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message 1: by B.C. (new)

B.C. (Sirrom) | 11 comments November is National Novel Writing Month. Thousands of writers are signing on to write 50,000 word drafts of all new works.

I'm crazy enough to try it and would like to invite you to join me. Or at least follow my progress.

message 2: by Alex (new)

Alex Albrinck | 20 comments I'm in, because I'm crazy enough to try it as well. :)

message 3: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Atkinson (Darkened_Angel) | 24 comments I am in. This is my first year.

message 4: by Mhairi (new)

Mhairi Simpson (mhairisimpson) | 13 comments I'm in, too. First time for me also:

message 5: by B.C. (new)

B.C. (Sirrom) | 11 comments Excellent! I will look for you on NaNoWriMo and add you as writing buddies.

message 6: by Khatia (new)

Khatia (okeane) | 4 comments I am thinking to try it too, but I am not ready to make my work-in-process public quite yet. How does it work exactly?

message 7: by Alexes (new)

Alexes | 122 comments I'm in. First time. A little nervous.

message 8: by B.C. (new)

B.C. (Sirrom) | 11 comments Khatia wrote: "I am thinking to try it too, but I am not ready to make my work-in-process public quite yet. How does it work exactly?"

You share as little (or as much) as you want to. The site has a 'word count verifier'. You copy/paste your work, the site scrambles the document (for security), counts the words and auto-deletes your entry without it being seen by human eyes. This is to protect your story from possibly being copied or stolen.

On your participant page you may share excerpts from your story, a biography, etc.

NaNoWriMo is really a social site to encourage and be encouraged to write.

Even if you don't submit a story, I still recommend signing up and taking part in forum discussions.

message 9: by Eli (new)

Eli Adelholm (eliadelholm) I am participating for the first time too. Currently in the process of psyching myself up to it :P

message 10: by Jared (new)

Jared Sandman | 2 comments I've never been able to pull the trigger on this. Best of luck to those who try; every year it seems to get bigger.

message 11: by Susana (new)

Susana Ellis (susanaellisauthor) | 18 comments I'm doing the Entangled Smackdown through Savvy Authors. We have Entangled editors helping us along the way. Should be fun!

message 12: by Sean (new)

Sean MacUisdin | 61 comments I'm participating for the first time as well.

message 13: by Jill (new)

Jill O’Bones (Jill_H_OBones) | 20 comments This will be my third NaNo (3rd win!!?!!)

message 14: by Sherri (new)

Sherri Moorer (SherritheWriter) | 125 comments I did this in 2010 and am happy to report that I not only completed the challenge, but that book is going to be published through Whiskey Creek Press next year. It was a fun challenge and I'd love to do it again sometime, but I won't be this year because I'm still working on a novel that I started in May. Best of luck to all who participate!

message 15: by Karen (new)

Karen A. Wyle (kawyle) | 234 comments This'll be my third time, or fourth if you include Camp Nano (summertime version). I've "won" each time so far, and have published two of the resulting books (after LOTS of editing). I'm getting excited!

I'll be using -- or at least, will start out using -- Scrivener for the first time, taking advantage of their free NaNo trial.

message 16: by Sean (new)

Sean DeLauder (sean_delauder) | 11 comments I use Scrivener at work and really like the program. I've yet to use it for a novel, but I can see myself using it in the future rather than having individual word documents for each chapter.

message 17: by Jenn (new)

Jenn Flynn-Shon (jennshon) | 51 comments This is going to be my 4th attempt - 2 NaNo wins & 1 Camp loss. But 2 books from those are now released (Karen I hear you on the major editing needed!). Its been so much fun to throw anything & everything at the page and see what sticks years later! I'm a total pantser, though the characters usually start talking to me a couple months before it starts.

Yes those voices in my head do eventually work for me not against me.

Good luck everyone! I'd love to connect about other's progress

message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

I believe this is my fourth time around! Haven't lost a single year. ;o

message 19: by Denise (new)

Denise Baer | 301 comments I won't be attempting it this year, but I wanted to stop by and wish you all luck. Have fun and hope you get a bestseller out of it!

Denise Baer

message 20: by Paul (new)

Paul Vincent (Astronomicon) | 113 comments I'm using it to produce the 1st draft for my next novel. Should be an interesting experience, although I am feeling daunted by the 1 month deadline.

