For the first time in 13 years, I intend to do National Novel Writing Month. (Which basically means writing at least 50,000 words of a novel during the month of November.)
My NaNo profile is here.
I’ve got a new project more than halfway outlined. My goal is to finish at least a first draft by the end of the month.
I know people have a whole range of opinions about NaNoWriMo, but for me? Well, let me put it this way. The first time I did a novel dare was in November of 2000. I wrote the entire first draft of a book called Goblin Quest.
I did another round in 2002, but that book ended up getting trunked. And as the family grew and the day job picked up, my writing process and habits changed, and I stopped doing NaNo and other writing dares.
But now the day job has been slashed back to 10 hours/week, and I’ve got a project I really want to do. I’d love to get this drafted before I change gears and start in on Project Bob. Wish me luck!
October 26, 2015 @ 9:48 am
Good luck with NaNo! I started in ’06 and I love it to the point I’ve been ML for a few years now. The community is super supportive and I like the way it holds me accountable.
October 26, 2015 @ 9:52 am
All the best for Project Bob and NaNoWriMo Jim.
I like NaNo’s myself, even if, like you, life/current writing projects often get in the way. There’s something about having a goal, and a short period of time that frees a story in a different way.
May your word count be bountiful.
October 26, 2015 @ 11:06 am
Best of luck!
My two attempts at NaNo were dismal failures. I’m tempted this year, but I dont’ know that I could balance it with other writing projects I need to get done.
Still, it’s awfully tempting to try to knock out a longish segment of an ongoing personal project – I’m sure I could come up with an episode of about the right length to concentrate on…
October 26, 2015 @ 2:13 pm
Yay for NaNoWriMo! I’ve participated for 3 years now, and only “won” once, but I still love the atmosphere and excitement of participating. I will be diving in again this year, but I have no idea what I’m going to write yet. I’ve tried outlining ahead of time before, but I’ve been really busy this year, so I’m just going to check my idea book and pants it. It’ll be an adventure!
October 26, 2015 @ 4:46 pm
LOL LOL LOL – I was thinking of doing it, too, at least partially because of that second novel dare we did when I went backwards, deleting most of what I wrote in the first one – I’ve just done that again, having realized that my cherished current first draft is a worse Frankendraft than that one was.
Ok, if you are, I will!
October 26, 2015 @ 6:08 pm
What a great idea!
October 26, 2015 @ 9:43 pm
I love NaNo, the discipline to do it every year acts like a booster shot for my writing, helping me hone my concentration and habits. I’ve finished six times with half in trunks. I’m really glad to hear you’re back!
October 27, 2015 @ 3:58 am
Yay! I’m technically kind of doing NaNo this year cause deadlines. Sent you a buddies request. 🙂
Jim C. Hines
October 27, 2015 @ 2:37 pm
I know! I was looking back through those old journal entries and blog posts. Can you believe that was like a decade and a half ago???
Jim C. Hines
October 27, 2015 @ 2:38 pm
It’s serendipity. You were meant to NaNo this year 🙂
October 28, 2015 @ 1:03 am
I’m doing it this year too 🙂
November 2, 2015 @ 1:53 am
Hi, you don’t know me, so I’m sorry if I’m intruding, but I found you through Casz’s Fiction Farm. We’ve been Internet pals for awhile now.
I’m doing NaNoWriMo, too. Third try for me. This is my profile: http://nanowrimo.org/dashboard
We can be buddies if you like. So far I only have Casz.
I wish you luck on your novel. At the very least, I hope all we WriMos have a fun time writing our masterpieces!