Novel Revising Month. That'd be great inspiration to finish revisions and get a step closer to sending queries.

Ahh, I feel a NaNoReMo blog post coming on....

Marilyn Peake said...

NaNoWriMo sounds like so much fun. It also sounds exhausting, but definitely fun. Every year, I think how much fun it might be to participate, but there’s no way I’ve ever been able to work the rest of my schedule around it. I’m glad you’re going to run a NaNoWriMo themed week on your Blog next week, to get people in the mood for intense writing. I’m trying to keep a rather intense writing schedule myself right now and could use any and all extra motivation. I’m working on two novels and have an idea for a third.

Suzie F. said...

Heck, yeah!
This will be my 2nd. My first was very productive. I didn't "win" with 50k but I won in the sense that I wrote more than I ever had in a month. What I love about the NaNoWriMo is that it forces my inner editor to keep quiet which loosens my writing up.

It's insane, exhausting, and exhilarating all at the same time.
And yeah, I'll be extremely busy with work, 4 kids and a house, but who isn't?

Can't wait!

Mira said...

So tempted. It's exactly what I need. But I just don't think it's realistic with my schedule of work and school. School is less demanding this year, thank god - but that could change, and I still have about a year to go.

But I will very much enjoy your posts, Nathan, and I'm looking forward to them.

Have I mentioned how much fun it is to have you back? It's very much fun.

Kristina said...

I did last year, but with school and work (no school last year) there's just no way I can do it. That rules out next year as well ... maybe 2012? I loved doing it last year. I didn't get 50k, but it was so fun to write till my brains fell out (and then some). Rock on, NaNo-ers!

Ginger Merante said...

Nano is what a person makes of it. I did my first Nano last year. At 50k words, my book was far from done or perfect. Complete at over 70k words, it took several revisions and edits before I put it to bed and started the query process. For me, I will be starting the next book in the series and I'm itching for Nov 1st to get here.

I do have to note. I joined the local chapter in my area and went to a meet up. I ended up leaving an hour later. It seemed the people in my area were an established group and were not interested in any new members. They were quite rude. I found most of my support online, mostly on Twitter.

Maya said...

Undecided. I've never done it before, but it sounds fun. Plus I'm just finishing up my first draft of my WIP -- so it might be nice to work on something new!

Marilyn Peake said...

Curious, I went to the NaNoWriMo website. Looks like the goal for the length of a NaNoWriMo novel is 175 pages (50,000 words). I’m thinking maybe ... maybe ... I could do that. God help me, I’m thinking about maybe possibly taking part in NaNoWriMo.

HaHaHa ... My word verification is "exclame" ... I'll say ... It's like "exclaim" but typed too quickly to be spelled correctly. But either way, it means, "What am I thinking!?"

Honors Code said...

This will be my first year doing NaNo, and I'm somewhat apprehensive and excited at the same time. I know my writing is still a long way from professional levels, but in a field where only practical application improves you, I think it will be a helpful exercise. As an added bonus, I've met other writers who live in my area, and it is wonderful to connect to people who share your same hopes, desires, fears, and psychoses.

Hannah said...

November has officially transformed from a month in which you meet with your crazy family and friends to a month in which you write with even crazier family and friends, some of whom are halfway across the globe.

...Of course I'm participating in NaNo this year!

Heather Kelly said...

I love NaNo. I love connecting with community, and the rush of adrenaline. NaNo fits how I normally write novels, hot and heavy, waiting for the revision in order to breathe life and depth into them. I love that my kids get excited about writing their own NaNo novels, and that they can finally connect with my writing in this way. The only down side to NaNo is the backlash that happens within the writing community. I have already seen many blog posts about how pantsing a book can not ever produce anything worthwhile. And posts on how the NaNo word count is just too high to be effective. I know NaNo isn't for everyone. But I love it. It's exciting and crazy and I've met the most wonderful people doing it. Long Live NaNo!!

Penelope said...

Participating and excited about it!

I need deadlines, so this will be good for me.

Stephanie Barr said...

I never intend to participate because I know that, for me, forced writing is bad writing. Cool for those that can work with it, though.

Ironically, though I wasn't going to participate (and didn't officially), I got the inspiration to write a novel from beginning to end from Sept 23 through November 4, ~98,000 words. Strange coincidence, no?

And, with almost no edits after three run-throughs, it's still the cleanest novel I've ever written first draft.

Ted Fox said...

