Listening to Writing Wisdom

Happy second week into NaNoWriMo everyone! Just like everyone else participating in this seat of the pants writing competition, I've (that should have been written as "I have") been busily working through a steady word count of 2,000 (that is two thousand) words a day.

November leaves me with hardly any time for reading. I do more writing this month then I do in a normal month and sometimes I get a little "writing stir crazy". It gets hard to keep doing something over and over again without being lost to the shiny. Sure, I listen to music while I write to help break up the monotony of hearing my fingers quickly dart across the keyboard; but sometimes, I need more. That's when podcasts become my personal savior. I love podcasts. Especially writing ones. They inspire me to tackle on my word count with vigorous joy and remind me to go crazy and try new things with my story lines and characters. And the best thing about them is they're free and I can listen to them whenever I want.

Here's a small list of the current podcasts that have been inspiring me this November:

  • Wrimo Radio The official podcast of NaNoWriMo, Wrimo Radio is sort of like the NPR of of writing podcasts. This podcast is done only through the month of November and there are plenty of interviews, story snippets and call-ins from other Wrimos tackling the challenge. If you want to know what's going on in the world of NaNoWriMo and what Chris and the rest of the staff are up to, then this podcast is for you.
  • NaNoMonkeys Another November long only podcast, the NaNoMonkies podcast is dedicated to providing listeners with tips and tricks on making wordcount happen. This cast is not affiliated with NaNoWriMo. It started out last year by PG Holyfield and a few other podcasters who were working through their own NaNo stories. Each podcast revolves around a singular tip or topic to inspire you to meet the 50,000 word challenge. Many suggestions borderline on the absurd but then again, in a way so are most first drafts of a novel-- unpolished and rough and waiting to be sculpted into diamonds. I highly recommend listening to this before you start writing for the day, as each episode is short... no more than 10 minutes long. They always leaves me with something new to test out and ready to tackle on the next day's wordcount goal.
  • I Should Be Writing I love this podcast. It was one of the first casts I began listening to and it's the one that I compare all other podcasts to as the "standard" of what I look for in production and content in all podcasts. The premise of this show revolves around one writer, Mur Lafferty, as she attempts to find publication as a fiction writer. She's been published in many other genres and fields except for fiction and science fiction (although she has recently sold stories so I guess in a way her original idea for the cast has shifted focus). The format of this cast is topic based and is a bit longer than 30 minutes. She talks about her own practice and has interviews with other, more well known authors after each 4th episode. Her honesty, stories about how many rejection letters she has and the fact that she keeps on writing, no matter what, is what makes this podcast great. She's dedicated to the craft and is not afraid to share her stories or her tips and tricks with others.

Got any writing podcasts that you listen to? Post your suggestions in the comments below. Also, if you're working on your first or second, or sixth novel and want to chat about it, or need pep talks, or just want to do a word sprint with me, feel free to send me a message! I'm always willing to help someone work on their story or attempt some 500 word sprints in 30 minutes.

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Thanks innowen!

Thanks, I'm doing this Nano-thinky for the first time and I find it both great and horrible, interesting and scarry! :-) I don't know any other writing podcasts, these are the three I know of and I love them.

On one episode of Nano Monkeys I got the best tip so far for writing: to start a scene with a couple of sentenses before ending for the day. In that way you subconsious mind will cling to that scene and when doing this I find I think about what my novel people will say and do instead of feeling totally empty and lost like I did the first few days of November! :-)

Take care & good luck to everyone who is writing!

leave something hanging from the previous day

Yes, that's a great idea. It helps me get started the next day. I'm a little behind at 7,416 words but I'm trying to catch up. I'm not editing anything just blasting through. (NaNoWriMo #219607)

Steinbeck's Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters reveals that he often did the same. So we're in good company.

Interesting book, if a little dry at times.
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fascinated by the headset....

is this a pic of your headset? I'd be interested in getting details - google'ing failed - looks like a great idea, though!

Why yes... those are my

Why yes... that is my exercise workout headset. I got myself a new iPod Shuffle (hard choice between blue, purple or green, went with purple). Used it with my wired one, but the cord got all caught up in the way.

So i did some research of my own on wireless headsets for shuffles and came up with that gem. It is an iFreePlay headset by Monster. It cost me $50 and works great for exercising. I'm not a sound quality snob (deaf in one ear) so your milage may vary on whether or not the sound works better for you. I love it because it's wireless and doesn't get caught up on the machines or my clothes.


I'm not doing NaNo, but ...

I'm doing Mini NaNoWriMo. I'm pledged to a minimum of 100 words per day.

So far I'm at 10437 words, with my least productive day clocking in at 569 and my most productive at 2750.

I find that listening to music in the background helps, and I've been on a blues kick.

Also, once I get over those first hundred words, it becomes somewhat easier.

"In some situations you need to ask yourself 'WWRD?' What would Riggins do in a situation?"
Landry Clarke -- Friday Night Lights

wow. that's awesome. yeah...

wow. that's awesome. yeah... i find that my daily word counts go up and up each year i participate in this event. i'm amazed at how many words i'm able to put down on a screen in an hour. so far i've found i can write 100 words in a minute and do an average of 2000 words in an hour when i'm at my peek.

and yes, there is always a point where after you get over "x" words, it gets a lot easier and then, in a strange way... you never wanna stop the momentium. unless you fall asleep at the computer.

keep going, yer doing great! :)
i'm sure you'll hit 50k by the end of the month with the pace you're on.


I managed to put in a

I managed to put in a mention about a certain 3x5 index card in my story. It's in the scene where my MC (main character) is given some info written on the card by her family lawyer. Now, lawyers, especially those working in firms that have served titled British families for years, would certainly be able to afford and appreciate such stationery, right?

haha... that's awesome. you

haha... that's awesome. you could always add the detail that the card was from levenger, purveyors of fine stationary and writing tools used all over by lawyers on both sides of the atlantic ocean.

That'll add some padding to your word count. :)