What’s Up Me and NaNoWriMo?

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For your average person, November is not a good month. It’s not close enough to Christmas to feel the wintery cheer; it’s probably cold, dark, and drizzly. Altogether, not great news. But look! Over there! A blue badge sitting behind that tab! What is it, you ask? The unassuming icon of Nation Novel Writing Month, of course. And it’s been giving me a real headache.

I participated in NaNoWriMo both last year and in April for Camp NaNo. Both times, my novel fell apart and I was left with 10k. I was determined to do it this year, and I have been commenting as such on preparation posts and other participants’ blogs. But at the same time, I had no fixed idea and I knew from last year that I really didn’t have that much time.

Still, I’m going to do it.

I’m not aiming to write an entire novel. 30 or 40k words would beΒ my minimum for any satisfactory book (I tend to draw things out), and there’s no way I can make time for that considering my writing speed. Instead, I’m aiming for 20k. Maybe 15. I’ve told myself it’s a short story, because if I call it a novel my brain freaks out and I have to get every detail perfectly planned out.

I might disappear on you in the coming month. I’ll be scheduling some posts over the next few days, though, and I’ll probably still be replying to comments and stuff. I hope you understand, and if you have any tips then I’d be very grateful.

Are any of you planning to do NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo? Are you getting in as much of a muddle as me?!

11 thoughts on “What’s Up Me and NaNoWriMo?

  1. I gotta say, I’d love to do one of them but with tests, homework and blah I wonder if I’ll have the time! Gahhhh!! Why school why?!

    1. WHY MUST SCHOOL BE SO TIME CONSUMING?? It’s one of the great mysteries of life. *sighs*
      I’m still considering moving it to a different month for my own convenience. But it would be kind of lonely. :-/

    1. I saw! It looks like a lot of fun, but I want to actually do NaNo properly this time and FINISH THE STUPID THING. *glares at notebook*

      I’ll be keeping an eye out for…BoBloWriMo? BkBloWriMo? (I’m not sure what that would be shortened to!) πŸ˜€

    It’s almost here. My first NaNo. *crosses fingers* I tried to do it last year, but my twelve-year-old brain made it fall apart. She couldn’t do it. This year I will. *pretends this declaration will do the trick*

    But ANYWHO. G’luck πŸ˜€

  3. I’ve always wanted to do NaNo, but I never seem to have time with schoolwork and everything! I also find that I need to do a good amount of pre-planning/world-building first before I write – otherwise I get bogged down in figuring out the small stuff. Another reason why NaNo is difficult for me haha.

    Novellas totally work, though, if you don’t want your mind to freak out! What time of stories do you write, if you don’t mind me asking? I write a lot of fantasy myself. πŸ™‚

    1. Novellas. Why had I not thought of this before?! That sounds like the way forward for me at the moment. πŸ™‚

      I’m not actually doing the full 50k (there was no way that was going to happen!) – I’m only doing 15k, haha. Except I’ve barely started my main plot yet… ^^’

      I tend to lean towards fantasy, but I guess I also write…contemporary? I’m not really sure. It’s usually just about weird stuff happening in the real world. (Although I hadn’t been doing a lot of writing pre-NaNo, so it’s quite hard to tell.)

      1. haha Novellas are wonderful things! So much nicer sounding than novels, which can be big and scary and really, really hard to finish. 15K sounds like a good start to me! I’m trying to sneak in fun writing when I can, but it’s rather difficult with these pesky term papers that like to crop up. Hopefully next semester will be lighter course-wise so I can get back to fun writing!

        Good luck with the NaNo and the poems you’re working on! I’m sure they’ll turn out great and I look forward to seeing them if you end up posting them! πŸ™‚

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