Sprinting towards the finish line

by Jenn. Hersey

It’s November 21st, which means by the end of today we are officially 70% of the way through Nanowrimo 2013! That’s great news, because this is the fun bit, the downward slope, the last dash to the finish line. This is also the point at which you need to look at your current word-count and make a decision: can you make it to the magic 50k, or do you need to set yourself a new goal?

I say this every year, because I feel it bears repeating. It’s alright if you don’t “win” Nano by conventional means. The only person you are truly competing with is yourself, and if you’ve written some words in this month that you didn’t have before, then you’ve accomplished something.

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Back up now, just a little…

By Tom Wilkinson

Back up your novel
Start Backing up now
Back up your novel
And your word count won't go down.

Ahem. Apologies to Cole Porter.

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The Social Circle

by Suzanne Atkins As I write this, I am sat in a write-in in a Pret in Southwark – just south of the river*. There are a few of us sat here right now, all from NaNoWriMo (and a few normals who are politely ignoring the frantically typing group). I firmly believe that an important part of NaNoWriMo is the community and social aspect. Yes, the ultimate end goal is to write a novel in a month, but somehow that goal is less exciting without the support and friendship of the NaNoWriMo community around you. If you’ve ever completed NaNo, you may have experienced trying the same feat in another month of the year but struggled with it without the support network NaNoWriMo has built up. NaNoWriMo has never been officially done without the support of a group. In...

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Playing the Numbers Game – High or Low?

By the end of today, if everything's going to plan, you should have at least 16,667 words in your manuscript. If you do already, congratulations! If you don't, there's no need to panic yet, there's plenty of time to recover. If you do, give yourself a pat on the back and get back to your novel - the further ahead you are, the better. Some people like to go to extreme lengths to analyse their output as part of a novel...

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A writer by any other name

by Claire Rousseau

A good deal of the questions I get from new Wrimos are about how, when and where people write during Nano. They know what word count they’re aiming for (11,666 today, scary heh?), but there’s plenty more to figure out:

Are you a plotter or a pantser? A typist or long-hand writer? A tea fiend or a coffee guzzler? A morning person or a night owl? A social or a solo writer? A marathon-runner or a sprinter? A home buddy or a coffee-shop regular?

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Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot

by Jenn. Hersey

Remember, remember the 5th of November…because you should have 8335 words by now! Don’t fret if you don’t and that number looks impossibly large though; there is still time to catch up. It’s early days yet.

A lot of people say that the first bit of Nano is the easiest, because you come in with so much enthusiasm for your plot and the challenge itself. However, I tend to think it’s the hardest. When I’m mid-month, deep in my story, and used to the daily process of writing, then I find the words flow much easier. But right at the beginning, the terror of the blank page is real.

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On Your Marks…

by Tom Wilkinson

As I write this the clock is ticking down rather faster than I’d like. The hour is almost upon us, and tomorrow we’ll all be hurtling our way towards our goal of 50,000 words - there’s just 12 hours to go!

Yesterday was the second of our two kick-off parties, and it was fantastic to meet so many Londoners raring to get started at both events - nervous or confident, I’m certain that you’ll enjoy the journey.

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