Monday, October 26, 2009

Final week push


This week is the final push before NaNo comes. For the next month, it will be all about the word count, about getting through that first draft, of stretching and challenging myself to write without editing as I go.
I have several friends also working on NaNo this year. (Waving to NaNo buddies) I think one of the best things about NaNo is doing it with friends. Encouragement, commiseration, excitement and celebration. Strength to push on when you want to quit. Competition.
So, for this week, it is all about fine tuning the synopsis and outline, and trying to finish up the sample chapters for a proposal I'd like to send off before NaNo starts. Pushing on while waiting for the big push.
Are you doing NaNo? How are you preparing? If not NaNo, what are you working on and what is pushing you to get it done?
For the blog tour,
Oct. 26-30th I’m chatting with CJ all week at http://ponyexpressgraphics.blogspot.com/ about the road to publication, book trailers, and how our friendship has developed over the years.

16 comments:

  1. No nano. The thought gives me chills. LOL

    I can't wait to see how it goes for you!!!

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  2. Nano very ambitious!

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  3. I'm in the middle of rewrites so no Nano for me! But I'll be cheering all the rest of you on!

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  4. I'm going to take a few steps back from the blogosphere this week and devote the time to writing my WIP. No NaNo for me, however, I'm hoping to get a bunch of writing down in November. :)

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  5. Yay! I blogged about it today too. I'm sooo excited that we're doing it together. The first (and only other) time I did NANO I didn't know anyone! This will definitely be more fun.

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  6. I'm so excited for my first year of NaNo. So far I have prepared for more for this manuscript than I have for any other manuscript in the past. I'm getting impatient to start :D

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  7. I tried NaNo last year and ended up with bronchitis and pneumonia. Gave myself permission to stop so I could get healthy. (But got a great start on my Genesis runner-up book.)

    This year? No NaNo but I'm planning to start writing a new book next week. I have a friend keeping me accountable to get the word counts done - just at a saner pace for my life.

    So, I'm with you on tweaking the synopsis and outline this week in preparation. Best wishes as you go forward to meet the challenge!

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  8. Hi Erica!
    I just read your interview on The Edit Cafe and had to come check out your blog after learning that you are a lover of unusual words. :-) I get the same reaction sometimes to an occasional rare word in my historicals.

    It's good to meet you!

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  9. I'm really pushing right now to get this last ms completed so that my nano ms can begin on time. I still need to do some mental conflict work on the new story too, so I'm a little stressed right now.

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  10. I was getting myself all psyched to do NaNo, and then remembered 1. 7 day vacation around Thanksgiving 2. I'm judging a contest 3. I have a kid who's only napping for an hour and a half every day. AARGH. But one of these years!

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  11. Jessica, this week, I'm wondering what on earth I was thinking signing up again!

    CJ, you'll be sure to hear the whining!

    Jody, I can see where you'd not want to do NaNo this year. I sort of positioned myself so I could, waiting to start this next novel until 11/1. It's def. a timing thing that I doubt I'll be able to do every year.

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  12. Katie, maybe you can do a mini-NaNo and just keep track of your word count, challenging yourself to keep up a steady pace?

    G- I just signed up in the ACFW NaNo forum. :) Can't wait to egg--I mean encourage--each other on. :)

    Cindy, Saturday is going to be the hardest for me. A whole day when I could be writing, and I can't! Not on the NaNo project, anyway.

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  13. Candee, you sure had a rough go last year. Yay for starting a new book, and yay for accountability partners. They rock!

    Rosslyn! How super to meet you. Thanks for stopping by OTWP. I love to hang out with other word lovers. That post on the Edit Cafe made me hanker to read Anne of Green Gables again and bond with that little red-headed kindred spirit.

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  14. Eileen, I try to remind myself that NaNo is supposed to be 30 Days of Literary Abandon...and that this draft will be pretty stinky when I get it done. But it's just a draft. I can polish, revise, rewrite, and edit to my heart's content. In January. :)

    Steph, you're facing a bunch of challenges this coming month. I sure wish we lived closer, because I'd come over for a 'write-in' and I'd bring a babysitter! :)

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  15. Happy NaNo-ing! I'm pushing myself hard to finish my first draft by the end of this week. Hope you have fun!

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  16. This is my first time at Nano. It's a bit intimidating, I must say. But I'm going to try. It's bound to be a wild ride -- and I'm hosting Thanksgiving this year. Eeeeeek!

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