As usual, I am personally of two minds concerning joining up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) again this year. But if I do write within the month challenge, I want to go in with minimal planning/mostly pantsing, and take it easy. So, below are some current resources.
It’s that time of year again. The time when every blogger and his dog gives you tips for how to successfully get through NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. And here you will find a huge list of resources for those doing NaNo again or for the first time this year.
It’s not quite as easily recognisable this year, as the event is using a new design (pixel art) for the badges and logo’s, but I’ll be cheering on and offering support to those I find doing the marathon writing during November.
I did a wordsprint in-world at a write-in first thing this morning my time. The event wasn’t very busy, only two of us doing a 20 minute sprint. At just over 400 words, I was pipped by the other writer by a 100 words difference. I don’t know how, but I somehow mucked around. Since then, I’ve been busy finishing off that one new chapter. 4500 words later, it’s finished, too long, and pretty crap with it.
Oh. I’ve hit that middle section of NaNo, and how. My writing makes me unhappy, and both wrists are now arching from the typing.
This post, dedicated to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, is about my NaNo efforts, and in recognition that it’s all par for the course.
This image (called a texture in-world) is being used in Second Life at the moment, obviously created for last year’s NaNoWriMo writing marathon. I’m afraid that I can’t find who should be credited for it. The conversion from tga to jpg has muddied the image a little, also, but you get the gist.
There are similar coffee and otherwise inspired NaNo calendars, desktops, and stickers from previous years found at the links below. 2011 and 2012 links include stickers for laptops and facebook covers. Search on google or your procrastination engine of choice, and you’ll find many bloggers sharing their own creations also.
I’m on target with my goals for this month, which are quite easy to understand and evidence, as I’m starting on Blue Popcorn through NaNoWriMo. To date, I’ve just logged up the 10,000 words putting me 20% through the target count.
That’s all well and good, and I’m rightfully pleased with my writing efforts so far.
Except for the scene I wrote yesterday.
Lazette Gifford has a 130 page guide to NaNoWriMo, available free as a PDF from her website – NaNo for the New and Insane, A NaNoWriMo Survival Guide.
The guide includes preparation guidelines, plotting or outlining advice, and an interview with the founder of NaNoWriMo, Chris Baty. Written in 2006, the guide can be passed on freely to any writer friends.
@WriMo: A 30-Day Survival Guide for Writers by Kevin S Kaiser, is a new ebook out October 2012. This chunks motivational advice up into 30 day blocks, with a mixture of short author quotes and motivational tips scheduled for each day across the marathon month.
It's around $4 from Amazon as an ebook download, with all profits from the book going towards supporting NaNoWriMo.
More guides below.
An update post for November, showing the status of my writing efforts to spit out 50K words on a novel, Blue Popcorn.
Officially, the NaNo website tells me there is 2 days and 06 hours to go before NaNoWriMo 2012 kicks off. With NaNo breathing down my neck, I realise I’m not quite ready to go for the marathon. Here’s a checklist of everything I may possibly need, and a few things I probably don’t.