I'll have to check out this Scrivener that everyone seems to be talking about this time, although I've already done 90% of my planning.

message 21: by Karen (new)

Karen A. Wyle (kawyle) | 234 comments So far (planning stage), I'm loving Scrivener! I didn't use the special NaNo project setup, just recreated the aspects of it that I wanted. The interactive tutorial was terrific -- after going through that, I've been able to answer my followup questions from the manual.

message 22: by Jenelle (new)

Jenelle I just signed up... first time as well... we'll see how it goes!

message 23: by Janet (new)

Janet | 12 comments I wrote 53,000 words of a novel last year during NaNoWriMo and I'm in this year to write the other half. The working title is MESSAGES FROM UNCLE MYRL and it's a ghostly novel

message 24: by Nicolas (new)

Nicolas Wilson | 51 comments It's my second year doing na-no-wri-mo. Last year I topped 70,000 words on a novel's first draft. I think the end count ended up being nearly 90 once I'd gone back to work on the thing as a whole.

I hope this year goes just as well! I'll be working on a new novel, the Singularity. My updates and whatnot will probably be on my blog, or my facebook. But I could always use the company, and competition.

the Singularity, on na-no-wri-mo

message 25: by Kasi (new)

Kasi Blake (KCBlake) | 44 comments I got started early this morning and have four thousand words. It's a good start, I think. Hopefully I will be able to keep up the pace.

message 26: by Susana (new)

Susana Ellis (susanaellisauthor) | 18 comments I finished Chapter One and 2453 words. 20 more chapters to go!

message 27: by Karen (new)

Karen A. Wyle (kawyle) | 234 comments Finished four scenes that may be Chapter One, for 3,118 words -- aiming for at least 3,334 today!

message 28: by Candace (new)

Candace | 2 comments I am participating for the first time this year. I will be using the Storyist software.

message 30: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Evans (jasminekevans) | 3 comments I'm doing Nano for the first time this year. I use Scrivener for all my fiction writing needs. I love the program. It works great for my obsessive need to stay organized (and color code things).

message 31: by Karen (new)

Karen A. Wyle (kawyle) | 234 comments I haven't been bothering with color-coding, but I'm using Scrivener for the first time and LOVING it!

message 32: by Claude (new)

Claude Dancourt (Claudedancourt) | 91 comments Not doing it, but wishing all of you luck and speed!

message 33: by Susana (new)

Susana Ellis (susanaellisauthor) | 18 comments Three chapters and 7500 words done in three days!

message 34: by Jill (new)

Jill O’Bones (Jill_H_OBones) | 20 comments Day 3 got to 5996 words (skipped day one, work and sleep). Maybe do some more tonight?

message 35: by Ken (new)

Ken Consaul | 180 comments When all is said and done, how do the books turn out?
By the time I write 1500 words, I'm drained. Can't imagine trying to do more or what the end result would look like.

message 36: by Justin (new)

Justin (JustinBienvenue) | 2072 comments 50,000 words? ehh thats a bit of a doosey for me.

message 37: by Karen (new)

Karen A. Wyle (kawyle) | 234 comments (re message 36) I'd guess that how the books turn out depends on how much time one spends the rest of the year, editing and rewriting and proofreading.

I find it's relatively easy to keep up the pace, as long as I don't stop to reassess, review, rethink....

Ken wrote: "When all is said and done, how do the books turn out?
By the time I write 1500 words, I'm drained. Can't imagine trying to do more or what the end result would look like."

message 38: by Jill (new)

Jill O’Bones (Jill_H_OBones) | 20 comments For day six, I'm sitting at 10076, but I got that number by Sunday nite. I had to go to monday and today, and its hard to get back into the NaNo mode, work, bed early, up early. But I have all day tomorrow!

message 39: by Susana (new)

Susana Ellis (susanaellisauthor) | 18 comments I'm at 14,500 and six chapters. One day at a time!

message 40: by S.L. (new)

S.L. Figuhr (slfiguhr) | 41 comments Hi all!

Resurrecting this thread because it's November! (yes, I'm Ms. Obvious.)

This month will be the first year I remembered in time to sign up. (Hrm, must not write that way during contest.)

Anyway, I'm just wondering who all is participating this year? I'm going by the screen name slfiguhr.

It is day 2, and I have 0 words written. Darn you internet and Kindle!
Must focus!

message 41: by Arabella (new)

Arabella Thorne (arabella_thornejunocom) | 354 comments Dang. This would be the fourth year Ive done this (and my first published novel The Elf Lord's Revenge is a direct result of NaNoWriMo--but this year haven't a thread, a dust mote of an idea....and here it is day two...

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