Discussion: NaNoWriMo #1

Hello everyone!

I’m a little sad that Halloween has come and gone, but now I can start preparing for Christmas (and Thanksgiving before that because, well, food), and I’m very excited that it’s finally November. For the past few years, I have tried my hardest to write all the time, and yet I never finished a single thing. But I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo this year for the first time since 2007. I didn’t complete NaNoWriMo then, but I did complete 20,000 words this July during Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m off to a solid start, so I’m pretty optimistic that I can meet the 50,000 words goal.

I’ll admit that this year, despite wanting to be a Planner, I fell victim to my constant procrastination and became a Panster. No outlines for me. No real plot jotted down anywhere. Just me, a couple of characters, and an idea. As with Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m always surprised by how much I can write with such a small idea. I’m looking forward to finding out myself where this story is going to go, and I’m getting new ideas constantly. It’s like they come out of thin air. If you’re a writer, whether you’re taking part in this or not, I would love to know about your preparation when you’re writing something new. Do you plan or just let it flow?

If you are taking part in NaNoWriMo, I would love to know. We can be writing buddies on the site! For the most part, I am a lone wolf when it comes to writing, but I am hoping to take part in some of the forums this year. It may help me flesh out some things a bit more and I love to read what others are writing about and how they’re doing.

Let me know what you think of NaNoWriMo, if you have any tips on how to complete it, and if you are writing this month! My name on the site isΒ lovedby, so feel free to add me!

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6 thoughts on “Discussion: NaNoWriMo #1

  1. I tend to not plan too much before NaNoWriMo. I’ll think up a basic idea and then sort of just see where the story goes! I always find that the best thing to do is simply to get your thoughts down and not worry too much about how it comes out; save that for editing later! πŸ™‚
    Good luck on your writing! πŸ˜€

    • That’s what I’m trying to do, just get all of my ideas down and see what happens. I had a little issue with that the past two days because my idea started going somewhere else, but I think I fixed it by writing out a couple of chapter ideas, and now I’m enjoying what I have going on so far. Like you said, save the editing for later. πŸ™‚ Thanks! If you’re writing, for NaNoWriMo or anything else, good luck to you, too!

  2. Congrats to you for trying again! I think some people get so stressed out over word count and “keeping up” with everyone else that they stress themselves and lose focus of the important stuff, like their actual novel. this is my first year participating in NaNoWriMo and I am loving it so far! it’s hard to keep up with the daily word count because I’m in school full time and working part time,but i just focus on writing as much as I can. good luck to you and your novel! happy writing!

    • Thank you! I hope that you’re still enjoying it. I have figured out a decent schedule for myself, but I completely understand what you mean about that being difficult. I was in college the first time I tried it and that didn’t work out very well, but after completing Camp NaNoWriMo this summer, I knew I had to take another shot at it. It’s a lot of fun. Happy writing to you, too! πŸ™‚

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