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Is NaNoWriMo Pretentious?


How to Write a Novel in 20 Days. or, 10 Things You’ll Do Instead of Writing Your NaNo Novel

  1. Paint that old bookcase. Because getting the stray books in your writing room all in one spot will help you concentrate. Time spent: An hour to get to Home Depot and select a color; another hour to lay down newspaper in the driveway and drag the bookcase from behind the Christmas decorations in the garage and apply the first coat; 30 minutes to inspect your work and to contrive another means of procrastination.  The day’s word count? Minus six; pesky adverbs.
  2. Start that exercise regimen you’ve been too lazy to begin up until now because you read that moderate exercise helps you connect with the hind brain thus boosting creativity. Time spent: Unknown. You haven’t started yet, just tromped around the house all day wearing tennis shoes and testing pedometer apps on your smart phone. The day’s word count: 167. Your protagonist watches a jogger pass by his car as he sits in wait for his love interest.
  3. Start a blog to track your writing progress…to write about your novel and ultimately to write anything but your novel.
  4. Comment on every post in your Facebook feed at length calling it research. Facebook word count: 210. Novel word count for the day: 679. Your protagonist engages in Facebook chat with an online friend. Sadly you will delete the entire passage by midnight leaving the day’s word count at 16. You keep the status update.
  5. Manually turn back all the clocks in the house. Complain: It’s chores like this that keep you from the keyboard!
  6. Deconstruct your favorite novel to refresh your knowledge of pacing.  And to prove you do know how to outline!
  7. Thoroughly clean and rearrange the kids’ room. That done, you can get down to business.
  8. Take your laptop to the public library for a change of venue. Spend the day reading about the Spanish-American war.
  9. Seriously consider changing the genre of your novel. Discard that idea. Consider changing your protagonist’s gender. Do so then change it back. The day’s word count: zero.
  10. Move the old bookcase into your room and let the cats explore it. You’ve been so busy working that you’ve neglected them and that’s not right. This is just a month-long challenge and your life is ebbing away!
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Word Count–My Locale

As of 9:20 CST! My locale.

As of 9:20 CST! My locale.

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Act I

Act I is running through my imagination. I’ve gotten all the way up to the first major set-back to my protagonist in my noggin, now to get in on paper–or screen, rather.

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo how far have you gotten? Wanna be my writing buddy?

And. Here. We. Go.

“I’m not in the mood for Halloween this year.”

“Said the girl who buried five of her closest friends in the corn field a week ago.”

Bree grinned and tapped the screen of her i-pad reversing the direction of the camera. “You said you wanted to see my chauffeur and her bodyguard. There they are.” She laid her sketch pad down on the picnic table and turned the tablet sightly on its stand so Treecy could see the woman and her two year old inspecting plants along the path from the restrooms. Bree could see her friend’s face in the picture-in-picture feature on her i-pad screen. She was sizing up the pair of jailors. “And it was only one close friend, three acquaintances, and the cry-baby snitch from Bickham High,” Bree reminded her.

–Excerpt from That October in Dibell, Texas by K.R. Sprague

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The Final Countdown

Tick-tock, tick-tock…As the clock strikes midnight and the metaphysical veil draws away from All Hallow’s Eve, thousands of novelists will embark on a month-long journey into the darkness of their imagination. What will be created during those long (too long and not-long-enough) days and nights exists now only in the inky depths of the future. Who will make the goal of 50,000 words? Who will see this endeavor to the finish? All who participate will be rewarded with these answers and answers to questions not yet asked. I too will walk this path in search of the phantoms and nightmares that will populate the pages of a novel that is yet to exist. Will you join us?

Visit the National Novel Writing Month website for details.
Get tips for getting started on the NaNoWriMo blog on Tumblr.
Follow my progress here on Chapters in the Box or through the project if you’re signed up for NaNoWriMo.

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