Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NaNoWriMo or NaNotForMeMo

There has been a lot of frenzied activity around the blogosphere about NaNoWriMo.  Listening to the chatter on Twitter and blogs is kind of like being in a Super Bowl stadium before the start of a game or on the bottom leg of a roller coaster ride, right before it peaks.  You can feel the building excitement and hear the anxious laughter. 

I particularly liked Anne Allen's post about it.  She also gives a little history and background about the event, if you're interested.  National Novel Writing Month (hence, NaNoWriMo) is a great motivator to write with abandon.  The goal is to finish a 50,000-word novel by the end of the November while not worrying if it's perfect.  I like that, especially when you're dealing with first drafts.  Anyone who finishes is a winner.  And that's cool too.

A few friends and I had fun yesterday on Twitter.  We came up with all sorts of variations for NaNoWriMo.  I suggested NaImInHawaiiMo while a few others pressed for NaPassTheDaqMo.  It was hard to choose.  Hey, by the way, if I'm not following you on Twitter, please let me know!  Twitter Me

Will you be participating this year in NaNoWriMo?  Good idea/bad idea?

20 comments:

Marianne Arkins said...

I'll be doing NaNo .. I do it every year. I LOVE it. It's wildly addicting and lots of fun. My first published novel was created during NaNoWriMo.

I highly recommend it. :-)

Judith Leger said...

I'm going to be there. I usually do. For me, this is a push to write and write and definitely do more writing. November is a massive creation month for me. 3 of my novellas were written and completed in November so Nanowrimo fits perfectly into my schedule. Are you going to do.

Yep, Anne's post is great.

KarenG said...

The title of your post here cracked me up. Also, I like how you put it-- "write with abandon"-- that's what I like about it. I had hoped to participate but edits on my current novel may take precedence. Dang it. Because I am wanting to just write with abandon. Great post, Liz! I think I follow you on twitter but I'll check to be sure.

Joanna St. James said...

I will be participating altho NaNoI'minhawaiimo sounds even better. If my editor(I love saying that word) gets back to me I will definitely chuck NaNo in favour of my other MS

Susanna Ives said...

I'm not participating officially. But there is so much excitement, I feel like I'm part of it whether I want to be or not.

Liz Fichera said...

Marianne - that is so cool that it helped you write your first novel! Well, you did the work. But you know what I mean. ;-)

Judith - I'm not participating officially, mostly because every month is NaNoWriMo for me. However, I am going to write without a care for typos, glaring errors, etc--assuming I get my edits done on the current book.

Karen - I'm not following you on Twitter!! Yeah!

Joanna - EDITOR?! Do you have lovely news to share with us??! Please dish! Toute de suite!!

Susanna - Same here. It's like sharing the same roller coaster ride with everybody.

Liz Fichera said...

Oops. Speaking of typos, Karen, I am NOW following you on Twitter. Dang fingers...

Lia Bal said...

I think NaNo is a great idea. I tried it for the first time last year and I wrote half of a book through it. Then afterwards work became hectic and I didn’t have time to finish that book until this August. I will try to do it unofficially this year, but I don’t see myself pushing out 50k when my job will be hectic again by mid-November.

Tina said...

I would love to participate -- except that November is always my WORST month for making such a commitment (that and the whopping revision on my doorstep this year). One day the universal energies will line up and I'll be taking a seat on the NaNoWriMoRoLoCoastO.Fingers crossed.

Anne R. Allen said...

Aw shucks. You made my morning!

I'm not actually doing NaNo because I'm collaborating on a nonfic book with a deadline, but I'm encouraging everybody out there who has the time to do it--if just to defeat your inner censors and find out what your muse really has to say.

That's lovely to hear, Marianne--another published novel with roots in NaNo, like Water for Elephants and Forest of Hands and Teeth.

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Lia - good luck to you this year! I admire those who do it, regardless of the word count. :-)

Tina, so true! With Thanksgiving and the lead-up to the holidays, the timing is questionable. Still, by just me saying that, it's one more excuse, right?! Which is the point...

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Anne!

Thanks for writing one of the most entertaining posts (and informative ones) on NaNoWriMo. I LOVE your humor! :-)

Maria Zannini said...

No NaNo for me. I need a break.

Good luck. Hope you get a lot of words down.

Jennifer Hillier said...

No NaNo for me this year. But I absolutely LOVE the energy it creates, so I'll definitely be channeling that into something creative and rooting everybody on!

Liz Fichera said...

Maria - I won't be participating officially. However, I'm still trying to get my next novel written (at least a first draft) by December.

Hi Jennifer - I agree! The energy is contagious!

N. R. Williams said...

Good luck with NaNo. I'm not doing NaNo, just looking at all you who are. I am hoping everyone will be so busy they won't notice that I am busy editing and not doing much blogging. I've got to get that book done!
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Colette said...

Still undecided -- but reading these posts is leaning me towards yes.

Liz Fichera said...

Nancy - good luck with your edits!

Colette - best of luck to you if you participate! Don't forget to keep a bag of chocolate alongside your keyboard. :-)

Sondrae Bennett said...

I love napassthedaqmo!

Liz Fichera said...

Sondrae,

The nice thing about that one is that you can substitute Daq with Marg, Martini, Vino, as the mood strikes. Very versatile. ;-)