Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In Which We Discuss NaNo (Again)

I know, I know. Another NaNo Post? And not even yet October?
Yes. Yes it is.

So I know a month or so ago I was leaning towards not doing NaNo, just because I had so much other stuff I wanted to work on.

BUT, now I'm leaning towards doing it. Why? Multiple reasons. One is that after some fixes in Break Free, and a list of what I need to do for it going forward, it turns out it might not need as much work as I thought it did.

Another reason would be that NaNo would give me an excuse to take a break from it and let it rest before I dig into line edits. Which is always good.

Also, my NaNo story idea has been really developing over the last few weeks via day dreams and junk. Clearly my drunken muse is telling me to get on board for writing it in a few months. And I have to say, I don't really disagree with her.

(NaNo project has things in common with the below pictures:)







BUT, we'll still wait and see. It's not yet October, and October is the month I really spend time ramping up for NaNo, with the beginning of the snowflake method, a first draft query and a scene list. So there's a chance that, come October, I just won't have time to do all that. And if I don't have time, I'm not doing NaNo because I don't want to screw up my story just because I didn't have time to properly plan and nurture it first.

How about you? Are you going to participate in NaNo 2011?

27 comments:

Dan said...

I'm planning on it but I have no idea what I'm going to write about yet. Detective, steampunk, cyberpunk, so many decisions...

Anne said...

do it!
or do something
tevs

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Dan - how about a cyberpunk or steampunk detective story? i would totally read that

Anne - well, something will happen i'm sure

Anne Gallagher said...

Ha! I'm always in NaNo mode whether it's November or not. And of course, I never get anything done. So, again, no, I will not be doing NaNo this year either.

L.G.Smith said...

Good luck if you do go ahead with NaNo. I can't do it. I'm too slow at writing. I write with my editor on full blast. Just my style. Plus, I see a huge rewrite of a past novel in my future. Sigh.

Matthew MacNish said...

Masked assassins in renaissance Italy? Sounds awesome.

Catherine Stine said...

lordie, I can't decide...

Laura Marcella said...

I'll be participating in NaNo! It'll be my third year. So far I've given some vague thought about the novel I'll write, but October is when I'll finally decide and start planning it.

I hope you decide to participate! It'll be a fun time!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I probably will since I need one more book...

LD Masterson said...

Not sure yet. I think it will depend on the feedback I get from my beta readers on the current WIP (almost ready to send out). If major changes are needed, I might let it rest a while and do Nano. If it just needs some serious tweaking, I'll probably stay focused on that.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Alex - excitement!

LD - that sounds like a pretty good plan

Teebore said...

I'm still on the fence, though whether you (and Hannah) do it will probably sway me.

Right now I'm leaning towards skipping it this year. My next two ideas have not developed organically beyond their initial premises, and I'm so behind on revisions for Onwards... that I'm thinking I should just use the time in November to power through that. Or finish last year's NaNo book, which I'm kind of excited about again after putting some distance between us.

So we'll see. Like you say, October is when I really start planning things out, but usually by now I at least have the broad strokes of the story figured out. Right now, I've just got a couple of good hooks and some vague character ideas...

Ninja Girl said...

I've never done it before, but NaNoWriMo always intrigues me whenever I hear it mentioned. I've got a new book in mind now (outlining/figuring out the world and character motivations). The idea of writing a book in a month sounds so...impossible...but like I said intriguing ;) Might have to try it.
Ninja Girl

Julie said...

I? Cannot WAIT for NaNo!!! Last year I was all serious about it and it had me completely frazzled. Plus, I had a full time job and with the way things are going right now...I probably won't have a new one yet. So this year I want to go out of the box, out of my comfort zone, and try writing something I'd never considered before!! The possibilities are endless and I'm so excited. :) You should definitely do it!

Lindsay said...

I'm still trying to decide if I should do NaNo yet. I'm already working on a WIP, but I might If I get the current project done.

Lola Sharp said...

Oh, I'm def doing it. I get so much done and enjoy the frenzy and energy of it.

Dude, it won't be the same if you don't do it with me! YOU MUST. (hannah banana too)

I have my idea in my head...as you know, that's about the most I do for any book I write, so I'm going to work on revisions until then and start the new idea on Nov. 1st.

It takes you a MONTH to plan for nano and outline and stuff?? A WHOLE MONTH? God, that would kill me dead. I know you love your snowflake method...many do. But even with that, it takes a MONTH? It makes me twitch just thinking about it. O_0

YOU ARE DOING NANO. (please)

Huggles,
Lola

Hannah Kincade said...

As you know, I'm leaning towards no, but there's still a long time between now and then.

And it looks like Lola will beat me up if I don't. ;)

If I don't, I'll make sure I hide.
If I do, I have absolutely no idea what I'll be working on.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Probably not. I have enough pressure as it is with the tons of things on my to-do list already. :(


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YA Paranormal Romance, Darkspell coming fall of 2011!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

PS--I <3 the images you have on there! They are quite stir the imagination! :)

Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

I'd like to do NaNo this year, but I didn't manage it last year while I was unemployed, so this year now I have a job I definitely won't have time... though I did enjoy it when I took part ...

Jessica Bell said...

Couldn't possibly as I have my blog tour in November :-/ But if you do it, I'll be rooting for ya!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Teebore - it looks like Hannah is leaning towards no and i'm leaning towards yes. But we can talk about it next time we meet

Ninja - to be fair, i've never actually finished the whole draft in a month. BUT i do get in the required 50K. You should join us. It's a lot of fun

Hannah - pshaa. You have a crap load of awesome idears. Just pick one

Elizabeth - i hear that. That's how i was until things unexpectedly cleared up for me

LTM said...

Dang, Sara! I thought I was already following you, and then I read Matt's post, was all ready to be neener neener, and ... Huh? Google Reader messes w/me sometimes I think...

Anyway, LOVE those masks! And heck. I've never done NaNo. If you're ready, I say no time like the present! You geaux, girl~ :o) <3

Carolyn Abiad said...

I'm planning to try NaNo this year. Think I'll be using October to prep too.

TL Conway said...

Yeah, I'm working on my story's premise, character bios, outline, all that good stuff, from now all the way until Nov 1.

What is the draft query letter that you write? You do this before you start writing the story? I'd be interested to learn more about this.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

TL - yeah i write a query letter before i write my first draft. It helps me really get a good feel for the story. I usually have to tweak it by the time the MS is done, but the majority of it sticks around for actual querying

Ishta Mercurio said...

Okay, first, your new project looks like it will totally kick some major ass.

And I'm in the same boat as you. I want to do NaNo, but I don't want to completely waste it. I'm thinking, and pondering, and researching, and if I can have a solid outline by Nov. 1st, I'll do it. But the jury is out.

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