Monday, September 19, 2011

NaNo NaNo (not Mork & Mindy)

It's almost NaNoWriMo time!

But what is NaNoWriMo you ask?  Actually you probably don't ask because I'm willing to bet that all 22 of my favorite followers already know what it is.  Why did I mention just 22?  Because that's how many followers I have, silly.  (If you're not a follower, it's not too late.  Just click on the followers link on the right hand side of the blog.)

But even if you're not asking I'm going to tell you about NaNoWriMo anyway.

First, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. 

It begins November 1 and ends November 30.  The goal is to write 50,000 words of a novel during that timeframe.  The rules are that you can not use material written ahead of time but you can plot, outline, etc your story.  The actual novel writing must take place during the timeframe.

There is a website here that you log into and join.  It's free.  The NaNo people do not read your novel.  It is your own private story.  In order to prove that you've written the wordcount required, you are able to upload your wordcount during the month.  At the end of the month, you can scramble your novel and then upload it to their official wordcounter.  If you hit 50,000, you win.

What do you win?  Satisfaction!!  Oh, and 50,000 words towards your story of course.

The other great thing about NaNo is that you can hook up with other writers in your area and write together, challenge each other, and build friendships.  You might also find some critique partners along the way. 

This is my first time doing it.  I am excited but also worried.  I am not normally a pantster.  I don't know if I can shut my inner editor off enough to just write without worrying about my spelling and my sentence structure.  I normally write, read it, modify it, read it, read it, and then move on.  This will be a very new experience for me but I hope that it will be liberating. 

Are you going to join in on the fun in November?


cherie said...

I'm new to NaNo and I'm doing it this year. We can cheer each other on! ;)

Eli Ashpence said...

I tried last year. Didn't hit the 50k mark, but I had a lot of fun and explored a story I'd been procrastinating on. This year, I'm going to try again with a new storyline.

KellieM said...

Cherie and Eli,

I am glad you guys are doing it too. I am nervous. I'm trying to plot my outline and details so that I can be ready but this process is going to be hard for me. Writing with abandon and looking for quantity not quality. Scary! Best of luck to you both!!!