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It is October 16th! What does that mean? It is OFFICIALLY halfway through October (Ok, technically, that’s like noon today, and I’m a bit early. Whatever. I’m excited.) And what does that mean? It is OFFICIALLY (totally) NaNoWriMo Countdown season.


If you don’t know about NaNoWriMo (and WHY the f–ok never mind, I’ll give you a break in light of the government shutdown. It IS kinda distracting) then take a look here:  NaNo is National Novel Writing Month where you write a novel (50,000) words in a month, and it’s pretty much the best thing ever.

I’m particularly ecstatic about this year, because it will be the first time in a LOOOONG time that I am actually, genuinely participating. Over the past few years, what with my own publishing and writing schedule, I sort of half-heartedly did NaNo.Yes,  I was a NaNo Rebel! Last year and the year before, I worked on my own projects that I started before November, and the year before that, I worked on a collection of short stories – breaking the cardinal rule of NaNoWriMo.  I still aimed for 50,000 words, but pretty much broke all the rules in the process! Plus, two out of the last three, I didn’t even get close to my goal.

But not this year.

NaNo Rebels, it’s been fantastic. But now, I’m off to join the rest of the NaNos.

This year, I’m starting anew with a true NaNoWriMo project and a true desire to follow all the rules!

This blog is home to a TON of NaNo posts (well, it happens every year…) and links to November-related guest posts elsewhere. And so because:

1) there are all the new people here (Hey TUEBLovers!), and

2) I’m going to busy writing my ass off,

I’ll be mixing in some links and addendums to my old NaNo ramblings, along with new NaNoWriMo commentary when I have the time!

So anyone joining me?

3 Responses to “Get Ready for November: Best Month of the Year!”

  1. Leonard Kirke

    I’ve been heavily considering trying NaNoWriMo for the first time ever this year. I’ve finally self-published, and over the last few months I got my writing groove back for the first time in a long time, working on a story that I genuinely love writing rather than just planning and never actually putting down on paper.

    However…I’ll be AFK during at least one week of November, and it’s not the kind of AFK where I can write offline. I know there’s all those “I was raising two kids while working two jobs etc. etc. so no excuses for you!” NaNoWriMo posts, and they all have a point, but my week of AFK will be spent doing something that simply won’t allow me any writing time, in fact the whole point will be to be literally AFK. Even if I were to find a few stolen moments (which given the circumstances would make me feel bad) to write that week, the actual productivity would be negligible and not really worth it.

    Still, I’d have three weeks. I’d have to double up on my efforts, but it’s still theoretically do-able.

    As a former, and future, NaNo writer, what say you? Should I do some kinda NaNo Rebel thing, or just go for it despite the lost time?

    My other consideration is what to write…I’m currently really enjoying writing a Norse mythology-inspired romance/action/adventure thingy, but that wouldn’t be starting fresh, and it’s already at 20,000 words anyway. I could do another story in the same series, but it’s not quite as prepared as I’d like it to be. I also have a bunch of older story ideas but I’m so into the Norse thing I’m afraid I’d regret it if I worked on a different story/series. Should I forgo NaNo in favor of sticking with the story I’m already working on, and already enjoying writing? If I did do NaNo, should I attempt to work on both side-by-side? That’d maybe be confusing, but it also might help continuity…

    So many questions!

    My common sense is telling me to just forget about participating and stick with the current project…but my love of challenge (which very rarely emerges), spurred by my recent writing productivity, tells me to give it a go anyway. Hmmmmmmm…….

    • AeliusBlythe

      To me, the number one attraction of NaNoWriMo is the community. That’s what’s kept me coming back year after year, even though I didn’t finish, or even if I was breaking the rules. True NaNo’s might resent that, and that’d be fair enough. But the energy and the camaraderie is something you only get once a year. (Camp NaNoWriMo is fun, but you never get the same level of participation and energy from it.) I love getting the pep talks. I love reading everyone’s nitpicky questions in the forums. I love the wordcount widgets – even though mine are always too short! I love the open admissions of massive tea overdoses, not showering, and sneaking in Chapter 8 under the table in a work meeting….

      For me, it’s not the 50,000 words that fuels my writing throughout the year, it’s the community and the companionship and encouragement that helps me keep at it the other 11 months of the year.

      • Leonard Kirke

        You know, when I was considering this, I was mainly just looking at the self-challenge aspect of it. I wasn’t even really sure I’d sign up for the forums or anything. Yet I think this may be old habits dying hard; I’ve wanted to get more community-oriented lately. Your “we like the neighborhood” analogy on the “About” page here, in reference to the world of web fiction, struck a chord with me (which is why I quoted it in two recent blog posts of mine, including the one about you). I think this may be something I’ve really lacked the last few years, stuck doing university work that meant nothing to me and worrying too much about finished products instead of the creative process (an unfortunate side effect of the well-intentioned pressure I get from people who really think I ought to be focusing on making lots of money from writing through pretty much any means necessary).

        Your comment here has really made me take stock…and I’m thinking maybe I will, indeed, sign up to the forums. I do have a bad habit of not checking into forums much; it was something I did often in high school and junior high circa 2004 but since then I’ve just never been able to focus on forums much. But perhaps I’m really missing that kind of community. I do want more of that web fiction “neighborhood” in my life. So yes, perhaps it is time to sign up…

        (Having that missing week in November will still be kind of a pain, but nonetheless, three weeks is better than nothing!)

        Thanks again for this blog and your comment. As one of the very few other CC0 artists in the whole freaking universe, you’ve been a huge inspiration to me. (Also thanks for your writing! The only thing I haven’t read yet is Skyland! Looking forward to it, and I hope there’s more to come after it! Are you writing Skyland II as part of NaNoWriMo?)


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