NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an event held three times a year. There are two Camp sessions in April and July and a ‘real’ event held in November. The November goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, but the Camp events are choose-your-own goals.

Crockpot Plotting (or: NaNoWriMo Metaphors)

I had a blast at Saturday’s NaNoWriMo Plot-In and there are now many pages of colored marker madness and ‘ah-HA!’ moments surrounding this year’s novel. I have the central themes down, the motivating actions for all the major players, and a very rough outline of the first three acts.

I figure I’ll hold off on Act 4 until I have some idea of how this is going to resolve… *pokes story*

Which means it’s time for some good old crockpot plotting (aka: Cover and cook at low for a few days). (more…)

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The First 10,000 Words

The problem with pantsing NaNoWriMo is that the first 10,000 words are easy.

These are the words that have been building up all of October and are under high pressure by the time we release the floodgates on November 1st. They are the scenes we’ve been thinking/sketching/dreaming about and it takes very little effort to turn them into wordcount.

It’s the next 10,000 words (and the next, and the next) that get fuzzy. (more…)

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Planning for NaNoWriMo 2011

September is creeping to a close and with the dawning of October comes the Month Before NaNoWriMo™! (dramatic music)

NaNoWriMo is, of course, National Novel Writing Month which has been held every November since 1999. With 200,500 participants and 37, 500 winners in 2010 (plus the folks from this year’s inaugural Camp sessions), NaNo is gearing up for a pretty impressive season!

Which means it’s time to roll up my sleeves and start outlining… (more…)

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From Couch to 50k (or: ??? Days to NaNoWriMo)

UPDATE! Camp NaNoWriMo officially begins in July!!!

It all starts with a plan…

With Camp NaNoWriMo lurking in the wings, it looks like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) might come earlier than November this year. There are still no solid dates for when we’ll be able to go play, but I’m guessing camp will open up July or August. (I was right!)

Which is a great excuse for kicking things into gear! After all, if writing in NaNo is the same thing as running a marathon then I need to start building up my endurance now– as opposed to stumbling into it from a dead start.

And right now, I’m pretty much at a dead start. *pokes The Wolves We Are* (more…)

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