NaNoWriMo 2009: Once More Into the Breach Good Friends

NaNoWriMo 2009 ParticipantIt’s October and that means only one thing. The NaNoWriMo site relaunched and the forum boards opened to a flood of new ideas and discussions. It’s time to sign-up and explore the depths of your inner writer. Those familiar with this site and my column know that I am a 100% rabid devotee of NaNoWriMo. I’ve been participating in this madcap writing adventure for eight years now. As of this post, I have no idea what I’ll be writing about. But I’m confident that when the clock strikes midnight, signaling the beginning of November 2009, that I will be off and running, and writing until I reach 50,000 words.

Usually, I’d spend this post sharing some tidbit of wisdom or knowledge to help those who have joined in the fun learn how to be triumphant in this challenge. However, I’ve become insanely busy this year; so instead this post sounds more like a NaNoWri-cap or "best of" listing, rather than me sharing something new. Let the list of links below refresh your memory and spark new ideas for this year’s crop of noveling insanity.

  • NaNoWriMo 2008 Last year’s post talked about how I went analog and gave you all some ideas on how to join in on the fun with me.
  • NaNoWriMo 2007 Advice from a first time participant on what helped them achieve greatness.
  • NaNoWriMo 2006 The power of brainstorming and how it can help you uncover plot ideas and generate outlines.
  • NaNoWriMo 2005 Using D*I*Y Compact Planner Story forms to plot your way to victory.
  • Review: No Plot? No Problem! A review of the NaNoWriMo companion book written Chris Baty, the founder of NaNoWriMo.
  • Cheer Me On: Writing Buddies How you and your friends can cheer each other on as you write, write, write all through November.

If you’re gunning for novelizing glory come join us! Add me and the other members from D*I*Y Planner who take on this challenge to your buddy list. To all the official (and un-official) NaNoWriMo 2009 participants, good luck and I hope your muses bless you with many, many words.

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Not doing it this year. No

Not doing it this year.

No matter how much I'd like too, I have so much non-fiction to write in the next few months, I can't add another 50000 words. There are limits to my well established madness.

I'll be cheering though.

A lot of people seem to be

A lot of people seem to be feeling that way. I'm glad you are still writing. Who knows, maybe a 'lil fictive narrative might find its way into your non-fiction work. :D

Good luck on your writing projects,

Writing is my business.

Writing is my business. Writing for fun is unfortunately an altogether to rare thing for me.

Writing is also my business

Writing is also my business and I can't imagine writing anything that isn't fun. Sorry to hear that fun writing and business writing aren't exclusive for you.


It can be and often is, just

It can be and often is, just not this year.


I should never

have clicked the link! I signed up, I've only ever tinkered with writing, never finished anything, and now 50,000 words... I must be losing it!

Yay! Go you... I think it's

Yay! Go you... I think it's awesome that you're going to attempt it. That's exactly what I said 8 years ago when I signed up. I had never written anything over 2700 words... and somehow I managed to make a whole novel.

You can do it. *cheerleads*

I'm in again!

Have no idea what I'll write.

Last year I 'cheated', and instead of doing a new book I finished off both the novels from 2006 and 2007. (Hey, it was way more than 50k words of new text. That's sorta good enough, right?)

Maybe this'll be the year I'll start without any characters or plot line or prework at all. Just sit down and type and see what comes out.

What are y'alls member names there, so I can friend you. I am 'BethCutter' (with no space.)

Yay SusanBeth... I look

Yay SusanBeth...

I look forward to seeing what you write! I think any writing counts but there ARE purists out there that say that doesn't qualify.

Good luck on doing it cold! That's brave.

I'm innowen on the site. Who else?


I'm the same there as here..

I'm the same there as here.. keeps me from getting confused! Thanks for the vote of confidence Innowen!


So I have a stack of half started novels, and have been looking for some inspiration. Not sure if I can actually average 1700 words per day what with a full time job, but here goes nothing.

If you want to friend me, I'm Amy_Rachel.

It's amazing what you can do

It's amazing what you can do if you put your mind to it. I used to work 60+ hours a week and somehow I managed to get 1666 words on the page a day (and a DIY Planner article out as well). My friend iScribe writes every other day and averages 3000. She can't do the whole every day writing thing, it's just not her personal pattern. My friend jhtatroe has an 8 year old son (and husband) and she's been doing this for nine years.

Others have pulled off 20,000 or 30,000 on a weekend... one guy actually signed up two weeks before deadline and procrastinated and gave himself only two days to really write. And somehow... he barely recalls... he managed to pull off a 50,000 word novel in 48 hours.

It can be done... no matter how old, young, employed, or creative you are. NaNo is about quantity, not quality.

I applaud you for signing up and for starting those works. Here's to what next month may bring.

Third time

2009 is my third go-'round. 2007 was so-so, but 2008 was amazing, thanks in no small part to the awesome collective nerdism of the Typewriter Brigade. I'm back for a third go this year, and counting the days until November 1.

I'll give it a burl

I'll give it a go again this year. Last year I crashed and burned at less than 1,000 words.

