I am ready for NaNoWriMo


Only a few days away now – I am feeling confident and like a runner on the starting block.

I have my story already being formed in my mind and on a few pages already – is that cheating? I have already written 3500 words but I can’t help myself. I have been wanting to write this story for years and I have tried on a few occasions but I guess I didn’t have the story clear enough and the plot was pretty fuzzy.

I have a couple of tips:

Join a writing group – preferably one in the genre that you are interested in. I joined the Calgary Crime Writer’s Meet-up. It is great group of women and men who all have varying career skills and interests, and I have found some life-long best friends in the group. I have learned some writing skills in this group that have definitely given me an edge this time around for NaNoWriMo. It may be too late now to benefit from the writing group for NaNoWriMo, but by this time next year you could be working on your second novel!

Find a writing buddy – I didn’t have a writing buddy last time I tried NaNoWriMo in 2009, but I have teamed up with a friend from the Crime Writer’s group now and we can give each other pep talks or discuss our stories. It so much more difficult (I think) to work completely alone with no one to bounce ideas off of.

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30 responses to “I am ready for NaNoWriMo”

  1. Tammy J Rizzo says :

    Hey, Cindy D’ thanks for visiting my blog and for the trackback. :-) I like this post!

    It may not be too late to benefit from your writing group this time out – it depends, I suppose, on how local they are to you and if they have any write-ins going that you can get to. And if they don’t have any write-ins, or you can’t find any in your area, don’t let that stop you: host your own. My brother and sister and I did that last year, and ended up with our own little local group by the end of NaNo. Of course, my brother and sister and I were half the group all to ourselves, but still. ;-)

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  2. Cindy D says :

    Good Luck Tammy!
    What a great idea – host your own write-in. It is a wonderful way to connect with other writers and form new and lasting friendships :)

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  3. zebedeerox says :

    Ditto Tammy J Rizzo, Cindy D – so very good of you to relate to my article.

    I’m trying to convince the Europe::England::Birmingham group that a super-skyper-cyber-scribe-in is the way forward for those who can’t attend the physical write-ins.
    Our Kick-Off was today, but I missed it due to an existing appointment – gutted.

    With technology at our fingertips, like G+ hangouts and Skype, there is no need to go traipsing through frosty streets to share the NaNoWriMo experience any more – however, technophobia is alive, rife and flourishing in the West Midlands, it seems.

    Good luck to you both,
    Zebedeerox.

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  4. Cindy D says :

    Z,
    I totally agree! I love my Skype ♥

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  5. wlouison says :

    Is this only your second go at NaNo? Or did you do it before 2009, too? Also, I agree with your idea of a writing buddy. It’s good to have a friend or two that you can discuss NaNo. Unlike most of my other friends, they actually know what NaNoWriMo is like. You can try and explain it to them…but I guess you can never really understand NaNo unless you try it for yourself! Good post and great advice.

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    • Cindy D says :

      To wlouison -
      yes, this is only the second Nanowrimo that I have attempted – but I am lucky to have some great writing buddies!
      Thanks for for liking my post :)
      And Good Luck at Nanowrimo :)

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  6. David Stewart says :

    I agree that writing buddies are key. At times in the past I wouldn’t be motivated, but then I’d see that my friend had written 2000 words or more on the Nanowrimo word tracker and that would make me want to write more to keep up.

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  7. p2c2u says :

    Yeah, you’re right. It is much easier to write when you have someone with whom you can discuss ideas. I’m writing alone right now, but am in the market for a writing buddy. Looking around for others who’re writing thrillers/mysteries/supernatural stuff.

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  8. Cindy D says :

    Hi Z,
    Thanks so much! I am having a difficult time this year. I think I am just going to use NaNo as a springboard for my story rather than the marathon. But I will most certainly buddy up with you and if I can provide any kind of support for you I will be happy. :)

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