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Saturday, October 06, 2012

I have had some requests from Spark Buds to blog about National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo aka NaNo. So here we go. This is the one.

If you are someone who has always said, "someday I'm going to write the book I know is in me." Then NaNo is for you! The program starts November 1st every year and ends November 30th. During that time in order to win, you must write 50K plus words. What does a winner get? A certificate that you completed your novel. Yep, that's it. However, you should now have either your story written or at least a good portion of it. That should bring you a lot of satisfaction to know you actually CAN do this. I also enjoy the writing as the characters rather take over and write the story of what they want and not the way I planned!! You may write in any genre you want be it YA, Romance, Sci-Fi, main stream fiction, historical fiction, etc. The only thing you must watch is if you are writing erotica not to leave any of the passages on your profile or in the forums as there are a lot of young people who take part as there are a lot of people it might offend. There have quite a few NaNo's who have had their novel published. They edit, revise, add, remove, edit it again and then have it published. At the web site where you must sign on to get your certificate, there is a store where you can buy t-shirts, mugs, stickers, etc. to show your pride.

When you sign up at their site, you can also pick regions to follow and decide which one will be your home one. I would suggest you decide to use one closest to you. Why? There are people called ML (Municipal Liaison) between the site and the writers in their area. There are kickoff parties so everyone can meet each other, write-ins planned, a few goodies for everyone, and TGIO (Thank Goodness It's Over) parties to celebrate no matter if you are a winner or only got a little done.

The web site for them is: www.nanowrimo.org/
There is also a NaNo team here on Spark people!: www.sparkpeople.c

Back in 2002, Bob was working at a call center in Palatka for MSN support. His shift was from 5PM to 10PM so he was away from 4PM until 11PM. When an online writer friend of mine mentioned she had participate the year before and how it got her to sit down and really write and how much she enjoyed it, i thought i would try it. I signed up and haven't looked back! This will be my tenth year. I would write while Bob was at work. I made a big chart of how many words I wrote each day and how many I had left. I was very fortunate and only had one time when i sat down to write and there was nothing. it just wouldn't come!! I opened a new file and wrote something else and didn't go back to my book until the next day. it worked! I had no more problems.

That year, the name of my novel was Coyote Carmel with Chocolate Sauce. At the time my favorite ice cream had a similar name. It was about a police officer who has been shot and is in surgery. His wife is in the waiting room thinking back over how they met, dated, got engaged, married, etc. As fellow officers came in to get info about him and tell her they had a lot of leads on who the shooter was, she greeted them gracefully and little by little she finds out what happened and thought she knew who did it. I have it saved to disk and Bob made a cover for it! Having been in law enforcement, I had a lot of information and experience to draw from.

The second one i did was a YA called Hot Dish Summer. I ended every chapter with a recipe for a "hot dish". That is what they call casseroles in parts of MN where Bob was raised. A lot of the recipes were from his mom's recipe box. The story was about a girl ready to enter high school who stays with her grandmother, great grandmother, and an aunt on a lake in northern MN. I love cooking and scrapbooking, so i had her grandmother and aunt teaching her how to cook these recipes at the end of the chapter. Her grandmother was teaching her how to scrapbook. This was on a coded web page on our domain and Bob didn't see it when saving all our pages when our provider went out of business. So far i haven't been able to find it in any of my files. I feel it must have been lost when I got a new computer. There was a lot of humor in it about the romance of the great grandmother with a neighbor. But there was also a mystery involved. Bob made a cover for this one, too.

That same year I became ML for the St Augustine area.

In 2004 the book was called Watercolored Yesterdays. I have the entire story in file. It is a mainstream fiction. It is about a woman on her way home from work and hears on the radio that the man who had been a DJ when she was a teen had died. He had been a family friend and her mentor. I tried first person for this one. Bob did another cover:

I think you get the idea of how it can work. In 2006 I became ML for my county. It was much easier than driving all the way to St Augustine and back every week. It has been a challenge building a new region. But, I have loved every moment of writing and being an ML. I also did some forum monitoring, too, but let that go as I knew if I continued all of that in November, i'd never get my writing done. The past two years aren't that good. In 2010 is when i had the two surgeries, and last November I spent about 1/2 of the month in the hospital with the poisoning episode.

Bob joined the program in 2006. He has been writing a series about an architect and his friend who is a forensic scientist. The two of them solve mysteries together. They are really good, too.

so that is the basic outlook for NaNo. In the SP team one of the employees is a member and can probably answer questions for you. But i will be happy to help you as much as I can.

Everyone enjoy the rest of your weekend. Did I tell you the Gators won? No Hey everyone, the Gators won!!!

Peace, Love, and Hope for the Cure.

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    What a fabulous way to inspire people to sit down and write ! Thanks for sharing !
    2078 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!!
    2080 days ago
    I'm in awe of those with talent,
    Who've been known to get novels done,

    But when it comes to novels,
    I'd rather read than write one.

    Sorry about your Hot Dish Summer, sounds like a great loss. Do you think you might try it again, it might come out even better the second time.
    2080 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed reading your blogs so much. Take care & have a fabulous day!
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    2080 days ago
    Interesting. I have written some Star Trek stories years ago with friends. We had fun doing it in High school. Still have some of them I think. We had a few published in ST fanzines too.
    2080 days ago
    The link to the Spark team has been corrected. Thanks 1stateofdenial!!
    2081 days ago
    I heard about this before. Great ideas to get people started!
    2081 days ago
    What a great idea!
    2081 days ago
    Whoops, your team link isn't right. You can't copy the link from the top of the page, it has to be either the one from right below the name on the team page or the "Team URL" from the very bottom of the team page. I did a search and if this is the right team, you can use either of these links:


    I hope someday I'll be able to give NaNoWriMo a try. There's just way too many other things I must focus on right now and taking a month off to focus more on writing is not an option. Though, since I'm more of a stream-of-consiousness writer than a planner I'm sure it would be great for me. If I'm in the zone I can write for hours with few breaks and not lose focus and leaving little to be edited later.
    2081 days ago
  • DEE107
    thanks for the blog and also GO GATORS have a great night
    2081 days ago
    What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.
    2081 days ago
    What an adorable cover for the Watercolored Yesterday's one. They sound fascinating.

    I know I signed up with NaNoWriMo quite a few years ago, but haven't actually had a November until this year that I thought I could make the commitment. I'm looking forward to it.
    2081 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/7/2012 12:01:38 AM
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