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NaNoWriMo 2014 relaunch approacheth

And I think I’m ready. Almost everything that needs to be fixed on Wikiwrimo has been fixed or updated. There are lots of things that need improvement, but I’m okay with the current state of things. I’m not running around like a headless chicken trying to finish all the things, and this is a very good thing. Some things can wait until after NaNo.

My Night of Writing Dangerously fundraising page is almost halfway to its goal. YAY! If you donate, you could be in one of my novels. As @Dammit__Woman said on Twitter, I’ve figured out immortality. So donate and be in my novel.

As for plot… yeah, about that. I still have nothing. And considering I’m shooting for 200k this year in my attempt to reach 1.5million words over all my NaNos to date, I should probably get on that.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?

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NaNoWriMo changed things, but it’s okay. Really.

Chances are good you know me from National Novel Writing Month, a writing challenge where participants write a 50,000-word novel from scratch.

Wait. Scratch that.

From the NaNo FAQ:

Do I have to start my novel from scratch on the first of the month? Can I use an outline?

We think NaNoWriMo works best when you start a brand-new project. However, what’s most important is being excited about what you’re writing. If you want to work on a pre-existing project, you have our full support!

Wait a minute, that’s not “from scratch”.

This change is a recent one that will start to take effect for NaNo 2014. You don’t HAVE to start your novel from scratch anymore, but it’s still encouraged.

And you know what? I’m okay with that. It’s not a rule change, it’s a rule adaptation, one that adapts to the needs of the community because people were already continuing works for NaNo. Even ten years ago returning Wrimos were invoking the completely unofficial Zokutou clause to win NaNo by completing a first draft. They were a small group, but over time more people started using NaNo and its inspirational community to get started on a project or heck, finish one. This is a wonderful thing. Not only are more people writing, but they’re writing more types of things, from novels to scripts to academic theses to poetry collections. And they’re sharing their knowledge and process with the NaNo community, cheering others on, and contributing to the overall camaraderie.

NaNoWriMo believes your story matters, and you’re the only one who can tell it. Not just the one you started on November first. Your story. That includes your existing story too. Neither one is better, though one may be more challenging depending on your writerly disposition. They’re both valid ways of finishing your tale.

All this said, I plan on continuing to start my NaNo novels from scratch, so those unfinished books will have to wait for camp. As for you? Start from scratch or pick up an existing novel. As long as you’re writing, that’s what matters.

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Help me go to NaNoWriMo’s Night of Writing Dangerously!

Hi. Remember that Night of Writing Dangerously thing I wouldn’t shut up about over the past few years?

It’s back. And it’s better than ever.

Last year I got to wear the coveted flowerpot hat for winning a word sprint. That’s right, I beat 250 other people in a word war. I met people who were previously Twitter followers and fellow @NaNoWordSprints leaders. I visited NaNoWriMo HQ and rolled up all those posters in the NOWD tote bags and had lunch with Grant, NaNo’s Executive Director. I did research for Wikiwrimo and documented even more of NaNoWriMo culture.

This year several people I’ve befriended through NaNo are also attending. Among them are Debs and Errol, and I’m convinced that putting Errol and me in the same room will result in a NaNo enthusiasm explosion. Or we’ll fight to the death for the NaNoWriMo’s Biggest Fan title.

But for that to happen, I need to reach the $275 goal first. And for that I need your help.

So what’s in it for you? Good question.

Any amount: a handcrafted email from me thanking you. Pixels! Sent through the Internet!

$5 or more: a public thank you on Twitter

$10 or more: a character named after you (or the thing of your choice)

$20 or more: one of YOUR characters makes a cameo appearance

$40 or more: a pep talk just for you written by yours truly

The top donor: choose one of my NaNoWriMo 2014 novels for me. Tell me what to write!

Not only that, but every cent donated will go to improving NaNoWriMo’s writing programs for kids and adults all over the world. Wrimos have written novels in classrooms and on active military duty, in libraries and coffee shops. We’ve written on all seven continents (yes, even Antarctica).

The National Novel Writing Month community can get even more awesome, but as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, it needs YOU to help with that.

Donate to NaNoWriMo today and help half a million kids and adults realize their creative potential.

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24 hours until NaNo

Well, 24 and a half hours as of this writing, but that could be 24 hours when I hit Post on this. The NaNo site went down for awhile and I missed all the fun stuff.

I still have a lot to do tomorrow. Here’s that list:

* Get some proper work done
* Figure out ergonomics for my desk and desktop so I don’t hurt myself Friday (which means yes, I did fix my desktop)
* Cook a big pot of soup
* Do a load of dark clothes
* Take a shower
* Cut fingernails
* Run @NaNoWordSprints shift tomorrow morning from 9am to 11am

I figured out my first plot as well! Two words: Lego wars.

The short version: The Legos have gone to war, and only a seven-year-old middle child can defend the humans.

I’ll have a nice synopsis up when I’m less frazzled.

24 hours! (Exclamation marks!)

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To Do Before NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is less than two weeks away, and I still have to do just about everything on my to-do list. That was not part of the plan.

For full accountability, here’s that list.

* Come up with a plot. That’s right, I still have nothing. Well, nothing I’m excited about. And if I’m going for 250k I need at least two or three ideas. In the event that I do 50k day on the first I need something with enough possible directions that I can spill on it for 24 hours straight.

* Cook my meals for the first and for the days following when I won’t feel like cooking.

* Go to the grocery store on a huge trip, buy groceries, and plan aforementioned meals. Ideally I would buy enough to last until I leave for San Francisco.

* Pack and mail teas for the NaNo tea swap.

* Update Wikiwrimo.

* House cleaning: clean off countertops, do dishes (which will likely accumulate before then), do laundry, clean room, vacuum floors

* Fix my desktop. I messed up an update and now it won’t boot. Current plan is to install Fedora over Arch but this is turning out to be more complicated than planned.

* Write/schedule a couple of posts for this site in the hopes that I won’t go radio silent over NaNo yet again.

* Go to Neutral Milk Hotel show (the 26th, sadly the same time as my huge region’s sole kickoff party)

* Get wrist braces

* Get a flu shot

* Sign up for health insurance

Whew! So far the only thing I’ve crossed off the list so far is buying additional teas for the tea swap. Now to do more things today. Looks like today will be a “do all the things” day.