My journey through the world of writing and everything that lies in between…

One Month Until NaNo

National Novel Writing Month starts one month from today! So excited!

I know some writers view it as overrated; others say it’s a bunch of “amateurs” that do it. Some it may be true, but aren’t we all amateurs at some point? πŸ™‚

I like it simply for what I call writer’s fellowship. I love knowing there are thousands of others embarking on the same path I am. I like seeing how we’re all going through the various stages of enjoyment and depression when it comes to our WiPs. And I love that there’s a tangible deadline–something about there being one set by someone else makes it easier for me to stick to it. Self-imposed deadlines are incredibly difficult for me to follow.

Of course there are some who say that we aren’t true writers if we can’t do what we’re doing in NaNo the rest of the year. But I’ve realized that some of them who say this tend toΒ  be the kind of writer that is a little on the snooty side anyway πŸ˜› Some of what they say has a kernal of truth to it–as writers we need to be writing all year, not just during NaNo. Sometimes though, the best plans go awry. I know I try to write throughout the year, but not nearly as much as I do during November. I know it’s something I need to work on but I don’t think myself any less of a writer if I can’t do that other eleven months of the year.

And then there are of course those writers who think that they can start querying immediately after November. This is an error on their part, but you’re always going to have writers who think this, no matter what time of the year (although I’ve heard there is a bit of a surge in the months immediately after…)

Even if there are a good number who never get published or plan on getting published, there’s also a good number who do end up seeing their stories on bookshelves(Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants, was a NaNo participant and I’m almost certain Cindy Pon, author of Silver Phoenix, was as well).

Anyway, I’m mostly ready for it to begin. I have my “loose” outline planned out and just a bit of research to do. Perhaps I may write a chapter or two before then (unsure of this just yet–we’ll see how it goes).

Are you taking part in NaNo? Or are you embarking on your own novel adventure? How do you set goals for yourself?

(P.S. The NaNo site may or may not be online when you click on the link. They’re doing their site relaunch and it may be buggy for the next few days).

Comments on: "One Month Until NaNo" (7)

  1. I’ve been thinking about it, but only if I get my current project out on submission before November 1st. Good luck with it.

  2. Hey, you,

    I’m looking forward to it. I know I don’t have the time, but still I’m thinking about a project. NaNo’s been good to me. I still haven’t finished last years project – just a few chapters to go, but I’m happy to report that my 2007 project will be published next year. πŸ™‚

  3. I’ve done Nano the past 2 years, I always liked the push. I think it really helps you focus, stick to some rules. As a ‘beginner’ I think it helps you get some structure, things that carry through when you get more experienced.

    I just don’t have a plot cooking right now, but I do have a month to come up with something!

  4. I would love to do NaNo, but my inability to write the WIP currently means that it’s unlikely. Of course, my self-imposed deadline ends at the same time. I’d like to think I’ll have it done by then…


  5. Ready and raring to go. NANO is like this great big party, an extravaganza of writers celebrating what makes us all tick…

    The Words! And story, plot, characters, caffeine for some, etc, etc, etc…

    Have a good one… πŸ™‚

    • I know! I love November 1st! It helps that it’s my birthday too πŸ™‚ But I’d still love it if it wasn’t!

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