Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Left out...AGAIN!

Well...it's almost November (OMG How did that happen???--stupid Time Goblins!) and if you've been on Twitter or hopping around the blogosphere (or pretty much anywhere except under a dark and isolated rock) you've seen that everyone is talking about the same thing: NaNoWriMo.

Everyone is buddying up and posting the banners and buttons on their blogs and buzzing about the new WIP they're about to dive into. And once again, I'm feeling sad and pouty and left out....

Last year I'd promised myself--PROMISED--that I would organize my writing schedule to start a shiny new draft November 1st and NaNo right along with the rest of you. But...sadly...life doesn't always go according to schedule (something I find SEVERELY annoying) and I'm just not in a position to start a new draft right now. 

So once again I shall be left out of all the NaNo coolness. Le Sigh.

The one silver lining to this is that several of my writer friends will be NaNo-ing in one form or another, so come December I'll have LOTS of shiny new drafts to rip apart read and critique! And, for those of you participating, I'm happy to be your cheerleader.


Go! Write! Win!

Hm. That's not the world's greatest cheer. Perhaps I will spend some time constructing a proper NaNoWriMo cheer just for you. :) 

(and no, that's not what my stomach looks like--I wish--and no I will NOT wear a cheerleader costume to Comic Con next year!)

But what about you guys: How many of you are NaNo-ing this month? How many of you aren't and want to pout and sulk along with me?

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  1. Aww, sham you can't NaNo with us. I'm doing my first NaNo this year. Eek!

    But a cheerer is always welcome. I'll so need it. lol.

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  2. I'll be pouting/sulking with you. WAY too much stuff going on to take part :(

    I'm thinking it might be rather quiet in the blogosphere come November!

    Rach

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  3. Don't feel bad. You're not alone in not doing NaNo. I don't think I'd ever make the goals with working full time. I am going to use it as motivation to write every day or at least most days. Maybe you can too. We all need to write at our own pace.

    BTW, the WriteOnCon chat last night was so awesome. I would so love to have Sara as my agent.

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  4. My first NaNo. I just finished school, and have nothing to do during November. :)

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  5. I'm not saying I don't think it's really cool for those who are participating, but there is no way I could ever do this. I'm too long winded for one, and not organized enough to get an entire novel written and revised in that amount of time. Hell, I'm still working on my first over a year later.

    Still, it will be fun to watch.

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  6. I'll be cheering in the sidelines along with you! I have way too much that has crept up on me at the last minute so I have to sit out as well.

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  7. You. As a cheerleader. Awesome.

    S'okay, Shannon, I can't do NaNo this year either. Actually, I've never done it, and never plan to, but that's beside the point. Rah, rah, sis-boom-bah!

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  8. I'm not doing Nano. It never lines up right for me. But I dont' know if I would. I do better taking 3 months then rushing it in a month.

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  9. Last year I said I'd NaNo but pretty much forgot about it because I was doing edits to a different WIP. Ivexsigned up this year with the intent on writing a middle grade novel that's burning a hole in my notebook. But I've got an adult WIP on the go that might trump NaNo efforts. So... I'll happily take your cheer :-)

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  10. The story I started last year has been sitting collecting dust since last NaNo. I wasn't happy with it, but I didn't know what to do to fix it. I wasn't sure about doing NaNo this year until I was hit with inspiration on the bus ride into work yesterday on how to fix my story. I'm completely blowing my old story to smithereens, but the good news is I'm 100 times more excited about writing the new version than I was writing the old garbage story last year.

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  11. Awwwww I'm so not doing the nanowrimo (cos this is only my first year blogging!) but I too will be doing my best to cheer all those doing it!! I can't do the splits tho! LOL! But I can shake that pom-pom darn it!

    Take care
    x

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  12. I'll be doing my second NaNo this year. It's really helped me focus this apst month, getting ideas ready to dive in come Nov. 01. I haven't really written anything in such a long time. I'm craving the madness of NaNo! (I am, of course, a bit mad...)

    Thanks for the cheers!
    Jen

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  13. I feel just like that picture. November is pretty much the worst month (okay maybe December is) for trying to write a book this year. There is just way too much going on! Maybe we can make up some awesome cheers together.

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  14. Definitely will be doing NaNo this year. I won last year (yay!) and got the bulk of a first draft out of it, which is awesome (finished the draft after NaNo). So this year I'm cheating a little and I'm going to finish an already-started project. Can't wait!

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  15. I'm not doing it either this year, I'm too deep in revisions to do anything more than just revise. Good luck with finishing your WiP!

