NaNoWriMo 2018 Season is Here!

Welcome to the first week of October, Wrimos!

 

As many of you know this is the time of year where many of us begin to hope for fall weather changes, pumpkin spice everything, Halloween decorations, and how much candy we can consume before we feel sick. Of course, if you are familiar with National Novel Writing Month then there is one other thing you begin to do this month…

 

You stress out because NaNoWriMo is coming!

 

If you are like me then October hits you like a ton of bricks every single year. You start to sweat profusely, panic about the lack of ideas or the abundance of ideas that you have in your head, swear a little if you’re so inclined, and wonder how this year you will silence your inner editor who has been ripping apart all of your more recent work over the last few months.

 

Want to know a little secret, though?

 

You have time.

 

Believe it or not, you have time to get your writerly mess of a life together and ready to go on November 1st. There are 31 days in October before we hit midnight and we are off writing as if our lives depended on it. If you are a pantser you know the drill: Ignore every little inkling of your brain telling you that you aren’t ready to write something you don’t know anything about, and just hit the pavement when the clock strikes midnight.

 

If you are a planner, it’s simple: Give yourself just enough time (Chris Baty suggests a week) to plan what needs to be put on paper, and let your imagination and determination do the rest.

 

The point of NaNoWriMo isn’t to make the next bestselling book, after all. The point is simply to write; to get your ideas on paper as quickly as possible and to get out of your comfort zone a little. So banish that inner editor of yours, and while you’re at it tell it to take the stress with it. October is full of promise and full of ideas just ripe for the picking. So take one, and mold that idea into something that – come November – you will be ready and excited to write! I know this year will be amazing, and I cannot wait to see what November has in store for all of us.

 

This is Brooke Wheeler, over and out! Write on, Wrimos!


Guest post to the NaNoMemphis Blog by one of our Awesome Wrimos! Check Brooke out on Facebook, Twitter, and Her Blog!

Happy Halloween, and the calendar!

Happy Halloween NaNoMemphis! I’m MLHGL and I will admit, I have been extremely badly radio silent due to some bad life crap for the last 20 odd days. And I’ll be the first to admit it’s still pretty freaking bad in my part of the world, so I do apologize to all of you as well as to my coML for that.

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NANOWRIMO 2017 SEASON

Officially, the season has kicked off with the refreshing of the NaNoWriMo forums and all. However, here in NaNoMemphis land, the season is getting to an admittedly sluggish start.

MLHGL here letting you know that the blog will be refreshed within the coming week or two (I plan to have it done by the 20th) – and I look forward to having our new ML come in and do some posts as well.

Day 22, Week Four

Today is day 22. We’re almost into the final stretch. WEEK FOUR begins today.
Week Four is where the momentum from the first week really reappears and everyone really starts serious writing again.

But what’s that, there in the middle of the week? For the USA, it’s the beginning of what’s known as the super holiday season. Thanksgiving. A word count de-railer if there ever was one. But, never fear, your intrepid MLs here in Memphis have a plan: the Blues City Write-a-Thon! Come hang out with us at the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library on the 26th of November and we’ll help you kick your word count back into gear.

There will be a candy bar, muffins, and it is a potluck, so please, bring whatever you think would be good. (Be advised that if your product has nuts, seafood, or meat it’s kind to your fellow Wrimos to let them know. Especially MLHGL, as she is allergic to both nuts and seafood.)

Remember, if you are coming in from out of town and are uneasy about getting around in Memphis, head on over to the Memphis area of the forums on the NaNoWriMo website and send MLHGL a NaNoMail, and she’ll make sure she’s available to you to make sure you reach the Write-a-Thon safely.

Write On!

Validation Begins!!

So, Validation begins this year on the 20th.

What does that mean? It means that those people who have already crossed the 50k line can go ahead and get their purple winner’s bar.

Now, I (MLHGL) suggest that as soon as the validator opens up that you go ahead and run your main word count file through it. You’re probably wondering why. It is quite honestly because until the validator opens up, you have no idea if your word count method will line up with the NaNo validator. Yes this is a valid concern. Every program counts words differently, and the NaNo Validation Bot is no different. Personally, I like to see how bad the gap is as early as possible so that I can make sure that I don’t get a nasty surprise when I do my final validation in the last couple of hours on the 30th.

I have seen it happen, and I highly suggest that you check the validity of your count as early as possible so that you’re already in possession of a pretty accurate estimation of how many words your counter is off in relation to the NaNo Bot. (I tend to be as close to a thousand as I can manage when I check my count. I’ve been known to copy and paste out the words from above the nearest thousand down to the three zeros so I can tell exactly how far off the count is.)

Take it from a NaNoVeteran who has been around for 13 NaNoSeasons. Validate every day from when it opens to the end of NaNoWriMo.