I have lots of respect for those of you who can do this. Unfortunately, I can't ignore my compulsion to edit as I go, making such a task almost impossible. Then again, humor writers are supposed to be neurotic, right? It's the Larry David model.

Shelley Watters said...

I'm participating. It's my first Nanowrimo. I've got a complete novel that I'm querying and I've been reading like a mad woman. So I figured it would be a good exercise to getting me flexible to write the next book. (I tend to do freewrites to get the ideas flowing for books - so this is right up my alley). Of course NaNo does not produce queryable novels - that is way too short of an amount of time to assume that what you write will be any good. But I'm taking it as a first step in completing another book - to come out with something at the end that I can work from. Or, you know, throw it out because it's complete crap. :)

Anonymous said...

yeah NANOWRIMO!!!

Most fun we writers almost ever get to have in a group!
Soooo heady: across the globe all of us imagining and plotting and pounding the keyboards away.

You betcha, I'm participating. I'm so excited, I hardly know which story outline I'm going to choose.

Of course, there is slow, methodical writing too. But fast and furious is FUN! (Only your blurry-eyed editor will know for sure, but afterward, in the editing room, there will be some 'splaining to do, Lucy!)

Tori said...

Yes. A million times yes. Nano gave me my very first novel. It was crap, so much so that it was put under my bed never to be seen again (I was ten) but without Nano I don't think I would have ever had the courage to begin writing. Plus, I've been editing the same novel for three months with no end in sight...it will be refreshing to put that aside for awhile and work on something different! Woot! I've been working compulsively on an outline all week. I have pretty good feelings about this year. I think I'll come out with something awesome.

Susan Antony said...

I'm on the line. I need to finish my current novel, but I have a story swirling in my head.

Anonymous said...

Ive been participating in National Novel Writing Year.... my baby will never be finished...sigh.

Anonymous said...

I'm doing it for the first time this year and very excited! I think it's a great way to get people past their inner editor and let the words flow so they can finally accomplish something.

Mismikado said...

This is my first year of participating. I am so excited it's not even funny :) The perfect story came to me a few weeks ago and now I cannot wait for Nov to get started. I'm also hoping to hit up a couple write-ins to meet some awesome people.

Wool in Sunshine said...

I'm doing it for the first time this year, and I'm little worried about the whole thing. I've written short stories and a novella but never a novel, and I'm prone to edit and re-edit a page/chapter/paragraph before moving on, so I'm hoping this exercise will force me to just write!

Taymalin said...

I'm going to give it a try. I'm not a very fast writer, but I've got a novel I want to write, but every time I've tried it I've given up. I'm hoping that rewriting the outline and using it as a NaNo project will help me get the whole thing out.

Amanda said...

I wasn't going to, but since I have been in a major writing funk lately, I figure it can't hurt. At the very least, it will hopefully get my juices flowing again. We'll see!

But don't fret. You won't see a query from me on Dec. 1st. :D

Becca said...

Yes, I am participating. I am a lazy butt, so this is the best way for me to actually write something. The editing comes later, but at least I get something written down.

Ben Woodard said...

Last year was my first try. As a new writer, my max story length was around 10K words. Didn't think I could write 50K, but I did it. And it was decent. Probably not good enough to publish, but a real novel. I was ecstatic. Cheers for NaNo!

Alii Silverwing said...

Yup. I'm participating. :)

I like it as an excuse to hole up for a month and put words on paper. Everyday life gets in the way for me the rest of the year. Nano's a convenient time to just be: "Look. Writing. Go away. You want me to /win/ don't you?"

Others step back in the face of a 'contest', and it makes it much much easier for me to claim time for one of my pre-planned projects. ^^

wonderer said...

This will be my 6th NaNoWriMo, and I wouldn't miss it for the world.

Like Alii, I use NaNo as a time to put writing higher up the priority list than it is the rest of the year. It's also my favourite way to write the first 50,000 words of a first draft. I love spending November crazy, exhilarated, sleep-deprived, and amazingly creative - along with thousands of others doing the same thing. There's nothing else like it.

Tracy said...

I HAVE to do NaNo. I've been participating for so long now it feels as much a part of November as Thanksgiving!

Ben Carroll said...

I'm doing it.

Just when I think I've got my own motivation for writing, and I've got my own habits and goals and timetables, something like summer comes along and knocks it all off track.

Then the first NaNo email lands in my inbox, and I'm slowly drawn back in.

