NaNoWriMo 2013 — The First Check In

Welcome back, writers! Today is November 1st, which means it is also the kick off for NaNoWriMo 2013.

An image of the NaNoWriMo logo.

Unfamiliar with the acronym? National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a program run every November in which the participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. Established in 1999, last year the program boasted 341,375 registered participants and can now claim over 250 published titles that began their life as NaNoWriMo projects. So if you’re interested in taking on this challenging project, you’ve got some company.

There are no real “rules” to NaNo, except that you are aiming for 50,000 words by the end of November. Mathematically, that means you need to write 1,667 words per day to meet the goal. They encourage you to start new works every year, but no one is going to rat you out if you decide you wanted to add 50,000 words to your epic Logan and Veronica fan fiction that you only managed to get a chapter done on. Memoirs, short story compilations, fan fiction, and novels — they are all eligible for the challenge. I know several people who have used NaNo to work on their thesis.

So that was all the info for the newbies. There are several PMaggers who annually take on the challenge. We hope you join our ranks. Throughout the month, I’ll host a weekly check in thread every Friday to commiserate, complain or brag about how well you’re doing. This is our first check in, so you’re not too late to get started. The wonderful @bryndonavan provided us with three pre-writing exercises to help plan out your novel that you can review and use as you go along. You can find them here: Characters, Plotting, What’s Your Novel About?

NaNo’ers — how’s your word count going? Did you have any first day bursts of creativity to sock some extra words in the bank for the inevitable second week “what the hell am I doing” days?

(NaNoWriMo shield logo used with permission of National Novel Writing Month.)

Inspiration: Honest to gawd, real life NaNoWriMo published novels:

The cover of "Sole Possession" by Bryn Donovan.

Cover of The Deception Artist by Fayette Fox

Cover of The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

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12 Comments NaNoWriMo 2013 — The First Check In

  1. Avatar of [E] Slay Belle[E] Slay Belle

    So I’m checking in as well — I stayed up until midnight Friday to start Nano and went to bed with 561 words. I did double that yesterday and feel comfortable today that I’ll be able to get into the right word count vibe today or tomorrow. I’m not going to stress about it. That was my vow this year.

  2. Avatar of SilverwaneSilverwane

    I got 2.6k under my belt today, from writing after midnight and then when I woke up before work! I hope the writing bug carries me further than the 1.6k word average often…it’ll make days where I want to go “FUCK EVERYTHING I’M GOIN TO BED” much easier.

  3. Avatar of DormouseDormouse

    I have a project that I started in one of the Camps NaNoWriMos this summer (about 15K), and I was planning on picking up where I left off to see if I could wrap it up this month. I’m not sure I can do it, but I’m trying to let go of my perfectionist tendencies enough to recognize that not winning =/= failure. Any writing is better than no writing at all. By the way, if anyone wants a writing buddy, I write under the username Gears_n_Cogs. :)

  4. Avatar of [M] freckle[M] freckle

    I decided to just write 1667 every day on any kind of fiction. As I’m right now trying to learn myself how to write (soft-)porn without blushing in shape of some fanfic ..this might well be the project where all 1667 daily words go to.

  5. Avatar of MaryMary

    This year I stayed up until midnight to start writing! I got 1500 words down in the first hour of the first day of NaNo and it was really fun. :)

    1. Avatar of [E] Slay Belle[E] Slay Belle

      I stayed up this year too! The last 20 minutes before midnight I spent making a prompt jar (I’ll do a post about it this week), which was actually kind of fun. I only hit about 561 before deciding it was time for bed, but it was nice to jump right in.

  6. Avatar of Lucy WoodhullLucy Woodhull

    Ooh, I finished The Dimple of Doom as a NaNoWriMo project! :) http://www.amazon.com/Dimple-Doom-Samantha-Lytton-ebook/dp/B00EAPTEWQ/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&qid=1375460545&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&tag=missw-20

    I highly recommend using this time as a relaunch of an old, stalled project. I didn’t “win,” but I added 35K words and finished the book. Good luck everyone!

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