Sunday Writing: Countdown to NaNo 2012

Hello, writers! Long time no see, right? It’s been a few months since the Sunday Night Writing series made an appearance. I hope you enjoyed your time off.


As hard as it may be to believe, NaNoWriMo 2012 is right around the corner. Over the next few Sundays, @bryndonovan and I will be here with pre-NaNo writing tips and support. During November, my NaNo check-in series will be back to help keep you on track. And of course, there’s always our writing group for venting and questions.


Unfamiliar with National Novel Writing Month? During November, participants write a 50,000 word novel. The goal sounds easy but the process can be very challenging. 50,000 words is approximately the length of Catcher in the Rye and works out to an average of 1,677 words a day. Write-ins and support groups can be found all over the country. Check the website to find one near you.


So writers, which of you overachievers already has a plan for November?

By [E] Slay Belle

Slay Belle is an editor and the new writer mentor here at Persephone Magazine, where she writes about pop culture, Buffy, and her extreme love of Lifetime movies. She is also the editor of You can follow her on Twitter, @SlayBelle or email her at

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31 replies on “Sunday Writing: Countdown to NaNo 2012”

I think I’ll try, but I have a full-time-and-then-some job this year. And am also training for a half-marathon. Last year when I won, I had no job. Mixed blessings?

Usually, though, the more I bite off when it comes to writing goals the better I chew, so I think I’ll give it a go, anyway.

I have too many ideas. I want to get the short story that’s been languishing for ages out of the way so I can focus on something new! Or rewrite my NaNo from last year entirely in the third person (it’s currently in a George R.R. Martinesque slurry of too many first-person POVs with a few third person sections).

(P.S. Hi, again, Persephone!)

There’s been several recent books about zombie romance, but I don’t know if you’d classify them as ‘serious’ urban fantasy. A little more tongue in cheek, no pun intended.

Zombies vs Unicorns which I reviewed last year was really fantastic and had several zombie-romance takes. And you can try the Generation Dead novels too. The first three were fairly good YA books.

I did it and won last year, which felt great. I actually have an idea right now, so I may try again, except I’m in grad school so I don’t know if I’ll have time. Maybe if I make mad outlines I’ll be able to do the actual writing and get it done.

I’m definitely going to try and do NaNoWriMo again this year! I skipped out last year cause of Life and Stuff but the previous two years I wrote the first 2/3rds of a novel – was planning to finish it last year so excited to try again this time! Finish up this silly little story. It takes place over three years and I wanted write them all separately. I only made 30k for year one but hit 50k for year two. Let’s see what year three brings!

Depending on how I’m feeling, I might try again this year. I’ve had a book rolling around in my head for the last few years, but I’ve never been able to sit down and write it for  more than a couple chapters before I got fed up with it.

I’ve also got an idea for a potential children’s show…so if I want to pursue that, maybe I’ll try writing some screenplays for it?

This will be my first year, and honestly I have nfc what I am getting myself into.

The only thing I know is I’m going to work with a story in progress – I’m not very far in and won’t count what I already have, but it pretty much has to be that one or nothing. I can’t move on to anything else until this one is done.

I am looking forward to it, even though I think I’m biting off more than I can chew. Guess I’ll find out.

(Also looking forward to the Sunday night program :-)

This will be my fourth consecutive year doing NaNoWriMo, but I can’t decide if I really want to commit to the challenge. My life is hella busier than last year at this time, so I’m not sure how I’ll be able to fit in 50,000 words on top of everything else I’m already doing. I guess that’s where the challenge part comes in…

Last year, I met the word count goal, but I only made it to the halfway point in my novel. Am I allowed to continue the same novel from last year as long as I meet 50k words? I can’t figure out if that’s a legitimate option for NaNoWriMo. :S What do you all think?

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