Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Indie Life, NaNoEdMo

November is NaNoWriMo--National Novel Writing Month. The idea is to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month. 50,000 words isn't actually the normal length of most novels (except middle grade). Most novels fall in the 75k to 85k  range. But the idea is write along with lots of other people and to provide each other encouragement.

I've never done NaNo because Novembers are always much too busy for me, and first drafts aren't my struggle. Editing is much harder for me than drafting. And I'd love to find a group of writers who are also editing, who want to encourage each other and hold each other accountable (For example, I need people who remind me, "Don't watch that cute YouTube video that was just posted on Facebook because you haven't met your editing goal for the day/week." Or, "that spilled orange juice--let the dog lick it up, you haven't met your editing goal." Or, "hey, your kids need clean clothes, teach them how to run the washing machine and get back to editing.") Hmm. If my kids see this, I'm pretty sure this post will get hacked.

Anyway, if there's anyone out there who like to do NaNoEdMo (National Novel Editing Month), let me know. Even if it's just one or two other writers--I don't rue small beginnings. Most great things start small.

Leave me a message in the comments. Or email me Connie (dot) M (dot) Keller at gmail (dot) com. And do it soon, before my kids wipe this post from cyberspace.

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  1. I didn't know there was an editing month - guess there must be a month for everything! I'm the opposite. Drafting is tought but I could edit all day. :)

    1. Sadly, there isn't an editing month. At least, not yet. And I must saying I'm so jealous that you are so good and love editing.

      I'm convinced that there's an editing fairy godmother out there somewhere and she won't visit me. :(

  2. I've never done NaNoWriMo either, because it is such a busy month, but I really want to. I just cheer everyone else on. :)

    1. That's what I end up doing. But cheerleading is important too.

  3. We're doing NaNoWhateverYouWantMo over at Hatrack:;f=2;t=000417 is you are interested.

    I had planned to edit a novel this month, but I've been caught up in the details of the self-publishing world instead, and I'm quite disappointed, so I'd love to join you in a NaNoEdMo. I've got one novel that I started writing at least 3 times, from different characters points of view, and the very idea of editing all of that makes me seriously freeze in my tracks.

    1. Okay, Melanie, I'm heading over to Hatrack--sounds like a great idea. I'd love to do NaNoEdMo with you. I don't think I have your email though.

  4. I did Nano Camp in July. Swore I'd never do it again--I put myself under enough pressure! I LOVE the editing part. I see it as the time when I can turn my "garbage" into beautiful prose. If you need a NaNoEdMo member, I'll be game!