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November 3, 2010

The Lure of NaNo by Lauren Fraser

Filed under: Writing life — dangerouslysexy @ 04:00
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Well it’s November and once again I’ve signed up to do Nano.

For those of you who don’t know it’s a writing challenge where you write like a fool for the month of November. The goal is write 50,000 words during the month. Now to some people that may not sound like a lot, but for me when my mind is stuck and I can’t get moving forward it can seem overwhelming. Geez even just talking about it has me wondering what the heck I’m thinking.

Now I have to admit I’m one of those people who hate not reaching a goal when everyone knows I’ve set it. That whole public accountability thing really works for me.

What I love about doing Nano is my writing style changes during this month. I stop worrying about how it sounds on the page and I just write. Since I have a commitment to myself to get those words on the page, I don’t have time to haul out my thesaurus and think of a prettier way to say something and there isn’t time to scourer the internet for the right mood music to listen to that day. Yes, I’m easily distracted normally as you can tell.

Is my writing any better for mixing it up this way? Who knows but it’s a fun challenge to push myself to see what I can do, plus when you have several of your friends doing the challenge as well it adds a little fun competition to the mix because let’s be real no one wants to have the lowest word count. LOL

Does signing up for something that forces you to commit to a challenge help you step up to the plate or does it have the opposite affect and make you too stressed to even think about doing it?

p.s don’t worry no cats were injured in the writing of this blog. I don’t even have a cat I just thought the picture was funny. LOL

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  1. I love doing Nano every year. Sometimes I reach my goal while others times I have at least been forced to write. Which is a great shove in the right direction Okay, off to write!!

    Comment by Jadette — November 3, 2010 @ 04:22 | Reply

    • Last year was my first time doing it and it was great. Fingers crossed that this year goes smoothly too. It’s definitely a push in the right direction.

      Comment by Lauren Fraser — November 3, 2010 @ 08:41 | Reply

  2. This is my first NaNo and so far so good. It actually spurred me to get started on something that was on my back burner for a while, but kept getting shoved aside. I too, hate not achieving a goal I’ve set, especially when the rest of the world knows I’ve set it. LOL

    Comment by Debbie Vaughan — November 3, 2010 @ 04:32 | Reply

    • I hear you, I hate setting goals and not reaching them. You look like you are off to a great start, Debbie.

      Comment by Lauren Fraser — November 3, 2010 @ 08:42 | Reply

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  4. I was wondering what was up with the cat, lol. Go Lauren! You can do eet!!

    Comment by Gillian Archer — November 3, 2010 @ 07:06 | Reply

    • LOL Gillian. It was the look of fear on the cats face that seemed so fitting to that holy crap moment. hehe I don’t know why it seemed so funny to me, I blame NaNo. Oh I think I like that, I can use that all month. What’s for dinner? No idea, blame NaNo. Yep I’m using it.

      Comment by Lauren Fraser — November 3, 2010 @ 08:40 | Reply

  5. I’m sure I wear an expression similar to that cat’s when I begin my daily word count for NaNO 🙂 Still, it’s Day 3 and everything is going according to plan. At this rate I might even make it a whole week before the inevitable writer’s block hits.

    Comment by Ash Penn — November 3, 2010 @ 10:50 | Reply

  6. Y’all are amazing! That many words a day, makes me hyperventilate. 😯

    Comment by dangerouslysexy — November 3, 2010 @ 13:48 | Reply

  7. I love a challenge. I am one of those horrible people who don’t think it’s about taking part it’s all about winning. This is my first Nano but I did do script frenzy a couple of years ago. It has given me a chance to write the first new thing in months, I am so over doing rewrites.

    Comment by Lillian Grant — November 3, 2010 @ 14:02 | Reply

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