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Winning Nanowrimo – the Final Push

November 29, 2008

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So here it is I’ve been up forever, in the last 24 hours I pushed out over 12,000 words to make it over the finish line and beyond with 50,216 words. I went a little head strong , couldn’t bare the thought of having to wait to that last moment, so I pushed and pushed all day writing for a few thousands words a stretch and then going off to do something else briefly, eat pizza, get a cup of coffee, go live on stickam.com and talk to friends. But I kept forcing myself back to writing. And now at 3am I’m going to fricken sleep.
2 days ago the Nanowrimo Report told me it was going to take something like 11 days for me to finish the novel. So to that I say eat this:

You Won!
Look for a new Path to Publication video about the strategy I used this year, and what’s next to come with my nanowrimo novel manuscript! Look for videos here: The Path Video Playlist

Nanowrimo Nay Sayers

November 26, 2008

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There’s a lot of people out there, presumably writers that scoff at Nanowrimo, look down upon it, mock it openly. They say things like “it’s quantity over quality” or “I like Pepsi better than Coke”, ok maybe that has nothing to do with Nanowrimo but those people are crazy as well.

Here’s the thing, given a different point in my life, or if I’d just learned of Nanowrimo on a bad day I might easily have fallen in to being one of Those People. Hell when I hear from a friend that some friend of theirs “won nanowrimo” and was apparently gloting about it, I’m like “wtf, you didn’t win a pulitzer, you wrote stuff”. But hey that’s what it’s all about – writing stuff.

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So here’s the deal, these people out there saying all you’re doing is sacrificing quality to write a novel, well hell they’re exactly right. That’s the goal, get it done at all costs. But when those same people imply that they could some how write a better novel in 30 days, well they’re full of shit.

The goal of nanowrimo is not to have a polished book at the end of 30 days, anyone that thinks they cant sit down and have a 50,000 word novel finished and have it be worthy of publishing in one shot is delusional.

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If you’ve come this far and you’re still questioning you’re own abilities, if you’re losing steam, if you’re doing what I’m doing and finding yourself 5000 words behind the daily goal (and you’re bloggin instead of writing) then here’s what I’m going to tell you:

This isn’t over Dec 1st.

Winning and losing Nanowrimo is exactly what the little sarcasticlly funny poster says. It’s Arbitrary, it’s just a goal to get you pumping words out. So stop reading this blog and start pumping words out.

The thing is, like I said you’re not going to have a perfect novel Dec 1st. No writer has ever sat down and pumped out a perfect novel. Not Stephen King, not Dostoievski, not me and not you. The best writers are re-writers. They’ll go over the same manuscript several times, not just cleaning up grammer and punctuation, but scenes, story lines, entire chapters.

These things aren’t set in stone once you’ve written them, so go crazy and write crazy because you can clean it up later, you can make it make sense later, you can make the prose float across the page later.

Now, you need to be writing.

Enough from me, I need to be writing. I’m at 34k words! Got a hard push coming.

So how far are you?

Are you going to make 50k?

Nanowrimo The HalfWay Mark

November 15, 2008

Hey folks,

So Novemeber is half over.

Please feel free to run about the room, arms flailing over your head yelling “why why why, I’ve done nothing.. nothing!!”

If you’re keeping on pace you’re at 25,000 words. Are you?

Let me just say this, congrats that’s awesome. Kick it up a notch tomorrow. You’re clearly being too east on yourself and need to push even further.

Are you one of the 76% that have already fallen behind? It’s ok. You can still do it, Maybe it’s time to reschedule. You can do this. In the mid part of Nanowrimo 2007 I tucked myself away for the weekend and pulled 16,000 words out of my ass over 2 writing sessions and several hours.

Don’t go crazy, you don’t have to attempt to do what I did. I was pulling the weekend warrior gig, and I only hand the weekends to write in the first place. Consequntly I burned out after that marathon session and barely came back to the project at all.

So figure out how many words you have left, and re-calculate. divide it up over the remaineder of the days and adjust how much time you’re going to spend writing every day.

And then push yourself harder. If you’re finding you need to write an average of 3000 words a day now, make it 3500. Push yourself to get ahead! You can do it.

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