Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Will You NaNoWriMo?

It's October 13th. We're half way through the tenth month already -- which means we're eighteen days away from November 1st. Eighteen days away from the writing adventure of the year. At least, according to those who nanowrimo...

All I wanna know is 1) Are you planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year? and 2) why or why not?

For those of you who plan to participate this year, check out the Gearing Up for Nanowrimo in Three Easy Steps article.

For those of you who are still going, "Huh?" check out the article or explore the official NaNoWriMo site and see what you're missing.

For all of you haters -- welcome! Give me your reasons, your thoughts, your grief with NaNoWriMo. This is your chance to shine...


  1. Not this year, but I've done it in past years. I just have too much going on in my life right now to try and devote time to write 50,000 words in November 2009, a month in which I'm out of town 2 weekends. Not good for writing 50,000 words, not good at all.

    I think the best thing I learned from doing NaNo one year is that I'm capable of writing a 50,000 word rough draft in 30 days. That knowledge was kind of freeing and . . . well, my normal go for a rough draft now is 50,000 words in 30 days. : )


  2. This year, every year. The enthusiasm is contagious, which helps my motivation, and I am endlessly grateful to NaNo for getting me writing again back in '05. Don't get it right, get it written!

  3. It's my first year this year (gulp). Not sure what I have let myself in for, though! I'm using it as a challenge to see if I can do it and as a learning exercise and to satisfy this urge that has been building up in me over the past few months to write a ruddy novel and be done with it!


  4. I admire anyone brave enough to attempt NaNo. I may pretend to join as a push to get me to finish my first draft. If it works, I'll be very pleased. If it doesn't then at least my humiliation will be private!


  5. I've done NaNo a few times and like the concentrated focus on writing but I'm still waffling on this year. (I know, I know... how hard is it to say 'yes' or 'no'?) The 50,000 words are supposed to be on a new manuscript but I have another one on the go and would really like to finish it. My waffling has me leaning towards using the NaNo commitment to work on it rather than something else, but I'm just not sure yet.

  6. This is my first year doing NaNo, I found out about it mid November last year, so I couldn't play.

    I'm not too stressed, I'm a fast writer when I put my mind to it. For me it will be about making myself sit down and write 1.7K everyday, and I'm sure I can win.

    For the rest of Oct I'll be doing research-- I'm writing a YA novel in which a teen girl falls in love with a boy with multiple identity disorder. So, yes, lots of research (and really interesting research at that!)

  7. Nope, no NaNo. November will be a great reading month for me. :)

  8. I do not do NaNo.

    I question its effectiveness. I know of only one writer who published a NaNo book.

    But I understand the lure, and wish everyone who participates the best of luck.

    I plan to lurk on Lady Glamis's blog.


  9. Well, awesome Anthony! Thanks. :)

  10. I only found out about it this year, but I will definitely be doing it. I have an ignorant arrogance about the whole process, especially since I am currently trying to buy a house AND work AND sleep AND maybe eat somewhere in there. And exercise. So if anyone finds me lying in a gutter somewhere, just push the mouse back in my hand.
    I'm with careann, though, I'm about 60% of the way through my current WIP and I hate to pull myself out of that world to write another novel (even though I have an idea for my NaNoWriMo story).

  11. As a postscript to my earlier comment, I've finally said "yes" to NaNoWriMo. I think my present wip will benefit from a recess. I've been getting bogged down in tinkering with its words, so putting it aside in favour of dashing off in a new direction may be the refresher I need. NaNo has the advantage of freeing me from trying to say things "just right" and puts the emphasis on getting a rough draft completed. It's absolute craziness while it lasts but the advantage is in knowing it'll only be 30 days.


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