Thursday, October 29, 2009


How many of you are doing NaNo?

I'm putting a poll on the sidebar -- feedreaders, please pop over to the blog proper if you want to vote. We're trying to decide if we should use November to do some motivational posts, or maybe focusing on productivity issues, or just tralala along in our normal harebrained fashion.

Any preferences?


ETA: The poll lets you vote for more than one answer, so if you want both productivity and motivational tips, you can ask for both.


Heidi Cautrell said...

This will be my first year participating, so any tips or motivation would be lovely.

Ian said...

I'm on my 6th time with NaNo, and looking for my 6th win as well. Anyone who wants to follow along with my Urban Fantasy Hockey story should register as a member on my website so you get to read content as I post it daily. :)

Anyone who wants to friend me on the nanowrimo website can. I'm Edog over there.

Who else is doing it?

Ian said...

Also, FYI, on my blog is a list of Ten Tips for surviving nanowrimo, in case you might find them useful.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I won NaNo in 2003 but didn't think I wrote well. I'd rather write well.

As for November fun here, I'm up for anything. So long as it's fun.

writtenwyrdd said...

A number of us who are blog pals are doing our own NaNo group, too, in order to help with motivation and such. I found it interesting how many of us are not doing a traditional NaNo with a new novel start, but are using the month to dedicate ourselves to getting 50k on an existing work that's been languishing!

Cate said...

I participated (and won) in 2006 and thought it was a great experience - definitely changed the way I look at writing! No time this year, though. November's too busy.

Dave Shaw said...

Not trying this year - wife would not be happy.

Jami Gold said...

Nope, I don't do Nano. a) I'm currently in editing mode for my WIP. b) When I am in writing mode, I don't have problems generating word count. :) I have more problems keeping my word count down! (says the woman who wrote a 136K rough draft in 2 months) As Susan said, I'd rather concentrate on writing well.

Jami G.

MJFredrick said...

Yes! My 4th time. I love it!

Genella deGrey said...

I'm with you, Jami G.!

I'll be happy with whatever you and Alicia have on the blog.


Miss Brown said...

First time contender.

Overplotted my last novel attempt (EPIC FAIL)so hoping a fast track session will provide more fruitful results.

I definitely work better when cornered like a rat in a trap.

nicbeast said...

I'm gonna try it this year to finish up my WIP. It's already over 50k, probably another 50k will finish it.

B.E. Sanderson said...

I'm not doing NaNo, per se. I just try to use November to increase my writing productivity and help with motivation. Basically, during November, I kick my own butt and do what I should've done all year long.

Leona said...

I'm doing it for the first time. I'm getting strung out trying to decide what to write my WIPs are currently in I need an outside edit stage, so the timing is good for me to write a new rough draft. When I get down and serious, I'm pretty good at word count. I've done as much as 8k in one day and I wasn't writing the whole day.

My problem is staying on task. I have four children still at home, I'm the only driver in the household, and my youngest with Down Syndrome is entirely more mobile than I was led to believe to be the case with DS kids. I'm not complaining, just saying. He's exactly like every other one-year-old. I have to constantly chase him:)

My vote is to gone on as you have with maybe a bit more emphasis on encouragement than usual. Especially the all dreaded second week.

Wish I'd never read that part!! If I don't know it's a problem and not supposed to be done, I have no problem making it happen. For example, in art class, I did a square painting.

1) My instructor was surprised because square canvasas are apparantly impossible to find where I lived. I didn't know that and I found one and bought it.

2) They are apparently extremely hard to get a good composition. I did so well that my mother-in-law took one look at it and claimed it.

So, yeah, don't tell me it is hard or can't be done, and I'll do fine making it happen LOL

Leona said...

Psst Dave this is your chance to make remarks on contrariness. I shan't be denying it.

Anonymous said...

I decided my true medium is a blog. So I opened a new blog just for me to write my novel in. Stupid, yes, but oddly effortless. :) Anyone can write a blog entry, right?

Natalie Ford said...

I can't see the poll but then I am late to the party and you do seem to be posting such helpful essays that I will just assume that everyone voted as I would have!