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For the first time in 13 years, I intend to do National Novel Writing Month. (Which basically means writing at least 50,000 words of a novel during the month of November.)

My NaNo profile is here.

I’ve got a new project more than halfway outlined. My goal is to finish at least a first draft by the end of the month.

I know people have a whole range of opinions about NaNoWriMo, but for me? Well, let me put it this way. The first time I did a novel dare was in November of 2000. I wrote the entire first draft of a book called Goblin Quest.

I did another round in 2002, but that book ended up getting trunked. And as the family grew and the day job picked up, my writing process and habits changed, and I stopped doing NaNo and other writing dares.

But now the day job has been slashed back to 10 hours/week, and I’ve got a project I really want to do. I’d love to get this drafted before I change gears and start in on Project Bob. Wish me luck!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Oct. 26th, 2015 01:34 pm (UTC)
Oct. 26th, 2015 02:13 pm (UTC)
Good luck. I'm on the fence this year for trying. I haven't had a lot of luck last few times. But I have a week to plot. So....might actually go for it.
Oct. 26th, 2015 04:25 pm (UTC)
Good luck. I mean that.

I've tried it in the past, but I've found that NaNo and I do not mix. I'll be struggling with the opening paragraph when someone will post, "Hey, I just wrote 5,000 words! I'll be done by next week at this rate!" Or 10,000. Or--and this happened one year--20,000. It psychs me out. I feel like it's a race that I can't possibly win and I'm losing before I even get out of the starting gate. And rather than put myself through the physical stress and the anxiety of not being able to keep up with the word count goals, I've decided that it's better if I don't make the effort. It's too demoralizing for me.

I hope that it won't be demoralizing for you. I hope that it's the easiest and least stressful writing you've ever done. (And I wish I could do it without getting physically ill.)
Oct. 26th, 2015 05:22 pm (UTC)
Everyone's process is different, and you've got to find what works for you. If NaNo causes more stress and harm than good, then why put yourself through that?
Oct. 26th, 2015 05:06 pm (UTC)
Good luck!

I've been nanoing since 2010 and still haven't won, but I'm trying again this year.

I always seem to have some crisis pop up in November, which completely derails me, so I'm trying to do as much advanced planning as possible this year. Hopefully, that will let me bounce back again post crisis.
Oct. 26th, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
Wishing you a crisis-free November!
Oct. 26th, 2015 05:15 pm (UTC)
Good luck! And if everything else fails, there's always the Word Wars, Prompts & Sprints forum for some support :). Nano'ers are a very friendly and supportive bunch, I've found.
Oct. 26th, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
Have fun.

This will be my 8th Nano. I've only won once (last year, when the conditions were perfect) but it's too much fun to miss, and some 10K words (or 20something in a good year) are still 10K more words than I had before.
Oct. 26th, 2015 06:42 pm (UTC)
The one year I did it, I wrote the first 50,000 words of the novel that is coming out next month, Veiled Magic.

I'm not doing an official NaNo this year, but I have to write about that much on the current novel, so I'll be with you in spirit.
Oct. 26th, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
Veiled Magic sounds like a win to me!

Good luck with your spiritual NaNo this year! ;-)
Oct. 26th, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
From your lips to the dog's ears.

Wait, that's not right...
Oct. 26th, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
I do it every year! (Same username there as here.)

I've been modding the Reference Desk since 2006 and been an ML since 2005. I've also finished that 50k a handful of times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013). Hoping I'll manage it again this year.
Oct. 26th, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC)
Good luck!

I've added you as a buddy, but don't worry, I don't expect you to add me back. :)

It's going to be a great year; I can tell! (This will be my 12th Nano.)
Oct. 26th, 2015 09:54 pm (UTC)
Well, my second attempt - I'm still trying to get back to writing fiction after completing my doctoral thesis; those things take it out of you!! I managed to get about half way last time, but there was a lot going on that prevented me from keeping it up. Fingers crossed I can keep focussed this year. Will add you as a buddy, but you don't have to reciprocate!
Oct. 26th, 2015 10:17 pm (UTC)
I figure even halfway is an impressive amount of writing. Especially when you're also juggling grad school!
Oct. 27th, 2015 09:39 am (UTC)
Um ... not quite!

I'm an over-60 year old Brit, who did her doctorate whilst in full time employment a couppla years ago. No grad school for me, sadly!!
Oct. 26th, 2015 10:54 pm (UTC)
Good luck and god bless!
Oct. 27th, 2015 10:31 am (UTC)
I've added you as a buddy (this is me), and will happily talk your ears off about how much NaNo has grown and how fabulous it is and how I have two books getting published that started as NaNovels. But I suspect you know how fabulous it is.
Oct. 27th, 2015 05:35 pm (UTC)
I know it doesn't necessarily work for everyone, but I think it's a great way to encourage people to write and play and hopefully have a good time :-)
Oct. 27th, 2015 05:35 pm (UTC)
(Also, CONGRATULATIONS!!! on the two books!)
Oct. 28th, 2015 07:40 am (UTC)
Good luck!!

I'm going to try to use it to hopefully finish this book I've been going back and forth on all year... although if it ends up that I finish writing the fanfic piece that has been eating my brain instead, I'm going to headdesk.
Nov. 1st, 2015 05:53 am (UTC)
i've done NaNo in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and won each year (2011 with a whopping 65,000+ words, and i still love that little story. i'm not doing it this year because i have NO idea at all for a novel (says the tried-and-true pantser), and i'm still working on my HollyDays crochet for this year.

good luck to you! enjoy!
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