Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Shadowing NaNo

This year, as November approaches, I am a little sad. Since I'm deep into a project right now, I am not in a position where I can take part in NaNoWriMo. The rules of NaNo state that you must start a brand new project on November 1st.

I know there are some that say, "What's the big deal? As long as you write 50K words in November, who cares?"

I care. It's the rules, set up by the NaNo folks. If I sign up for NaNo, then I agree to abide by their rules. That simple.

So, since I do want to write 50K words in the month of November, I have decided to shadow NaNo. I won't officially sign up. I won't be able to say "I won NaNo in 2010!"

But I will be there in spirit. I'll be writing like mad, and hopefully I'll be finishing the first draft of my WIP by the end of the month.

Question for you...Do you NaNo? Are you a rules follower?


  1. You're definitely a rules follower! :-)

    I am...sometimes. I don't know, actually. Maybe I'm not. It depends, I guess. LOL

    Have fun shadowing!

  2. I'm your buddy on NaNo!!!!! :)

    I am a rule follower through and through. I have written one chapter of mine new story, but after spending time developing characters and goals, I do believe I have to rewrite it. So it's all good. ;)

  3. I'm also a rule follower. One year, I did write 50K new words of a new project before going back and adding more to another one that I also counted - but they were related and I did the 50K legitimately first.

    That said...

    We have a new [unofficial] ACFW NaNo list that we would love to have anyone join /whisper/ even non-rule followers.

    I think this link works - otherwise feel free to ask me if you're interested :).

    carol at carolmoncado dot com

  4. Ha! Funny. That's funny. Me, a rules follower. ;)

    I'm not participating this year. I have a goal in mind and it stretches a little longer than a month. Hopefully it means I won't have to edit as much when it is all said and done.
    ~ Wendy

  5. Yup, rules keep us from spinning off the planet.

  6. I signed up for NaNo last year and then I got totally overwhelmed and jittery and I ended up not doing it! I guess the pressure of following rules was too much! :-)

  7. I'm a rules follower, too, that's why I'm not doing NaNo this year. I have about 35 K to go on the current WIP and while I have the skeleton to my next book, I won't be ready to start in time.

    But I'll still encourage all those who are doing it--or who are shadowing!

  8. Rules follower to the max! Oh man, I know how you feel--most of the time it just doesn't work out for me. But this year I'm doing it! OK, hopefully I have better results than I do for NovelTrack.

  9. I'm generally a rule follower but this year NaNoWriMo is making me waffle. The years I didn't *win* I had started brand new works. The year I won, I wrote more than 50,000 words from scratch but the novel wasn't really finished. The NaNo rules say you can't bring "a half-finished manuscript into NaNoWriMo" but it doesn't clarify if you can begin the story wherever you want and only count the words from there. I like your idea of shadowing NaNo, but since I'm trying to support a friend's decision to participate with me, I'm in a dilemma. I guess I have to make up my mind *very* soon! :o

  10. Um. Rules??
    LOL. No. I'm not a Nano typa gal I'm afraid. But I'll be writing my little brain out right along with you!