There’s a first time for everything

Oh, help. I’ve signed up to participate in NaNoWriMo. For the first time ever. And I have NO IDEA what I’m doing. Well, other than writing like crazy for the next 30 days.

Anyone else out there participating? Do you want to be my “buddy?” Or tell me what that even means? Or how it works? Because I’m completely clueless.

Here’s the “bio” I posted over there, in which I confess that I’m breaking the rules right off the bat. Which I’m sure surprises exactly no one:

I’ve temporarily set aside the umpteenth draft of the thriller I’m writing to try my hand at steamy romance in the form of short stories and novellas. My goal is to write 50K+ words in November, which will finish the novella-in-progress and also complete a rough draft of the next two projects I’ve outlined. Yeah, I know it’s breaking “the rules” to work on a project already begun, but I don’t really care about that. I won’t be reporting words written prior to November 1st.

My goal is not to “win” according to the standard definition of finishing a 50K novel, but to get a ton of words on the page without stopping to edit or get all angsty over whether they’re good enough. Even if those words belong to different stories. Really hoping some public accountability will help with that. Feel free to (virtually) beat me up if I’m not making progress.

I’m “KD James” over there and here’s the link to my profile:

Wish me luck. I have a feeling I’m going to need it.


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16 responses to “There’s a first time for everything

  1. I have added you as my buddy. Here is the link to my profile-


  2. Thanks! I’ve added you too. Even though I have no idea what that means, exactly. Good luck meeting your goal!


  3. SlaveDriver

    I’m not much of a “participant.” Plus, November begins my busy season, so I don’t have time to join stuff and win things. Even imaginary things. But I set a goal of January as the release date for my next book, so I’ve been writing my fat fingers off to achieve it. Best of luck with NaNo. I’ll be cheering you from the sidelines, and by “sidelines” I mean from my couch.


  4. SD, I’m not much of a joiner either. I also have a tough time thinking of other writers as “competition.” I’m hoping it’s more of a support group. But since time is something I have plenty of just now, I thought I’d give this a try, see what all the hype is about.

    Thanks for the encouragement and good luck with YOUR goal!


  5. Does it help to know that your fans are eagerly awaiting your next book?
    If not, don’t mind us. We’ll just be here waiting.
    No pressure.
    Well, maybe a bit.
    Not too much.
    taps foot against the floor


  6. Merry, I’m sure you’ll be delighted to know I’m off to a slow start with this NaNo thing. *sigh* But I had to re-read what I’d already written, to get my head back into the story. And edit. And delete. And re-write. Pretty sure all this is the complete antithesis of the premise of NaNo. Damnit.

    However, in the process re-reading/editing, I’ve almost convinced myself to post the first chapter here on my blog. Just to see what everyone thinks and get feedback about whether it’s even something anyone would want to read. Never mind that some of you would happily read grocery lists. Not mine, necessarily. But still.

    Maybe next week.

    Like you said, no pressure.


  7. KDJ, darlin’, do you mind if I – very gently, and with the greatest possible respect — slap you upside the head? Editing and deleting is what we bystanders call NoNoWriMo. Just write, damn it! You can edit Later. You can edit anon. (Lord knows anon could use it.) You can even hire someone to edit, then mop the floor with them if they don’t meet your standards. (Hell, you’ll end up with either a clean floor or a clean MSS. Either way it’s a win.)
    Just write. Write now. Yes, I did say now. Do I have to come over there and nag Reason with you???


  8. Stop trying to distract me with thoughts of manual muscle-bulging floor-mopping labour.

    I just had to re-orient myself in the story. I’m good now. Very good. Burning up the pages. Wait and see.



  9. tap tap tap…


  10. Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door—
    “‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
    Only this and nothing more.”

    Geez. And it’s not even bleak December yet. The month, apparently, when we’re supposed to edit. Our quaint and curious lore.


  11. Merry

    So, essentially, you’re sayin’ EAP couldn’t tell the diff between a rapper and a tapper? Eninem and Fred Astaire were essentially two halves of the same whole? Geez. I mean, I know the guy has been knockin’ back the laudanum, but even so that’s sad.


  12. CBPen

    Merry, I do adore you!! You make me laugh when I most need it! 🙂


  13. Then my job here is done.


  14. See? This is why I don’t join stuff… when you join stuff people expect you to do stuff, and then it spirals down to a mess that makes you just want to sit on the couch and drink wine.

    Hey! How did that B.A.G.O.W. get in to my hand???


  15. SD, I think we all are already expecting you to hurry up and write the next book, NaNo or not. Just saying.

    Pass the wine, please.


  16. Merry

    I see word count! Yay!!!
    I knew all that rappin’ and tappin’ would pay off…