Friday, 15 October 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010 - Entering Anyone?



Sorry for my tardiness. I was going to post this first thing this morning, but then remembered I was supposed to be somewhere (hairdressers) and had to get a move on.

I can't believe it's 1pm and I've only managed one cup of tea today so far, so I'll pop the kettle on and take your orders, although the only choices are white, green Earl Grey or Builders' teas and instant coffee. Not very exciting, I'm afraid.

Last year I entered NaNoWriMo for the very first time and although some evenings I would have rather do almost anything than press on with my WiP, I did get on with it and ended up finishing a day or two before the 30th. It felt good to have another novel written, although to say it was a dirty draft would be an extreme understatement. It was a YA novel and I have to admit that I haven't done much with it since.

I wasn't sure if I'd enter again this year, but I am going to (call me mad) and although I'm fairly sure I know what I want to write, I still need to give it some thought. If nothing else, I think it's a good way (for me, at least) to try out a different genre. I enjoy giving myself one month to work on something new and see where it takes me, and if it's a book that I then want to work on again at a later stage, or not.

I have to admit that about two thirds of the way through the month, my daughter started to recognize the wide-eyed, staring, bordering-on-the-instanity expression I took on if anyone even considered disturbing me until I'd completed the requisite number of words each evening to ensure I didn't fall behind. However, I did feel a huge sense of satisfaction, if not near blindness, by the end of the month and would encourage anyone who feels remotely tempted to give it a try. You can always stop at any time.

My question to you today is: How do you fancy joining me and taking part in NaNo this year? I know some of you are already doing it and have probably completed the challenge many more times than I have. Here's the link. It's a well organised site and each day you download your word count and can see by your own individual graph how well you're doing. So, what do you think?

13 comments:

Kate Lord Brown said...

I'm with you Debs!

LilyS said...

I really really wanted to take part this year but I have way to much on what with desperately trying to get shorties accepted by the womags, an OU course and then theres the novel to dust off and rewrite. I also would really like to do slingink but it will be one or the other next year so i don't miss out completely.

Denise said...

I've always loved the idea of Nano but know I wouldn't manage it! I do at least have the excuse this year of trying to edit my novel into shape. I daren't start anything else or it'll never be finished. Lots of luck!

sheepish said...

No chance for me as I am weighed down with diy added to not sleeping so not enough energy for anything very creative at all. But good luck to all the nutters, sorry I mean amazing people who will give it a go.

Captain Black said...

I'm in!

Karen said...

I'm sort of doing it privately, to motivate myself into getting the first draft of novel 2 finished!

Best of luck :o)

Emma said...

I'm doing it! This will be my fifth year, with last year being the first time I completed the challenge. Really excited to do it because I've not been able to sit and write properly for ages!

Debs said...

Great. So glad to see so many of you are doing it too.

Jenny Beattie said...

Sorry I'm late.

I've never done Nano before but I'd love to do it. One year I will definitely join you all. It won't be this time because I have got to get Polite Lies finished.

Miriam said...

I think about this every year. Every year I think: Maybe next year....

Annieye said...

Best of luck, Debs. I did it last year, and managed to finish, but I think I'll opt out this year. I've got lots on with a new grandchild and a restructure at work. It was great fun though!

Kate Lord Brown said...

Debs, Captain - what is everyone listed under? I'm on as Kate Lord Brown - registered and ready to go :)

Captain Black said...

I'm Captain Black (www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/658837).