Sep 20

NaNoWriMo 2012 (closer than you think)

I know it’s early but these things take time to plan dontchyaknow! November is but a mere forty-one sleeps away…not that many when you consider time likes to speed up the closer it gets to Christmas! Before you know it we’ll all be sitting down stuffing turkey and cake down our necks and trying desperately to forget about how bad this year’s NaNo went…

But until then we can look forward to how bad NaNo is going to be! Wooo!

(I promise not use any more ! for the rest of this post)

For those of you not in the NaNo loop (and no, that isn’t a new ride at Alton Towers), the challenge consists of sitting down during November (or standing if you prefer) and bashing out 50,000 words before the end of the month.

The rules are simple – 50,000 words, 30 days.

Other than that the rest is pretty much up to you. Novel, novella, collection of short stories, as long as you get the word count done then its all gravy. Most people like to start something brand new and frown upon people that continue an existing story, but hey if you have the first half of an old novel kicking around somewhere I don’t think you’re going to get run out of town for using NaNo to add 50k to the word count.

But generally new ideas are the way to go. You can do as much research as you want before the start date – hence the early thread – but you can’t start writing until Nov 1st.

Don’t forget to sign up if you haven’t already http://nanowrimo.org

You can find me here http://nanowrimo.org/en/participants/boredrobots (don’t forget to throw some verbal abuse my way if you see my word count flagging).

Local meet ups are quite popular and usually involve lots and lots of coffee. They are a great way of keeping up to the daily word count (around 1,667 if you want to write the same amount every day) and they can be a wonderful source of inspiration if you feel your motivation waning. People that attend are usually very friendly and more than willing to offer advice on any writing problems you may be having – plus there’s generally one or two piss ups involved. What? It helps with the creative processes…honest.

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  1. Thanks for the reminder! Have got a couple of different ideas bouncing around my head I’d like to start planning but I haven’t actually finished my 2011 novel yet.

    I may have reached the 50k wordcount but after that, I think I’ve barely written 20,000 words in the 10 months since!

    1. Yeah, all my ideas are new…and my previous nano’s are sat in a pile gathering dust. One year I should really do the second half as my 50k!

  2. strangely, I was just thinking about this yesterday. I completed this August’s CampNano and idiot that I am, am thinking of participating in the November one. Despite the fact that I have my debut novel Blackfeather to promote and publish by the end of that month. Signed in to my account, but they are still stuck on the 2011 one as yet, so can’t put in this years information. Any idea when it changes over to this years? And are there any meet ups in Liverpool. I’d love to go to one?

    1. You’ll find plenty of other idiots to have fun with 😛 Not sure when it switches over, I can never seem to remember until it happens. I can’t say for sure about Liverpool meets, as I can only see my own region but I presume they will do. If not you can start one! Head on over to the forums and suggest a place to meet 🙂

  3. I’ve been planning my Nano novel since August! Lol. but then, I am an ML, so I have to set a good example 🙂

    Great post!

    Xx

    1. What a good ML 🙂

      I’ll probably start planning mine Nov 2nd…won’t stop me starting on the 1st though!

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