NaNoWriMo Time

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I took part in the NaNoWriMo event in 2012, and completing that crazy, epic sprint to the end taught me more than I expected about the job of writing. First and foremost is the daily word quota. The more you fall behind, the less chance you have of catching up, and writing just under 1 700 words a day seems daunting. The thing is, that most of us write more words than that every day without thinking about it. We blog, we interview, we write bits of our works in process. It’s absolutely doable though.

The beauty of the NaNo is that you get to leave chunks out. You just pop over anything you’re not sure of and write on, because editing during NaNo is death. The urge to go back and at least read over what I’d written so far nearly took me out, but I knew that if…

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2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Time

    teagan geneviene said:
    October 23, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    You’re absolutely right Jo. My first WriMo was also 2012. I couldn’t believe i actually did it, because i’m a terribly slow writer. And as a technical editor by trade for more than a dozen years, believe me — keeping editing to a bare minimum was against my nature in the extreme.
    I always say tell everyone — and ask them to ask you about your progress. Frequently! “Ask me what my word count is.”
    I’m looking forward to a wild ride this year as i draft “The Guitar Mancer.” My ID there is “Riordain” if anyone needs a NaNoWriMo buddy. Hugs!


    olganm said:
    October 23, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    So looking forward to it! Thanks Jo! I’m OlgaNM7…


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