Since I'm super excited about NaNo this year and I absolutely adore being a cheerleader (minus the outfit), I've put together a little schedule of NaNo Chats that will be held in the #CRLiterature chatroom.
Aside from the start time, there are no time constraints on the chat events. Each of the Word Wars chats will have at least four fifteen minute rounds of mad typing and the Write Ins will be at least two hours each.
Saturday, November 3rd - Write In @ 10am EST
Wednesday, November 14th - Word Wars @ 7pm EST
Sunday, November 18th - Official Word Wars Chat Tour Stop @ 1pm EST
Monday, November 26th - Write In @ 6pm EST
Thursday, November 29th - Crowd choice of Word Wars or Write In @ 6pm EST
What are Word Wars and Write Ins?
Word Wars are a timed chat event that use competition to get you writing. The chat host will announce the start of the word war. Chat attendees will then start writing as fast as their fingers allow. At the end of the fifteen minutes, the chat host will ask for word counts from all those in attendance. Highest word counts gets a big high five.
Write Ins are a little more relaxed. Instead of a set time frame, write ins are where we come together in a chatroom and write at our own paces. It's usually a quiet chat, but when you need that break or can't think of just the right word, there's a whole chatroom full of deviants ready to help.
If you're not quite ready for NaNo yet, check out these awesomesauce journals for a swift kick in the...well, to get yourself started.
NaNo Pro Tip: Be Accountable (Got Peer Pressure?)There's a reason 300,000 writers do this TOGETHER ever year. NaNoWriMo isn't just a writing exercise, it's a community art movement. It's something that we do with the support of our friends -- the ones we know, the ones we don't know yet, and the ones that will be complete strangers again on December 1st.
Go Go NaNo!
So how does this ginormous group of people manage to write novels in a month? I mean, let's face it, people do it. Lots of them. And it's not just because they're fantastic, prolific, genius writers. (Some are. But, just sayin'.)
Let's talk about peer pressure. Usually, it's a bad thing. HEY JIMMY, I DARE YOU TO JUMP OFF THAT BRIDGE WITHOUT A HELMET! IT WILL BE HILAAARIOUS. You know, that sort of thing. &
Get a Jump on NaNoWriMo 2012: PreWriting Prowess!I've talked a lot about prewriting. But prewriting is kind of vague, especially for someone who is either new to noveling/writing, or even for a seasoned writer who just has never tried prewriting. Or, you know, I bet there are plenty of folks out there who prewrite and just don't call it that. But I thought today I'd share my prewriting process, starting back on September 8, 2012, at 12:30 am, when I began planning my novel for NaNoWriMo 2012.
OK, I'll admit it, I spent way too much time at Target picking up a pile of notebooks while poor Boyfriend waited in the cafe, and then I came home and agonized over which one to pick. But then I came home and I wrote the working title on the cover. Et voila!
THE notebook for my NaNo 12 pro
Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 1We may only be one week into October, but November and NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. If you've never heard of it, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. That means in the span of thirty days, participants will write 50,000 words.
1,667 words per day if they're writing every day.
2,273 words per day if they're only writing on weekdays.
6,250 words per day if they're only writing on weekends.
Either way it's a pretty hefty feat, and not something to walk into unprepared. Even if you're a "by the seat of your pants" type of writer.
So this year, instead of doing a basic what is NaNo and who's going to participate in it journal, we're gonna switch it up and give you some pointers on what you should be doing and what you definitely shouldn't be doing before and during NaNo.
The best place to get advice is from the people that have tried NaNo. Notice how I didn't say "and succeeded?" T
Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 2In my last journal, we discussed the best ways to prepare for NaNo and included a couple tips on how to make that writing go a little faster and smoother. Well, now it's time to discuss how to NOT fail at NaNoWriMo. Because just as there are some really grand ideas on how to prepare yourself and keep yourself on task during the month, there are also going to be those times of self doubt and using excuses to not write. For NaNo, any of those excuses are completely unacceptable [well, except for life threatening excuses - those are allowed].
So once again, I reached out to the Lit Community to find out exactly why other deviants failed at NaNo, or what they found to NOT work for them and compiled it all together in a pretty little list like last time.
What Not to Do
Don't get sucked in Wikipedia, TVtropes or any other sites like that. In fact turn off your WiFi so the internet isn't a distraction. All your research
Suck it up, weenies! A short treatise on NaNoWriMoIt's October right now. And that means every writer I know is buzzing about NaNoWriMo. Is it a good idea, is it a bad idea, am I doing it, have I done it before, can I do it again, do I have time...blah blah blah. Suck it up, y'all. Nose meet grindstone. [Insert hard-working cliché here.]
This might be a rumor or just something I made up, but I think there's a reason that they put NaNoWriMo in what, for many of us, is one of the most chaotic times of the year. American Thanksgiving ( and the holiday shopping and family visiting that this entails). Finals -- or studying for finals -- for writers who are in middle school, high school, college, graduate programs. Local and national Elections in the States.
And there are plenty of day-to-day things that come up wheth
November 3rd Write In Chat
Not a huge show up, but I expect that for Write Ins. They're not as popular as Word Wars! With just over ten participants, it was a nice start to NaNo.
~AeternusVotum will receive 25
=EmmyIsAZebra will receive 25
*MeganLawler94 will receive 25
`cybergranny will receive 25
One Last Thing
Because the November 9th Word Wars chat was missed, tonight's chat has been changed from a Write In to a Word Wars.