Pinterest Thursday – NaNoWriMo Style!
Guess what time of year it is!
What is NaNoWriMo? It’s 30 days of intense writing insanity barreling towards 50,000 words fueled by copious amounts of gourmet hot chocolate, cheeze-its, and maybe some chicken nuggets if I remember to eat something real.
It’s intense fun, it’s sleepless nights, it’s fancy math calculations and charts to ensure I make my goal. It’s only 1,667 words a day every day, how hard can that be? You have no idea.
Still I try to:
However, I dare you to try to keep calm as characters act naughty or worse yet, you realize you have NO PLOT!
They say no problem, but I’ve been there. Really. It’s not fun. That was 2006 and my first year with NaNoWriMo. Guess what, it ended up all right and I made it to 50k. Barely. The next year got a little better. With six victories, I’m nervous about my 7th year of this.
Especially since I’m also spending another year mentoring at the local high school for:
I actually think I get more out of the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program than the students. I enjoy their zeal and only pray that I truly encourage this growing generation of writers. The world is truly their oyster. Mostly, I want to read all their books.
In November I focus on my writing, but I know that this sort of intense writing does not necessarily mean the greatest product.
What Cherryh said, got it?
Here’s the secret for becoming a better writer:
In case you missed that, the secret is to WRITE. Which I plan to do as soon as I finish this blog entry.
I will use my math and science skills as well as my writing skills, all stories have their own anatomy. It’s as much science as art:
This year I plan to use two main tools in my NaNoWriMo efforts.
Scrivener: The hands down best piece of software for a novel writer ever created. They don’t even pay me to say that, I just love the product that much. I love them so much I actually pay for their software, even though I’m a big fan of the free. Says something. Once you see the power of story bible, novel, character dossiers, and summary index cards all in one place you will simply never go back to a simple word processor again.
Yarny, a cloud based product much like Scrivener, popped up last year and I found it invaluable for when I didn’t want to lug my laptop around. It has many of the features I find vital to my novel-writing and yet it’s cloud based so I can have it on any device anywhere with internet access. Sweet!
NaNoWriMo is never the same without our good friend, Dr Wicked:
Write. Or. Die. I can hear “Banana Phone” already. Someone pray for me.
What can you do to help? Chicken nuggets and gourmet hot chocolate, thanks!
And, a word to the wise since this seems to be the year of “Let’s Annoy Ozma”. I’m a writer. I’m creative. You seriously don’t want to mess with me.
You. Will. Die.