Christ … sounds like you might be thinking of taking the plunge. I have no plans to participate … but I did a writing challenge with my RWA chapter and it was fun. Pushing yourself to the limit can sometimes be just the spark needed
I’m mulling it over in my mind, but it figures that the first time in years I’ve got the days to myself (kiddos are in school full time) we went ahead and got a new puppy. My fear is getting wrapped up in my imaginary world, and then turning to see the puppy dragging the floor rug down the hallway
I’ve wanted to participate in this ever since I found out about it, but I never have. I had fully decided to to sign up this year, but plans have changed and I am afraid I wouldn’t be able to hold up to “my end of the deal” in challenging myself to write every day.
Are you an “all or nothing” kind of gal? As in, if you didn’t make your full quote of words you’d feel like it wasn’t worth it? I ask because I’m of the type that if I make a commitement and don’t fulfill, I berate myself, when in actuality I don’t need to.
Have you thought of shooting for a lower word count?
I’ve participate in NaNo four years in a row and plan to this year as well, even though my current work schedule will make things rather improbable.
I love NaNo. I love the community feeling of it, the support, the challenge, the competition. I don’t always do as we’ll as I hope, but I still think every year was worth it. I’ve always got a lot written that I may not have gotten written, and the zombie apocalypse manuscript that I’m currently editing may not have even existed if it weren’t for NaNo. I absolutely recommend at least giving it a shot.
Well there are forums on the NaNo website, with lots of different areas for people writing in different genres, different age groups, and so on, and there are also forums specifically meant to bring writers in the same area together. So for instance, I’m part of the Nova Scotia forum. I believe they have one for each province in Canada and each of the United States, and possibly some for other countries as well. Each area has municipal liaisons who plan get-togethers, write-in’s, ending parties, and so on, so if you’re lucky enough to live near one of the hubs you might even get to meet the people you’re connecting with through NaNo. Then there’s little extra things during the event itself, such as the pep talks that are emailed to you every week. Some of the pep talks are from the people who run NaNo, but every year they also get a panel of published authors to write the talks as well, and it can be so interesting to see what they have to say!
The whole experience is just so much fun. Even if you’re still not sure if you’re going to do it, I think you should definitely sign up on the website and check out the forums and other fun things there.
I’ve been doing nano since 2010 (I actually just got home from an event) and I think it’s fantastic. You get the novel down (even if it is crap) and it helps you get over any writers block you might have. It’s a great way to actually give yourself permission to write your book, and I would recommend it to anyone who was thinking about it especially. You just have to remember one thing: You can edit crap, you can’t edit nothing.