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Friday, November 1, 2013

National Novel Writing Month 2013

Wow, it's been a whole year. Today being November 1st, it's NaNo time and I'm just crazy enough to go for it again. Actually, it's a rush and a lot of fun.

If you always wanted to write a story and get your feet wet, this is like jumping into the middle of the Pacific. You'll get wet. It's also great motivation to learn to swim, fast.

Anyone else doing NaNo this year?



4 comments:

  1. Not me. NaNo stresses quantity of words. Hemingway tried to write 5 pages in the morning, and then culled them down into three in the evening.

    NaNo is a nice group endeavor: a Facebook sort of affair. Writing discipline must come from within, not from without if it is to last. I wish you happy writing. :-)

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  2. Roland, thanks for your comment. NaNo has its advantages and disadvantages, to be sure - especially in quality, if one is only focused on word count.

    Been there. Done that. That manuscript is still in the drawer. This year my NaNo goal goes beyond word count. I plan to finish the first draft of a manuscript I've been outlining for several months, but I'm going slower and focusing on quality writing.

    Because I've done NaNo several times now - and have been writing for more than a few years, I know the drawbacks.

    But the advantages can be worth it. For those who haven't finished an entire novel, it's a great way to learn you are capable of sitting down on a daily basis, watching the pages unfold, and seeing a story through to the end. It proves it can be done.

    It's also a way for lone writers to find a writing community, and possibly gain a support system. Someday, everyone hopes to gain an agent and editor, but in the meantime, this is invaluable on the writing journey.

    I already have a wonderful writing group that has been together for many years. It brings a lot of power, especially as you get to know each other's strengths and access them.

    NaNo also provides a public accounting system. Most people do better at daily writing if they know they'll need to account for it.

    NaNo also gives a taste of how professional writers like Hemingway do it. They'll learn if they really want to pursue writing as a career.

    Last of all, meeting a challenging goal on a daily basis feels great.

    Because of these reasons, I'm a solid advocate for NaNo.

    Thanks again for your comment!

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  3. If you always wanted to write a story and get your feet wet, this is like jumping into the middle of the Pacific. You'll get wet. It's also great motivation to learn to swim, fast. Getting a novel published via Algonkian

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