My goal this time is to write something I like... and that I continue liking long enough to edit enough so it's smart enough for me to get the free proof copy from CreateSpace.

B.J. Caulfield said...

I'm participating! This will be my 5th year! It's a lot of fun and some great writing has come out of it. The only challenge is getting around to revising. Ugh.

J. Stryker said...

According to Hemingway, "The first draft of anything is _ _ _ _," so why not? After all, Hemingway did pretty well for himself literature wise.

R. Paramour Cook said...

Absolutely.

NaNoWriMo is about as far from my normal writing MO as you can get. I write mostly flash fiction and poetry. I get very picky about minimalist and precise wording. I edit and re-edit as I go.

So, NaNoWriMo is like a month-long exercise in expanding my writing process horizons. I may not write anything in November I would ever consider sharing with another person, but every year I've participated, I've woken up on December 1 feeling like I've leveled up my writing-fu.

As a bonus, it's a great excuse to get out of doing Thanksgiving dinner dishes!

D.G. Hudson said...

No. Never have and most likely never will play the NaNoWriMo game. Quality items aren't usually crafted in a condensed time period.

If it suits the person, they should go for it, but each of us should be aware of whether such an exercise is really helpful, or just a way to show you how so many words can be produced in a short period of time. It all depends on what your objective is in relation to NaNoWriMo. It may be encouraging to some, but to others, it's a waste of time.

Nathan, what do agents think of NaNoWriMo, aside from the fact that agents are sent many of these 'novels' after the hubbub dies down?

ajcattap said...

I'm doing NaNo for the first time! I'm using it as a chance to take a break from writing kids' stuff.

As a past marathon runner, I picture NaNo as the writer's version of completing 26.2 miles.

My goal is to apply the strategies I used for completing the Chicago Marathon to NaNo:

1) Keep the pace steady. No sudden spurts of energy only to exhaust yourself quickly.

2) Listen for the cheers of your supporters--you can accomplish a lot on the adrenaline rush you get from their encouragement!

3) Don't worry about how you look in the end as long as you finish.

4) Enjoy the little moments because before you know it, the race--I mean, month--will be over.

Valerie Kemp said...

Definitely doing it! Last year was my first year and it was a revelation. Just sitting down and forcing myself to write and not worrying that everything is perfect changed the way that I write now for the better. I can't wait to do it again. If only I could decide on a story...

Joi said...

This will be my 7th NaNoWriMo, and I can't imagine November without it! NaNo taught me that I *could* write a novel, and I learned how to silence that devilish inner editor until the first draft is done. It even got me a copywriting job!

V said...

Nope. I can start a book just fine, thank you. It's finishing it that causes me the most frustration. Life keeps interrupting my keyboard time. My plotting time (which happens when I'm driving, among other times) has far exceeded my needs in the last year and a half.

It frustrated me so much that I declared October FiThDaBoMo*. Due to being so ill writing hurt, I'm extending October's effort into November.

I tried doing NaNoWriMo twice. Unless I have another story trying to take over the current story's creative process, it does nothing for me. Mostly because I loose one whole week to the Thanksgiving holidays.^ Family is as important to me as writing.


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*(Finish The [explicative deleted] Book Month.)

^ I'm convinced that the guys who came up with NaNoWriMo don't:
1) travel for the Thanksgiving holiday
2) cook and clean for the Thanksgiving holiday
3) do both
4) do either

Stephanie said...

I am definitely doing this again. In fact, last year's novel is in its second round of editing and I've just realized how to revamp the entire beginning. This year's novel will be a futuristic dystopian and I'm very excited about it. I've found that NaNo really forces me to get the story drafted due to the challenge of the entire month.

mpclemens said...

Absolutely. NaNo #4 here, and I'm looking to keep up my perfect win record. I'm anxious about the story -- Is there too much? Will it be interesting? Can I finish in a month? -- but I look forward to the rush.

uniasus said...

Heck yes I'm NaNo'ing. It'll be tough to win this year, I'm abroad and have lots of trips planned (all in Nov of course), but if I can't win I'm at least aiming for 30K.

Susan J. Berger said...

Ok That's synchronicity. My blog on Nano went up today at Pen and Ink http://thepenandinkblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/write-novel-month.html.

I am on the 3rd revision of my Nano novel from last year and I still love the story.

Jenni Merritt said...

Well...OF COURSE I AM!

silly question...

Wishing everyone the best literary luck!

Michelle said...

