NaNoWriMo


 2010 Winner!!!

2011 Winner!!!

 

2012 Participant!!!

 

So I figured some of you might be wondering exactly what Nanowrimo is and why it is I even care.

I got turned onto this site by a good friend of mine. I started writing several years ago. I have several finished novels: Calagonia (a scifi novel: Finished), Vendel Rising (a scifi novel: Finished), Untitled Fantasy Novel (Languishing unfinished), The Icarus Project (romantic/erotic novel: Finished), Construct Wars (a scifi novel:Languishing in outerspace unfinished). I have several other adult themed novels (five of them finished, one unfinished) that are for mature audiences. I have all these stories spilling out of my head waiting to get written on the page.

But my writing muse comes and goes at her leisure. I have periods where my writing flows like a geyser. My poor fingers can’t keep up with the pace and I get tendonitis in the backs of my hands because I type so fast…..And….Then…she vanishes. My muse disappears and *POOF* my writing dries up, or I am distracted by other things, such as life. I can go for months without writing anything at all.

This has happened with each of my unfinished novels, life got in the way, or my muse left me hanging, and I never finished the story. Those characters are furious with me, because their lives are only half written, their personal universes unformed, and their potential unfulfilled.

It happens.

And then….every NOVEMBER, this wonderful event happens!

!NaNoWriMo!

What is Nano?…Well this is copied from their website (credit where it’s due and all)…maybe some of you will decide to join?

IT is what gets me writing again…which for 2012 is exactly what I’m doing. I’m going back to an orphan story this time and I’m finishing it. That’s it! No excuses! So join me….create a world of your own. Take the NaNo challenge and build a world out of the creative juices of your mind. You never know where you’ll end up!

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1999
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Thirty days and nights of literary abandon!
Overview
One month. 50,000 words. An adventure you’ll never forget. Are you writing a novel this November?
Description
  • National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.
  • Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved. Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
  • Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.
  • As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.
  • In 2010, we had over 200,000 participants. More than 35,000 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers.
  • They walked away novelists.
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