03 October, 2012

Time To Begin Worrying About NaNoWriMo: An IWSG Post

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. From his blog:
It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic.

I'm sure most of you writers know about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where the goal is to write 50,000 words in a month, or about 1,613 words per day. I've done it for two years in a row and have every intention of participating in 2012, but now the questions are: What the heck do I write about for those 50k words? And when am I going to find the time to write for hours every day for a month?

As for the first, I have a few story ideas. For one I've written half a detailed (and maybe even decent) plot outline for, and the others are vague-ish notions floating around in my head. Not the most pressing, since I can always write about marauding squid or psychedelic ninjas or whatever if I'm absolutely desperate.

But for the first time in a two-year NaNo history, I'm worrying about time. I'm sure you know what I mean: Getting the most important or unchangeable things done and then discovering the day's almost over, or feeling like you do stuff all day and finding out at the end only half the list's been crossed off. I'm already having trouble keeping up with the blogosphere, and I'm not even writing as much as I did last year during non-NaNo season.

I think I'll be able to swing it so I have time to write. But something will clearly have to go, and I really don't want it to be The Eagle's Aerial Perspective for the entirety of November.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo or thinking about participating? Doubtful if you'll be able to find the time to write everyday and reach the 50k goal, or do you already have a schedule down?

-----The Golden Eagle


Anonymous said...

Counting down to November! Now I just need to prep. But first, I have to write a new short story for something else.

Cherie Reich said...

I'm participating in NaNo again. It'll be my fourth year, and I've decided to rewrite my first novel, so it won't be completely like create a new idea (although it'll still be a heck of a lot of writing). I really worry about time, but I'm trying to cut back on a few things for November and will probably try to get some blog posts done for that month ahead of time too.

Angie said...

Good luck with it. I'm not doing NaNo per say, but I do want to start in November and write a novel in 100 days. Time is always an issue!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You can do it! Go with the psychedelic ninjas idea.
Not participating this year as I'll be back into revisions at that time.

ben268 said...

Good luck, I'd love to participate, but I'm to busy with school... I'm lucky now-a-days to squeeze a post in.

Connie Keller said...

I've always wanted to do this, but it's not for me--I can't do that kind of word count 7 days a week for four weeks. My creativity just bottoms out.

But I love rooting for all the people who do because I think it's so cool. So I'll be rooting for you! You can do it!!

David P. King said...

I think that program is an incredibly brave one. I can't say I have the time or stamina to pump that many words out in a month, but you don't have the problem. You're going to be awesome. :)

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Eagle
I've never done NaNo. Mostly the whole nearly 2,000 word thing scared me and now my focus is on short stories for awhile. Perhaps you could cut the post to one or two days a week.

Laura said...

I know what you mean - with the new job, I was beginning to worry - but I'll be up at 6 and at my desk till 7.30 - that usually gets me the majority of the words out for a day, then blog in the evenings... the only thing is, like you said, what to write?! I think I'm going to head off on a different tangent and try kids writing for a month.
Good luck!

mooderino said...

I do think it's a good way to blast through a first draft, but I never seem to have the idea for a story at the right time.


Old Kitty said...

I think the fact that you are willing to have a go is wonderful!!! Good luck lovely Eagle!!! Take care

Nick Wilford said...

You're better prepared than me! I'm giving it a go this year for the first time. Got just vague notions for an idea too, but some sharp images (it came in a dream). I'll also have a new part-time job, so that'll be interesting. I think what I will need to learn is how to write in odd moments with others around, not just when I'm alone, because right now I only write weekday mornings while the kid's at nursery. Good luck! At least you've done it before, you'll be great!

Elise Fallson said...

I've never participated in NaNoWriMo but I so admire the folks who do. I don't think I could do it mainly due to time constraints. But maybe in a few years when the kids are a little older I'll give it a shot. Good luck to you Eagle!

Andrew Leon said...

No NaNo for me!

Krispy said...

Time is always my biggest issue. I'm terrible at time management and with the day job, I really can only write after I'm home. By then though, I'm usually mentally exhausted and want some down time. So it's hard, but do-able and sometimes I'm not that tired or I'm really excited to write the next part.

In any case, I hope you don't have to abandon the blog for all of November, but you do what you have to do to get those 50,000 words! :)

Romance Reader - Nas said...

All the best Eagle, you can do it!

I get frightened just by the thought of it....

Pat Hatt said...

