Yes, it's that time of year again! The air is crisp (even here in San Diego- FINALLY), the are days shorter, and there's fun and madness everywhere-
IT'S NANOWRIMO TIME!!! *Cue a bunch of writers dressed in hammer pants dancing in sync*
For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo (or just NaNo which is easier ;)), is a world wide event where crazy writers join forces and agree to write 50,000 words (about 170 pages for me) in the month of November.
That is a hell of a lot of word slinging!
Why do we do it? Hello? "Crazy"? ;) But there are some great benefits too.
1) It really pushes you and challenges that don't kill you make you stronger.
2) You get to commune with other crazy writers through forums that are local or based on your genre- I have some great writer friends I met through NaNo a few years ago- locals I never would have known otherwise!
3) It will send that pesky internal editor to an early grave. Or at least a month long vacation. You need 1,667 words a day to hit the goal (and no- I don't recommend counting on doing huge counts later in the month to make up ;)- keep things as steady as you can!) At that pace you CANNOT edit.
4) Awesome bragging rights. Ok, so many folks will look at you and say, "You did what again?" But deep inside they are filled with awe for your mad writer skills and determination!
So those are just a few reasons why you want to do this, here are a few tips:
1) This is FUN- keep that in mind at all times.
2) Pretty sure the household can survive with less you for a month- make your family your support crew so they don't resent NaNo or forget who you are.
3) You will want a support crew-LOL. Grab friends, family (see above) or new folks you meet on the forums- but don't do this alone!
4) Check out other sites for planning and strategies- one of the best I think is Alexandra Sokoloff's blog : http://www.screenwritingtricks.com/2014/10/nanowrimo-prep-whats-plan.html
5) Reward yourself! Food and booze is fine, but you don't want to be drunk and trying to write, nor in a sugar coma.
6) Never, EVER, delete words in your WIP. If you really hate some little devils, change the font to white. You won't see them, but they will still be in your word count- trust me, around Thanksgiving time you will need them.
Ok- so what about you folks- anyone who has done NaNo have some more tips? Questions newbies joining for the first year?
Come join us! Or at least check it out ;)
By the way- that blue block in the right corner of the blog? That's a NaNo word war with me and some friends (yeah- I'm mandreas- hard to figure out, right? ;)). This will update our word counts as NaNo progresses- so come back often and see how we're doing!