S1, E7: It’s Coming! It’s Almost NaNo!


It’s October, meaning it’s less than a month until National Novel Writing Month, AKA NaNo! In this episode, I give an intro and overview to NaNo, rant a little about NaNo criticisms, share my NaNo story, and give some tips for first time wrimos.

  • National Novel Writing Month, AKA NaNoWriMo, AKA NaNo
  • Started in 1999 by Chris Baty in San Francisco Bay area along with 20 of his friends; the first took place in July when they all got together to try writing a novel
  • The next year, they built a website and moved it to November to “take advantage of the miserable weather”; 140 people participant
  • In 2012, 341,375 folks participants in 586 regions!
  • General goal: write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days, starting at November 1st 12:00pm and ending November 30th at 11:59 pm; why 50k? Because it is considered to be a difficult but doable goal, especially for those who have never written and for people with full-time jobs and children
  • Over 100 NaNo novels have gone on to be traditionally published, along with several published by small press, independent publishers, or self-published
  • First joined NaNo in 2006 – wrote 24,000 words. Next year, failed miserably.  2008, was just a few hundred words shy but finished my first novel, Broken Wing.  In 2009, won for the first time with Aisuru. Won every year since then.
  • Why I NaNo
  • Tips for those interested

Progress Report: Finished the cover except for the blurb and I did get the podcast stuff into Scrivener, so yay me; wrote a bit of the scene with Kazuki talking to Ito’s memorial, but haven’t finished yet.

Goal: Finish said scene and continue editing; probably not much more until December since I have ton to do for NaNo 🙂

Random Recommendation: Write or Die (iPad, desktop, and web application; http://writeordie.com/)