Happy NANOWRIMO

The title to this post will make no sense to you if you are not a writer, and if you are a writer, it will probably make you flinch, although it is true that some people enjoy torturing themselves.

The last time I did NANOWRIMO, I learned five things:

1. Writing that many words along with parenting, doing the day job, and etc. is damned hard exhausting work. I need a nap.
2. I get grumpy when I have to write the emotional scenes. I hate crying. But putting them off till later just means I’ll be basketcase when I have to write them all at once. Lesson: Do them when they arrive. No being a weenie.
3. Cutting back on sleep to get more writing in is counter-productive.
4. Having Jessica sit next to me saying, “Aren’t you supposed to be working?” is an amazing motivational technique.
5. I’m never doing this again. Maybe.

This year I’ll be revising my current WIP, so I’ll be doing NANOREVMO instead. I’ll be focusing on pesky things like filling in all those plot holes.

To celebrate NANOWRIMO, I’m giving away some goodies, including books (the new editions of Dojo Wisdom and Dojo Wisdom for Writers) and some glass by Jessica but you have to be signed up for my newsletter to find out about that! Just go to my home page and put in your email address there, or use the handy form below:

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Jennifer. I am jumping into NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. My plan is to write the sequel to my mystery The Cavanaugh House. Kinda nervous, kinda excited, kinda pumped that I wrote 2003 words today. BAM.

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    Congrats, Elizabeth! What a great start! I’m already behind on my revision . . . .

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