Tuesday, October 06, 2009

NaNo Prep Time


Crazy as it sounds, I'm gearing up for NaNoWriMo again this year. An exhilerating rush, a chance to pit my writing skills against the clock. Fifty thousand words in thirty days or less.
It just so happens, I have a 50K word novel to write. Maggie and the Maverick, Cal and Maggie's story. Perfect timing.
I'm looking forward to writing this story, and I'm looking forward to meeting up with local authors and participating in the write-ins.
One key to me being able to finish NaNo and accomplish the 50K word goal is all in the preparation. I need to have a solid storyline roadmap to follow. Last year I had a chapter-by-chapter synopsis outlined and I flew through the wordcount in just about three weeks.
Another key is getting off to a quick start. Lasts year I did over 7600 words the first day. This set me up very well for the rest of the book. Especially since I tend to whine and wiggle my way through the first few chapters.
A third key to a successful NaNo, at least last year's, was not having any distractions, being able to solely focus on my writing. This year that might not be possible, since I'm due to get content edits on a novel back a few days before NaNo starts. Hopefully they won't be too gruelling and I can get them tweaked and returned quickly.
How about you? Have you tried NaNo before? Are you game for this year?

22 comments:

  1. How exciting! I'd love to participate...I just don't think it would be possible. Not with a full time job and a little boy at home. I think though, in the spirit of nano, I'm going to focus on getting my outline for my next book all tweaked and ready to go, and spend that month writing MORE than normal. I hope someday I can participate fully. :)

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  2. sounds fun. I haven't decided if I will participate yet. I am still editing and not sure if I am mentally ready to start a new work while fixing an old one. But I think it is agreat idea. all the best.

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  3. Looking forward to the whining. (-;

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  4. This year, every year!

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  5. I really excited! The only other time I did it I had no writing friends. A total loser--er, loner. Anyhoo, looking forward to sharing the experience with you!!!

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  6. Hi Erica! You gave me your blog address. You're in trouble now! LOL (I like it, BTW)

    I'm talking to Caitlin's teacher today to tell her abuout Nanowrimo. She's just submitted one of Cait's stories to a contest and another one to a magazine. I don't think she knows about this, because she has a writing program of sorts, but never mentioned it.... We'll see!

    And while I won't go easy on you with EE, I will do my best to only mark necessary changes. Sound like a deal? :-)

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  7. Just reread my comment--sheesh, I must need more coffee. I mean I'M really excited, not I really excited. I'm obviously so excited I can hardly type.

    This does not bode well for Nano.

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  8. It sounds like a lot of fun. I still haven't decided. I'm already over 10K words into my current WIP and I don't want to stop that to work on something else. I hate taking time away from my manuscript for too long because it's so hard to get back into it. But...it sounds so fun! I'm still going to think about it.

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  9. I'm still debating. My current goal is to have my next book ready to start writing at the end of October anyway, so Nano would be perfect timing.

    I tried it last year and jumped off to a great start. Then I ended up with bronchitis and pneumonia which triggered a bout of viral arthritis. I couldn't hold a pen or type - even if my brain was clear enough to think. Sigh.

    Maybe I'll give it another try this year.

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  10. I've already signed up for this year, and I can't wait! Last year was my first time, and I loved it. I have been waiting for November to come around all year! :)

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  11. I love Nano! I never make it past 100 pages though because Thanksgiving always interrupts. Last year I had a detailed outline; this year nothing but an idea. :( I'm debating whether to start on page 101 and finish last year's book, or start with this new idea and have 100 pages of yet another book. This year I'll have deadlines with the magazine and I'm sooooooooooo not good at managing my time. :(

    What to do what to do! I YEARN for one of those 'completed Nano" certificates. LOL

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  12. Katie, we can still encourage each other. Even if you don't do a full-fledged NaNo Insanity Juggernaut, anything you do that ups your wordcount is worth cheering!

    Tabitha, I avoided doing NaNo for a couple of years just because I wasn't in the right place in my writing to do it. I don't like abandoning a project to start a new one.

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  13. CJ, you're sure to get an earful!

    CKHB, look me up on Nano! I could use more writing buddies!

    G, I added you as a writing buddy already! It's our time to whine! I mean shine!

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  14. Rachel, welcome to OTWP. :)

    And deal about EE. Just mark what you think would make it a better book. Cuz that's what we both want. A better book. :)

    G- misspelled words still count toward your total. :)

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  15. Cindy, I would have a hard time leaving a project. But you can be a NaNo rebel and aim for putting 50K words on the project you're currently working on. :)

    Candee...yikes! We'll pray nothing like that happens again, and that NaNo will be a fun experience for you if you decide to jump in this year.

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  16. StinaRose, Yay! Look me up on NaNo so we can be writing buddies. My NaNo name is ericavetsch. And I've been looking forward to Nov. too, once I knew I'd be at the start of a new project at that time.

    Jess, if it was me, I'd be a NaNo rebel and start at page 101, unless the new idea was burning in me so hot I knew I couldn't leave it alone. Whatever you decide, find me on NaNo. :)

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  17. Anonymous11:13 AM

    Yay for Nano! While I don't actully participate, it's a great chance for me to tag along with Mom to the coffeeshop and work on homework. Anything for a lahdeedah. :)

    Heather

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  18. Miss Heather, you're going to be sick of this story by the time I'm done rehashing the plot between now and Nov. 1st. :)

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  19. I can't this year, not near organized enough, but I'll be praying for you, Erica. May the distractions be minimal!!

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  20. Thanks, Eileen! I'm praying you hear good things from the contacts you made at the conference.

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  21. Of course! This will be my 6th year, and I'm gearing up. Actually, I'm frantically trying to finish up the draft I'm writing currently before Nov. 1st. LOL I'll make it.

    I can't imagine fall without NaNo, sneaking in words at work, and writing late into the night. No better way to get really pumped up about writing (and to get a draft finished quickly)!

    Best of luck! :-)

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  22. Exciting! Have fun and good luck.

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