Monday, October 26, 2009

And the Countdown Begins

This post started to be about music, but that one will come later in the week. After I compile my playlist for the yet to be titled novel.

Yesterday I went to a meet and greet for people participating in NaNoWriMo in the Boston area. With the exception of a writer's conference, it was the largest group of writers I have seen in one room. About 30. Imagine having that many writers together all in the planning stages of a novel that they're going to write the following week.

Sound intimidating to you? To me, it was comforting. And from the amount of people who do this yearly, a lot of people think the same.

Now that there are 6 days until launch, I'm beginning to stress. There is still a lot of prewriting that needs to be done. Character sketches, plot point tweaking, research - all things I never do. I know that I'm not the only one feeling this odd self-inflicted pressure.

November also marks the beginning of social season hell. If the two women I sat with during yesterday's meet and greet are any indication, November is busy for everyone: work deadlines, holidays, etc.

If you're doing NaNoWriMo or have done it, what were your survival strategies for the prewriting and in process writing?

3 comments:

  1. Ah, NaNoWriMo! I can't wait! I've done a lot of pre-writing this year, so if I don't get to do anymore I'll be content.

    I think that outlining ahead of time really helps. It's helped me in the past, and years that I didn't outline, I ended up not finishing. Pacing yourself also helps; I know the whole point is racing to 50k, but if you're too burnt out, you're not going to do any writing!

    I'm working on a post right now of tips for before and during NaNoWriMo... Feel free to check it out, and good luck!

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  2. I have no survivor skills other than just go with the flow. I love the writing process because it never actually does what I think it's going to do. Plus, NaNo gives us a chance to be a little bit crazy.

    Oh and coffee, like someone else said...lots of coffee. Or Mt. Dew. And tunes. Gotta have the tunes!

    Take a deep breath...it's going to be fun! :)

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  3. Amanda - The coffee was mentioned on the NaNoWriMo site and Elizabeth (comment above) posted about it on her blog entry: http://perpetualsmile.net/2009/10/26/less-than-five-days-to-go/

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