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Old 10-02-2013, 02:35 AM
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The theory is that EVERYONE knows something, or at least knows how to find the answer. Trouble is, of course, that the things we know aren't always the things we NEED to know, especially when it comes to writing a novel.

This is the place if you have an idea and need help fleshing it our, or if you're hoping SOMEONE out there can help answer that burning question about the national bird of New Zealand or spring weather in southern California. If we don't know the answers, we might be able to help you find it.

Another good place to try your question is here.

If there's something you're particularly well-versed in, and you want to let people know they can use you as a resource, post here as well.
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Update from the Nano team!

Welcome to Week Zero. If you're anything like the staff here at HQ, you are of high spirits as you await November 1. And it's true, NaNoWriMo is an incredible adventure. Friendships will be formed, character will be tested, fun will be... funned.

But we must warn you: there will be obstacles ahead. Guarding against self-doubt, your Inner Editor, and simple fatigue requires vigilance. How best to persevere on this journey?

The Call to Adventure: Discover the Map to the Month.

There you were, minding your own business, when you heard of a magical place where people believe stories matter. Find our annual Map to the Month, a detailed guide to this land, in your email inbox this week. And, consider rushing forth—thousands strong—by joining our writing marathon on Saturday, November 9.

The Road of Trials: Seek wisdom from pep-talk authors and NaNo Coaches.

At some point, discouragement will strike. (It happens to the best of us.) Turn to our amazing 2013 pep talkers, or consult our NaNoWriMo Coaches: five published authors who will serve as fonts of writing wisdom to fuel your flagging spirits and laud your creative deeds. Plus, meet fellow adventurers in the forums.

The Vision Quest: Add perspective at our virtual write-ins.

Seek vision with our virtual write-ins. For you adventurers who have no local region to call home (or just want a little extra encouragement), join us every Monday at 12:00 p.m. PST for video sessions designed to grow your word counts.

The Boon: Earn cover art for your novel with 30 Covers, 30 Days.

Your novel is finding its form and increasing in size. Submit it for consideration in 30 Covers, 30 Days, a project that could pair your plot with a professional designer’s cover skills.

The Magic Flight: Pledge yourself to creativity.

You’ve heeded the call and are shaping a new world with every flick of your fingers. Consider championing story with us year-round by pledging a monthly contribution.

The Final Goal: Become the master of two worlds.

This is the title bestowed upon you once you achieve your 50,000-word goal. Known as “Winner” in our land, and “Creator” in yours. We know you can do this.
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And another! I found this one really helpful and use it to encourage new people who want to join Nano but are too intimidated. What they say in this letter was what I did my first year. I even do it now sort of, my goal is aboutthe 2000 words per day, but I also set a goal, I aim for 5,000 to start out with, see if I can hit that for the month, sometimes you end up scrapping it and starting from scratch again, but once I hit that 5,000 I add another 5,000 to that number and aim for 10,000. I don't aim for 50,000 until I get high enough that I know I'll make that mark

Dear Writer,

I was very skeptical about NaNoWriMo at first.

It seemed like something that amateur writers would do. Or young writers. People who needed to be tricked into finishing their books. I’d already written two books by October 2011, and sold them to publishers, and I couldn’t imagine writing either of them—or anything good—in a month.

That’s not writing, I thought, that’s just piling up words.

But then I thought about how wonderful it would be to have a pile of 50,000 words…

Maybe some writers enjoy the first draft—the part of the writing process when anything is possible, and you’re out there forging your own path. I hate that part. All I can think about when I’m starting a book are all the words I haven’t written yet. I actually feel them, hanging around my neck, tugging at me. First drafts always make me feel anxious and a little desperate—like, “Oh God, I just need to get all of this out and on paper, so that I have something to work with.”

I like having something to work with.

That’s why I eventually decided to try NaNoWriMo—to fast-forward through that desperate, blank-page phase and get to the good stuff. I told myself that it didn’t matter if my first draft was bad. All my books have required major revisions, anyway. And even if NaNoWriMo was a complete waste of time—if I ended up with a chaotic mess—a month isn’t much time to waste. (Not compared to the five years I worked on my first novel before showing it to anyone.)

Maybe because my expectations were low, I didn’t have a detailed strategy for the month: I took a few days off work, and warned my husband and kids that I was going to be gone a lot until Thanksgiving. And I set three goals:

To write every day.
To write at least 2,000 words every day.
And—this was crucial for me—to keep moving forward.

Normally I start each writing session by rewriting whatever I wrote in my last session. With Fangirl, my NaNoWriMo project, I picked up wherever I’d left off and kept moving. I never looked back.

What I noticed right away was how easy it was for me to pick up. One of my challenges as an author is staying inside the fictional world I’m creating. I have to write in blocks (at least four hours at a time, at least four days in a row) to make any progress. During NaNoWriMo, I never left the world of the book long enough to lose momentum.

I stayed immersed in the story all month long, and that made everything come so much smoother than usual. I got a much quicker grasp on the main characters and their voices. The plotlines shot forward…

I mean, I still didn’t know whether what I’d written was any good. (I hadn’t even read it all in one piece!) But I was so excited about the novel, I wanted to write every day. And even when I wasn’t writing, my brain was still working on the story.

So… I didn’t actually finish my book that November. I met the word goal, but was only about halfway done with Fangirl. I continued working on it through January, then did a pretty heavy rewrite the next spring. Here’s something that really shocked me during my revisions: I kept almost every word I wrote during NaNoWriMo.

That 50,000-word pile I made wasn’t a mess at all. It’s some of the bravest writing I’ve ever done, and it includes my all-time favorite character, a guy I think I would’ve second-guessed to death under normal circumstances. NaNoWriMo helped me push past so many of my doubts and insecurities and bad habits. And I think that’s partly why I love Fangirl so much now—because I remember how swept away I felt when I was writing it.

Pretty neat trick.


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