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To Do or Not to Do NaNoWriMo?

Hey Epic Dreamers!
This is the first year in 6 that I’m not doing NaNoWriMo.  It’s become such a big part of my life that I’m emotional about not being able to participate this year.
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But as much as I would like to, my writing cycle doesn’t align with NaNo this year like it has in previous years. Usually I would time it so that I was ready to write a first draft of a story every November, but The Blood Debt is taking longer to get through than I thought and I don’t even have an idea for a new story (well I have a ton jotted down in a folder, but none cultivated enough to start a first draft of).
I wouldn’t have the time to work on edits and write 50,000 words on a new project as well anyway.
So, it looks like NaNo will have to be be skipped this year.
Even though I’m skipping this year for a good cause (editing my WIP) I still feel a bit like I’m giving up, quitting, missing out…
This will be the first time is 6 years that I won’t feel the satisfaction of adding yet another year to my winning streak and that irks me way more than it should.
I’ll just have to focus on the fact that NaNo is a tool to help authors start and finish books. It’s a means to an end. It isn’t completing NaNo that really counts but completing a manuscript….but oh how I will miss adding another  “finished” novel to my profile. 😉
How many of you are doing NaNoWriMo this year? (It’s okay…go ahead and rub it in.)

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Why I’m Cheating on NaNoWriMo

Hello there Epic Dreamers!

As some of you may know, NaNoWriMo is coming up in a couple of weeks. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month which is during the month of November. It’s where a bunch of crazy people (including yours truly) attempt to finish a novel in only one month. Since a novel can very quite a bit in size, the rules are that you must write 50,000 words by the end of November 30 in order to win.

It also says that the novel you write during that month has to be new, not a project that you’ve worked on previously. It also says that you can’t start writing your manuscript until November 1st.

Oops. I may have already started on my NaNo project.

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Don’t give my those disapproving looks. I have a good reason; I have nothing better to do. I’m not actively working on the Hashna Stone at the moment because I’m still waiting on some beta readers to finish with it. So, while I wasn’t working on that story I came up with a new one.

Great right? Just in time for NaNo. Except for the fact that I’ve already outlined the whole thing (it’s ok to outline before November 1st).

I can’t wait 13 more days just to start writing. Not when I have the story bubbling in my brain now. That would be a waste of writing days.

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I have to confess: I’m cheating. I’ve already started writing the opening chapter.

I’m not going to cheat entirely thought. I’ll still write 50,000 words in November. And since that is the goal of NaNo, I think it’s alright. Or at least I hope it is.

What do you guys think? Have you started your NaNo project before November first? Should I be band from the NaNoWriMo site for cheating? 😛


Writing a Novel in a Month


November is here and with it comes, not only colder weather and thoughts of Thanksgiving, but NaNoWriMo. This very strange looking group of letters stands for National Novel Writing Month. Participants challenge themselves to write 50,000 words before 11:59 on November 30th.   That’s 1,667 words a day every day in November (and no, we don’t get a Thanksgiving break).

I’m not sure who invented this crazy challenge of writing a whole novel in a month, but I’m crazy enough to join hundreds of other writers in a month of word writing frenzy.  Goodbye friends, goodbye family, goodbye real conversations with real people.  Hello friends in my head.  You are going to be my only companions on this arduous journey to 50,000 words.

I’m not sure I’ll reach the word goal (darned homework…why can’t you leave me in peace!?) and I’m ok with that. I look at NaNoWriMo as excellent motivator.  No matter what my word count is at the end of the month, it will be longer than it would have been if I had never tried.  I’m not even sure if this story I have in my head, Incessant, is long enough for a novel.  I’m not going to worry about it.  I’m just going to write and see where my characters take me.

That doesn’t mean that I’m not going to push myself though, and with all this writing to do for NaNoWriNo, I’m not going to have time to write short stories for my blog. I’ve decided to turn my blog into a waste land for this month so I can pursue the unobtainable 50,000 words.  I won’t be posting anything in November, but I haven’t abandoned the blog.  I will be back in December!

Well, I guess that’s enough writing about NaNoWriMo. It’s time to do NaNoWriMo.  It any of you are participating I’d love to know!  I’d also love to add you as a writing buddy.  My user name is invisibleworld.

I’m off to write my first 1,667 words!