Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?

By Katharine Swan On Wednesday, October 06, 2010 At 8:38 PM

For those of you who don't already know, every November I participate in NaNoWriMo, a challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in one month.  I "won" (completed 50,000 words) the first year I did NaNo, in 2006, but I haven't since, for various reasons.  However, winner or not, I love participating in all the meet-ups, write-ins, forum discussions, and word count challenges that come with NaNoWriMo.

This year, for the second year in a row, I will be working on a novel that is already in progress.  This is against a strict interpretation of NaNoWriMo rules, but since I'm competing against myself, who cares?  Like last year, I will only count the words I add during NaNo 2010, so there's not really much of a difference.

If you haven't done NaNo before, I highly recommend it.  Whether or not you try to win, meeting other participants, doing write-ins, and talking about your novel can provide motivation.   Sign up, and then get on the forum for your area to see what local events you can attend!

This year the Denver kickoff party will be at Fireside, a 24-hour bookstore and coffee stop that opened up near my house earlier this year.  I love this bookstore, so I'm looking forward to the kickoff party very much, plus any write-ins we can set up there!

I'll blog a bit more about my novel as November approaches, but for now, I'd love to hear who else is planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year!


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Blogger Kathy@TheFlawlessWord Says:  

Unfortunately, no, I'm not doing NaNo this year, BUT ... I am going to be working on my screeplay. I'm only required to write the first act for my class, but I was thinking maybe I should use November as incentive to write the whole thing, or as much of it as I can. I already have the bulk of it outlined, so why not?

ScriptFrenzy isn't until April, but I never follow the crowd. LOL What do you think about me REALLY bending the rules. I won't, of course, be entering my word count for winner status.

On a related note, I have a lot of homework to get done this Saturday, so if you're up for a write-in, I should be around.

Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

That's what I use it for too -- incentive to write. :o) If you got 50,000 words written in a script in one month, though, I think you totally deserve winner status, novel or not!!

Anonymous Mridu Khullar Says:  

I was planning to, and even have a book outlined and ready to go, but I can't this year. It seems we'll be traveling for three weeks during November and I'd rather just enjoy the holiday. You'll find me attached to my laptop in December though.

Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Have fun on your travels, Mridu! There's always next year!


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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