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Sunday, October 17, 2010

I'm nano-ing...are you?



So I'm sure if you're a writer in any form (published, non-published, part-timer, full-timer, whatever) you know exactly what
NaNoWriMo is, right? Yep, it's that time of year again! Time for all of us to slink into our caves and do nothing but put words to paper (or screen) for an entire month.

I've attempted NaNo before, and failed miserably. November is a busy time for me at my day job, so I wasn't able to focus the way I needed to to get things done. But this year, I think I've got a good shot at finishing. Because I'm not exactly starting from scratch, like the rules suggest.

No, this year, I'm going to do a re-write! That's right, I'm going to take my already completed MS and completely rewrite it. I've been thinking about this for a few months now and I honestly feel that it needs it. It's good, but not great. So I've been tossing around some ideas to make it better, and what better time to do that than during NaNoWriMo, right? And I'm not going to be taking large chunks of what I've already written and throwing them in with some new stuff, no. I'm going to be literally starting over, using the same characters and plot that my completed MS has. So basically I'm throwing out the old and starting over. Lord, help me!

So wish me luck, oh faithful followers...cause I'm gonna need it! And tell me, are any of you taking the NaNo plunge this year (friend me! jmanni32)? If so, are you gonna work on something totally new? Or are you gonna pull out one of your oldies but semi-goodies like me? Lemme know!

14 comments:

  1. I'm going to participate in NaNo! It will be the first time ever... I'm looking forward to it, and look forward to seeing how well you do!!!

    Im Jen_Unedited :)

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  2. I'm participating for the first time, too. I'm still having a hard time coming up with ideas. so I'm a bit envious. :)

    I'm using the same username as here on blogger, if you want to look me up.

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  3. I'm going to try it unofficially. If I only get 10,000 words I'll feel good. If I hit 50K I'll be thrilled.

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  4. Yay Jen! I hope we both do well! And P.S. I sent your book, but got it back (silly me put the wrong zip) so I'll send it again tomorrow!

    Witless, I was exactly the same way the first time I did it...I'm sure something will come to you in the eleventh hour!

    Karen, I'm with ya! Anything I get written in the crazy month of November will be great!

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  5. I haven't decided if I'm going to try it or not. I've been shooting for 1k/day for the half-marathon and it's been going pretty well...so I'm toying with the nano idea. Best of luck to you. A rewrite! Wow! I so need to do that to my first MS too! I hope you love your new product when it's done after November! christy

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  6. I'm doing it and am excited, I think I can do it but that could just be my ego talking

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  7. I'm doing it again, aiming to finish, or at least make it past 15,000 words.

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  8. Hey Joanna! Just jump in feet first (or head first, if you like living dangerously!) and go for it!

    Collegiate, I'm sending good luck your way!

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  9. totally good luck!

    I'm not participating. We're going to Disney World for a week. :)

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  10. Tamara...I'll trade ya! lol

    And congrats on the blog tour...I've been following!

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  11. I'm also a first-time NaNo-er, and I'm doing something new (even though I thought about just finishing something old). I think your rewrite idea sounds good, though! Good luck!

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  12. Thanks Su, and good luck to you, too!

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  14. I'm trying it for the first time. To avoid any hiccups and because Thanksgiving is at my house (cleaning, shopping, and cooking = -5 days for NaNo writing I figure) I'm totally planning the novel out. Good luck! :D

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