Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November Snips Week: NaNo Edition

To NaNo or not to NaNo. That is the question...

Are you participating in the National Novel Writing Month? AKA NaNoWriMo. Though, many novelists shorten that to NaNo.


Trying to make this... (Source)



into this!












The rules are simple:
  • Come up with an idea
  • Aim to write a 50,000 word rough draft in November
  • Track your progress on the NaNoWriMo site
  • Earn badges
And then brag about it in December when you have to take a breather. There's a month dedicated to editing the new manuscript too. The idea is to take the solitary task of writing and create a way to share and challenge each other along.

So, if your writer buddy has all but disappeared from all the usual social media haunts this month, they might be madly scribbling down words or clicking their way through a rapid start on their latest book.

Now for the nitty gritty--Am I aiming for 50,000 new words this month? 

And the answer is: No. My hands would never forgive me. ;-) I did write 28,000 new words in 2010 by playing along with my NaNoing buddies at the Forum.

This year I have another goal in mind. I'm very near a goal that is very dear to every writer's heart--a complete manuscript. It's been said that most writers never finish a first draft. It maybe as high as 95%! I have finished two devotionals and I'd love to add a novel to the list. I'm nearly there and my November will be dedicated to completing MOTHER'S DAY.

Mother's Day Update: October was a very good month. I entered a contest, edited 70 pages, and wrote 2000 new words. To say I'm pleased would be an understatement. ;-) 

Next week is Tip Week. Drop in and share your opinion on whether books move or manipulate you. 

New Book Releases:
Kerry Lynne's second novel in The Pirate Captain Chronicles--NOR GOLD--is out.
Joanna Bourne's newest in the Spymasters Series--ROGUE SPY--comes out today. 
I interviewed Kerry on March 12, 2013 and will have an interview with Joanna on November 18. Be sure to check them both out.

9 comments:

  1. Never had and never will participate in the National Novel Writing Month. At first because I could write 50K+ in a couple of weeks so it seemed kind of silly to me. Now, I can't write at all.

    Yeah for Mother's Day. Go Zan Marie Go!

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  2. Thanks, Jo! MD is going, slowly, but going.

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  3. Huzzah huzzah for the nearly complete MS! Such a great feeling, no?

    Also, I admire anyone who can write 50k in a month. I have set a new goal for myself to write 1k/day, but already, after about 10 days, I've found it to be a difficult and lofty goal. I might have to scale it back so I don't just give up on the goal altogether (which I've all, but done). Goals need to stretch us, but also be achievable, no?

    Good luck to you as you near your goal of completion! Very exciting.

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  4. Rose, You're so right--goals must be realistic even while they make us stretch. Otherwise, we stop altogether. Good luck!

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  5. Here's hoping to a great November for you!

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  6. Good luck for the rest of the month!

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