I Got Suckered In


For those few who don’t know, NaNo is National Novel Writing Month. Thirty days to write 50,000 words. And everybody’s doing it!

Yes, I got suckered into the excitement. And I’ll lay the blame on Ilima Todd. She did a post about NaNo, as many other writers are, but with hers I found out there is a website dedicated to NaNo. And then I found out you can have writing buddies.
And I’m like, I have followers, friends, and now I can have writing buddies? Cool! So I took the plunge because quite frankly, I’m at the perfect place to do so. I’m almost ready to start my new WIP, so why not wait and do it for NaNo.
So I signed up here. And then I went and pilfered Ilima’s writing buddies for myself. Well—the ones I know and follow. And that led to me to a few other friends. And voila—I have a list of writing buddies to stalk.
FYI: Writing buddies are people you want to watch during NaNo. Where it tracks your progress. And you can lend support. (And btw, some writing buddies are so organized. They already have a title and a cover. Not me—I’m not that good. I maybe got my title though.)
Now I’m just waiting for them to buddy me back. At the time I wrote this post, only Ilima had buddied me. (Thank you.) So I hope the others will too, so she doesn’t feel so lonely.
So are you doing NaNo?
If you are, and I haven’t buddied you yet, let me know your user name. I think it’ll be fun to follow how everyone is doing. Oh, and if you have signed up and want to, click on the link on the top of the page.

12 Responses

  1. Good luck! The novel I’ve just finished started off as a NaNo last year. Obviously it was awful at the end of November but anohter 11 months of graft and I have something I’d never have written if it hadn’t been for NaNo – worth doing at least once!

  2. I tried Camp Nano this summer when I wasn’t working, and even then didn’t finish. It did get my writing groove on, but after about 10 days the rest of my life got in the way. I don’t think I’ll ever try again, but it did teach me the way I write fastest, so I’ll forever be indebted to the experiment for that!

  3. Torey

    Good luck to you! I participated in 2009 and reaching the 50k mark is my single biggest writing accomplishment to date.

    Beware the holiday at the end of the month! Bank some words to cover inevitable Thanksgiving busyness!

  4. Best of luck to you! 50K is a huge endeavor, but with that much enthusiasm, I bet you’ll handle it nicely. Just so you know, I left a little award on my blog for you. Feel free to pick it up whenever. 🙂

  5. Melodie

    Yikes – no way. I’ve got waaayy too much on my plate and zero time. Even right now, I should be doing something else but I’m procrastinating and visiting blogs.
    Good luck!!

  6. Oooo… I love NaNo! I did it last year, but am not participating this year… but it’s SO fun and SO worth it. I’m excited for you! You must keep us posted through the month on your progress!!!! 😀

  7. I have this problem where I edit as I write. You know, keep going back to rework stuff when I really should just move forward. So, NaNo and I would fight. LOL But I’d like to try it someday…

    Love the idea of writing buddies and tracking progress like that. Best of luck!

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