Sunday, October 16, 2005

Let NaNoWriMo Begin!

This is your opportunity to write a novel! Not that you haven't been able to before, what with jobs, exercising(I'll even use THAT as an excuse not to sit down and pound on the keys)cooking, cleaning, children, and then for you men....reading the newspaper and watching football....sniff, Yankees this year!

This is an opportunity to just write. Write with wild abandon, revision and editing to the wind. JUST WRITE...the key is to start on November 1st and finish on November 30th. It can't be a continuation of a WIP (work in progress) It must be a fresh start.

Egads....that means while I am working on revising #1, and in the process of writing #2, now I will be doing #3. The idea is to start fresh. Let the creative juices flow. You can do all the plotting and outlining ahead of time, but don't touch that keyboard to write.

I'm going to use this exercise as an opportunity to use Randy Ingermanson's Snowflake Method for writing a novel. I've played with the concept, but I already had the substance for both of the novels I'm working on, when I found him. So this will be a learning experience for me also.

Here are some cute little helpers for this exercise. The Zokutou people have developed a new Display Button for your commitment to the rules. They have also created a new Extended WordMeter with cool new features. The original meter is contained on the same page, if you need one.

Go to the NaNoWriMo webpage to sign up today. They also have a neat little icon you can paste to your blogpage to show that you are participating. Any questions can be answered in their Frequently Asked Questions section. Join today....what have you got to loose? You could gain the first draft of a whole novel!


  1. B said...
    Writing takes me forever.its not my strong suite.English in school was a C-. I'm glad my husband tought my son the english part as well as for the math.Since I started this blogging I have read more and wrote more.Could I actually learn english here? Maybe a C+...
    Shelley L. MacKenzie said...
    This sounds great. I read about it on the Faith Writers site. I would like to do this, but I just don't have the time with school.
    Stephen Newton said...
    I spent some of my youth in Chapin near Canadaguia, NY and I can remember SNOW, huge amounts of the stuff every year...but I survived it. Although these days I admit to being a weenie in anything less than 70 degrees.

    Hmmm, I like the Nov 1 challenge. Thanks for mentioning it.
    Bonnie S. Calhoun said...
    Ahhh, Canadaguia, I know it well. I LOVE snow. I hate snow sports, but I live in the country and am self-employed....when it snows, I call my store and tell me I'm taking the day off. Yahoo....what can I do, fire me?

    Shelley and Stephen...come on...join the challenge! Nothing to loose...a manuscript to gain!
    Live, Love, Laugh said...
    Ok, this sounds like something fun and different. I have never attempted anything like this!

    So this will be a first for me!!!
    Kitty said...
    My mother grew up in Canandaigua! I spent my summers on Canandaigua Lake -- East Lake Rd. -- and at Roseland Park. I still have quite a few relatives there.

    I love the Snowflake Method; thanks for posting the link!
    Anonymous said...
    Hey Bonnie! That Snowflake Method is cool! Thanks for the link. I think I'll try it out for NaNoWriMo too. Especially since my old method of working out the scenes in my head as I fell asleep won't work anymore. With a 9 month old, I fall asleep the minute my head hits the pillow :)

    Also, my husband left the so-called upstate New York (Corning) to avoid the snow. Virginia's minimal snowfall is much more to his taste ;) Personally, I love snow. When I taught, we (my roommates were also teachers) would do our happy snow dance hoping for snow days.
    Kitty said...
    Nessili, I live in Painted Post (thiscloseto Corning)! Here are some autumn photos of the area you might be interested in. Also, I'm taking a picture every day in October of the same hillside across the road from my home to chart the progression of autumn color.
    Bonnie S. Calhoun said...
    Nessili, I always do the happy snow dance when we get a ggod one. Then I call my store and leave me a message that I'm taking the day off. What'm I going to me:-)
    M. C. Pearson said...
    I have enough trouble trying to write my second novel...but I'm glad you're up to it!

    Hey, I've posted the Dark Star review on my tags blog. I know we aren't supposed to until next week but I'll just republish it on that day and noone will be the wiser...except those who read this. Oh well!
    Bonnie S. Calhoun said...
    Mimi, you have no time to write because you're spending too much time writing.....Blogs. Stop, you've got enough now! If the editor that has F.A.I.R.I.E.S., buys it, you'll be scramblin' to get the next one done. I've got this quote immortalized on the internet. I will remind you of it!

    50,000 words...get to plotting so you're ready for November!

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