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Wordsmith’s Collective Thursday – NaNoWriMo Withdrawal

December 8, 2022
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After the frantic word count goal of November, for those of us who participated in National Novel Writing Month, December is a strangely quiet month. No longer are we racing home after work to write those elusive 1667 words for the day’s total, and hoping to exceed them. We miss the rush, the excitement, even the panic. Initially, we feel relief, then goalless and at odds with ourselves. Now, we are floating in an undisciplined mode, unable to feel comfortable – that impetuous has gone.

We all know a goal is a good thing to have. It aids our making a deadline for publisher demands, editing and revising or any self imposed goal, whether for our writing or something else. So, what is the answer? Well, we have options:

1. Continue with our NaNo project and complete the novel.

2. Leave the project to ‘rest’ or percolate until the ending, plot arc, story line etc. solidifies in your mind (if it hasn’t already.)

3. Edit and revise what you have written. We all know it will need this at some point.

4. Begin another project, or return to another unfinished one.

5. Take a break from writing. Delve into the season’s festivities.

No matter which course you take, do what is best for you. Struggling to complete a writing project, when the holidays are approaching and you have other commitments, is not the way to go. Your project will be there waiting for you.

Preparation for NaNoWriMo 2019

October 31, 2019
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It took some time to decide whether I would participate in NaNoWriMo this year. I have participated ten times in all and each time have created novel or novella length manuscripts. Most have been revised and edited over the following year or so to become published books. Some quicker than others it must be said. My very first NaNo in 2009 resulted in a work not published until last September! Yep 9 years. This was due to it being my first full length manuscript, my novice writing and self doubt that it was worthy of publishing. I revised and edited almost every year until I took the plunge, finally satisfied it was finalized.

However, in regard to this year’s NaNo, my first stumbling block was the two draft novels I have pending, which are previous year’s NaNoWriMo manuscripts. Again I know they need revisions and editing prior to submission to a publisher. My struggle was should I work on these manuscripts rather than create another one?

Secondly, I have several events to attend during November, which will take me away from the vital writing time needed for NaNo. As we all know every minute counts during November. Will I have enough time to succeed?

Thirdly, although I browsed the multitude of saved short stories in my laptop folders, I was not convinced any of them were novel length material. Or maybe it was my Muse not being excited enough about them – who knows? So I pondered what ‘new’ story I could write. Nothing I thought of seemed the elusive ‘it’ until just as I was drifting off to sleep an idea burst into my mind. It gave me a rough timeline, one character and the inkling of a plot. Knowing that relying on memory is a writer’s mistake when ideas pop up, I got up and wrote it all down. Subsequently, I have managed to decide on my two main characters, their location, some backstory and a timeline.

So I am as ready as I can be for 1st November. If you would like to connect on the NaNoWriMo site I’m MandyB.

How about you?

Do you have a rough outline?

Where did you idea come from?

 

Declaration of Participation in NaNoWriMo 2013…

October 7, 2013
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Profess – definition: to declare openly; to announce or affirm

Today I am declaring my participation in this year’s National Novel Writing Month. This will be my fourth NaNoWriMo and as usual I am excited and anxious in equal measure.

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This year’s novel is a new genre for me – cowboy romance. I have actually made notes and am in the process of plotting the story arc, something I never usually do! There is a format of sorts for this type of genre and I am certainly out of my depth with it. An extra challenge to conquer.

Other considerations are how to convey the Texan accent through dialogue and the love interest’s Italian heritage. Yes, I know I’m piling on the pressure. What’s the saying? ‘Ask a busy person’…

Added to my NaNoWriMo commitment is my year long ‘a blog post per day for 2013’…at least I am over half way now. It has been enlightening, knowledge expanding and a fantastic sharing journey so far.

Are you participating in NaNo this year?

What genre will you write?

Is this your first attempt or have you participated before?

Did you succeed in your last attempt?

What happened to your manuscript?

Two novels from my previous years of NaNo have been edited and revised several times. Life in Slake Patch is a speculative fiction and The Twesome Loop is a romance with a reincarnation twist. Both of these are awaiting representation. However, my fantasy, The Rython Kingdom is available as an e-book on Smashwords and Amazon Canada & UK. It was drastically revised after I won.

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That All Important Word Count…

November 12, 2012
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For many writers November brings with it a sense of apprehension and anxiety as they make the commitment to National Novel Writing Month. The idea of writing a minimum of 50,000 words in one month seems like total madness to lots of our friends, family and coworkers but to others we are revered for taking on such a challenge. We are asked again and again – how do you do it? And that is the crux of the matter. All writers have their own unique methods of writing – which are as numerous as there are writers. All I can tell you is that in my experience I have always been a ‘free flow’ writer letting my mind control my fingertips on the keyboard. The spark of an idea can come from a phrase or picture even an overheard snippet of conversation. For me this sets off a internal visual scene and from there the characters take over directing me wherever they wish. I find this process enjoyable and in many cases surprising as my thoughts of where the plot may lead, doesn’t always happen.

Some writers have an internal editor who stops them constantly to revise, change and alter – I think myself lucky that I can turn mine off until I am ready for the revision process. During November to be able to write unrestricted is a blessing and one which we all hope for. Of course life has to go on as most of us are unable to disappear on a retreat!   So in between our working day, household chores and interaction with family we utilize every precious moment possible to write those wonderful words we hope will lead to our winning NaNoWriMo. It is primarily a personal challenge racing against time but we are lucky enough to be able to share it with buddies from around the globe.

To date I have 19,315 words written – what is your figure? Why not share your method?

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NaNoWriMo…

October 17, 2012
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Photo by kawwsu29 taken in Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum

I hereby confirm my participation in the National Novel Writing Competition 2012

Buddies welcome – MandyB, Edmonton

Come & join in the fun…! Words linking the world for a whole month.

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