Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Still Thinking About NaNoWriMo

"Write only if you cannot live without writing." ~Elie Wiesel

I was interested by yesterday's blog responses, especially those that said, "Yes, do NaNoWriMo, but make sure you plot a little bit first." Actually, I didn't know plotting was allowed! I thought you were supposed to do *everything* within the month of November: character charts, outlining, thinking, writing... I do have a rough scene guide of the story I want to tackle, so I might give it a try. Still thinking, though.


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Marianne Arkins said...

With NaNo, the "rules" are that you can't actually begin writing until Nov. 1st -- but you can do all the prep work you want.

Hope to see you there!

Liz said...

I might give NaNo I try also. Will see how the NJ conference goes.

Melissa Blue said...

What Marianne said. You can plot your little heart out before the first. The whole purpose is to turn off the internal editor for the 50k you will write.

chandlermariecraig said...

Yeah plotting is definitely encouraged. Doing NaNo 2 years ago is what showed me I could actually string that many words together and that hey, I might be able to do this writing thing.

Obviously you are past that point. But it is a nice month in that you feel like you are not alone in writing like a mad woman and that end you have a lot of material to mine.

I'd say, every writer needs to do it at least once!