Friday, October 28, 2011

In which I risk my sanity (aka I'm now a NaNoWriMo participant!)

The blog title pretty much sums it up. Every single year, I pass up the opporutnity to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for those of you who don't know. It's basically 30 days of non-stop writing and if you complete a novel of at least 50,000 words at the finish line, you're considered a winner!) and every year when December 1st rolls around, I always regret not joining in.

But I am finally taking the plunge.

I am a writer. And it's my dream to be a published author. But I've barely written at all this year (work, blogging, New York, Pennsylvania, work, blogging, work, work, etc) so I'm hoping this challenge and the support of the other YA blogosphere Nano-goers will get me motivated again.

I'm not going to delve into the details of my novel; I'll just say that it's a fantasy featuring wyverns and romance and magic and adventure. It's been floating around in my head for more than a year now and I'm so excited to finally begin to bring it to life in a few days!

But as excited as I am for next month, I'm also incredibly nervous. I have a short fuse. I'm easily frustrated and if the inspiration doesn't come, I'm going to be skipping a lot of days.

So if any previous NaNoWriMo winners or participants are reading this - help! If you have any advice for how to keep composed and organized so I don't end up throwing something at the wall, I would be very grateful! And any tips, or helpful websites, or words of encouragement will be appreciated as well. I need all the preparation I can get!

If you're participating this year as well, comment and let me know so I can wish you good luck!


  1. I'm participating this year...I've never "won" before though (I "participate" almost every year...and then epic failure happens). I'm hoping that this year is my year.

    I'm frickin terrified.


  2. Congratulations on taking the plunge! This will be my first year to participate in NaNoWriMo too, but I've heard great things about it :) If you ever need a writing buddy (someone to help push you to write), let me know! We can exchange email addresses.


  3. I am also participating in NaNoWriMo. It's my first year! I'm really nervous but I already have this idea in my head so, hopefully I can write it all down!!

  4. I too am participating. I had won last year but my chances this year are slim to none with college applications being up my butt all the time.

  5. I love Nano! I've been doing it for a few years. One major tip I have for you is that you CANNOT edit while you're writing! After November, go for it, but during Nano you honestly just cannot do edits, or you'll never make it to 50k.

    It'll be hard, but you can do it, I promise!

  6. I did it last year and sucked, but I'm trying it again. Good luck!

  7. Good luck... I've never succeeded!

  8. The advice I'll give is just write through the crap. Yeah, 99% of will probably suck, but you'll probably get a few sentences or maybe even a page of gold, you'll amaze yourself, and break through the block. Failing that, give yourself short breaks to go walk around the house or the block and try to unblock yourself.

    Good luck!

  9. Sorry, comment published too soon. By "crap" I mean when you're frustrated and nothing good is coming. Instead of staring at the screen, just write. Write rubbish if you want to, but just keep typing. It's better to have a chapter of "crap" with one or two good ideas that you can go back to later, than just a blank page.

    I'm also cribbing this advice from the best book for writers ever, Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott.

  10. I'm participating this year again! It's my 4th (or maybe 5th) time, and I'm hoping that a (comparatively) super light workload at university this term will mean this is the year I can make it to 50k. I'm also trying to get a lot more plot & more importantly for me, background, worked out before November.
    I'm going to post about it on the Book Bundle later tonight.
    Good luck for November!


  11. Welcome to the collective crazy. This will be my fifth NaNo. I'm doing a slightly unconventional NaNo as I have two contracted novels coming out and both editors will be sending me my edits within the week. So that'll be NaNo goal number one--edit the crap out of those novels! Then I'll be going back to my current project and seeing how far I can get in it before the end of the month.

    Good luck!!!!!!!

    (p.s.- my NaNo name is ceyxa)

  12. I participated in the past two years and managed to win, but I doubt I'll be doing it this year--too much homework and too many college applications to work on. Some good tips that have helped me: don't edit your work, make sure your idea is good and solid, and use Thanksgiving weekend to cram in all the words that you can.