Go for it once more, as I'm sure time will come, although yeah it is hard to come by. Being 60 blog post ahead helps too, the cat just wanted you to know haha

JeffO said...

I'm not sure again this year. I have 300 pages of revision work to do on my WiP, and I'm not sure I'll be done in time. Or have anything to give when I am!

Mikazuki said...

I'm nervous about time, too. Homework isn't too bad yet, but November is when the teachers start to slam it on. And I'm in a musical, and I'll have practice...

Good luck, anyway. Yay, NaNo, yay! (That was a cheer.)

mshatch said...

It would be fun but alas, I definitely don't have enough time so will not be participating :(

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm always in the middle of edits during November, it seems so I've never participated. I think I would have trouble meeting that goal. We do a lot of family time in November because the kids get a break from college.

M.J. Fifield said...

I'll definitely be participating in NaNoWriMo. I've done it three years running and it's always the most exciting/infuriating experience. I never have a plan when I start out (hey, maybe that's why it's infuriating) but somehow, I hit that 50k mark.

Best of luck to you!

Rusty Webb said...

I've done Nano 6 times I think... maybe 7, but I think it was 6. I'm not entirely sure I will be doing it this year or not. I'm thinking on it though.

L.G.Smith said...

I'm no NaNo'er. It's so opposite of how I work. I'm such a plodder. I'm very Ent-like when I write. But I will be cheering all of you on from the sidelines.

Morgan said...

I love NaNo... it was a challenge to do it last year, but it taught me discipline and showed me how much I could accomplish in a month. :)

You CAN DO IT. You'll rock it. :)

Lynda R Young said...

Aw, I wish I could take part in NaNo this year, but I'll be way too busy this November.

I like your idea of marauding squid... ;)

S. L. Hennessy said...

I've been thinking about NaNo, but it's so intimidating. I'm not sure I can handle it. You're very brave!

Shannon Lawrence said...

This is the first year I'm participating fully, with the intention of doing the full word count. In the past, I've done NaNoTRYMo, where I set my own word goal. I knew I didn't have the time to dedicate fully to 50,000 words, but I figured I could accomplish something and push myself some. I don't have a schedule, so we'll see!

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Anonymous said...

No NaNo for me - too much pressure, too much going on in my life, and not nearly enough writing talent or organizational skills. I've been working on my WiP all year and I only have 40,000 words. Can't imagine writing an entire first draft in one month, but I sure admire those that do.

Good luck to you if you decide to go for it!

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Hi, I'm not participating in this one. Good luck to you as this sounds like a huge challenge! This year's A-Z knocked me out so I'm taking things a bit easier on the blog challenges front. For a while!

Susan Roebuck said...

If NaNo suits you, go for it! You'll make time if it's important enough. No, don't let your blog go during that month - just keep us up to date on how your word-count is doing!

Simon Kewin said...

Go for it! I'm not participating, but I might shadow it and see if I can keep up. Without telling anyone...

ali cross said...

I think I will be participating in NaNo. I think all of us struggle with the time-commitment, but for me, as long as I do it every day, it's not *too* hard to put in the 1500/day (or whatever it is) to get to that magical 50k by the end of the year. The key is just to do some every day so it never gets too overwhelming.

Good luck to you Eags! It's okay if blogging takes a backseat for the month--most of us will know why and be doing the same thing!

Allison said...

I haven't decided yet for that very reason of time. But I did do it last year and it was great to get me putting out words.

Allison (Geek Banter)

Charles Gramlich said...

Wish I had the strength.

Brinda said...

I've participated twice. I think I'm passing this year, but I wish all my friends the best of luck!

Michael Di Gesu said...


You have every right to have anxiety about this subject. Frankly, I admire anyone who can get through it.

I barely got through the A-Z Challenge, so there is no way I could ever find the time to write that much in a month.

A few years back maybe, but now, I have other priorities in my life like giving myself time to keep fit and focused on my health. When I was a writing FOOL, I had gained over fifty pounds in a year and a half. So I cut down the sixteen hour writing days.

You are a young person and can handle this insanity... ALL the best, I know you'll do it!

Ellie Garratt said...

I did NaNo in 2010 and somehow I found the time. I'm doing it this year as well. I think you've already hit on the nail on the head with something has to go. For me, it will be the hours spent blog reading and the TV. Probably reading as well. But it will be worth it.

I swing by regularly to offer motivation!

M Pax said...

