NaNoWriMo: 2011

And it’s NaNoWriMo time again! I think maybe it’s my 9th time participating? Anyways, challenge of 50,000-words-in-one-month accepted!

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As usual, I’ve fortified my stocks of caffeine for the month and set up a “writing station” in my house (that is basically just a power strip with all my devices plugged in and then a box of snacks set up nearby).

The Writing Nitty Gritty:

Last year I used Google Docs to store my novel, which works out well for my needs (as in I am constantly changing machines and hate the fuss of messing about with memory sticks, though you do need an internet connection). The great thing about Google Docs was organizing my novel using the table of contents links. The downside is the occasional typing lag and less than stellar options for plotting and organizing snippets. I also tend to be a non-linear writer (for example, I’ll jump ahead and write Chapter 30 before I write Chapter 5). This year I’m testing out Yarny, which is in beta right now but a pretty stable beta. Yarny is similar to Google Docs (stores it online, access it in browser) but has some nifty sidebar configurations portioned off for organizing random snippets, writing out character profiles, writing notes about items, and places. So instead of keeping several documents of notes alongside my main novel, I can now track it all via one window.

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Writing Challenge: Camp NaNoWriMo

For the past x years each November I have sat down to write a novel in a month. It’s part of the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge held every November. No, you do not get a prize. No, you don’t even have to finish the novel as long as it is 50,000 words. But, yes, it is mind numbing and stressful and you do disappear from social events for that month. ::sniff:: Man I love NaNoWriMo. Anyways, I just discovered that they started a Camp NaNoWriMo. The August session just started and I strongly encourage you to check it out and maybe give it a whirl? I know I’ll be trying! And you get points for just even trying! (but the points don’t matter, hehe)

No you don’t have to be a professional writer… or even a good writer. The point of the exercise is to just let yourself write without your inner editor/perfectionist getting in the way.  An exercise in word-vomit. Oh what an image.  Anyways, make a profile and friend me! Even if you don’t do the August challenge, November is right around the corner…