Monthly Archives: November 2013

ONWARD!!!

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Well ladies and gentlemen, Nano is reaching its end. We are days away from the deadline. During the process I have seen champions cross the finish line in a matter of days and proceed to 80,000 words. I have seen those who have said “I’m out. Sounded like a grand ol’ time but you all suck. I’m leaving.” (She didn’t really say that but I’m pretty sure that’s how she felt.

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Nano isn’t easy. We all know this going in. The ease of NaNo really does depend on how seasoned a writer you are once you begin. If you’re used to writing several hours a day, NaNo really isn’t that big of a change for you and it’s well worth it to get rewards and prizes when you’ve reached a goal that you reach all the time but never get recognized for. But it also shows the new writers what writing as a career is actually like. NaNo is a good example of what it takes to be a successful, prolific writer. It can let you know up front if you truly are “cut out for this”.

If writing is what you want to do, finish. Get that Nano done, even if it’s pure crap. (Most first drafts are). And if you gave it your all and didn’t finish, do not despair! You are in good company and the folks at Nano will still recognize you as a serious writer who gave your best! There are rewards for participants too, even if you don’t finish!

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Heads held high NaNo folk! Keep going you can still make it! And most of all, you are all winners!!

Obstacle Courses and Other NaNoWriMo Therapy

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As we embark upon week three of NaNo I felt it would be a good idea to check in and make sure we all have our NaNo support systems functional and NaNo lifelines in tact. None of us…not a one has to suffer through this alone. NaNo is a group effort where we grapple through together, supporting each other, reaching down into the trenches of “I’m stuck” and pulling each other out. Swinging rope to rope over the muddy waters of writer’s block and really bad writing with only an occasional flash of “hey! That was actually pretty cool!” to keep you going.

It brings to might the Tough Mudder challenge, an obstacle course of insanity for the mentally unstable. A friend of mine signed up for this event a few years back.

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What is Tough Mudder you ask? Tough Mudder is the sportsman/athlete version of NaNoWriMo, or at least that’s what the participants would have you believe. As a past spectator of Tough Mudder I will tell you in confidence that it is the CRAZY person’s version of NaNoWriMo…not that any of us writers are sane. But I don’t believe anything writers do during NaNo could cause them to pass out or possibly die (unless a person drinks herself to death or overdoses on coffee.) I don’t ever recall swimming through water while dodging electrodes while trying to come up with a riveting story line.

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I have never been faced with diving into a vat of ice water to smooth out lines of dialogue,

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nor have I ever encountered a massive wall one must physically climb over to finish 50,000 words.

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And last but absolutely not least, these “sportsman/athletes” CRAZY people pay lots of money to be tortured. NaNo will torment us for free!

What does this all boil down to? When you’re feeling overwhelmed by the NaNoWriMo challenge, think of the insane folks who put their lives in physical danger at great costs (both physical and monetary) to get the same satisfaction we get out of writing, and be grateful that your brand of insanity allows you to stay home and stay alive.

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Now go grab your vice, whatever it may be and get to writing! I can almost guarantee their won’t be a hospital or ambulance ride at the end…at least I’m about 95% sure.

NaNo Pep Talk and Suggestions

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I suppose I am a fairly peppy person, but pure prostration makes me puzzle over how much pep I can pull…let’s ponder…(you knew I would go there, C’mon…it’s me.)

So we are now in the second week of NaNoWriMo, and for all of you wrimo-ing about chances are you’re at one of three stages:

Stage A: You’re one of those robots who writes 30,000 words per day and you are finished.

Stage B: You haven’t even started.

Stage C: You are on task or at least somewhere in the “on task” reachability plane. I venture to guess many of you are Stage C-ers. If you are a member of group “A” keep it to yourself I don’t even want to know about it. Aside from time I think one of the biggest challenges of NaNo is allowing yourself to just write- no edits, no changes, just wild uninhibited writing. Someone somewhere along the line suggested covering the computer screen while typing. If you don’t see the errors you won’t stop top fix them. This is key for writing a first draft anyway as many of the items you fix in the beginning may not even be there in the end, equaling wasted time. No one wants that! So go grab a pillow case, a towel or your cat (he wants to sleep on the screen anyway) and cover that thing up! Here’s betting you get more written…:0)

NaNo Curly Moe

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I know. As a writer I should really probably know the real name of this event, and I’m sure at one point I might have. It is November, that grand month where every writer on the planet delves into a frenzy of madness- unadulterated writing. We all let loose and write with abandon about any fabulousness, villainous, frightening, funny, soulful or traumatic story line that flies out of our heads.

Before becoming a dedicated writer I thought November was Turkey month. Isn’t there a holiday in here somewhere? I could have sworn there was a holiday in here somewhere- one where we eat turkey…or something. Oh don’t mind me. See, if you are a writer November means something entirely different. It really does and it isn’t too late to join. As long as you complete 50,000 words by the end of the month you have won. And even if you don’t finish you can still participate! (All though there are cool prizes for winners. Go check it out! It’s not turkey month! It’s NaNo month!

http://www.nanowrimo.org