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The first week of NaNoWriMo is coming to a close and I find myself with only 3,914. The purpose of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in a month. It is a hefty goal, one that I found myself falling short of last year. The truth was, I had already written a story and wanted to just spend the month editing it and making it what it was supposed to be. That failed. Like, superfail. Flail your arms around like enraged kermit fail. Okay, enough of the past.
11/1 – This week started off fabulously, with 2950 words just seeping through my fingers on the first day. I was on vacation and sitting in a cafe with no outside interference *coughG4cough* I found myself incredibly inspired. I was floored by the things that came from my head. I knew they were there, sometimes it feels so incredibly difficult to articulate what you are thinking. It’s often like I need a babelfish just to translate what’s muddling around my brainpan.
Here’s a snippet of my favorite part of writing for day one.
“With each drink, the pain faded. Everything made less and less sense, but my inhibitions left me. I was intoxicated to the point that a part of me wondered if someone had slipped something into the countless drinks I was throwing back with reckless abandon.”
It’s not perfect, but I knew that if I worried about run on sentences, my meaning would never translate through my digits.
11/2 (Tuesday) – Uh… I didn’t actually write anything. After I had managed to get that burst of writing out on Monday, I headed to a friends house and did a mini tour de Connecticut (I even made a video of my big day out!) that got me back home at midnight, but left me utterly exhausted. I had a fun day hangover (no drinking occurred, so it wasn’t an actual hangover).
11/3 (Wednesday) – I managed to pound out 443 words during a lunch break. But, I returned to an office of chaos and I have to admit, after a 12 hour workday I had no intention of doing anything else but watch Morgan Webb, Kevin Perreira, Alison Haislip and Adam Sessler. Yep, back-to-back DVRed X-Play/AoTS was needed.
11/4 (Thursday) – Getting better! 944 words during an extended lunch break. I wasn’t going to stop until I had finished the scene. I have three primary characters, all seen through the eyes of the one being introduced into a deeper darker version of life than she was aware of. All three of them have been included in scenes, but I am about to get down to the job description of one of them and it totally gets me excited.
11/5 (Friday) – I knew I wasn’t going to get any work done on Friday because I made some weird decision early in the morning that I would remove the word “you” from my vocabulary and replace it with “Drew” in honor of my friend’s birthday… Drew have no idea how weird my whole day was. Follow that up with celebrations and I managed to slide in the door at 3am this morning.Oh that kooky Joel…
11/6 (Saturday) – Well it is now Saturday and I haven’t written anything yet, but I have an hour before I’m leaving for another birthday extravaganza. (Note, I actually posted this to my other site earlier and had apparently had an enormous spasm in my cranium and neglected to post it here. So here you are! Technically it is now Sunday on the East Coast and I haven’t written bupkiss.)
So, I haven’t hit the goal for the week. The goal is 10,002. I am at a paltry 3,914. I look at my writing buddies on NaNoWriMo and see Megan has almost hit her 50,000 words. It’s a bit intimidating, but I refuse to let it stop me. I should just be proud of her accomplishment (Not to forget all of my other writing buddies! Ya’ll are doing great! Keep going! Stop reading this and keep writing!)
One of the things I miss is that a friend and I no longer talk via email/facebook/IM during the work day so I stopped sending her stories. She always had the best reply whenever I sent her something.
The two most encouraging words for me to keep writing are “MORE PLEASE!”
What are yours?
This being November 1st, it is the honorary launching day of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. What is this crazy thing you speak of, you ask? Why, it is a competition of a sort. The goal is to write a novel in 30 days, 50,000 words to be exact. Sounds crazy? Yes, yes it is. I can attest to this because this is my 6th year participating in NaNoWriMo. I have two wins under my belt and I’m currently going for three. I’m also in a three way word war with two friends. I must defend my honor and beat them! (Or at least tie,… again.)
This year over 130,000 budding (and published) authors are going for the goal. This takes place throughout the whole world, and 16 hours after the first regions of the world hit midnight, over 800,000 words had been written. National Novel Writing Month started in the year 1999, created by Chris Baty, with a small group of friends in the Bay Area in California. The next year more joined, and even more in 2001, until eventually they had to launch a website to accomodate people from all over the US. Soon it expanded to the world, and then too the young writers with the Young Writers Program, YWP. This program sends otu supplies to teachers in middle and high schools to challenge their students.
Every year NaNoWriMo does amazing things, like the YWP, to keep people interested in writing, and to help education. This year they have implemented Come Write In! where local libraries and independant bookstores can host places for authors to come in and have a nice atmosphere to work on their novels and seek any books that might help their cause. They’re a non-profit organization that runs purely on donations from the participants, and they state their intentions on the main page of the website, NaNoWriMo. This year they’ve revealed their intentions to start writing camps for both adults and teenagers, after expanding the number of classrooms they’ll sponsor for the YWP.
Don’t want to write alone? No worries! There are regions all over the world you can join where volunteers, ML’s (Municipal Liason’s) run the regions and organize physical get-togethers affectionally called write-in’s. These mostly take place at coffee shops or other places where business’s don’t mind a group of people getting together to have some nerdy, wordy fun. Some of the best times I’ve had have been at write-ins. One year the same Queen song played every week on the jukebox, and it affected what some characters did in a novel. (I also realized that I wasn’t allowed to have marachino cherries, I was oftened asked if I was drunk.)
The forums are also chock-full of activity! From everything to asking advice, to providing that little bit of procrastination that you think you need. Newbies can go there to search for a Mentor to help them through the wilds of NaNoWriMo, and regions can get in contact with each other to see just what is happening locally.
Sound interesting yet? Well let me regal you with the rules. Yes, there are rules, and they are mostly honor based, but do you want to live with the guilt of knowing that your win isn’t real? You can’t write the same word 50,000 times. You must start with an original story, no continuing on something that you’ve already started. If you want to re-write a story, go ahead, but you can’t refer back to what you’ve already written. It only takes 1,667 words a day to reach the legendary 50,000. You can write about anything you want! Fanfiction? Yes! A book of short stories? Go on, you! A movie script? Well, actually they have a separate event for that. Script Frenzy! This one takes place in April.
What happens if you win? You get an awesome certificate to print, lots of images to lord all over the internet to show how awesome you are. Oh, and you’ll be able to print off a free paperback proof-copy thanks to CreateSpace. The goal of NaNo is quanitity, not quality, so turn off that spell check and grammar check, they will do you no good when writing your novel! One thing to note is that during November the site will experience down-times and slow loading speeds. Be patient, thousands of people are all clamoring to be the first to reach 50k words.
What are you waiting for? Go check it out and sign up! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get back to writing and mentoring some newbies.