And the thousands of words I write each day for work don't count. ;)

It's difficult to sit and write in the beautiful spring weather. So I'm going to work on a collection of short stories that will, I hope, become a novel length story.

I'm in

I lost last year.

Don't plan to repeat that! 50k - here I come!

I plan on doing it

I tried in 2005 when I was 8 month pregnant and I crashed and burned. I'm excited to give it another go. My username there is ilovetonyds.

I've signed up as MagpieCat,

I've signed up as MagpieCat, if anyone wants to connect with me. In previous years, I lacked the time and energy even to try. This year, since I'm unemployed, I don't have that excuse. I'm reviving an idea I had many years ago. It started out as a set of related songs that always wanted to be a book. Maybe this year is the year that happens.

"I want to live in Theory. Everything works there."

What have I done?

all right. I'm in this year. I've had so many friends do this, but I've always been so terrified of it. But this year, by God, I'm going to give this a whirl.

This might even help me out. I've got something like 4 novels in the works, but I've never finished a-one of them. This could motivate me to finish one - like an assignment.

I'm "maddiehope" on there as well. Let's buddy up because I suspect we'll all need the support.

NaNoWriMo how many words so far

Hi everyone,

So how is everyone going so far with NaNoWriMo.

I'm proud of myself as I've got 8,844 words done so far.

Which is 8 times what I acheived all of last year. Yay!


I've been writing like a mad

I've been writing like a mad woman. I've got 14,183 words so far! And I'm probably going to write some more tonight, before I go to bed. :-)

"I want to live in Theory. Everything works there."

I'm WAY behind : (

I've only written 5090 words. It doesn't look like I am going to make it. I want that 50% off Scrivener code so badly. Maybe if I pull one all nighter I could catch up. I find it hard to write when my kids are up, I have an itty bitty one that's just learned to crawl and he keeps me busy.

I'm going to have to go back

I'm going to have to go back and redo a lot of what I've written so far. I'm writing a love story story that was meant to take most of a month of story-time to develop, but my two main characters went and fell in love by day two! Now what are they going to do for the rest of their month? Nope, I need to go back and slow things down.

"I want to live in Theory. Everything works there."

No, just throw some

No, just throw some obstacles in the way. Like an old boyfriend of hers comes to town, and new boyfriend gets jealous.

Or new boyfriend has to go away to take care of something he doesn't want to explain (maybe his kid sister has gotten in with a the wrong gang, or something else embarrassing) and heroine assumes he's breaking up with her so she lets her friends set her up with a blind date.

Misunderstandings and lover's spats are what you need now. :D

I've solved the problem. I

I've solved the problem. I went back and made some changes to slow down the emotional progress, and moved the two scenes that really show that they're in love to the end. So I've kept my word count up, and I have two scenes written that I'll use later in the story.

"I want to live in Theory. Everything works there."

I suck

Only gotten around 2600 so far. I've decided I'm not meant to write so fast. I hate what I have, and I refuse to do a rewrite that isn't any better than the original.

So I've continued to work on the organizational manuscript and I'm counting my blurbs and notes and summaries from it (I know it won't verify, but I'm doing this for myself)once I get them typed up. When I get to where I'm ready, I'll try the writing again. Hoping I'll at least get half the count in actual novel text. We'll see.

I'm not giving up. It's just turned into a self-test as opposed to a verifiable test.

You are fine

You don't suck. Writing fast doesn't work for everyone. If you read how different, famous writers create, every single on of them does their own thing in their own way. Figure out what works for you. Just don't give up. I often get sad about how many great novels the world might have missed because they never got written.

Also, the principle at the

Also, the principle at the heart of NaNoWriMo is that you have the right to suck.


If it wasn't for crappy prose, I'd have no novel at all. ALL first drafts suck. Every one of them. NaNo just entitles you the chance to write something really, really bad in a short amount of time, rather than hand-wringing over a draft that takes years to write.

Don't sell yourself short, or raise other people's work up so high. Everything we're writing is 80% awful, but that just provides the fertilizer for the 20% good stuff that will grow and blossom into the second draft.

I can corroborate

All my first drafts suck so bad, you can see Australia at the other end. It's what first drafts do.

nano downunder

Oh, that's what that weird tunnel is overhead. The gateway to Tournevis's story. :D

My draft is also woeful but it is just over 26,000 words.
Yay! Made it to half way by the 15th.

in Australia



Made it to the end of NaNoWriMo

Well, NaNoWriMo is finished here in Australia - not long and it'll be finished everywhere.

I made it and got to 50,000 words. Yay!

Now all I've got to do is to edit my 50,000 words into something that is readable. :D

Sadly, I was unable to

Sadly, I was unable to complete my novel, partly because on Thanksgiving, my laptop fell victim to an accident involving a cat and a glass of wine. :-(
Hopefully, we'll be able to get it running again before too long, so I can resume working on my book.

"I want to live in Theory. Everything works there."

The cat or the laptop ?

I would expect the cat is running quite frantically

>^..^< meow !
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Surprisingly, I let him

Surprisingly, I let him live, though I was pretty cross with him at the time.

"I want to live in Theory. Everything works there."