Sunday, November 06, 2011

Temporary Insanity: 10 Lessons Learned from NanoWriMo — Happenchance

A familiar story. I stumbled over it 7 years ago, not completing the first year but coming back every year thereafter (a few reluctantly) and completely all of them. Some people take exotic vacations, others might schedule annual assignation. I NaNo just to do it, for a lark, and with no ambitions to contribute a novel I probably would not want to read to the many already out there in that category.

The points raised here are good ones: just doing it improves your focus and any other writing you do. Multiple blogging and social media, content as well as commenting, promote scattered writing: here a post there a comment here a tweet there a share. Blogs and other writing might suffer this month but will benefit in the long run.


"I stumbled across something called Nanowrimo: National Novel Writing Month. The task is this: write a 50,000 word novel in one month. This averages out to 1,667 words a day.

After your month is up, you copy and paste your text into a little word counter. If you reach the goal, nothing really happens except that you’ve written 50,000 words in a month. Nanowrimo is free and offers plenty of forums for people to talk about their WIP (work in progress).

Most people who start don’t finish. In 2008, there were 119,301 participants and 21,683 winners."

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