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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

NaNoWriMo IS Coming. Will you be ready?

     November 1 through November 30 every year is pretty much my favorite month of the year.  Why you may ask?  Because its National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo.   If you all have been following me for a while now, you know I've done quite a few posts on "How to Nano."  Truth is, I've loved writing those articles, and am gratified that they have helped others in their Nano quests.

    I'm compiling them into a book even, but plan on doing much more than that.  I want to expand into doing Nano webcasts, podcasts whatever you call them... but I haven't done any yet.   (Save one video for a kickoff to Nano party.

     If you have never done Nano, welcome!  You're about to embark on a journey that relatively few experience.  It's a challenge writing a Novel, though you are actually not writing a novel....
     You are writing a first draft of a novel.  Otherwise known as a "rough draft," there is a reason it is called "rough."  There are some who call it the "Shitty first draft," and that's because the first draft is to get the story out of you head.  Sort of like a data dump.  You shouldn't edit in first draft phase (I do make notes for later however, but I do not edit until after the first draft).  If I try to edit as I go, the story goes nowhere, and I lose my creative spark.  It's also the reason I really don't do outlines first.
     The first time I did a beautiful outline, it was perfect, I loved that outline.  Then Nano came, and the story refused to follow it.  Absolutely fought me tooth and nail, until I let it have it's "head," and then it flowed out like a flash flood.  It spilled gloriously all over the place, and it made for a much better story.  

      So feel free to look at my Nano planning/basic articles her in this blog, and see the links for handy reference, and have a glorious NaNo!

NaNoWriMo Basics:

NaNoWriMo 101 Basics Part 2:  The Sprint

NaNoWriMo 101 Basics Part 3:  Writing the Rough Draft.

The NaNoWriMo First Draft Pledge:

NaNoWriMo Sprinting Tools:

NaNoWriMo Prep 2014 at the Karl Road Library Columbus Ohio 101914

How I Got My NaNoWriMo 2014 Idea:

NaNoWriMo Prep:  Setting

That Ole Nano Magic…:

The 40K Word Slump:  Nano
The “Thank God It’s Over Post NaNoWriMo Blues.”

WINNING  August 2012 Camp NaNo:

Character:  Getting to Know You (Creating Memorable Characters)