NaNo Madness Begins!

Being that it’s the first day of NaNoWriMo, there are probably going to be a ton of blogs about it today and this entire month. So I shall throw my own blog out there to cyberspace.

Confession: I have not written anything for NaNoWriMo yet. I’m not a diehard who starts writing at the stroke of midnight, but kudos to those who do. I write precisely 1,667 words a day – sometimes a little more. On days when I know I’m not going to be around the computer, I’ll write two days’ worth of words in one day. There’s nothing elaborate to my process.

Although this year, I will be doing one thing differently. I’m working on three writing projects at once: NaNoWriMo, the revision of the XIII series, and the revision of STEPHEN. Going straight from writing 1,667 words in my NaNo novel to working on a revision doesn’t work, so I’m going to write for NaNo in the morning and work on revising STEPHEN at night. XIII is a lesser priority since it’s nearly finished anyway, but that’s going to be finalized whenever I can squeeze in a bit of time.

Writing/revising two different projects back to back has never worked for me. I need to give my brain a rest. I was never one of those people who could go directly from one task to another in microseconds. So by giving one project to the morning and another to the night, things may very well work out in a good way.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year… good luck! Pace yourself and remember, all first drafts are supposed to suck, so get it down on paper and revise later!

17 thoughts on “NaNo Madness Begins!

  1. I considered staying up and doing my first NaNo segment at midnight, but being more of a morning person, I couldn’t keep my eyes open. So now, in the bright moring, despite feeling a bit groggy, I’m about to start. I noticed three things about the NaNo site this morning:

    1. NO word count has yet been posted on the site. By this time on the first of November, there are always those scofflaws and liars who claim to have written between 50 – 100k words already. Their loss, as they are just gamers.
    2. Halos (which designate people who have contributed financially are very slow to show up), and…
    3. You still can’t search the membership. I always like to know just how many people have signed up for the big game, but people constantly checking that list have tradionally slowed the stie to a crawl for the firs 4 or 5 days.

    Ah, well.
    I’m anxious this year. This will be my 10 year in a row to “compete”, and I’ve never felt better about a story line.

    Write on, Maggie! I trust you will perform precisely as you plan.

    Frankly, there probably couldn’t be a worse month for NaNoWriMo, what with the holidays coming around, and all… but press on, press on!


    • The new site is a little annoying – no word count widgets yet, and no collective word count… I was sad. But they’ll hopefully patch it up in a few days.

      And I’m the same way – a morning person, so writing past 10PM really doesn’t work out for me and my brain turns into mush.

      Good luck, Rik! I’m rooting for you!


  2. Awesome that you have your process down. This is my first NaNo, but because I already know of at least 5 days this month (I’m in retail!) that will be sucked up by work commitments, I’m taking vacation days this week, and writing twice as much to account for that 😉
    I’m glad to hear someone else is also doing work on another project – I have a story due for an anthology on the 15th, so I’ll be using the vacay to polish that off.
    Best of luck!


  3. I hear you about juggling multiple projects. It’s going to be tough. I’m working on my dissertation, trying to revise academic papers for publication, and preparing to present a research paper at a national convention in New Orleans.

    But that’s why having support from other friends and peers in the community is so important! Thanks, Maggie!


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