Welcome to Mary's Rants. The year is coming to a close, where has it gone? I for one am glad to see it go, it hasn't been the best for me. However, that's not what I'm ranting about today. And I'm not sure I'm ranting, it's just time for me to get off my bottom and accomplish something.
November is a good month to do it. After all it's National Novel Writing Month! What is this you ask? Well I bet most of you didn't. It's exactly what the title suggests. Everyone gets together, registers on the site. They put their word count goals in and off they go. There are groups that meet around your town. They have merit badge buttons to help motivate you.
You can visit their web site and see for yourself.
I have tried this in the past, and it's great if you follow through. However, I got bogged down trying to remember how to log in, and where my goals went, etc. I haven't tried for a few years and I'm told that it's much easier and user friendly. Still I don't want to be bothered. Yes I do want the motivation and the accountability of something like this. It's nice to have goals that others can see. Then you feel you have to reach them, or have egg on your face.
I belong to a group call the AITC group. That would be Ass in the Chair group. Each month we have one week when one of us moderates and pushes. We have a database for our goals, and the moderator gives us daily encouragement. Plus we all support each other. And for the past couple of years we've done our own version of NaNo. And this year we are doing the same. We've broken it down into 4 sessions, so that we have 4 moderators, that way no one has to do it the entire month.
I am moderating the Kick off (first week). I've been sending encouragement, of what they need to do to get ready. Clear off their desk. Write the back story for their characters, have all the pre-writing process done so that November 1st they're ready to start.
There are a few of us who are actually doing both the AITC and NaNo. They will share some of their goals and experiences from NaNo, and we'll all benefit.
Most importantly for me though, is the accountability, someone pushing me to do something. As of now I still do not know what I'm going to write. But I will be ready November 1st!
Who out there will be doing NaNoWriMo? And have you done it before? How many words do you plan to write, what have you done in the past?