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  16. hi miss shannon! see! youre not alone so you dont need to pout and sulk. im not doing it either. maybe me and you and the ones that arent doing it should do a no nano party and be having lots of fun while the nano doers are workin their fingers off. ha ha.
    ...hugs from lenny

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  17. That cheerleading picture is fabulous! :D

    I'm attempting NaNo again this year, but I'll probably be wishing I was you, and NaNo-free in about 2.5 weeks, when the NaNo crazies are starting!!

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  18. This is my first year! I'm a little nervous about it, but after that spectacular cheering, I'm raring to go! :D

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  19. I don't "do" NaNo every year, but I do join in the fun. I like connecting with local writers and the camaraderie that abounds during november.

    I'll be shooting for 50k, but it'll be for a WIP I'm already working on, and if I don't make it, I don't make it, and it's not that big of a deal to me.

    I can't just write for the sake of writing, I'm a microeditor and leaving mistakes and errors is so stressful to me that doing NaNo the "right" way would be wayyyy too stressful. So I just adapt it to fit me best.

    I might be breaking the "rules" but I still think I'm doing it in the spirit of NaNo.

    Is there a way for you to adapt it to fit you best?

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  20. Since an entire book for me is around 12,000 words, 50,000 is a bit more than I can chew! I am going to do PiBoWriMo, though. :-)

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  21. Yep, totally left out. But I'm hoping to write 50,000 words in November on my current WiP, so I'm not too jealous. Well, maybe a little :)

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  22. Glad to see so many people are NaNoFinMo-ing next month. I need just shy of 50K to finish the first draft of my WiP, so that's what I'll be working on.

    It's going to be pretty quiet around the blogosphere, so I'm going to unplug for the month, too. I know, a month without blogging? Perish the thought. But I bet I'm way more productive!

    Good luck everyone!

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  23. I. Don't. Know.
    I think I should be editing. But then I think I should be able to let my MS lie for a little bit (though I already have).

    I still haven't decided. It's all going to come down to the wire on my decision making. :/

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  24. I'm NaNoing! Yay! Thanks for the cheering, though -- Chris Baty often says that cheerleaders and supporters are essential for a successful NaNo run. :)

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  25. I am sulking/cheering like you. I just don't have the time to dedicate to it this year. Sadly. But GO TEAM!

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  26. I'm NaNoing. Last year's NaNo is complete, but currently resting while I wait for the expertise to edit the silly thing. It was a fantastic learning experience.

    As a few others have said, there's no harm in joining in in other ways--NaNo is inclusive, that's for sure. There's even a thread on the forums for those who are breaking the rules.

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  27. I'm NaNo Free, too. In fact, I tried last year and failed dismally. It's not for me.

    November is research month. :)

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  28. Nope, I'm not NaNo-ing either.

    Doing final revisions for my editor, copy edits, and hopefully finishing my YA Victorian Paranormal proposal to send to my agent.

    Oh, and there's gonna be a new baby in the house and holidays and major exhaustion, too. LOL. ;-)

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  29. I plan on participating, but we'll have to see if I can finish my current round of revisions in time!

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  30. This is my first NaNoWriMo. I totally didn't know about it last year -- I was under a rock. I can't wait to hear your cheer. Thanks for the writer love :)

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  31. I won't be doing it either I don't think, so we can be left out together. ;)

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  32. I'm participating for the first time this year. I'm obsessed with editing, and what's the perfect word, etc. I'm taking this challenge to "just write" so that I can finally complete a full manuscript. Good Luck to everyone!

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  33. I'm unofficially officially subscribing to the idea of NaNo. I gotta get 50K down.

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  34. I'll pout with you! I just can't fit it into my writing stuff ths year. I have a book that needs revising, new projects to outline... nope, no NaNo! How about we do NoNaNo?

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  35. Woot! I'm a NaNo'er. I'm happy you're cheering us on. Yay!
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  36. This will be my first year doing NaNoWriMo. I'm a bit nervous about it but also so excited. I know, weird.

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  37. It's going to be my second NaNo this year and I'm sooo happy about my novel!

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  38. I'll pout with you! Last year, I did NaNoFiMo (where I tried to finish a novel...but didn't end up finishing it until late January.)

    The truth is, November is the worst month in the world for me to write an entire novel. I'm not even going to do it this year.

    pout pout

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  39. As of 6am, it will be official: NaNo is a go. But I'm bending the rules a bit and just adding 50K to the WiP I'm 6,000 words into. I'm using it as a motivation to just get the rough down on virtual paper, so I'll have something concrete that I can work with.

    I'm doing PiBo too - I think I'm insane.

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  40. lol Love the pic! ;)

    And I'm doing Nano this year, even if it kills me.

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  41. Natalie Whipple is doing NanoReamo. You could do that. Sorry to leave you out :( Thanks for cheering though.

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  42. I won't be participating this year, but I'm okay with that. I'm happy to be halfway through my first draft.

    Guess I'll be a cheerleader, too!

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