I'm echoing T.Anne. I need to pump up the volume and double the word-count of my current draft. So much time and so little to do..... Reverse that.

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

I am participating and I am determined not to give up like I did last year. I think this is just the motivation I need to finally get started and I feel that I'm in the right mindset this year.

sex scenes at starbucks, said...

It doesn't work for me, but to each his or her own. Have fun!

Lauren @ Hobo Mama said...

I've done it (and won it) the past 2 years, so I think I have to continue the tradition. Just wondering how I'm going to fit it all in! Again.

Liralen said...

I'll be taking part. I don't expect to get any brilliant writing out of it, but 1) it's fun, 2) I rarely write long things otherwise, and 3) it's fun!

Natasha Fondren said...

Yes! I always experiment with something outside my comfort zone and genre during NaNoWriMo.

What confuses me is how people constantly belittle it as writing really fast and nothing can come of it.

Does anyone know any published writer with a good career, aside from the literary crowd, who writes less than 1500 words a day? Most write 2000-2500.

So why is it a "mad dash," LOL?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I am participating. I've a good start on the sequel to my book, which came out yesterday, and will use NaNo to complete it.

erica and christy said...

We hosted a half-marathon this month as a practice for Nano and, um, I've found I'm more of a sprinter than a marathoner. 400 meters (words) at a time, not 3,500. Good luck to everyone who can go the distance!
erica

Stephanie Faris said...

My problem with NaNoWriMo each year as it comes around is that we have to start a new novel to participate. I'm usually in the middle of a novel when it comes around!

Kristin Laughtin said...

No. I'm already in the middle of one novel and don't want to start a new one, and I like my self-imposed word count goals more than NaNo's. Since it's only a deadline for the sake of being a deadline, it seems arbitrary to me. I'm a slow writer anyway, so I think forcing myself to do it without allowing time for revision would just frustrate and stifle me.

suzy vitello soulé said...

Wow. 127 comments. Crazy! I did the NaNoWriMo thang last year, and it was great for the writing muscle (not so great for the butt muscle). The best part of it for me, though, was a group of my writer friends and I shared our "last paragraphs of the day" at the end of every day, and the practice not only spurred us on, it made us salivate to see what would happen next in our colleagues' novels. I'm thinking of dedicating my blog to this practice (www.letstalkaboutwriting.com) for the next month just for the community atmosphere.

Noriko Nakada said...

Yep, I'm in along with my 65 middle school students!

Anonymous said...

I do NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) as there is no way I can write a book in November with Thanksgiving travel and Christmas shopping. Why isn't it a thing to write a book in January, Febuary or March when often there isn't a lot going on?

aardvarkian.com said...

I'm in. And I'm going to do it this time, too.

Adam Heine said...

I think it's a good idea for those (like me) who have trouble pushing out 50 words in an hour. But every time I think about doing it I remember I have 9 kids and am not an absent father :-/

Caitie F said...

I hate NaNoWriMo. And I am sure if I am working for an agent I will hate it even more. At my internship, the worst words I saw were "I wrote this during NaNoWriMo". All of them were horrible query letters. It makes everyone think they can just write a novel. . .and in a month at that. So many don't get that it is a great exercise, but it doesn't make you a writer and the first draft is not the last.

Kristi Helvig said...

I did my own NaNoWriMo in Oct. last year and am on track to finish another novel by the end of this Oct. I plan to use Nov. as my editing/revision month. I think it's a very cool idea and don't understand why my inspiration keeps coming a month early!

Joy N. Hensley said...

Yes, I'm in. This time with two kids under four, a P90X-obsessed husband, and a puppy in tow.

I enjoy writing like this. Get the plot down first, then go back and fill in with all the important character arc stuff. I love writing this way!

My first ever sci-fi adventure is about to begin...

Remilda Graystone said...

I won't be doing it, simply because it wouldn't be too much of a challenge for me, and because there's already enough on my plate as it is. But I love seeing all the excitement about it, because this is really the first time I've been around people who've participated in it.

Good luck to everyone who is joining in!

Michelle said...

Yes - I'm participating. Last year the experience really helped me to quiet my inner editor and learn to just write and get the foundation of the story on paper. I can't wait to see what I learn this year.

Erica said...

I've done NaNo for six years and complete three times. My first one took another two years to eidt and polish but I doubt I would have actually complete a novel in the first place had NaNo not inspire me to push myself.

k10wnsta said...

