Monday, October 18, 2010

NaNoWriMo - Are you in... or out?

I'm out. 

But I'm interested to hear about you.  If you're in, what's your goal?  Do you already have a story idea lined up or are you going to be a TOTAL pantser?  How many hours/words a day do you plan to devote to it?

Last year when I heard about this for the first time, I was a bit smitten with the idea.  I looked into it some, but couldn't come up with anything so I forgot about it.  This year, I decided I'm definitely not that kind of writer.  It sounds like it should be fun to whip out a story that quickly... just write write write without any real corrections or edits along the way.  But that's just not my writing style.  I'd be so stressed with the time limit... and I know there would be SO much work to do afterward... all that revising and editing.  Ugh I'm overwhelmed just thinking about it.
Anyone else a definite no? What are your reasons for not doing it?
Anyone on the fence?

16 comments:

  1. I'm in! I participated last year for my first time. I did it because I wanted to know if I really could finish an entire novel (one that's at least somewhat cohesive, lol!) and I did! So I never revised it or anything; it was purely for the accomplishment of finishing an entire novel. This year I plan on writing a novel with the hopes of querying once I've revised, revised, and revised. Oh, and revised again. :)

    In October, right now, I do a lot of planning for my NaNo novel. I know who the characters are, major plot points and conflicts, and a vision of how the story might end. It's not a stringent outline; I'm always open to surprises! Last year when I go to the middle of my novel, it ended up taking on a completely different turn than I'd expected. It was great! So I'm really looking forward to what this year will bring. :)

    You might want to think about giving it a go! It's okay if you don't make the 50k in thirty days; at least you'd have some parts of a novel started and on its way. Plus it's fun knowing for sure you're writing a novel at the exact same time as thousands of other crazy writers!

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  2. I usually do something for NaNo - even if I never sign up for it. Last year I was partway through a first draft when November hit, so I just promised myself I'd write as much as I could and finish the book by 12/1. It worked and I got the draft done. Of course, I ended up totally rewriting the thing, but I always figure it's easier to fix what's broken than what isn't there. =o)

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  3. I'm in as well. This will be my third year. I've found that I get bogged down in the edits and revising to the point that I never finished a complete story until Nano. I wanted to make everything perfect before moving to the next chapter, so nano helped me just get the story down.

    I've been revising for two years on that first novel, but it is now out in slush piles. It's only been two weeks and I've had some nibbles. That never would have happened for me without nano.

    At the same time, it doesn't work for everyone. Kudos to you for knowing your writing style and sticking to what works for you!

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  4. I do it every year, and although I'm in the middle of a WIP, and planning my wedding on Nov 20th, I'm still doing nano this year. It's become as much of a tradition for me as Thanksgiving. I'm just going to pants it, but I have a rough idea of what my story will be about.

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  5. you know, i feel the same way. i like to edit along the way, even if it takes me longer to finish the manuscript. i guess it seems easier to me that way. i'd rather edit little by little as i write or else the editing all at once seems extremely overwhelming.

    i have two MS's that i've started, so i'm just going to make it my goal to finish those - without officially registering.

    then on the other hand....it might be fun to try something new....and i do have a new story brewing...maybe just perfect timing to get it written!

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  6. I'm not in it because I'm currently working on the first draft on my new wip. My goal, though, is to be finished it by the end of November.

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  7. My speaking schedule will be winding down in November and after going at a breakneck speed for several years, I just need a break. So no NaNo this year.

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  8. I'm in - and one way I try to get around the craziness of not being able to write write write is to PLAN PLAN PLAN like crazy beforehand. I've actually pantsed my way through the last couple, and while I got the words down, it was pretty much garbage at the end of the day. This time I'm concentrating on having a plan going in, and hopefully it'll work out to something I can actually build on after the month's over.

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  9. Loving these plans y'all... I'm still not planning on signing up officially, but I may be setting some goals along with y'all for November.

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  10. I'm like you, out this year, but intrigued! Like the new photo by the way! ;-)

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  11. I'm super duper in this year!

    BUT, this year i'm going to let myself edit as I go along. As long as i get my 1600K words in a day (which i usually can, no problem) then i'm free to go back and edit.

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  12. At first I was like NaNoWriWhat? And then I realized what it is all about and I love the support your writers give to each other in this way.

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  13. Okay, so I signed up (many months ago) and I'm really intrigued by the idea. But just like you, I'm just not that kind of writer! Obviously. I'm sure you know that! But still, love the idea!

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  14. I'm out. :( Sad, I know. I heard about it for the first time last year and was so excited, but I have way too many projects in the works right now.

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  15. Out. I, like you, don't really function that way.

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