Monday, 5 October 2009

NaNoWriMo 2009


After much (well a little) contemplation, I've signed up to take part in NaNoWriMo this year for the first time. I've been debating whether or not to as I was about to start writing a book I've been researching for a while, however, a few weeks ago, I came up with an idea for a Young Adult novel and am going to write that for NaNoWriMo, as I seem to work better against a deadline.

I'll give myself November to get the story from my head on to the paper/laptop and then once that's done, I'll get on with the mammoth task of writing the book I was originally going to work on, as I anticipate it taking rather a long time to complete.

That said, I still have to finish my editing, but have have been caught up with weeks of form-filling and generally sorting J out with regards to university. Now that's done, I can press on with my editing and start making headway with my writing once more.

The other day I wrote a list of dates in October, when I have things to remember to do (obviously not including the usual house/work/writing stuff, these are birthdays, appointments, etc): 5th, 9th (two appointments), 13th, 14th (two again), 16th (two again), 18th, 19th, 23rd, 30th and 31st. I just hope I don't forget anything.

33 comments:

LauraCassidy said...

Good luck!!

Queenie said...

How exciting! I've never done NaNo myself (although I might one of these years), but it always interests me to see how other people get on with it. Like Laura says, good luck!

Alice said...

very exciting! Gosh, you are so organised! Good luck :-)

Denise said...

Wow, no pressure then! I wish you loads of luck and fewer appointments in November...

HelenMHunt said...

That does sound brave. Good luck with it. Hope you'll give us lots of blog updates.

Lane said...

You're going to be busy for the next couple of months then!

Go Debs!

Jan Jones said...

Oh dear, and I thought you were sensible.

But no, you're just as stark, staring bonkers as the rest of the NaNoWriMo crowd.

Ah well. Have fun.

Faye said...

I must get with the program! See this NaNoWriMo logo on several blogs and never figured out what it was. A commitment to write--blog or otherwise several times per week? If so, that would prompt me to get cracking as well. But the pressure!!

Love the photo of Grumpy on his settee. He almost looks too mellow for his name. :-)

Amanda said...

Ooh, I've often fancied signing up to that myself. Good Luck! :-)

JJ Beattie said...

Holy moses! Good luck with that. I'd have to drastically change the way I write to do that (but secretly I'd love to.)

I must go and pack...

Shirley Wells said...

Oh my goodness. Well done, you. I hope we get lots of updates on progress. Good luck with it!

ChrisH said...

Well done! Gosh you fit so much in! (V envious of your meet with CJ, btw! Would love to have joined you both).

ChrisH said...

PS Sorry I haven't collected my award intend to do so this week!

Anna said...

Can't wait to hear how it goes and your take on the NANO experience! Then you'll be all set for the the 'mammoth task' afterwards. :)))

Fia said...

Good for you. I wish I could be as productive. A young adult novel sounds exciting:) I'd love to find something that my young adult, aka the thug, might read.

Fionnuala Kearney said...

Good on you Debs! I'm about to start a new novel and the idea of Nano is tempting but still not sure whether I'm better taking my time? Watch this space...Fx

Captain Black said...

Good luck. Try not to set fire to your shed, what with all the furious typing you'll be doing!

Liane Spicer said...

You go, Debs!

Debs said...

laura - many thanks, I have a feeling I'll need some luck.

queenie - I've thought about it once or twice before, but for some reason felt the need to actually commit myself this year.

alice - not so organized, as mad, I think.

denise - thanks. I think I'll have to ignore most appointments in November, though saying that, I can already think of three.

helen - not so much brave, as a little mad.

lane - it certainly looks that way.

jan - lol, I think a little sense would go a long way with me.

faye - it's where you commit to write 50,000 words of a new novel starting 1 Nov and ending 30 Nov.

Grumps sits like that every evening whilst watching tv with me.

amanda - you should, though I probably shouldn't be doing this as well as everything else, but I thought it the best way to thrash out this particular book.

jj - you're doing far better than me on the word counting at the mo. Have a great trip.

shirley - thanks, I think I'm a little mad, but there's no harm in giving it a go.

chrish - it would have been lovely to have you with us at El Tico. It was a glorious afternoon.

anna - I know, I think I have my mammoth tasks a little confused maybe.

fia - maybe your YA can read this when I've got it down on paper.

fionnuala - I think it's worth doing, especially to get the dreaded first draft down and out of the head. Or so I'm hoping!

captain - I haven't been doing nearly enough recently, so I'm hoping this will get me back up to speed again. Shall keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times.

liane - many thanks.

Suzanne Jones said...

I'm really tempted to sign up, too, Debs.

Good luck.

XX

Kate said...

Good Luck xx

Chris said...

Hats off Debs! You're either brilliant or mad or both!!! 50,000 words in 30 days??? I've gorn all faint at the thought!!!! Good luck - you CAN do it - and we'll be cheering you on from across the Channel. C xxx

Debs said...

suzanne - please do, it will be lovely having someone I 'know' doing it at the same time.

kate - many thanks.

chris - I'm definately a little loopy, but I suppose there's no harm in giving it a go. I think I'll have to have a little faint at the end - if I reach it!!. X

Tam said...

Hey, you CAN do it :-) Good luck, we're all cheering you on!

DJ Kirkby said...

Ooooh I've just joined thanks to your blog post. Will you be my 'buddy'? Please? xo (awwww word verification is 'bless')

Carol said...

I was about to say that I'd read that DJ was signed up for that too....and then I spotted her comment :-)

Good luck to both of you....I just know that you will both be brilliant!!

C x

Bluestocking Mum said...

Good for you Debs. And I can hear the determination (or is it hysteria?) in your 'voice.'
Best of luck to you. I really admire your commitment.

x

Debs said...

tam - many thanks, m'dear.

dj - of course I'll be your buddy. So thrilled you're doing NaNo too.

carol - It's more fun when you know others who are doing it.

bluestocking mum - it's definately the hysteria building up!

Kaye Manro said...

So much good luck with NaNo, Debs! I admire any writer who does this.

Laura Jane Williams said...

Gosh, reading that made me feel like I need to sit down and have a cuppa tea! Make sure you make time to do the same! x

Debs said...

kaye - many thanks, I'm probably a little nuts to try it with everything else I'm doing at the moment though.

laura jane - *giggle* I shall certainly try to remember to do that.

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Cassandra said...

I'm thatwemightfly on NaNo, add me!

Also, thank you for visiting my blog on Tuesday for Cally's interview!

Cassandra