I'll probably have a go at it, if not just to briefly try a totally different way of writing. But it'll probably end up being NaNoWriDay for me. I'll be too eager to get back to polishing the story I've been working on for the past 4 years (which I'm kind of absorbed in atm because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel - I could have it finished in as little as two years).

Carol Riggs said...

No way. I can get motivated by myself. I don't like to be rushed! It really works for other people, though.

RED STICK WRITER said...

I read that Grisham still thinks A Time to Kill is his best novel. He commented that with that first one he was able to tinker until he had it where he wanted it. The Firm became an instant craze. He had the previously small-published A Time to Kill available for republication to satisfy the eager masses. I think he said he wrote The Pelican Brief in two months to satisfy the burgeoning crowds still wanting more. I agree that Kill is his best, but Brief ain't bad for a two-monther. He has my amazement and respect.

Daniel L Carter said...

Wasn't he the Japanese pitcher for the New York Yankees a few year back?

Lillian Grant said...

I am taking part. I have done script frenzy before but this will be my first Nano. I usually write my books very quickly as a first draft then spend months polishing them. I don't plot so the sooner I get it on paper before I loose the flow the better. I plan to write a sci-fi instead or romantic suspense so it should be a challenge.

rampantpanda said...

I love NaNoWriMo so much that I used it as an incentive to finish editing another novel by the end of September! I agree with the other participants: It's fun to do something crazy with a bunch of other crazy people, and NaNo is a great way to get through the first draft without a lot of editing and waffling.

Trisha Wooldridge said...

I'm debating NaNoWriMo. I already have an agreement with one of my good writing friends that we want to also make November a NaNoSubMo and pepper our newly revised queries and final drafts to our dream agents (who haven't already rejected us).

BUT I do have a YA I'm working on that I could use a push on. It wouldn't be eligible for winning NaNoWriMo, though. I do wish the OLL had a "supporter" slot for those of us who might have close to 50k left to write on a WIP... The Worcester, MA chapter is wonderful and I got a lot of writing done at our write-ins, and met some wonderful people.

I'm still thinking...

Nicole said...

I have participated in the past but won't be this year. In addition to moving in the middle of the month, my son is having a minor surgery. As much as I'd like to make time to write, I just have too much going on.

So I'll be cheering everyone on instead! Good luck, WriMos!

Claudie A. said...

I LOVE NaNoWriMo. It firmly set me on the writing track, and every year, I meet a bunch on new and awesome writers.

The truth is, I do more than NaNoWriMo. I help organise it, as a Municipal Liaison. :) Some of my best friends are writers from my region.

So in short... lots of words, lots of fun and lots of friends!

Rowenna said...

This year I'll be passing on NaNoWrioMo in order to participate in GiantResearchPaperWriMo. It's probably not going to be nearly as much fun, so you crazy kids write some fun dialogue for me. I'll be footnoting into the wee hours of the night instead.

BornFeetFirst said...

You bet! This is my year of crazy schemes. I ran my first marathon 10 days ago, so now it's time for my first novel. Tomorrow I'm going to set up my workspace in anticipation of November 1.

treeoflife said...

Absolutely I'll be participating in NaNoWriMo... it's a great way to prepare for December - NaQueNaMo (National Query Nathan Month).

;)

Poor guy.

Marilyn Peake said...

Well, I spent a good portion of my day today staring at my November calendar, trying to figure out a way to fit in NaNoWriMo. My conclusion: NoWayNoHow. Maybe next year. Looking forward to reading your NaNoWriMo-related Blog posts, though. I’m rewriting most of my sci fi novel, am enjoying that immensely, and would love to have extra inspiration to keep on writing intensely.

Zak said...

Down here in Australia,

We too, are noticing a changing of the seasons. We don't have the added-advantage of crappy weather to keep us locked indoors. We are indeed coming into our wonderful Summer months and Nano Wri Mo is a particular and peculiar challenge for us Aussies. How does one write whilst surfing the waves?

I personally love Nano, but I must admit it's hard giving up those bright sunny days for hours upon hours in front of a screen.

And, to top things off, it's also exam time, first exam on the 16th of November. Which, I guess is about hump-time for Nanoeers! We shall see what this year brings.

Good Luck to all the Nano participants this year!

ntrwst said...

I'm revising this yr. but I've done it in the past and loved it. It teaches you to let go of the editing and write. I love it.

Julie Arduini said...

This is my first year. My first love is fiction but so far most of my writing credits is in non. I write with a surrender theme so I'm excited to take this to fiction.

