Oct 16 2010

It’s that time again!

Every year, I participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I am a Municipal Liaison (ML), and have been since 2005. I also moderate one of the busiest forums on the site, and have since 2006.

NaNoWriMo is a fun, community-building writing event. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel (or the first 50,000 words of a longer novel) in November. Writing begins at midnight on November 1 and continues until midnight on November 30.

I first discovered NaNoWriMo in 2001, I believe. It didn’t go well for me that year; I think I managed a few pages of a story about a boy and his dreams. If I ever find that failed manuscript, I’ll see about finishing it.

In 2003, I was living in Calgary and learned of the forums and local in-person events. I never made it to any events that year, but it was exciting to find out they existed.

In 2004, I made it to some of the events. I even made a good start on a fairy tale type novel that uses bits and pieces of popular (and not-so-popular) fairy tales to create the plot. That one I definitely intend to finish.

In 2005, I volunteered to ML and totally flaked on everything – the novel, the write-ins, the parties… yeah, I sucked that year.

But in 2006, I resolved to make it the Best Year Ever, for myself and my region. My co-ML, Heather (whose web site is over here), took control of the in-person events, planning and running the Kick-off party and scheduling and booking weekly write-ins. I found a free IRC chat host that had an interface I could put up on a web page (I had this domain already, so that was easy) and started hosting chat rooms (that is now a rather large undertaking called chatnano.net), I sent weekly inspirational e-mails to everyone in the region, and I volunteered to moderate three of the busiest forums on the NaNoWriMo web site. I also planned and ran a Midway Bash because people wanted a social in-person meet, and I wound up looking after the Thank Goodness It’s Over (TGIO) party when Heather suddenly had to go out of town at the end of the month. 2006 was also the year I finally made that 50,000 word mark, with a YA novel called The Social Habits of Dolphins. Most of the plot points in that book are still valid, but overall the story itself needed so much work that I have decided not to work on it any longer.

In 2007, I met my now-husband, Juniper, in the middle of October. He decided to do NaNoWriMo with me, and we had a blast together. Heather again handled the Kick-off and the write-ins, and I did the online stuff and looked after the Midway Bash. I also got to do the TGIO because Heather again had to travel at the end of the month. Sadly, I only made it about halfway to the finish line that year, but it was still a lot of fun. I blame my lack of success on my attempt at an experimental type of novel, which didn’t really have a proper plot. I might see if it’s done or if it needs a bit more work to finish it, and then we’ll see where it goes from there.

And then 2008 happened. Heather was too busy to do her usual event handling, so I booked, planned, and ran: the Kick-off party, the Midway Bash, and the TGIO; two or three write-ins per week; an all-nighter write-in; and a 12-hour write-in. I also continued to run chatnano.net, and I was still moderating two forums on the NaNoWriMo web site. This was the year of my second win, with a sequel to my 2006 novel. It was called The Survival Instincts of Seagulls at the time, but I have since changed that to Tumbling. Tumbling is in editing at the moment, and has become book one of a series of YA books about teens with disabilities.

At the beginning of 2009, Juniper and I moved to Saskatoon. I became the ML here, and last year I ran a Kick-off, a Midway Bash, a TGIO, and one write-in per week. I moderated two forums and ran chatnano.net. I also finished Pointillism, which is the third book in the series. I am currently working on Releve, the second book in the series. Tumbling, Releve, and Pointillism are a trio, so the events of these three books are dependent upon each other.

This year, I am still ML in Saskatoon. We’ll be having lots of fun events, and our Kick-off and TGIO are both going to take place at McNally Robinson, which is the best book store in the country. I am still moderating one of the forums, and I am still running chatnano.net. I am going to write the fourth book in that series, but I’m starting a new trio, so I get to explore some new characters and new disabilities.

Writing is fun, and NaNoWriMo makes it even more fun. Even better, I actually finish my projects in a decent amount of time when I write them this way.

If you want to join me this year, follow the link at the beginning of this post – I promise, you won’t be sorry!

1 Comment

  • By Carabini, April 10, 2011 @ 10.22 am

    Those of us who are perfectionists we think so much about how to get the words right the first time that we dont just let the story happen.

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