Need motivation?

October 29th, 2008 • Kate

Need something to give you a kick in the pants to actually sit down and WRITE that novel you have percolating around in your head? Well, you’re in luck! Saturday begins NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. Sure, some’ll say NaNoWriMo does nothing other than set an arbitrary target and deadline, but for some writers, that’s what they NEED!
Megan Messinger on writes:

The idea, according to people who have successfully completed a NaNovel, is to turn off the obsessive self-editing and just write. It has to be 1,612 [edit: 1,667, actually] words a day, but it doesn’t have to be good — revisions later, words on paper now. You have a timeline, a goal, and a great support network of similar-minded supplicants . You’re all before the altar of NaNo together. If you keep meaning to write a novel and never quite get around to it, there’s no reason not to do NaNo.

You’ve heard before about my client Trish Dollar, who’s a NaNoWriMo success story. Want to be another? Sing out in the comments if you’re willing to commit to NaNoWriMo this month, and I’ll tell you a secret: so am I.
Submissions and query letters and my trip to NYC and all the other work I need to get done in November will come first, but after all THAT, I’m going to try to write 1,667 words a day. Can I do it? Well, I managed once before, so let’s see if I can manage it again. Stay tuned!

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9 Responses to “Need motivation?”

  1. Angie Littmann Says:

    I just signed up too, good luck!

  2. Kiersten Says:

    I'm in, too ; ) I'm afraid I couldn't quite wait and have done about 4,000 words, so I guess I'll just aim for 54,000!
    I'm going to wish you good luck, too, because you are one busy woman!

  3. Shannon Says:

    Both of my novels began during a NaNo — I love it + am signed up for this year's as well.
    NOTE! Make sure you write 1,667 words each day — 1,612 won't quite get you across the finish line.

  4. Carrie Harris Says:

    Good luck! I did a NaNo novel way back when. It was the first novel I ever finished. Of course, it started off as a fantasy satire and ended up as a political satire, but I finished it!

  5. Trish Doller Says:

    Good luck! I'm going to be using my NaNo time this year to finish up those revisions, but I'll be with you in spirit.

  6. jeanoram Says:

    I'm signed up. I'm counting down the days. I have the beginning in my head and the conflict. However, the middle is still one big fuzz ball. They usually are though until I start banging down words. 🙂

  7. Julia Says:

    I'm signed up – although I'll be working on revisions, too.
    I have two NaNo novels under my belt… here's hoping for three (and awesome revisions!)
    Uh… do I have a life other than writing? Maybe not in November!

  8. Linda Says:

    I signed up too. I did NaNo last year and succeeded. Hopefully I can do it again.

  9. Marva Says:

    Third Nano year for me. Year 1, I got the requisite 50K, but the book sucked. Year 2, I only got 35K, but the book is far better than Daphne believes it to be. Ah, well. Gotta get that excited feel from agents on page 1.
    Year 3: Lots of outlining and research already done. Day 1, I got 3000 words, so I'm out of the starting blocks.