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Is anyone in here up for the National Novel Writing Month challenge starting November 1st? This will be my 5th year of their words: literary abandon (I call it creative insanity), and was wondering if any of you ladies think you can write a 50,000 word novel in the course of 30 days?

If so, Google: National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) and register. Let me know what your user name will be and we can push ourselves to the ultimate goal.

My NaNo user name is Kyah Pearl.

If not, you’ll rarely see me in here next month because I’ll be engrossed in doing this for the 5th time in a row!

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No,it doesn’t have to be fiction. It’s whatever you want.  It’s just a fun kick in the butt to get you writing.


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      Tuliplady wrote Oct 30, 2011
    • This will be my fourth year of doing it, although last year was an unmitigated disaster.  The writing was going well, but things outside of my control crashed in and I ended up having to let Nanowrimo slide. I’m sort of cheating this year.  I’m picking up where I left off last year and adding another 50,000 words to my started novel.




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      Kyah wrote Oct 31, 2011
    • I did something like that last year, adding 50k to my previous NaNo novel. Talk about hair pulling! This year I’m using the same characters, adding a couple more and continuing their struggle in 1870s New York.

      Looking forward to hearing about your progress as we go along, Tulip. Good luck!




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      Msj wrote Oct 31, 2011
    • I signed up but now am nervous!




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      Tuliplady wrote Nov 1, 2011
    • No,it doesn’t have to be fiction. It’s whatever you want.  It’s just a fun kick in the butt to get you writing.




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      Msj wrote Nov 1, 2011
    • can everyone see what we write?




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      Kyah wrote Nov 2, 2011
    • Msj, you can place an excerpt on your profile if you choose to, but no one can see your work. Even when you validate your 50K on November 30th, you have the option of scrambling it (like setting it in an unreadable font like web dings). But I’ve never had any problems.

      Tulip’s right, it is a fun kick in the butt! Even if you only write 25,000 words, that’s 25K closer than you’ve ever been before. There are so many helpful people and forums, and you can even be part of a region, where they compete against another city, or state.

      If you complete NaNoWriMo, you are given a code so you can have your book printed in paperback form by Create Space, which is Amazon’s publisher. You then have the option of editing it properly, and placing it up for sale on Amazon.com before July 1st I believe. That’s how my two books wound up on Amazon! And Kindle is free by the way, the formatting is pretty simple and you set the price for both the Create Space book and the Kindle.

      So take a chance and join us! What do you have to lose (beside your mind LOL)? It’s early in the game, only day 2 so you have plenty of time to catch up!




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      Kyah wrote Nov 3, 2011
    • MelissaBelle,
      With regards to your question about a traditional publisher picking up your book for a second edition, it is possible. Create Space (Amazon’s Publisher) is considered a pay to print publisher, but they assign both 9 and 13 number ISBN numbers to your book so after that you can take it anywhere you want to.

      Welcome aboard! heart

      Kyah




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      Msj wrote Nov 4, 2011
    • Kyah, I have been writing and I am signed up I just didnt post anything yet... I am excited to do this! so noone can see its cool. Do you mean by finishing, hitting the 50k mark by the end of the month? or can u finish later and get the code? I am excited to work on it now!




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      Msj wrote Nov 4, 2011
    • Im on as Jane101. I was concerned with people seeing my unedited work! AGHHHH!

      How fun to have you girls on there oh my! We certainly are building a history on here. I remember the morning I found you all!




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      Kyah wrote Nov 5, 2011
    • Msj, you don’t have to post anything. You can place an excerpt on your profile if you so desire or a little synopsis and that’s it. The only time you need to break out your entire novel is when you have the 50,000 words (or more), copy & paste it in the NaNo Validator so you can get your purple “winner” bar and all the goodies. In the mean time as you go along, there is a word count thing at the top right hand part of NaNo’s screen. You can place your current word count (do it daily) so your stats can register.

      Jane101, I’ll look for you and place you in my writing buddies. I think that’s wonderful I have 3 from here, 2 from my last job, 1 from Writers Cafe, and a heap of them from RWA-NYC and some from just doing this all these years.




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      Kyah wrote Nov 8, 2011
    • I’m glad to see you in there and plugging away Melissa. No matter how far you get by the end of this month, you are further along than you were if you didn’t do it at all! Nothing beats a failure but a try!

      To all, good luck and remember to have fun! Visit the forums, if there are write ins in your areas, go to them (I don't because I waste time commuting then when I get to where I want to go, I don't feel like writing) at least once. Who knows, you make a friend or two or ten! heart heart




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