Anonymous said...

I want to participate. But I have been very very "blocked" lately. So I'm wondering if I should (instead) committ to the 1667 words per day (I know I can do that) , but let it simply be ANY kind of writing (as long as it is creative...so my blog or journal will not count...a part of a story , anything).I don't like that lack of direction either, but its been a hard month for me on many levels and I've been "blocked" completely.
I also know I spend far too much time reading. I need to find my VOICE and true genre that I wish to write in (I have no idea) , so I'm reading anything and everything I can get my hands on to spark some feel of where I lie. BUT I am also sabotaging myself because then I never write. I wonder if its worth it anyway at my novice stage. Tough to know. If you have thoughts on any of this, let me know!

Anonymous said...

Last year, I participated in nanowrimo, and I found myself burnt out by the end of it. I had a half a novel that I did not finish a first draft of until the beginning of this year.

This year I am participating, but this time, I'm using nanowrimo to complete another novel I started this year. This way when I end up burnt out; I'll have a first draft finished around 90k words.

However, the biggest strength of nanowrimo is not the word goal. The biggest strength is the community that takes part. And it's the community that makes me come back each year.

L.C. Gant said...

I did NaNo for the first time back in 2006 and have gotten away from it since then, BUT I'm all in this year, baby! I can't wait!

Oh, and BTW Nathan, do you mind adding the link to NaNo in this post so folks who haven't participated before know where to go? Just a suggestion. Happy NaNoing!

pamala owldreamer said...

I wouldn't miss it.This is my second year.I am doing the final revisions before sending a query out.I loved every minute.I am a pantser at heart still learning the value of note cards. I sit butt in chair and write whatever comes so this format was perfect for me.I knew on the first day who my characters were,what the story was about and how it would end.Yes I have had to edit and rewrite more than I would if I'd taken more time,maybe,but I think the premise is good,characters are interesting and the ending good.I plan to have this #1 in a series.

Anna said...

I'm finally participating in nano officially for the first time after watching on the sidelines for the past three years. I'm hoping that it will give me the discipline I need to churn out pages instead of sitting around thinking about writing like I usually do. I can't wait to participate in write-ins and meet some great people.

Jeanne said...

Definitely. This is my 5th nanowrimo and I'm totally looking forward to it.
This year it's going to be all about silliness. I'm still rewriting last year's nanonovel and it's making me stress/hate writing. So I'm taking Nov off of that novel to write and (hopefully) to remember how much I love writing. That is what nanowrimo is to me. A month to give yourself to the love of writing.

Ruth Donnelly said...

Yes, I love NaNo! It forces me to write, write, write... and the result is that I'm more productive for months afterward.

Kathie Leung said...

I've been doing NaNoWriMo for the past 8 years, meeting the challenge all but one of those years. My very first year I wrote "And then there was Sam" and am happy to report that after some major rewrites, getting my skills honed, learning to listen to my voice and not the voices of the masses, am just about ready to seek representation.

I was tempted to say no, not this year. But all the other years have given me some great starting points and so I've decided to start on a new genre for me, but one that I've been wanting to try my hand at, literary fiction.

So the short of it - aw, hell yeah!

Now here's a question for you, Nathan, is it better for an aspiring author querying a first novel to leave out any mention of participating in NaNoWriMo as a whole in the world of literary agents and publishing or can it be seen as a plus?

Aimee Bea said...

I'm going to try this year. I've never done it before, and I don't think I can do it, but I'll try. :)

B.E.T. said...

I am definately participating this year. It's only my second year and I'm revved up to use the extra motivation to finally finish off this idea that's been floating in my head for forever.

It's just, the sheer community, the tacit competition with a deadline. It's good practice for getting a rough draft put out there so you actually have something to work with as far as editing and revision goes.

Jan Markley said...

I think it's a great idea if it gives people the motivation they need to dedicate a month to writing. Since I'm working on two w-i-p I try to write as much as I can anyway.

Candice Beever said...

I am definitely doing Nano! This will be my second year and I do it to fall in love with writing all over again. After eleven months of editing, agonizing, and some of the other not fun parts of being a writer, it's amazing to just sit down and write with reckless abandon. Not to mention the rush of accomplishing something that seemed impossible thirty days ago. I love it!

Robin said...

I just signed up today - I've turned out 50,000 words in a month before, though it was total crap. Maybe this time I'll get a little substance out of it!

Anabel said...

