Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Self-inflicted Deadlines for The Masses

Well, I've done something outrageous--truly, truly, truly outrageous.

Like legions of crammers, procrastinators, and dreamers before me, I've registered for NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is just what it sounds like--a group of crazy writers linked by a series of tubes attempting to write 50,000-word novels in 30 days. My writing style gels well with NaNoWriMo, as I am a binge-and-purge kind of writer.

Aside from providing me with extra guilt for the non-writing moments of my life, NaNoWriMo provides all kinds of glorious wonderfulness:
  • The NaNoWriMo site boasts a procrastination station. Having to search for my own diversions is time-consuming, so this is handy.
  • Freedom to genre jump. I know most of you take zero issue with genre jumping. When I wrote about the ties that bind me to one genre, many of you commented that you have no genre loyalty. That got me feeling adventurous, so I may try writing a middle grade novel or some hardcore dark YA during NaNoWriMo.
  • My Betas joined too. Writing is more fun with those ladies around.
In the spirit of Booknapped, I read over the NaNoWriMo site this morning and found this gem:

"Win or lose, you rock for even trying."

Nice words to write by, no? Are you joining NaNoWriMo? How come? Got any tips for a newb?


  1. I am still a little nervous for Nano. I have no idea where I'll be with Anomaly (still needing the words, or ready to edit) and what exactly I'll be writing. Plus I'll be gone for about 1/3 of the month.

    But oh well, let's do it. Bring on the torture!

  2. This will be my first time too and I am nervous. I've been 'practicing' this month and it's hard! LOL Of course, it's always hard with kids, husband and that darn world outside of writing. :)

    I'm pretty excited about it though. I blogged about it at the beginning of this month at my blog. http://kristifaith.blogspot.com/2009/09/kristis-october-warm-up-for-nano-month.html

    Good Luck and as Megan says, Let's DO IT! Bring on the torture.

  3. Yep. It will be fun. I'm excited to see what you girls write!!!

  4. My first time. You know you'll be reading whatever I write. You poor thing you.