NaNoWriMo: Who's up for National Novel Writing Month?

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NaNoWriMo– National Novel Writing Month, that is– is right around the corner and I really encourage you to sign up today and participate through the month of November with thousands of other writers. In fact, let’s all sign up and talk each other through it, shall we?

Since my first novel came out in 2006, a lot of people have said two things to me over and over: They’ve asked how long it took to write and they’ve lamented that they wish they had time to sit down and write a book themselves. Well, I have news: The time is always right. You’re always going to be busy. And, writing a book is simply a matter of writing a little bit every day.   Seriously.

So, who’s in for representing Club Chicago Subtext during NoNaWriMo? The more the merrier! Sign up at the NaNoWriMo website, then both shoot me a friend request and let us know you signed up in the comments section here so other Chicago Subtext readers can watch your progress, and so that we can all keep in touch through the month-long novel-writing adventure.

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  • Friend request sent. I still may not be a Chicago local, but I am hosting the launch party here in Madison. ;)

  • In reply to ZombieJoe:

    I suppose I could have left a link. This is one of two spots where I still go by an old login name. Too many of the returning people know it though so I am concerned about changing it.

  • In reply to ZombieJoe:

    Brand-New NaNoWriMo-er this year! excited but nervous -- I'm a full time student at the same time and finals is daaaangerously close to the end of November. yikes! fingers crossed!

  • In reply to ZombieJoe:

    nanowrimo is growing up! There never used to be any news links in Google news and now there are many. Long time lurker but this will be my first year doing it.

  • In reply to ZombieJoe:

    I have to confess: I get the idea behind NaNoWriMo, and it does hold sort of a gleeful appeal to me, but I really don't know if I could pull it off. Red Ivy Afternoon's first draft took me about five and a half months to finish, and the Damnation of Memory, my upcoming book, was something like eight months of research, conceptual planning, and actual writing. Even if I had it all ready to go and conceptually realized before I started writing, I don't know if I could write 50K words in a month. I'm not one of those people that writes a little every day. When I'm not writing, I'm not writing anything except journals, emails and facebook updates. When I'm writing, I'm writing around the clock, non-stop, every free moment, until I'm either finished or too exhausted to continue. Even then, I think it would be hard to make a four-week deadline on a viable novel-length work. Good luck everyone!

  • In reply to ZombieJoe:

    Of course, now having said that I'm tempted to give it a try this year. I guess I have one more day to mull it over. I do have a partial idea I've been toying with for a few months.

  • Well, I can totally give this a try...

    Hopefully I can keep up.

  • I'm in. I haven't done NaNoWriMo since 2005 and decided this weekend to do it this year. I'm at

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