Nov 05

How to Write 50,000 Words in 24 Hours

For those of you who don’t know, November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo! People take a personal challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days.

Family abandonment too….

However, some decide to ramp that up and try to write it in 24 hours. And I thought, why not? Gave it a try, and a carpel tunnel diagnosis later, I succeeded!

BLynchBooks asked me for tips, and what started out as a quick message turned into a TL;DR post. So I figured I would post it on my blog too!
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Oct 26

Quantity Produces Quality – A NaNoWriMo Post

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” – Leonard Bernstein

As November approaches and I still haven’t had a chance to do things like outline or plan my next novel, largely thanks to work on other consuming projects like  NaNoToons and the NaNoMusical, I’ve been feeling the need to explain why I love doing NaNoWriMo so much.

I can understand why people don’t like it. Look, we, as wrimo’s, are crazy about it. We’re like a cult. And some wrimos think that if you DON’T do Nano, you’re a creative dunce. No wonder there is backlash.

Some people have different ways of expressing their creativity. That’s fine! I won’t force anyone to do it. It’s silly to look down on someone who doesn’t do NaNoWriMo, just as it is silly to look down on people who do.

Why do I continue to do NaNoWriMo? Because I believe that creativity can be practiced. I don’t get writer’s block. Ask my creative partners. There are probably many reasons for this. Some say I don’t have any filters (I don’t really), others think I’m a loony (possibly) but one of the main reasons, I think, is that I practice it.

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Nov 28

Need More Words

Ya, I can’t seem to not do music vids this nano. I don’ t know what’s wrong with me.

I know a parody of this was done two or so years ago and was on the nanowrimo podcast (does anyone know who did that?), but I always wanted to do one. So I got my friend Jeff to play guitar for me (because I don’t play guitar) and we did this song and vid in one evening. 😀

Nov 10

November SHOULD be for just Nanowrimo

This should be my sign for November:

I should be writing

But it’s not.

I seem to be doing all sorts of stuff except writing for Nanowrimo. I have videos for nanowrimo, I am helping with the nanowrimo comics, I am trying to keep the Toronto Nano site updated, but am I writing for my own novel? No! 😀

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