Write-Up Wednesday: NANOWRIMO and Crowd Sourcing Ideas

Ever since I’ve known about NANOWRIMO I’ve wanted to participate. To me, it seemed a perfect way to get a novel written. I never got around to doing it though. Now, as I’m writing nearly every day, and as I’m dedicating myself to the life of an amateur writer, I’ve realized I’m at a good position to decide if I will participate.

I think it’s unlikely that my readers don’t know about NANOWRIMO, but I’ll give a brief explanation of what it is anyway. NANOWRIMO stands for National Novel Writing Month. The core idea is to get both professional and amateur writers to write the first draft of a novel in a month. There’s prep involved, of course, and it’s really intense work. I mean, writing an 80,000 word first draft, the length expected for something in my genre, would take about 2,667 words a day for 30 days. That’s an insane amount of dedication. So I really do admire those who complete their drafts during that month.

Ultimately, the answer is no. I won’t be participating in NANOWRIMO. I’m finally getting adjusted to a new writing process where I am writing slowly. I’m writing material that I think has much more quality than it would’ve if I wrote it quickly. Writing slowly gave me more time to play with my work in progress. It allowed me to toy with concepts and ideas until things felt right. NANOWRIMO is really the antithesis to my current process. I’ve got a novel plan, 16,000 words of source material but I’ll never get up to 2,667  words a day. I’m much more happy spending an hour or two writing anywhere between 300-1000 words. It gives me much more liberty to play. It makes me more creative.

Those 16,000 words of “source material” came from my first attempt at a novel. I was writing about 1,500 – 2,000 words a day five days a week and the work became something I didn’t like. It did, however, give me something that I am happy to use as material for my next attempt at the idea. I work much more slowly. Some writers can work quickly and some work slowly. Being in the former makes me unable to participate in the month nor would I really want to. I have nothing but respect for people who decide to participate but NANOWRIMO is not for me. People need to remember that there are slow writers and they’re no less a writer for deciding not to participate in NANOWRIMO.

On a completely separate note, I’ve been talking a lot about expanding the content of my blog. I’ve brought in weekly posts instead of having you wait for the next time I have a short story ready. Because of this effort you have Write-Up Wednesdays and Fiction Analysis on Fridays. I want to go one step further. I want to blog a M, W, F schedule. Blogging this way will give me the ability to be more present in my own blog and give people a look into the life of a amateur writer. The problem is, I have no idea what I’d do for my Monday posts. So I’m doing what I usually do when I’m unsure: crowd sourcing opinions. I want the readers of my blog Writings by Ender, to leave me comments on what type of content I should post on Mondays. What sort of concept should I play with on Mondays? No idea is off limits, so please leave a comment below.

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18 thoughts on “Write-Up Wednesday: NANOWRIMO and Crowd Sourcing Ideas

  1. Not sure about ideas for content. I guess anything that piques your interest!

    Re: Writing Quickly….I am working on a novel around my full-time job and other responsibilities. It could actually take a couple of years to finish but, as you say, it will have quality and substance. I can see completing a fast manuscript based on a template of sorts but otherwise….no.

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  2. I totally feel you. I write painfully slow. Sometimes it can take me up to four or five hours just to write two pages. Yeah, I’m that bad lol. I like the idea of NaNoWriMo, but I just don’t think with my current workload I would be able to achieve the goal. Plus, I’m not a huge fan of the word count goal anyway, seeing as I think a story should be as long as it needs to be and nothing more or less.

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  3. Great to know you are NaNoWrMo too, I failed the first two years I did make it the next two years but I realized I got blocked when it came to publishing. Juggling house…in India daughter-in-law/wife is euphemism for slave, dental practise typing that 1700 words/day believe me is exhausting, I weave in the prompts thrown by wordpress daily prompts when I am blocked.Its do able, If you need a buddy I am there, so are number of people round the world. Do let the novel out of you

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  4. I am intrigued by the idea of NANOWRIMO. I suspect it helps you get past the barrier that is a massive word count. I remember writing my Masters dissertation; such a slog to get to 20,000 but once I got there you couldn’t shut me up and I had to pare down.

    Maybe you should do a photo entry for Mondays? Something that represents what you’re writing or a character. I have been designing outfits on Polyvore for my main characters!

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  5. I had started my own NaNoWriMo a month earlier and I already have some 20k words but the thing is, it is all very plain. When I write with a daily target, I am not very good.

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  6. Hi Austin!

    You just followed my missfortitude blog.. unfortunately, I just changed the address to https://dailywarriors.wordpress.com

    Anyway, I’m glad you wrote about this. I dream of writing a book one day, and the idea of NANOWRIMO appealed to me. However, I decided not to participate in it. I was wondering if I made the right choice, and this post made me feel so much better. (Haha!)

    I mean, I don’t think I can come up with an entire novel within 30 days. I would probably just feel the pressure of writing a certain amount of words. It would be a quantity over quality issue.

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  7. Yes the goal is 50k but like I said in my post the word length expected for something in my genre is closer to 80K. I can go on and refute each point you have like how plenty of writers have the discipline of writing everyday without producing a lot (like Hemingway with a daily word count of 500) and although I’m no Hemingway I certainly work like him.i respect your opinion as I said I’ve respected those who participate in NaNo but let’s agree to disagree

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