Yes! For the first time. The last four years I've been in Law School and never had the oportunity to do this because my finals were close to November. But I'm done with school and I'm so excited to start writing this novel. Now let's see if I'm equally enthusiastic by the end of November.

bellewhittington said...

Heck to the yes! :-)
I'll be writing my sequel this year to the novel I worked on in last year's Nano!

I don't know...there's just something exhilarating in the idea of the camaraderie of writing a mad dash with thousands of others. Somehow, for 30 days, the world becomes smaller and warmer and full of beautiful words.

stephaniecain said...

I started doing NaNoWriMo about 6 or 7 years ago and decided to do something completely different that year. I went for urban fantasy, instead of the epic fantasy I'd been writing since high school. To my surprise, I turned out the novel that I think is closest to publishable right now -- though it still needs more revision, three revisions later. So I'm definitely doing it again this year, and I'm planning to shift sideways into paranormal suspense this year. :)

My two favorite tools for NaNo are index cards and the Outlining a Novel in an Hour by Chris York.

MichelineMcAllister said...

I have done it three times. My first NaNo book got published....Love You, Love Your Work, Let's Do Lunch!....I think it is great fun. If anyone wants to be my buddy I am
michelinewrites

This said, I have read some negative comments, it doesn't mean it is bad just because it comes from NaNo, I have written and published both ways.

Denise Jaden said...

Big fan of NaNo here. My first YA novel just came out last month and it was also my first attempt at NaNo. Yes, it's a mad dash, but heaven knows I need something to get me in gear.

Claire Dawn said...

I'm a nanner and I'm proud!

Although I pity the December deluge agents must receive. Hmm, November's probably a great time to query though...

Ty Johnston said...

I'm not planning to participate as I have other projects going on.

Personally, I don't care for NaNo. I think it's a good tool for those who seek the camaraderie or who want the motivation, but heck ... I'm writing all the time anyway. What's another month to me?

Teri Bernstein said...

In 2009, I lasted for about 25,000 words and quit a few days before thanksgiving. Participating worked this bit of magic: it turned me into a daily writer. This year, I have a clearer view of my project so I am gearing up.

Myste said...

I love NaNo! I participated last year for the first time and came in just under 100k (am now trying to edit it down to the 80's to make it more marketable. But I love the freedom of not trying to have it perfect on the first draft. You can always fix a scene that doesn't work, but you can't fix what was never written.

Kate Langton said...

Yes, doing it. This will be my seventh Nanowrimo and one was done in Edinburgh, Scotland. Very interesting doing 'National' Novel Writing Month in a foreign country.

To be honest, I don't find that my Nano wins are publishable quality by the end of the month, more a rough draft really. For this reason, I am deserting the Pantsers this year (those who write by the Seat of Their Pants) for the Outliners.

Am having a fine time with the plot holes. Ha.

Beth Terrell said...

Absolutely yes to NaNo. I've done it six times and seem to win every other year, so this one needs to be the one that breaks that streak--I"m shooting for two wins in a row this time.

Why NaNo?
1) The 1600 + words are close to what I'd like my daily count to be anyway. Most professional writers do at least 1000 a day.
2) At work, we have slightly less-busy-than-usual period around November, which allows me to get a first draft done then and edit the rest of the year. Editing is much easier than writing for me during the busy season.
3) It's great to meet fellow writers in a month-long celebration of writing for its own sake.
4) It's a wonderful reminder that writing is FUN.
5) I love the feeling of committing to an intense, month-long writing exercise.

Terri said...

I've done Nano for the last several years. It is like a sort of addiction. It works for me.

wendy said...

Awww. How nice. I won't be participating in NaNoWriMo, but I'd like to write pages like never before. Looking forward to some mentorship there. :)

Terri said...

I've done Nano for the last few years. It is fun, and I enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

It's early November already? Thought it was still late October...

I will be participating for the second time. Last year I learned to my surprise that I can write horror! But the best part of the experience for me was the freedom to write as poorly as I wanted, while at the same time getting some much needed bootcamp style butt-in-chair-and-write discipline. Booya!

Gayle C. Krause said...

Yes. This will be my first year. Looking forward to the rush of writing fast.

Tess Cox said...

Yes, this will be my first year. Need to finish a first draft. It's exciting. I'll be doing part of my writing using paper and pen in INDIA of all places. Will miss Nathan's encouraging tips given in November, therefore looking forward to reading all I can before November 1st!

