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There are so many things to be wary of. Here are few of the things I worry about!
Weren’t you writing anyway? What’s the fuss about one month? Write every month, damn it!
Tell me again, what are you writing? A complete novel? I mean, really?
If you search carefully through the NaNoWriMo website, you’ll find where it says a first draft of 50,000 words. Mostly, it talks enthusiastically about writing a complete novel.
That’s misleading–because you can’t write a novel in a month.
If you could, you’d be a prolific–probably romance–author with a large pool and servants.
Those people are aliens, you’re not.
It takes a lot to write a novel. Most of it is rewriting, changing stuff, rewriting, realizing your mistakes, rewriting, noticing something so damned obvious it throws you into depression, rewriting, checking consistency, rewriting, persuading your early readers to answer your texts, rewriting, changing the sex of your main character, rewriting, adding back the murder or the zombie invasion you just took out, rewriting, stuffing the damn printout into a drawer, opening the drawer, rewriting. Finally, realizing you are finally so sick of it, it must be finished. At the very least.
I would give credit to the NaNoWriMo website for admitting this, but it’s buried on the “Now What?” page.
It takes a lot less effort to write the first draft of a novel. You might be able to do that in a month.
You do remember Anne Lamott telling you what you have is called “the SHITTY first draft,” don’t you? It’s called that for a reason. It sucks. It’s not the finished novel. It’s something else.
Calling this month ShiFirDraWriMo would be more honest, wouldn’t it?
I call for truth in abbreviations; it avoids unrealistic expectations.
Which brings me to say do not publish what you write in November. It sucks, remember? It’s not a novel. It’s something else. Readers will be delighted to wait until you have done the rest of the work on it. Readers deserve the respect shown them by authors who complete what they start. Don’t throw it at them unfinished!
And November? You’ve got to be kidding me!
There’s f***king Thanksgiving in it!
Last year, you said to your spouse/whatever, “Umm…Sweetie, I can’t help with Thanksgiving this year, I’m writing a novel.”
Still together? Thought not.
Oh, wait…are you reading all this while sitting in your parent’s basement? Okay, no problem. Go to YesYesYesYes. At least you have the free time.
I hate NaNoWriMo!
I’d love your comments, but please read both sides first. I believe them both.
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There are so many reasons to recommend NaNoWriMo. Here are few of the things I appreciate!
The month long event gives you a start date, an end date, and a daily output goal.
That means STRUCTURE! We creative types need structure. We are, by nature, all over the place. If only we could have that discipline the rest of the year.
Perhaps learning how to apply ourselves every day to our writing for one month can teach us how to keep doing it in the months that follow.
For one month, you are no longer the lonely writer in the attic or basement. We Are Team November!
Our library is holding regular get-togethers of NaNoWriMo authors: for writing together or boasting together or commiserating together. It doesn’t really matter which; it’s good to be with fellow travelers.
At the start of December there will be words where there were none before. Never underestimate the importance of actually writing words. Without those an author has a hard time justifying the title. You will have words you can build on–words worth editing, polishing, rewriting, crafting, molding, into a finished product
In the worst case, when you achieve no goals, start late, or finish early, there will be ideas that weren’t there before. You might find at the end of the month, you’ve just taken the first steps into what will be years of work, all stemming from a few new ideas.
You did it, or part of it. Whatever, you get the accolades, because YOU did it.
You wrote; you rock!
I love NaNoWriMo!
But wait! NoNoNoNo – Why I hate NaNoWriMo
I’d love your comments, but please read both sides first. I believe them both.
Yes and no!
A lot of people get great results from taking part in National Novel Writing Month. Other folks recoil in horror at the mention of it.
I’ve managed to collect my thoughts on why NaNoWriMo is such a brilliant idea, here at YesYesYesYes – Why I love NaNoWriMo
I’ve also collected my thoughts on why it’s a really, really bad idea, here at NoNoNoNo – Why I hate NaNoWriMo
Help me decide, won’t you?
A great British tradition takes place in early September each year (Wakes Monday).
In the village of Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire a team dance the Horn Dance.
There are six dancers, a musician, a Maid Marion figure (played by a man), a Hobby Horse, the Fool, a boy with a bow and arrow, and another with a triangle. In ancient times, the dancers were all male, but recently girls have taken the triangle and bow and arrow roles.
