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NaNoWriMo (writing a novel from November 1-30)

Postby arthaey » Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:22 pm

Over on rdearman's log, Elenia said:

Elenia wrote:I have also found myself thinking about doing NaNo in Swedish. Maybe when the time comes we should create a thread. It might just be the two of us there, though, wailing about our poor decisions.*

(I also have three unfinished NaNo novels that I really should get to work on but... eh.)

Last year I started on a Spanish NaNo story, but then I got pretty sick for 3 weeks, which was incompatible with writing lots. But I often do NaNo, so it would be awesome to have a little writers contingent here on LLorg, when the time comes. :)



What is NaNoWriMo?

From the official website:

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

It's often referred to as just "NaNo", and its participants as "WriMos". If you have more questions, .check out their FAQ.



Resources

  • No Plot? No Problem!, the canonical book by Chris Baty that started it all. Light-hearted, encouraging, great for getting into the "spirit" of NaNoWriMo. [English]

  • official NaNo forums, where you can get lots of encouragement, commiseration, plot & character help. [English]

  • Writing Excuses, a podcast by published authors Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, & Howard Tayler with tons of 15-episodes full of great advice and inspiration [English]

But beware, it's easy to spend your time researching about instead of actually writing! (Ask me how I know. ;))



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NameLanguageGoalProgress
anamscSpanish
ArthaeySpanish50,000 words
EleniaSwedish50,000 words
rdearman
SpoonarySpanish50,000 words


"Custom" goals are allowed generally (and it makes you a "NaNo Rebel", something that's officially welcome). Custom goals especially make sense for something like what we're doing, writing in L2's. If you're considering joining us LLorg folk in November, don't let the fact that some of us are attempting the full 50,000-word goal deter you from joining with a more reasonable goal! Just make it something "challenging but just achievable".
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Re: NaNoWriMo

Postby Elenia » Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:03 pm

Oh, dear, now there is a thread about it, I have to do it >.< well, at least I'm not the only one (hopefully). I better start planning now. At least I know that there should be two Swedish NaNoers in my area for Kick Off. Actually, NaNo is how I met my Swedish boyfriend. Maybe this was meant to be...
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Re: NaNoWriMo

Postby arthaey » Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:05 pm

I don't currently have a NaNo idea floating around in my head, but I've got the time to figure it out still. Also which language. :)
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Re: NaNoWriMo

Postby rdearman » Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:54 pm

I really should watch what I say more carefully! :roll: But I'm in! We've got two months to come up with a story idea and an outline.
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Re: NaNoWriMo

Postby Elenia » Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:26 am

I was already dreading this bit when I thought I'd be doing it in English :?
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Re: NaNoWriMo

Postby arthaey » Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:52 am

Writing a novel from cover to cover in one month isn't crazy. You know what's crazy? Writing a novel in a language you're not even fluent in from cover to cover in one month. :shock:

BRING IT. :D
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Re: NaNoWriMo

Postby Xenops » Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:57 am

I will be interested to see how this goes. I'm in between languages right now, so I won't participate, but I'll cheer you guys on. 8-)
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Re: NaNoWriMo

Postby Elenia » Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:26 am

This will be a good reason for me to finally get involved in one of the Swedish regional lounges on the NaNo forums. :mrgreen: I always felt that it would be great to get involved in, but never really had a good enough reason.
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Re: NaNoWriMo

Postby Expugnator » Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:31 pm

Hope NaNoWriMo is there until next year. Can't make up my mind about Portuguese, English, French, Norwegian, Georgian or Papiamento.

/tltcm : how long is the novel supposed to be?
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Re: NaNoWriMo

Postby Elenia » Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:39 pm

Expugnator wrote:Hope NaNoWriMo is there until next year. Can't make up my mind about Portuguese, English, French, Norwegian, Georgian or Papiamento.

/tltcm : how long is the novel supposed to be?


NaNoWriMo will always be there for you! The novel is meant to be 50,000 words. You have until November to decide :)
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