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Monday, October 25, 2010

NaNo Thoughts

Next Monday starts the November Madness known as NaNoWriMo and I have to admit I'm looking forward to it...most of the time.  I have my idea though I still have a lot of pondering to do.  I have to finalize some character names too.  And...I don't have a title yet.  Which is unusual since I normally have titles first. There is a possible title I'm considering but no decision has been made yet. I hope to get most of the plotting, names and such finished today.

I've also added a word count widget to the sidebar of the blog just so y'all can keep up with the numbers without having to go to the NaNo site.

And speaking of the NaNo site...they have some great forums there however they can be a huge time suck. What you plan to be a 5 minute "break" cause you are stuck on a scene often ends up into an hour or more lost.  So, leave the forums until you have your daily word count down.  Turn browsing the forums into a reward.

Also, turn off the internet while you are writing.  Don't worry about checking email, facebook or twitter.  They can wait.  I know it sounds unreal, but the world won't end if you don't check 'em out every fifteen minutes.  :-)

Need a word count meter?  Try StoryToolz.  You can have up to three meters going and they are simple to update.

To finish NaNo with a 50k word count you need to write 1,667 words each day.  Thing is, Thanksgiving comes around in November.  So, if you are going to be traveling to family or having them come to your place and won't be writing for a day or two, get some extra words whenever you can. 

Most of all...

No matter how you do during NaNo, you'll have more words written at the end of the month than when you started on the first.  And that's a good thing.

7 comments:

Sun Singer said...

I'm looking forward to NaNoWriMo as well. I've never done it before, so it might take me a couple of days to get settled into faster writing.

Malcolm

Palace of Twelve Pillars said...

I'm finally starting to feel the excitement. Told my husband not to expect any housekeeping for the next month, unfortunately I can't sell the children so I'll have to write around them.
One week to go. Can't wait.

V.R. Leavitt said...

I'm looking forward to it too! What's your username? I'll send ya a buddy request.

And I might have to disagree with the whole world not ending if I don't check my email every 15 minutes... haha :-)

Jeffrey Beesler said...

This is my first NaNo too. I'm going to be working on the rough draft of my 5th Flettleglag novel. It's been a couple of months since I last wrote a novel and just need to get one out of my system.

I can't wait to see what other people end up doing as well!

Susanne Drazic said...

Thank you for sharing the link to StoryToolz. I signed up for one of their word count meters.

This will be my first NaNoWriMo!

Cheryl said...

Good luck to all of you tackling NaNo this year. I'm playing cheerleader. Book promotion is taking up all my time, and my kids already think I'm ignoring them. :)

Have fun!

Cheryl

Palace of Twelve Pillars said...

I'm finally starting to feel the excitement. Told my husband not to expect any housekeeping for the next month, unfortunately I can't sell the children so I'll have to write around them.
One week to go. Can't wait.