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kelson.philo's picture

I'm going to go out on an limb here and guess that everybody on the oort-cloud has heard of National Novel Writing Month. I've decided to sign up. As you may or may not know, it's 50 thousand words in 30 days. That's just under 1700 words a day. Dang. One thing, though, is that you have to start it with something new, which means i'm going to have to finish up Trex World's rough draft in a hurry. And maybe that's a good thing. It'll be like training for a marathon. We'll see if it pans out. Is anybody else out there planning on signing up? Has anybody been through it before and has thoughts on the subject?

Here's my NaNoWriMo page, so y'all can see me progress:

This is my first time out, so, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.


Hey Kelson!

I did NaNoWriMo twice, skipping a year. It was great fun, for sure. And don't worry, 1700 words is nothing. 1700 publishable words. . . that's a little tougher. Heh.

My advice to you: Action. When you MUST write 1700 words a day, it's easier to reach your word count if almost everything is a chase scene, fight scene, explosion scene, mental-breakdown scene or just a plain old ACTION scene. You'll reach your word count in no time and you can always go back in and add more description and reflection later. Well, it worked for me anyway.

Good luck and have fun with it! It's a blast!


kelson.philo's picture

Great advice, Dustin! I'll

Great advice, Dustin! I'll take it to heart. Is this a skip year for you?

Perhaps. .

I'm going to give it a try, but things are a little hectic right now. We'll see how it turns out!

NaNoWriMo is great fun!

I'll definitely be doing NaNo again this year. Not least because it is a challenge and deadlines bring out the best in me but also because of the people you meet both in the forums and in real life as they have regional co-ordinators who arrange meet-ups throughout the event from before the start to follow-ups.

I heartily recommend it to all aspiring writers because the key to writing is to actually write something and NaNo encourages the habit of writing (editing and shaping come later).

KarnuVap - but you can call me Mr. Vap.

kelson.philo's picture

That's awesome, Mr. Vap.

That's awesome, Mr. Vap. Looking forward to seeing your efforts.

Good for you!

A brave decision, indeed! I will follow your progress eagerly.

kelson.philo's picture

Thanks! It's appreciated.

Thanks! It's appreciated. Take the plunge yerself, too!