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Catch Nanowrimo fever: Write 50,000 words

This entry is part 1 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

Nanowrimo, the great annual write-a-thon approaches and writers across the country and around the world are making the decision to be in or to be out. In means daily rounds of beating the blank page. Out, well, out is safe. Where do you stand? Are you ramping up to ride the great ‘Wrimo wave to the end of November or are waging a war within and trending towards another year of watching from the sidelines?

I confess. I’m a Nanowrimo veteran. I’m a huge fan of the white-heat first draft method. It’s all good from where I sit. That said, there are valid reasons why a writer may think ‘Wrimo Time is not their time. They’re in the middle of revisions. They’ve already begun the book. They can’t participate. Yes–and no.

Yes, the rules state that to qualify for official Nanowrimo status you must begin writing your chosen work on November 1st and not a day earlier. That means that you must write a completely new work from beginning to end during the month of November in order to be a true competitor in the Nanowrimo writing marathon. But does that mean you can’t play in the sandbox? Of course not.

Nanowrimo is a grand time for all writers. If you’re remotely aware of any other writers even thinking about entering, you can sense the impending excitement, the ticking of the clock, the tapping of keyboards as they ramp up to November 1st. The ‘Wrimo chat is everywhere. Why not ride that tsunami and let it carry you as far as possible in your current work? There are plenty of writers who join in to capture the enthusiasm and excitement and to participate in the communal discipline of writing every day. Sign up, join the fun, participate in the chats, and write your way to the end in the company of others as deeply committed to the writing life as you.

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Write furiously, it’s NaNoWriMo time

This entry is part 2 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 2 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo Yes, it’s the annual write-for-your-life marathon, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo, and I’ve joined the ranks again. I’ll be detailing my annual experience once more over at my WHIRLPOOL blog. Will I make the 50,000 words this month? I don’t know. Will I have more…

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Ramping up for NaNoWriMo

This entry is part 3 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 3 of 20 in the series NanowrimoTwo weeks until the NaNoWriMo computers start but don’t think you have to wait until then. Why not go into training? One useful tool is the simple concept of writing 100 words a day for 100 days. Do you have to stop when you reach…

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Preparing for Nanowrimo

This entry is part 4 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 4 of 20 in the series NanowrimoEvery November Nanowrimo moves writers to clear the decks, fire up their computers, and put aside all distractions. That, in itself, is a good enough reason to participate. Imagine, one entire month–thirty days–devoted to your work. How rare is that in a time where we…

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NaNoWriMo Writers: Sharpen your pencils and plug-in your keyboards!

This entry is part 5 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 5 of 20 in the series NanowrimoOnce again summer ends, leaves fall, and slumbering writers stir. Across the nation they are responding to the call of the annual National Novel Writing Month challenge commonly called NaNoWriMo. Participants are fondly called Wrimos. My name is Vikk Simmons and I am a Wrimo….

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NaNoWriMo Eve finds writers filled with anticipation

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series NanowrimoMost writers, whether they are participating or not, are apt to catch NaNoWriMo fever and a great many fall prey to its effects on Halloween. ‘Tis the night before the great marathon begins, after all. The degree to which they capitulate is the only real…

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No Excuses: First NaNoWriMo, then, NaNoFiMo, Now JaNoWriMo

This entry is part 7 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 7 of 20 in the series NanowrimoSo, you’ve heard of NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month). We discussed the December NaNoFiMo (National Novel Finishing Month) yesterday. Today we continue with–what else?–JaNoWriMo. The “Ja” is for January. This one is for those folks who have too much to do during the holiday season…

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NaNoWriMo ends but the writing continues

This entry is part 8 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 8 of 20 in the series NanowrimoWell, folks, the National Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is at an end and the website reports a total collective word count of 982,564,701 words written during the month. 18,478 words are my 2006 contribution. I’ll be pulling down my daily graph later today. My Whirlpool blog…

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Still on the NaNoWriMo train and update on Video Magic review

This entry is part 9 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 9 of 20 in the series NanowrimoWell, I’ve hit the NaNoWriMo 5K mark. I also received a note from Heather saying she posted the review on VIDEO MAGIC on Blogcritics.org. Her BC review–her first one, too–has been selected for online syndication with Advance.net, so now VIDEO MAGIC will now receive a…

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NaNoWriMo strikes again

This entry is part 10 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 10 of 20 in the series NanowrimoOkay, I admit I’ve succumbed to the annual NaNoWriMo fever. You’ll find my Whirlpool blog active once again and I’ll be posting my 2006 Wrimo antics over there. If you haven’t signed up but want to give it a try, go to the NaNoWriMo site…

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It’s November: It’s NaNoWriMo time.

This entry is part 11 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 11 of 20 in the series NanowrimoOkay, as if you don’t have enough to do, it’s time to take out a gazillion pads of paper, break open boxes of pencils and pens, gather steaming cups of coffee, and sign up for the annual NaNoWriMo contest. What is NaNoWriMo? Is it worth…

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Reflections on a less than stellar Nanowrimo month

This entry is part 12 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 12 of 20 in the series NanowrimoThere is something about Thanksgiving that seems to confirm the season’s turning. Perhaps it’s because I live in Houston in a wet, tropical-like climate rather than in a place where the leaves turning signifies the change in landscape, both inner and outer. Coming out of…

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Nanowrimo Prompt: A writer at work

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series NanowrimoTwelve days into Nanowrimo madness, are you tired? Losing sleep? Need a bit of a push, maybe a reason to pick up that pen or tap those keys? Check out the image below, feel the emotion, and write for the next five minutes. Go!

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Nanowrimo Prompt: Tools of the trade

This entry is part 15 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 15 of 20 in the series NanowrimoFive days into Nanowrimo madness, how’s the writing going? Tired? Losing sleep? Need a bit of a push, maybe a reason to pick up that pen or tap those keys? Check out the image below, feel the emotion, and write for the next five minutes….

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NaNoWriMo 2013 – Innoculate yourself against writer’s block

NaNoWriMo defeats the fear of writing.
This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNaNoWriMo 2013 – The best prescription for fear of writing NaNoWrimo 2013 is the single most effective cure for writer’s block. Hands down. Everything else is swept away except you and the keyboard. It’s all about the words, words that appear on computer screens and…

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