Regan Leigh said...

I'm trying NaNo for the first time this year. I'm excited to see what it's like. But then again, I'm kind of weird in the way I write. I always write books in a crack fueled mad dash -- without really doing crack, I swear. :D

Both of my first two books were each written in a month. Does it make for crazy long edits? Well, yes. But it's how I work. I want to get the ideas out fast and in one piece.

I think that's why I usually paint with acrylic paints. I love the look of oil paintings more than anything, but they take too long and make it impossible for me to finish a painting in just a couple of sittings.

Nicole Zoltack said...

I love Nano. Yes, I'm doing it this year. November is by far my most productive month of the year.

Peter Dudley said...

Not sure. Did it four times with success, tried a fifth but failed. I am fortunate to be joining a few other writers [waving at you, you know who you are] for four days at a writing retreat early in the month. Can I pound out 12,500 words a day for four days? We shall see. We shall see.

Pete Miller said...

No. Not doing this year as I am finishing up a several short stories. I did it last year, though. My 13 yr old daughter and a friend are giving it a go, though.

elementalmoon said...

I'm actually using NaNoWriMo as NaNoEdMo this year because I'm a full time night student and full time day worker, so finding the motivation to continue my revision process has been difficult lately. And I can't start anything new until the revision is out of the way! I'm hoping to get through my final set of revisions(as I've been working on the process for over a year now) in this next month. We'll see how that goes...:D

Vacuum Queen said...

Yes, with my two kids in one combined project. We're not officially signing up, but will be using the site's prompts just for fun.

My son used to be a great writer, but years of writing only perfect 5 paragraphs essays in school have left his writing, hmmm, compact. Short. Detail-free. Formulaic. Bleh.

I'm hoping to just push and push the amount he can write, without care towards the actual story we're writing, or the mechanics. Hoping to have some fun.

Ganz-1 said...

I'm participating for the first time. Can't wait to start as I already have the idea for the story I'm going to write during the month.

sheilamcperry said...

I'll be doing it for the 5th time - I have 4 previous NaNo novels in various states of completeness lying around on my computers - spent about 3 years editing the first one, but only 2 on the second so I think I'm finally getting into the swing of things!!
Where I live (in Edinburgh) we have a real world NaNo group with lots of write-ins and other meetings, and I find that a huge help as I don't meet many other writers in the normal course of events.

Allison said...

This will be my second time participating. Part of the reason I'm doing it this year (now that write-a-novel is already crossed off the to-do list) is because I'm actually quite a slacker when it comes to writing, and NaNo motivates me with a non-self-imposed deadline. Although I can see this changing in the future, right now it doesn't matter so much that what I am producing is rather horrible, what matters is that I'm writing

Rasana Atreya said...

First did this in 2007. It is a great way to get the juices flowing. I love the Pep talks, love monitoring the word count of my buddies and thinking - damn! I need to catch up with them! ;-)

The energy of the community is a wonderful thing because you get so isolated writing alone. Like Bush said, "Bring it on!"

Annikka Woods said...

I've participated every year since 2003. I haven't WON every year but I at least made some kind of effort. I'm going to be doing it this year but my goal is a little different. 50k became too easy for me. Last year I did 75k. I'm upping the ante again this year to 100k in November.

No, I don't have copious amounts of spare time. I just have no social life during November. LOL

Julia said...

Certainly I am participating! I love the craziness of it and the deadlines (you know, the whooshing sound they make as they pass me by). This year it'll be extra fun for me - I will be teaming up with my son to write together. However unusable the thing will end up being, I know I will love every moment of writing it.

Little Bonobo said...

I'm not officially participating this year, but I'm setting a goal to finish my first draft of my WIP by the end of November (I've got about 20K words to go), so I'll still be writing like a crazy person.

Patrick Neylan said...

Never heard of this before, but it sounds like a terrific idea for all us procrastinators. Only problem, now I'm in the mood but I can't start for over a week.

Sheila Cull said...

Mad dash - ridiculous. It's a lifestyle, nothing you can do in a month.

Like Gladwell said, 10,000 hours.

G said...

I don't plan on participating.

Personally, I think its much ado about nothing.

If you're gonna write and if you're motivated to write and are writing for the other 11 months of the year, this will not make any difference.

Unless you're one of those people who are actually gonna stop what you're currently working on just to start up something new for this non-contest.

In any event, it will give me a heads up to avoid any topics related to this in my reader for the next month or so.

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