Monday, October 29, 2012

Nano No Nos

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Okay, Halloween's in a few days - one of my favorite holidays of course. But you know what scares a lot of writers? NANOWRIMO

If you don't know what it is, November is novel writing month where you pledge to write 50,000 words by the end of the month. Check out the link if you're interested and don't be afraid to friend me. 

I love Nano! I revel in getting lost in that initial draft. To me that's the most exciting part of the process. Will I do it this year? I'm going to try, but with the baby it will be challenging. I like challenges. I work well under pressure. And besides, when it's all said and done, I'll have more than I would have if I hadn't attempted it. 

So what are my tips?

  • Write whenever you can. Even it it's for ten minutes it will keep your mind working on the story. 
  • Don't be afraid to put down whatever comes to mind. No one sees it but you, so go back and fix stuff later. It's a computer that counts the words.
  • Don't believe you have a masterpiece. Ok - I mean a FINISHED masterpiece. What Nano leaves you with is a lovely first draft to have fun revising later. 
  • Challenge yourself. It's a great way to let loose without that internal editor getting in the way. JUST WRITE. You'd be surprised at the result. 
  • Make it a priority. Obviously some things come first like family and paychecks, but you know what I mean! 
Have you done Nano before? Planning to do it this year? Why or why not and what are some of your tips?


  1. Thanks for the tips Lisa. No, I've never done NaNo. It doesn't work with all I have to do, including a full-time job. I am going to try to focus on writing more.

  2. Great tips, Lisa. Best of luck with NaNo! But don't be too hard on yourself. That's the reason I don't participate in NaNo. I'm way too hard on myself. I tried it three years ago and had some family issues pop up, preventing me from finishing. It took me forever to get over the disappointment of not finishing, and that novel is STILL not finished. I can't seem to push through that one. :)

  3. I love NaNo!! I did camp NaNo this summer thinking I'd skip it this year because it's such a busy time of year (report card season right now!) - but I think I'm jumping in again and letting those revisions sit for a bit :) See you there!

  4. I haven't participated in NaNo and this year is no exception. The timing never works for me. Instead of writing a first draft, I'll be planning my next project--after I finished the draft of my current WIP.

    Good luck with your NaNo project, Lisa.

  5. Doing NaNo this year, although I may be crazy for even contemplating it! :) But I'm keeping the focus on having it be fun, which helps take the stress out.

  6. Hi Lisa,

    I have done NaNo for the past three years and every year I get to this point and have no idea if I'm going to do it or not!! BUT, I enjoy it every time.

    You're right; even if you just write a little a day and come up short of the 50,000 word mark, you still have more than you would if you didn't write at all. Hmm, looks like my decision is made! I'll look you up on the site!


  7. NaNo seems to come as often as Christmas. Here's to your 50,000 words. As for me, NO NANO. Can't write that way. I'd be on the floor in a pile.

    Good luck.

    Glad to be back from vacation and visiting some of the sites I enjoy. :-)

  8. I write about 40k on an average month so I tend to skip Nano and just root for all the people who are doing it!

  9. I'm so excited to get started! This year will be more challenging for me, too, with a job in addition to my kids. But I can't wait. And thanks for the reminder that even if I don't "win," I'll at least have more words than if I hadn't tried. That will help. Good luck!

  10. Excellent advice, Lisa. Especially the part about fixing stuff later!

  11. Great tips! I've participated in NaNo a couple times in the past, but won't be doing so this year. Good luck with it come November, despite all the challenges!

  12. I love NaNo! Don't know if I'll "win" this year with everything I have going on, but I managed it the last two years so here's hoping! I agree - write when you can. I also find it helpful to eliminate one thing from my regular activities and replace it with NaNo time. For me it's my down time of playing Facebook games. I don't normally spend much time, but replacing that time with NaNo is how I can usually get through :)

  13. I'm working on signing up right now! It will be my first year.