31 October 2011

Just For Kicks: NaNoWriMo Kick Off

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Just For Kicks is a weekly meme held by me, The Authoress, that lets us share whatever random thing we want—whether it's book related or not is up to you.

#11 – NaNoWriMo (Part I)

Well, kid.  It's here again.  NaNoWriMo is back in the awesome year of 2011 and I am so ready for it.  I've participated for the past two years but I've only won one year—and that was with the YWP and my goal was 20,000 words not 50,000.  This year it is GOING to be 50k.  I will win this.

So every year I get No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty from the library.  (Probably should have my own copy by now.)  It's an awesome all-purpose guide for the craze that is NaNoWriMo.  It is, as it states on the cover, "a low-stress, high-velocity guide to writing a novel in 30 days".  I've been reading through it the past couple of days, mentally prepping myself for the writing challenge ahead.

In No Plot? No Problem! Chris talks about how bringing a partially written story into the writing month of November is not such a good idea.  I can see why, but it's Made by SEA STORMexactly what I plan to do: bring a partially written story in for NaNoWriMo.


First, I'm flighty.  Or, have been known to be flighty.  I'll just flit from story to story and never settle down for longer than a few days.  In the past few years, however, I've settled into a big project-little project-little project-big project pattern.  Rinse and repeat. 

My last big project got me up to almost the 200 page mark and then I dropped it.  (Don't remember why.)  I've tried to start a few stories since then but now I've fallen upon my next big project.  I've been on this one since July and I've almost filled up an entire notebook so far—haven't had that happen before.

Dropping this story and starting a whole new one for NaNoWriMo might encourage my flighty tendencies.  Also, I'm still incredibly taken with this story.  The shine has already rubbed off, but the rusted copper underneath is looking pretty interesting.  (And I think if I tried dropping this story, my main character Andi might just show up in the middle of the night with a machete.)

My goal is simple: tack on another 50k to my pre existing 18k.  My main concern is finishing a story.  Sticking with it, seeing it through type of thing.

what's your goal for nanowrimo?