I'm in OctNoWriMo trying to get book 3 of the Backworlds written [need 50,000 more words], and get my next release edited, formatted, and uploaded. It all gets really crazy sometimes, Eagle, but perhaps that's what makes writing fun.

You'll do great. I'm quite sure.

michelle said...

Good luck Golden Eagle. I'm sure you'll do just fine.
I'm not sure Nano is for me. I have the perseverance but don't know if the creativity will hold out...

Jamie Gibbs said...

NaNo is very hard for me; I don't think I'll ever be able to finish it. I might do something like NaNoWriYe, spanning a year instead of a month, that might work :)

Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom

Memzie said...

I'm in the same boat with you. I'm worried about what will suffer from lack of attention from me but I definitely don't want to opt out this year.
At the same time, I'm already scrambling as it is but I am going to try to join this year.
Don't worry, Golden Eagle. You are not alone. :D

The Golden Eagle said...

Joshua: Good luck with your short story!

Cherie: Wow, four years of NaNo must have produced a lot of words. :)

Angie: Thanks!

That sounds like a great goal.

Alex: LOL. But wouldn't that cut down on the stealth?

Ben268: Sometimes I feel like there's hardly enough time to post, too. Real life gets in the way so often. :P

Connie: Thanks for the support! :)

David: Aw, thank you. Here's to hoping I am at beating the challenge!

Nancy: I usually post 2-3 times per week; it's mostly catching up with blogs that takes up the most time. I can barely manage it now.

Laura: Hope you find a story idea that inspires you! A children's book sounds awesome.

Thank you!

Mooderino: I can usually think of something for challenges, but it's hard to find something to hammer away at for 50k+ words.

Old Kitty: Thank you. :)

Nick: Good luck with NaNoWriMo! It's a great experience, though it can definitely be stressful, trying to keep up with that word count.


Elise: Thank you. Hope you do get the chance to participate in the future. :)

Andrew: You'll be able to avoid all the madness, then. :P

Krispy: It's hard to write when you've been working on other things all day.

I agree. Though maybe not the dark arts. LOL.

Nas: Thanks!

Pat: Weren't you only 40 posts ahead before? :P It's impossible not to be impressed by your preparedness!

JeffO: 300 pages is a lot of revision!

Mikazuki: Sounds like you'll be busy in November.

Thanks. :) And I'll join you in that cheering!

Mshatch: That's too bad. Maybe next year?

Susan: Yeah, I wouldn't want to spend my time working furiously on a novel when family's visiting.

M.J.: And with NaNo, it's hitting the goal that counts!

Thank you.

The Golden Eagle said...

Rusty: Hope you'll let us know if you are participating. :)

L.G.: Thanks for the support. And I get not wanting to blaze through a story the way NaNo requires you to do.

Morgan: It definitely helps show your capabilities when faced with such a challenge!

I hope I can. :)

Lynda: LOL. That (and the psychedelic ninjas) was just a random combination I thought of.

S. L.: Thanks. Though in the midst of November, I usually wonder if I'm just crazy. :P

Shannon: Good for you! I'm sure you'll rule NaNoWriMo.

Insomniac #4: Thank you!

Duncan: Thanks. And I know what you mean--after A-Z I just wanted to take a long break.

Susan: I might end up doing that . . .

Simon: I thought about shadowing the challenge the first year I did NaNo. Couldn't resist announcing it on my blog, though. :P

Ali: I agree. It's good to be consistent from day to day--though writing more than the daily allotment doesn't hurt. :)

Thank you!

Allison: I love being driven to write.

Charles: It does take a lot of energy!

Brinda: It's great to see how supportive the blogosphere is. :)

Michael: 16 hours of writing?! Wow. I can certainly see why that isn't a good thing . . . but it's an impressive amount of work.

Thank you!

Ellie: I don't watch much TV, but I hate to let go of blog reading; I really don't want to miss people's posts.

Mary: Good luck with your third book! That sounds like a lot of work in front of you.

Aw, thanks. :)

Michelle: Here's to hoping!

It can peter out, it's true . . . last year I kind of hit a wall toward the end of the month and ended up writing relatively uninspired chapters.

Jamie: I've never heard of NaNoWriYe, but it sounds like a great challenge!

Memzie: Me, neither. It's too good of a challenge to put aside.

Good to know. :)

Deniz Bevan said...

I'm looking forward to it, but I'm worried too. I might have to invoke the Luddite clause if I can't get all my scenes typed up in time. Getting up early every morning to write will help, I hope!