Vonda here: Writers, are you wondering what all this NaNoWriMo talk is about? Trying to decide if it’s something you should consider? Thanks Edie Melson, here are the answers to your questions! (I’m participating for the first time this year!)
To NaNo or Not? NaNoWriMo Decoded,Â by Edie Melson
Among those whose heartâ€™s desire is to write a novel, November thoughts turn to the dilemma of NaNoWriMo. For the uneducated, November has long become known as National Novel Writing Monthâ€”NaNoWriMo.
- First, visit the website and set up an account.
- Second, familiarize yourself with the site and the many things they offer.
- Third, start brainstorming ideas.
Yep, Iâ€™ve found it helps me to have an idea of where Iâ€™m going with my novel. I donâ€™t want to get into the whole plotter or pantster debate, but I highly recommend at least a glimmer of an idea before you start.
Still unconvinced itâ€™s for you? Consider this, people participate in NaNo for many reasonsâ€”many of them goodâ€”here are just a few to consider.
- For Fun: maybe youâ€™ve been toying with the idea of writing a novel. Hereâ€™s your time to give it a try.
- To Jumpstart Your Next Book: if you write professionally, the work of writing can sometimes get in the way of actual writing. NaNo can help you get back on track.
- An Accountability Group: Some of us just do better when we have to report on our progress. NaNoWriMo actually requires that.
- A Deadline and Goal: I donâ€™t know about you, but I can do almost anything for a monthâ€”give up chocolate, start an exercise program, get familiar with a new routine. Why not try writing a novel?
- Company in a Lonely Endeavor: writing is a solitary pursuit and can often be intimidating and discouraging. Aligning with a group that has a shared goal and purpose helpsÂ alleviateÂ theÂ lonelinessÂ and helps keep us motivated.
- To Win: yes, I admit it. Iâ€™m highly competitive and just thinking about NaNoWriMo gets my adrenaline pumping.
Vonda here: Edie and I would love to see who’s participating in NaNoWriMo, so be sure to leave a comment and let us know your NaNoWriMo name (you choose it when you register). Ours are easy to remember: emelson and vondaskelton.
I want to hear about your successes!
Okay, friends, now itâ€™s time to hear from you! We want to know what youâ€™ve been up to. Have you had something exciting happen recently in your writing or speaking life? Maybe youâ€™ve had an article published, signed a book contract, released a new book, got an agent, or started a new blog. If so, we want to hear from you!
Itâ€™s really simple, but I do ask that you contact me with the info in this format and order ONLY:
**Your state in two-letter abbreviation
**Link to your website or blog
**Your good news
**Link to your good news, if online (online bookstore, online article, etc)
I canâ€™t wait for us to celebrate with you!
Who Worked on Their MoGo7000 in October?
If you wrote at least 7000 new words on a book project in October, you can receive an entry in the drawing for the 2015 MoGo7000 $100 cash prize! Itâ€™s open to everyone who qualifies.
To report your October results, please leave a comment below with your total new words written on a book project in October. (Please do not send your totals by email or through the Contact page. Totals must be left as a comment here by next Sunday).Â
If you missed out on last yearâ€™s money-winning writing challenge, donâ€™t worry, the 2015 challenge continues! Here are the MoGo7000 Challenge rules.
Each month that you qualify with 7000 new words, your name goes in the â€śhatâ€ť for the drawing. Reach the goal one month and youâ€™ll have one entry. Just starting out? Donâ€™t worry! Meet it the next 2 months and youâ€™ll have 2 entries!
So what are you waiting for? Get started now and you could have and extra $100 next year. Participating in NaNoWriMo? Those words can also count as your Mogo7000 words. And it doesnâ€™t cost you a cent!
Who won Cindy Patterson’s book?
And the winner is…
Congratulations, Tammy! Simply contact me with your snail mail address and Cindy will get your book right out to you! And friends, I know youâ€™re gonna want Cindyâ€™s book, so hereâ€™s a direct Amazon link to Broken Butterfly.
Well, that does it for our first November meeting. Now get to work and write!