Tuesday, October 25, 2011

10 Reasons to Participate in the National Novel Writing Month with Me!


  • Every person has an interesting tale to tell: even within your own family there will be something weird or wonderful skulking around in the shadows waiting to be dramatised... All the best stories have a grain of truth in them somewhere.
  • Writing is cheaper than therapy. Where else can you create an amalgam of every person who has ever done you wrong, then torture them and lead them to a grizzly death and get away with it? Not that I've ever done that...
  • It gives you something interesting to tell people at parties; 'So, what have you been up to lately?' 'I've been working on a novel...' 'Really?!'
  • Writers are cool. (as are bow-ties, fezzes and Stetsons)
  • It's the best excuse in the world to hop on the computer in every spare moment, and sometimes you just have to check Facebook and Twitter, you know, for research...
  • It's a great way to meet new and interesting people online, a side product of which would be more followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Friend... But also, writers are sexy...
  • You can get out of doing things or going places you don't want to do or go to; 'Sorry, I really can't, I have this deadline and I'm already behind on wordcount...'
  • You never know when someone might see and love your work and offer you a contract!*
  • At the end of the month you'll be able to say, 'I wrote [most of] a novel this year!'
  • You can hang out with me and we can cheer each other on... And writers are seriously sexy and cool!

*offers of contracts are at the discretion of publishers and this blog is in no way suggesting anyone has ever actually been offered a contract while participating in NaNoWriMo.



    12 comments:

    Sarah Mac said...

    Ah well, that settles it Sif.

    I signed up for nanowrimo and so far that it. No ideas, no plan and no words.

    BUT, if I say I'm doing it and find I wake up tomorrow all cool and sexy rather than frazzled and frumpy then I'll know it's really happening ;)

    God, I sooo want to do it I just don't seem to have any inspiration.

    Maybe I NEED to make a list ...

    Donna Brown said...

    I'm taking part in NaNoWriMo this year for the first time so I'm pretty excited. Your list gives me extra reasons to look forward to it!

    Kellie said...

    Oh, this has been mulling over in my mind for a while now. The question is: do I really have the time with everything else on my plate? Wondering if I can delay my attempt till January. OK, so I'll be a Nigel No-Friends, but it might be less stressful for me theh! LOL! :)

    Daisy, Roo and Two said...

    What a great idea!! I don't think I can this year with the studying and the blogging and the millions of toddlers invading my home every day (OK, so there is only three, but you say tomat-oh I say to-MAY-to). Plus toilet training!
    Maybe next time, but I am looking forward to reading about your progress!

    Lee said...

    I looked into it but I don't think that I can this year. Next year perhaps.

    Good luck!

    Crash Test Mummy said...

    So you actually write a novel in a month? I visited the site but am not comprehending. Too tired.

    Sif said...

    Sarah and Donna, yay! I'm a pantser (writing by the seat of my pants). My well thought out plan is to sit down and write, and well, yeah, just keep writing...

    Kellie, I didn't realise you could do it any other month. If you can delay until January and that works for you then go with that! January - with the kids on holidays - is the month I'm least likely to get any writing done! Honestly, I'm not thinking about it too much because I'm sure I can find several reasons not to do it this year either, but I've been putting it off for a while...

    Daisy, I promise you'll hear about my process, chances are, come the end of November is you never hear NaNoWriMo again, it'll be too soon! Hahaha!

    Lee, if it goes well this year, then I'll probably do it again next year... If it doesn't go well, then I'll probably want to try and do better next year, so you then!

    Laney, you aim for writing 50 000 words in a month. That CAN be a novel (Young Adult novels are often about that length) or it can be part of a bigger novel, but enough to get your creative juices flowing and to give you a substantial base for finishing a larger word count novel...

    Sam London said...

    You are completely right, but unfortunately not everybody has your writing gift...

    Jess@Diary of a SAHM said...

    A friend of mine did it last year, and I'm keen to give it a go, but I don't think it's possible right now. It would be far too much of a sacrifice to the family.

    Have you got a topic yet?

    Erin @ Eat Play Bond said...

    Oooh inticing, will have to investigate further, oh and maybe try to pick up a bit of skill first ;)

    Sif said...

    Jess, yep, sure do!

    Erin, the best way to pick up skills is to write, write, write!

    Rhianna said...

    I am all signed up and ready to go! And I am getting slowly excited. The first year I tried I just scraped it in. Sadly that masterpiece has been lost though :( Despite being under the impression I had carefully saved it in various locations it appears as if I was grossly mistaken. The last few attempts haven't gone so well but I am quietly confident this year. So far I have no thoughts on what exactly I will write but I am sure by Tuesday I will have more idea. Super keen to be around others doing it. Previously I have really only known one other person doing it. The safety in numbers things works well for me

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