Monday, 24 October 2016

It's time for NaNoWriMo!



In just over a week, aspiring (and established) authors from all around the world will unite and attempt to complete the daunting task of writing 50,000 words in one month. No, we haven't all been taking crazy pills (hmm...debatable), it's that time of year again - it's NaNoWriMo!




For those of you who may not know, NaNoWriMo is a "fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by 11.59pm on November 30."

I've attempted to complete NaNoWriMo twice before; the first year, (in 2012) I only wrote about 100 words, the second year (2013) I wrote a grand total of 39,000 words - although I didn't realise you could add on words from different projects, so really, the finish total was more like 45,000.

I kinda forgot about NaNoWriMo for most of this year - with the wedding, moving house, starting a new job etc, I just didn't consider it. But now that things are kind of calming down (LOL), I thought, 'why not?' I've already thrown out the rulebook with my current WIP - why not try and move it on a bit by writing 50,000 more words? I have no plan for this WIP, just the background notes and random scene ideas I've already written, but as I'm attempting to write the first draft of this novel without a plan, I'm not too worried (yet).

So there you go - from November 1st, I will be participating in the craziness that is NaNoWriMo. The Engineer has been informed, I'm booking the days off work today (not the whole month, unfortunately, but a few days here and there), and I'm actually super excited to have an uninterrupted excuse to work on my novel. Let the writing begin!

Oh, and if you need a buddy to rant/cry/commiserate/bounce idea off of - my username is REPattinson1. See you there!

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? If so, have you got a plan, or are you a 'pantser'? If you're not participating, what are you planning on doing in November?

10 comments:

  1. I haven't officially signed up to do NaNo, but I think I'll use it to try to finish the rest of Disaster Crimes #4.

    Good luck to you Rachel! :)

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  2. A few of my friends are doing NaNo. Good luck. I've become less of a pantser the longer I write.

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    1. Thanks, Susan! Me too - but this year, I thought I'd try something different :)

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  3. Yes, it's always a good idea to warn the spouse. I told mine today - he just shrugged and said "Well, The Walking Dead's just started again, so I'm good." :-) Good luck!

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  4. Good luck! That's always such a fun challenge!!! I'm still waiting for the go-ahead on two partials I have out, so I can't write until they say "Go!" Well, I could, but I don't know where we'd send it!

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    1. Good luck on your partials, Stephanie!

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  5. Best wishes for NaNoing this year! I'm still in the middle of moving house, so I probably won't be able to join in on NaNo this time around.

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    1. Thanks, Lynda! Sometimes life has an annoying habit of getting in the way, but moving house sounds so exciting - best of luck with the move!

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