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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Status Report: Suzanne

Happy Thanksgiving Wrimos! Last night I technically “won” NaNoWriMo 2012. I passed 50K at around 8pm in the middle of my train journey to Manchester. (Trains are awesome things for word count. I managed 4,000 words in two hours!) Whilst this is an amazing feeling (believe me, even after 10 years, passing 50K never ceases to make me want to bounce around in utter excitement; sadly, this behaviour isn’t particularly encouraged on trains), I’m far from being finished.

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Pep Talk #3: Listen to Your Characters

by Mark M (yowhound)

It's that time of the month, when your plot starts running wild and you have no idea where your novel is going any more. The eager pounding of the keys as your novel flows from mind to screen has given way to a hesitant hunt and peck as you desperately try to work out what has happened to your beautiful novel, and how to fix it. You are on the verge of despair here, looking down into the deep, craggy pit of NaNo failure.

Chill out, we have all been there. Just relax. Take a deep breath and close your eyes a second. No, don't fall asleep! Sure, I know you are tired now, but don't! Just listen. Hard. Keep listening.

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Coping with NaNo: Forced Isolation

There's just one small problem with sitting down to write your novel, and it's the same all year around, though the issues seem to arise even more than they usually would in November. And just as soon as I've taken a look at the NaNo forums, I'll tell you what it is.

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Coping With NaNo: Writing Sprints

by Claire Rousseau

At the beginning of November, when I'm enthusiastic and inspired, I write in long bouts of 45 minutes or an hour. A few days before the end, when I'm way behind and madly scrambling to the finish line, I won't let myself stop for hours on end.

The carrot and the stick, if you will.

In the dreaded weeks two and three, however, a powerful combo of procrastination-inducing thoughts takes over:

  • The usual snippy remarks from my inner editor 'You're using THAT word? Really?'
  • The story isn't exciting enough yet to carry over the slump 'They've not warped yet? Really?'
  • I can still tell myself that there is a lot of time left and I’ll be just fine 'I'm ONLY 10K behind...'

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