NaNoWriMo and Halloween

I have much to do today. I have a Halloween costume to make for tomorrow, which I hope will be pretty cool. I may even post a picture here at some point. Also, I have been working on a Halloween themed short story that I would like to finish tonight and post here either tonight or tomorrow. I am pretty happy with it so far, so look for it here soon.
I have officially decided I am going to attempt National Novel Writing Month again this year. I even have a very rough outline started, meaning I know a few of the scenes from the story. It is a start, I guess. I have also decided I am going to write the entire thing by hand, in a Moleskine notebook. Last year, I would write by hand and then transfer that to my computer, which was like doing double the work with half the output. Someday I will buy a laptop computer and be able to write before bed electronically. It’s not going to happen this year, though.

I’m not sure what I expect to get out of NaNoWriMo. I suppose I am participating with the hope it will jump start me to complete a first draft of a novel. Honestly, I don’t expect to hit 50,000 words by the end of November. If I hit that number, that will be great. However, just getting any near that number will be worth it. Anyone else participating? What do you want to get out of NaNoWriMo?

5 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo and Halloween

  1. What do I want to get out of NaNoWriMo? For me, like so many people who do this (according to the people at NaNoWriMo), this is all about setting goals. I have always wanted to write a novel, but that goal has always been freighted with perfectionism and rejection. I don’t do it because I don’t want it to be rejected. And I am never really satisfied with the quality of my work. That’s why NaNoWriMo is perfect for me. There is simply no time to edit much. You’ve got to get out 1,667 words, and they have to go in a particular direction, and they’ve got to be adequate and tell a story. And then on November 30, it is done. I’ll be able to revise it if I want, but it will certainly be done. This sort of tactic worked very well doing my Ph.D. dissertation. My advisor told me he was going to retire, so I had 18 months. Was it the best work I could do? No. Did I do everything that I should have, in terms of research and stuff? No. But it is done. And even though I don’t really think much of it now, it was quite an accomplishment. A big goal met.

    This is the first time I’ve been on your site and certainly won’t be the last. You are a much more accomplished writer of fiction than I am. How come you didn’t make it last year? Was it the moleskine to computer connection?

  2. caveblogem,
    Thanks for checking out my site. What slowed me down last year was partly laziness, partly family stuff, and partly losing my love in my story idea.

    This year, what may slow me down is still family stuff, though I hope I have a plan this year.

    I would say your Ph. D. dissertation is a pretty big accomplishment.

  3. What I do sometimes is write by hand, then use the typing-up part as a chance to redraft as I go. But with NaNoWriMo, the whole point, I suppose, is not to redraft. I am a total perfectionist, it is extremely annoying, I have a habit of redrafting like crazy and not making much progress. That is why I am tempted to join NaNoWriMo one year. I’m not able to this year (because I’m redrafting – heh heh!) but maybe next year I will join in. All the best, Struggling Writer. I think the key is to keep the exercise fun and that way your love for the story will stay (easier said than done, I know…)

  4. What I got out of my single attempt at NaNoWriMo last year? One of the worst bouts of the flu experienced by any human being! 🙂 Best of luck to you!

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