NaNoWriMo Kick-Off!

Welcome all, and to our fellow masochists, happy NaNoWriMo!

We have a lot of exciting stuff lined up for you this month, from motivational posts to NaNo-themed goodies to some special guest posts from writers who are, you guessed it, heavily involved in NaNo–heck, we’d say even integral to it.

While we all tackle our own hulking masses of novels over the next 30 days, remember that we’re in it together, and for every rough day you have with your word count, someone out there has just pushed through their own and is looking to lend a hand (or maybe even some ideas. We won’t tell if you won’t!).

So whether you’re despairing over a withering plot or triumphing over your latest kill in your word goal hunt, come join in on the conversation! Comment, tweet at us, join in on some sprints. We’ll try our best to keep you calm, even if we’re freaking out a bit ourselves.

There are lots of words to write and very little time, so without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to what we’re doing this November and what you can expect from us!

Our NaNoWriMo Projects

Taylor Eaton
NaNo username: LackadaisicalTay

I’m super excited about NaNoWriMo this year because between Sprint Shack and my flash fiction site, my poor novel (working title Side Effects) has been somewhat neglected. Ok – really neglected. I started this novel nearly eight months ago and got about halfway through, but haven’t touched it much over the last few months. Side Effects is a speculative fiction novel dealing with aphasia (a speech disorder). I’ll be finishing up the first draft of the novel during NaNo and I cannot wait to have a completed (though undoubtedly rough) draft. I think there’s approximately 50k words left of Side Effects to write. But just in case I somehow manage to wrap everything up in under 50k, I’ll switch over to my Tarazed series.

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Cristina Guarino
NaNo username: starleaf

Deciding on this year’s NaNo feat has been a struggle for me up to this very minute. Do I take the Taylor Eaton route and use the month to finally knock out the last of my struggling WIP, which celebrates its third birthday today? Or do I skip the struggle, let the novel rest and percolate, and focus instead on something new? Eventually, I decided on the latter: I’ll be working on a new novel, Underground, which all but slapped me across the face with inspiration a few weeks ago. It’s about a college-age girl who travels to New York City and gets pulled into the underground rock scene there. I’ve been really excited to start this book and, since I’m kind of a pantser, see where it takes me. I’ve worked on my fantasy WIP, Fleeting, for two (unsuccessful) NaNos, 2010 and 2012… it’s time to give it a rest.

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Skye Fairwin
NaNo username: Under Your Spell

This year, I’m adding a touch of rebellion to my November. I’m not working on one project this NaNoWriMo but three–and they’re not all novels either. (*Cue horrified gasps*) My steampunk WIP, Her Clockwork Heart, has a few scenes left to write, so that’s the first thing on my To Do list. Once that’s finished, it’s onto A Lady by the Lake, which started life as a short story and is now being reincarnated as a novella, the first in a series of seven. When I finish Lady, it’s onto the sequel, A Whisper in the Woods. What a rebellious WriMo I am.

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NaNoWriMo Goodies

We hope you’re as excited about NaNoWriMo 2013 as we are! If you are (and you should be!), you may want to announce your participation. The NaNoWriMo site has some awesome banners for your Facebook or website on their flair page. We love the 8-bit theme this year!

Also, if you’d like a cover for your NaNo Novel, you may want to considering nominating yourself for NaNoWriMo’s 30 Covers, 30 Days event. 30 WriMos are selected, based on their novel’s synopsis (as long as it’s listed on the official nomination thread in the forums) and artists create a cover for their novels!

And we know it’s only November 1st, but if you find yourself in need of some NaNo-related inspiration and tips, check out Taylor’s NaNoWriMo 2013 Pinterest board.

Finally, if you don’t already have Scrivener, it might be time to give it a try. WriMos were actually the first to try out a beta of Scrivener back in 2005, so to show their gratitude, the creators of the software are giving away special NaNoWriMo free trials to participants! On top of that, winners will receive 50% off the program, and those with less than 50k will still receive 20%!

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Word Sprinting during November

Besides all the individual word sprints that’ll be taking place during NaNoWriMo, there are several big events that avid word sprinters (or anyone who needs to catch up on their word counts) should keep an eye out for.

Wednesdays
Virtual Writers, Inc. and #Wordscrim Wednesday
This is a 12-hour-long event, running from 12 noon – 12 midnight GMT / 7 am – 7 pm EST / 4 am – 4 pm PST, with wordscrims (word sprints with an official winner) starting on the hour, every hour, and lasting until :30. Follow the sprints using the #wordscrim hashtag.

Fridays
Friday Night Writes and #WriteClub
Besides the usual 12-hour-long #WriteClub that happens every Friday, Friday Night Writes is hosting a massive NaNoWriMo kick-off event on 1st November to send our word counts soaring. It runs from midnight EST and lasts for a whopping 48 hours!

Saturdays
Sprint Shack and the #TalesAndTea Party
Every Saturday, from 4 pm – 6 pm GMT / 11 am – 1 pm EST / 8 am – 10 am PST, we host a word-sprinting, tea-slurping, snack-nomming party on Twitter. Sprints start at :00 and :30 and last for 20 minutes each time. Follow the sprints through @TheSprintShack and the #TalesAndTea hashtag.

Saturday 9th November
NaNoWriMo and the #NaNoThon
Way back in April’s Camp NaNoWriMo, the NaNo team hosted their first 8-hour-long NaNoThon. It was a tremendous success so they’re hosting it again this November! The start time hasn’t been specified yet (we’ll let you know as soon as it is), but if it’s anything like April’s event, it’ll be around 6 pm – 2 am GMT / 1 pm – 9 pm EST / 10 am – 6 pm PST. Follow the sprints through the #NaNoThon hashtag and look here for the official details.

You can find the full details for all these events on our Upcoming Sprints page.

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We’re really, really excited to be sprinting alongside you this November. Remember–if you’re floundering under that Week Two despair, or simply looking for a quick break, check back here for tons of tips and motivation to get you through your first (or your 14th) NaNoWriMo!

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