The horns are actually reindeer antlers dated to around 1065, a time when no reindeer lived in England.
The dance moves are related to Morris dancing, and similar dances from Europe and Africa.
It boggles my mind, as a writer, how limited my imagination is.
I couldn’t make this stuff up.
More here, of course, Wikipedia
Check out Rhonda Davies’ website right here!
When asked why she writes, her answer is,
“It’s a need, really, like breathing … I have to do it.”
[We can relate! Ed]
R. J. Davies also known as R. J. Davies Mornix, was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario lived in Toronto for a few years, currently resides in the Sault. She has been writing since she was 8 years of age, (if you ask her mother she would say she was telling stories since she was 6) daydreaming, creating, developing characters, places and tales of woe. Attended Sault College, started out in Police Foundations and then graduated from Computer Engineering.
Constantly researching story ideas, conversations, and scenes in ratty notebooks, napkins and slips of torn coffee stained envelopes. Most favorite questions start off with “What if” … what if this happens, what if that happens, what would it be like if this was real? Or what if that was real? She likes reading theoretical physics books, science fiction and hanging out with her son.
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Meet Dice Maddox, she’s 20 years old and lives in Toronto, Ontario. She is a Private Investigator for Lawson Investigation, Eric Lawson is her Uncle. Dice got her Private Investigator’s License when she was 18 and found Eric Lawson in the help wanted ads. There are some things she is very good at and others where she is still learning on the job.
Eric Lawson got a mysterious call from a friend and is out of the office, Dice decides to pick up the slack and take on the open missing person file on his desk. The client is Jason Mawr, the person missing is his girlfriend Adriely Garcia, she was last seen with her ex-boyfriend Jin Chen who is the right-hand man of the local Asian Triad. No one believes Adriely left Jin, is Jason telling the truth?
Before she knows it Dice is in deep … she’s in over her head!
Check out the prolific Mark Mackey right here!
Amanda Hansen and her friend Gillian Matthews have just made the biggest mistake of their lives. They’ve humiliated new student Julie Argyles in the worst way imaginable.
In retaliation, Julie and her mom Katherine, both witches, use magic exact revenge on Amanda and Gillian.
Now Amanda and Gillian must take a road trip to find Julie before seven days pass, and are stuck the way they are forever.
Check out Sarah Woodard’s FB page right here!
Sarah Woodard is a writer and shaman. She hopes to inspire children and adults to reach for their dreams through her writing.
Sarah is a freelance writer for a variety of businesses and publications, fulfilling a life-long dream to be a writer. She lives in Nashua, NH with her cats. When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys hiking, crafts and putting her personal touch on her home.
In this touching folktale, Adri, a rock, follows her dream to become a plant. She faces many challenges and hardships along the way. Will she make her dream come true? Go on this journey with Adri to find out.
Check out Robin Praytor’s blog right here!
Robin Praytor spent her corporate days drafting legal documents and creating training materials. To distract from the deadlines and to-do lists that kept her awake at night, she thought up stories. Those complex and quirky stories demanded written versions.
Thus, her debut novel, TRANSMUTED, finally saw daylight.
A Michigan native, Robin now lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her patient and long-suffering husband. She is a card-carrying geek and Comicon aficionado, with a penchant for science fiction and the paranormal.
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Dark Landing hums, a cocoon of harmony in the cold vacuum of space. The only excitement occurs at the Saturday night poker games. That’s the way Drew Cutter likes it. Chief of Security in charge of the farthest trading post from any planet, Earth or alien—and wrestling with an overwhelming fear of space—he’s living his dream. When Letty Taleen arrives on the station, Drew thinks he’s met the consummate bluffer, but learns Dark Landing and the Alliance may be threatened by an alien race whose technology has outlived its biology.
Head of the largest conglomerate in the known universe, Letty Taleen receives a message from her father, missing for several weeks, ordering her to travel to Dark Landing. Within days of her arrival, the station sustains an airlock explosion, an inexplicable security breach, and a grisly murder.
Babylon 5 meets Firefly: Transmuted, book one of the Dark Landing series, is a space mystery/adventure, jam-packed with action, humor, and romance.