Nanowrimo Begins – No More Excuses! I mean, Yes, An Excuse!

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Today is November 1, the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, a/k/a Nanowrimo.

Nanowrimo is a very fun program for people who want to kickstart their writing.  It provides three very important elements for the struggling writer: a deadline, a community, and, most importantly perhaps, an excuse.

By “excuse”, I mean a reason to give novel writing priority, as in “oh I’m so sorry, I can’t possibly cook the turkey–I have to finish my nanowrimo!”

I have participated in Nanowrimo a few times.  (Luckily, my daughters are great cooks.)  And actually, amazingly, I am about to publish a book that was first written in a month of November.  It is called Nose Dive, and like Nanowrimo itself, it’s a lot of fun. (More on this as the book comes out!)

However, I have also accumulated a number of unfinished manuscripts.

This Nanowrimo month, I am hoping to finish at least one of those.

In order to do this extensive rewriting–which is frankly kind of painful–I really have to force myself to focus, which should mean cutting down on the blogging.  (A relief no doubt to subscribers.)  I’ll probably still post some short things for the communal sites, like dVerse Poets Pub. (You see, I’m already waffling.)  But I really am going to try to force myself to focus on my bigger projects.

Thanks for any good wishes coming my way!  And thanks so much for past support.

 

 PS – if you are from dVerse Poets Pub, the link I posted for Open Link night can be found here.

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5 Comments on “Nanowrimo Begins – No More Excuses! I mean, Yes, An Excuse!”

  1. Laurie Kolp Says:

    Best of luck to you!

  2. Ravenblack Says:

    All the best for NaNoWriMo! 🙂

  3. Charles Says:

    Good luck on your NaNo Project.. I know I got off to an interesting start yesterday on mine. Only 1,690 words, but every one of them takes me a step closer to my goal of 50K minimum. I’ll probably end up having to rewrite it later, but first I have to have something there to re-write and NaNoWriMo is a great way for someone to focus their attention I think.

    • manicddaily Says:

      Hi Charles–so far I’ve had a lot of responsibilities and no time, not even with the great excuse of Nanowrimo, but I’m definitely going to make myself make the effort soon! Good luck on yours. Congrats on the 1690! K.

      • manicddaily Says:

        Also, Charles, one of my problems at the moment is figuring out how to gauge re-writing process to get the kind of crazy nanowrimo-mentum. Maybe in terms of pages covered? Hmmmm…. Any suggestions let me know.


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