Monday, November 1, 2010

NaNoWriMo...are you in?

So, I was originally going to do my post today with a few out takes from Passion Fish...a REALLY good one, too!! But I was finishing up edits on my next book, and couldn't get to them this week (need to have my editor look at them so I don't embarass myself!) Next week I will have those, though because I finished my edits...a big round of applause please! I'm exhausted and don't know if I can even look at writing again??

Which brings me to my topic of the day...It's November 1st which means that at midnight National Novel Writers Month (NaNoWriMo) kicked in.

Now if you aren't familiar with this, let me explain. There is a great site (NaNoWriMo.com) that helps all the would-be writers get motivated and put those fabulous ideas on paper (well not paper, but you know what I mean). The idea behind this movement is that the hardest thing about starting that novel that you've had rattling around for years is the intimidation factor. Looking at that blank screen with the cursor mocking you...TERRIFYING!!! And then there is the whole concept of editing and making sure what you type is perfect.

NaNoWriMo takes away some of those factors. Because in reality, what you first put on paper is never what eventually makes it to the editor, let alone to print. So, this allows you to just type...whatever you have been playing out over and over in your head...just get it down!! Don't worry about grammar and punctuation (though I know there are some who couldn't just do that - me included...haha). The key is that no one will actually be reading what you type. I know! Great isn't it??

All you have to do is create your page at the website (NaNoWriMo.com) and then you work in Word (or whatever wordprocessing program you use). At the end of each day, or week or hour...you copy your work into a text box and your words are totaled. Here's the best part - no one sees the words. They are encrypted for the verifiers (so no one can steal that great idea from you) and no one can see anything but the information you want them to see and your word totals.

The goal is to get 50,000 words to paper in one month. Now I know that still sounds a little intimidating. But when you break it down, it isn't so bad; 12500 words a week, 1667 words a day, 70 words an hour. I can get 70 words an hour down! (of course if you actually require sleep or need to do other things in life like raise children, I would focus on the 1667 words a day...totally doable!)

If you get to 50,000 words in the month, you get to have bragging rights, get a nice banner to use wherever you hang on line, and have like half a novel written!! How great is that? But even if you don't get to 50,000 words (this will be my third year, and I have yet to come close) you will at least overcome the fear of putting your ideas on paper and maybe made a few new writing friends (they have great networking and even a few meet up for all night writing sessions - you can register your region to find people near you who are writing also!). I write over there under qjmom...find me and add me as a Writing Buddy!!

So if you haven't already, go register (it's only the first day!) and get writing!!

Now if I could only decide between my two stories battling in my head...

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