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October 20, 2011

Warm-up for NaNoWriMo

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For the last four years I’ve been envious of the dedicated people who take on the crazy ambitious goal of writing a novel in a month. Somehow life, work, deadlines and exams always get in the way for me, and I haven’t been able to commit to NaNoWriMo.

Not so this year! This time, I’m part of the hip crowd. All my current projects have been shelved as I ponder the set-up of an urban fantasy murder-mystery that’s been spinning in my head for a few months. I’m not writing a detailed road map, but I’m giving my characters a few sign-posts in case they get lost along the way.

All this to say, I might be a little slow on the updates in November (and all of them might be about this project). Wish me luck!

Are you planning on attending NaNoWriMo? Share the pain excitement!

12 Comments »

  1. I’m doing it! (For the 3rd time.) Although, this year, I’m going to be ‘breaking the rules’ a bit and using it as a push to finish a half-finished manuscript from last year. (Instead of starting a new one and ending up with 20 000 words on yet a new ms, like last year. Really, there’s only so many unfinished ms’ one needs to have lying around).

    Good luck with it! My best advice; write something you’re really, really excited about, join your ‘region’ on the website, go to meetings, write with other people as often as you can. (Preferably in a cafe with yummy treats you can use as rewards for yourself. My first year, it really helped to write in Oxford’s best ice cream place, which I then bought for myself every 1000 words or so.)

    Also, hurra! It’s crazy, but we’re gonna have so much fun as well!

    Comment by dreamingwriter — October 20, 2011 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for encouragement! I’m both excited and a little scared, but I know it’s gonna be fun.🙂

      Good luck completing your manuscript. What’s it about?

      Comment by nascentnovelist — October 21, 2011 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

      • It’s a historical romance (highwaymen and Irish unrest in the 1790s). The 20 000 first words was my Masters dissertation last year.

        Urban fantasy murder-mystery sounds intriguing! (And a lot of fun.)

        (Btw, since you’re not in Oslo and able to join me in writing in the small and over-expensive cafes here; Be my writing buddy on the NaNo site? It’s strangely motivating to keep track of other people’s word count, especially when it’s somone you know.)

        Comment by dreamingwriter — October 21, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

      • I’d love to! It’s not up yet though, I don’t think… But as soon as it’s possible, I’ll add you. I’m Martine Helene.

        So nice to know someone who’s doing this as well. And historical romance sounds intriguing.

        Comment by nascentnovelist — October 21, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

  2. Cool, I’m Maren Falkland on the Nano site🙂

    Comment by dreamingwriter — October 22, 2011 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

  3. Good for you! I kind of want to in the back of my mind, but I just started a novel this month. I could still sign up, I suppose, but I’m just feeling really lazy about it….Maybe I still will.

    Comment by Rain — October 22, 2011 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

    • Let me know if you do and we can be NaNo-buddies. (On the other hand, if you’ve just started something, might be good to continue with that.)

      Comment by nascentnovelist — October 22, 2011 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

  4. NaNoWriMo of 2004 will, I believe, be the only one I participate in–one book in 2.5 weeks, another in six days–but I’m glad I did it! I look forward to watching you and a couple of other friends move toward their goal and the end of November–assuming, of course, there are any words left over for blog updates!

    Comment by Deborah the Closet Monster — October 23, 2011 @ 11:02 am | Reply

    • You seriously wrote two books in one month? That’s insane! I’m kinda scared to see if I’ll be able to finish 50.000 words. A full draft would be more than I hope for. You’re kick-ass.

      (I’ll see if I can’t get some words out for blog posts. At least that’s the goal).

      Comment by nascentnovelist — October 23, 2011 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

  5. Working on another book (and teaching and mommying and wifeying and planning a bar-mitzvah), so I’m out for Nano this year! Good luck to you.

    Also, if you want to come back to my page and tell me the derpy-est thing you’ve done recently, that’d be great. Clearly, my derpy-est thing was writing a post about the word that is already a word.

    Guess who isn’t getting Freshly Pressed today! Derp.😉 Nice to see you!

    Comment by Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson — October 24, 2011 @ 9:04 am | Reply

    • Thanks! If my schedule was that busy, I’d probably not be NaNoing either.

      Will head on back. (Sadly, I have so many derpy things to choose from, I don’t know which one.)

      Comment by nascentnovelist — October 24, 2011 @ 10:02 am | Reply

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