I’d love to know if anyone else is either thinking of taking part, or has taken part in the past.  I know I’m cheating a bit by not registering, but I’m not sure it’s open to anyone outside the USA.  I’d love to know if it is and then I’d be happy to register.  Also wondered if anyone had any tips about how to keep up the energy to write so much every day!  I’ve factored in sufficient words to be able to take one day off a week, though I think I may be kidding myself here!

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4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo preparation

  1. I’ve done 10 official NaNoWriMos and wrote a novel a month in 2012, and I think everyone who wants to write should do it at least once. It’s a grand experience.

    And I do believe people all over the world can participate, so go for it!

    As for tips, aside from what is already out there, I’m using my experience to write a post for NaNoWriMo help/inspiration/tips every day from now through November. Feel free to come read, message me, find me on NaNoWriMo.org (username wrightwrongs). I’m here to help!!

    Mostly, don’t worry so much. Just write – no questions, no worries, let go of the plan and the ideas and just go – trust your writer mind to take you down fabulous terribly-written plot holes and wrong turns and just keep going. It sounds simple, it can be hard, but it’s worth it.

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    1. Thanks so much for all the info – I ‘ll certainly be checking your posts as I go.
      I like the idea of a novel a month – short story in my case though – will have to look into that.
      So pleased you dropped by ☺

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  2. I did it two years ago — sort of. Was all ready to go when a friend of mine from Australia emailed and asked me if I’d like to write with her and two friends instead for the month of November. I jumped at the chance as they were all published writers. My friend Rivqa had been the editor of a science magazine in Australia and she was trying to finish up a manuscript she’d been working on. They had opted out of NaNoWriMo that year because they disagreed with the quantity over quality mindset. So yeah, you can join if you live outside the US.

    It was good for me to make myself sit down and write for three hours every morning. That’s the time I set for myself (and everyone here knew they better leave me alone! I even took the phone off the hook during that time). I had an idea for a Gothic mystery, and at the end of the month I had 90,000 words, 54 chapters, and over 300 pages (which I had printed off). Between then and now, Glencara’s Bane has been beta read by two readers and is awaiting edit. But I hit a snag. I cannot get a handle on my heroine! She drives me nuts! So until I can figure out what to change about her, that thing is just going to have to sit here and simmer!

    I do hope you’ll join it. Just don’t take it so seriously that it stresses you out. They are only shooting for 50,000 words, right? I actually wrote more than that because I really got into the story.

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    1. Thanks so much for this. I really want the structure behind me otherwise I’ll probably sit on my idea for the next few years! I realise it’s all about getting a draft out , and not a finished novel, and that’s really what I want to do. I’m happy to edit and edit once I have the main ideas down.
      The last time I wrote such a large amount was for my PhD thesis ( 100,000 words). Took me 4 years and soo much rewriting and editing. This, though is for pleasure 😨
      Will join I think – thanks for your comment, I really appreciate it 🙂

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