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November Challenge: 3, 2, 1, NaNo!

So who is in for National Novel Writing Month in November?! With it being right around the corner, I thought I’d get us started on next month’s challenge a little early.

If you’ve climbed the mountain that is NaNo Wrimo already (or even if you’ve considered it) you’ve probably done the math: 50,000 words in 30 days = 1,666.6 words per day. So doable, right? :} Right?

Maybe, and maybe not - but I’m going to go for it. I have a WIP and a holiday fic to write, and 50k ought to about exactly cover it. So the longer of my two pieces will be a novella not a novel, and the shorter one perhaps a 15k story. Not a single work, but it’s close enough to the spirit of the thing for me.

Through the month, Agdhani plans to post here and again with tips. I’ll chime in regularly with encouragement, experiences, and whatever else inspires.   If you are NaNo’ing, and would like to share your NaNo user name, maybe we could all add each other as writing buddies on their site. Doesn’t look like they have a camp as with mini-NaNo, but we can still collaborate both here and on the NaNo site.

Okay, so advance preparation: The first tip offered up on their web site is this - lock up your inner editor. Put it in a conceptual room, lock the door and throw the imaginary key down a drain. This will absolutely be the hardest part for me, since I just about always edit as I go. I’m going to do my best, though. Maybe a sticky note on the edge of my computer with “Edit Later!” will help.

The next generally agreed on steps are to identify your project, define to yourself what your goals are, and ….outline your novel. Well, I’m sure there are those of us who outline and those who prefer not to. I seldom do, but I think with the particular things I’m working on it would do me a lot of good to at least write out a few paragraphs tonight/tomorrow and think through some of the details of my fictional world. Hopefully it’ll help the muse do its thing.

Please share your thoughts on what you'd like to accomplish for NaNo and your plan of attack - and good luck to everyone!

National Novel Writing Month Page

NaNo Wrimo YouTube ‘Big Page of Tips’

NaNo Prep Steps


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Oct. 29th, 2018 01:41 am (UTC)
I'll admit I'm the 'strange one'.
This will be my...11th NaNo...and I have won each time...and I readily bow to my inner editor.
I've tried locking him up, but the result has proven again and again to be me getting bogged down as a writer. Letting him out of the cage means I have to work extra hard to hit my daily word count (I aim for 2k a day because it's easier to count and keep track of).
But for me, getting that 2k is easier if I don't fight with the editor and let him have his way.
That said, for most people, shutting down the inner editor is the best/only way to get to 50k, and I say do it if you can.
And if you can't shut him up...I'll commiserate with you on the road to a win for NaNoWriMo 2018!
Good luck everyone!
Oct. 29th, 2018 03:50 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear there is hope for those of us who cannot stop editing! I do hope to at least curtail the urge a bit. Way back when, some of my better fics were those I just started blasting away at and edited later.

Oct. 29th, 2018 04:34 pm (UTC)
I typically strive to fine-tune my sentences and word choices as I got. There is still editing after the project is done, but if I stick in a weak word or phrase, or misspell something, it distracts me too much until I fix it (usually).
Always figured I was the only one out there who didn't lock up the inner editor for the month ;)
Oct. 30th, 2018 02:13 am (UTC)
I freaked out playing with Scrivener the other day because I couldn't get the backspace key to work. (A reboot solved that issue, thank goodness). I use that key quite a bit.

In fact, I've used it 5 or 6 times in this comment.

If I write a good deal and I really hate what I've just put down, I will just select it and then use the strikethrough so the words still count and I can edit later.
Oct. 29th, 2018 11:08 am (UTC)
I'm in for it again. This will be year 10 for me.

I'm cmk418 over there too. Feel free to add me as a writing buddy. I don't chat a lot but I like to see everyone's progress and use it for motivation.

My advice would be to have as big a first few days as you can because, I know at least for me, that there are some days when there are other more attractive options than sitting at the computer for 1667 words.
Oct. 29th, 2018 03:53 pm (UTC)
Sweet! I'm very impressed by double digit participation numbers- that's pretty amazing.

I like that tip very much - it makes sense to get ahead of the curve on most projects. And when you think that, say, 3,500 words is equal to seven percent of the whole month's goal then I can see how it makes sense to jam it out at first.

Edited at 2018-10-29 03:54 pm (UTC)
Oct. 29th, 2018 04:37 pm (UTC)
Weekends are always better for me...work just eats my brain too much during the week.
And since our office is typically closed most (or all) of Thanksgiving week...and I don't have travel/family obligations to deal with...I get a lot done that week too. Means a little less stress about not meeting any other count obligations during the rest of the month!
Oct. 29th, 2018 04:20 pm (UTC)
You guys can do this! Me, I can't hold a plot thread for 50k words (hell, I can barely manage it for 5k), but I'm here to support!
Oct. 30th, 2018 12:14 am (UTC)
A preference for shorter fic may be a huge blessing! :) Long form is such a time suck. There are some I'm glad I stuck with and a few I wish I'd never started, lol.

Thanks for the encouragement. My NaNo project I've settled on? The plot is songfic, it's kind of self-indulgent, probably way too angsty, and major character death to top it all off! WTH am I thinking? Then again, one of my favorite things I've written was amnesia-fic, so.... who knows? It might work in the end. :)
Oct. 30th, 2018 05:10 pm (UTC)
I so feel you on that. I've written a couple long-ish stories (like 10-15k at most) and it can be exhausting. A friend of mine writes 10k word CHAPTERS and I'm like... how do you even know that many words? :D

I SEE NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS. And if it makes you feel any better, I wrote an entire series of cross-dressing fics,completely with yearly Halloween stories. Hahaha. What can I say? Travis liked picking costumes for Wes. So yeah, no judgement from this side of the country.
Oct. 30th, 2018 12:31 pm (UTC)
I just want to say Good Luck for you that will take part.

Myself I have signed up for mini wrimo with 100 Words/day. Last year I failed, but managed several years Before, so this year I aim to managed it again, even though I written less and less the last years. How it goes for me you can follow my journal and at ss_sanctuary where I'll post the fic I hopefully write (so I can put in the Word Count in the end of the year here).
Oct. 30th, 2018 09:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Good luck to you, too! Ooh, I've heard of the spring/summer mini-NaNos, but not the 100 words a day one. I think that's an awesome idea.
Nov. 1st, 2018 03:43 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to decide if I want to commit to "signing in" or not. Every year, I have the intention.. but then all the ideas just scatter.
Nov. 2nd, 2018 02:07 am (UTC)
I hear you on that - this is my third year wanting to accomplish it. Tonight? Not a great start, as a work mini-crisis killed my momentum. But I have hopes for tomorrow and the weekend.

Hey, if I even make substantial progress on my idea I will be happy.
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