Thursday, November 1, 2012

Oh, NaNoWriMo


I wasn’t going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, because (1) I have enough challenges right now with W1S1 (October story subbed a few days ago - yay!) and the now-almost-impossible Off the Shelf Challenge (seriously, I am sooooo laughably behind on that list!) and (2)  I’m not sure my current WIP is something that should be written quickly – there’s still a lot of plot twisting and world building to figure out, and I hate rushing into drafting and ending up with yet another frustrating mess-uscript. But the story won't be written at all if I never move from planning to ACTUAL WRITING, and I was feeling in desperate need of a jumpstart. So I gave into peer pressure and my addiction to progress bars and pep talks and jumped on the NaNoWriMo bandwagon for the fourth time. And you know what? I’m ridiculously excited about it. 

Newly painted office: ready! Writing travel mug from my awesome former boss: ready! Inspiration image board: ready! Plot board: um, well, at least there are several post-its and a bunch of questions on it. That's more than I've had any other year...

NaNoWriMo is usually a pretty sparse blogging time, but I’ll try to post a few impressions from the speed-writing trenches to make up for how little I’ve been around here in the past two months. And of course I'll grab a progress bar for the blog because I'm addicted to such things.

Who else is WriMoing with me? How’s it going so far? I’m "veryhungrybookworm" if you want to find and friend me. (Assuming the site isn’t overrun and spitting out 503 errors again, anyway. The first day always seems to be crazy that way.) 

Write On!


10 comments:

  1. Go for it, Jillian! I like how you have an inspiration board and a plot board.

    I'm not doing NaNo - working on my ms from the Breakout Conference instead - and I stopped participating in the OTS Challenge, too - started feeling too much like homework.

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    1. Thanks! And I definitely understand both of those decisions. Good luck with your ms!

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  2. So glad you're jumping into NaNo, Jillian! I'm cheering you on!

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    1. And ditto - I can't wait to read your Nano updates and cheer you on as well!

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  3. Buena suerte! My students are participating, and they're having a blast -- gotta tame those internal editors, though. And way to go on meeting and beating your Write1Sub1 goals last month!

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    1. That sounds like so much fun! Best of luck to them, and thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Go for it. Have fun, meet some cool peeps. And congratulations on hitting your W1S1 goals.

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  5. Oooh a plot board. I want one of those!

    Of course, then I'd have to start planning my plots, I guess... so... maybe not ;)

    Good luck on your NaNo journey. I'm doing it again this year too and am 'Midnyte' over on the NaNoWriMo site. Just in case you're looking for more friends ;)

    ~ Rhonda Parrish

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  6. Congrats on meeting your W1S1 goals and good luck with NaNoWriMo. I'm not taking part (don't want to set myself up for certain failure) but I'm focusing on novel writing this month.

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