NaNoWriMo: Team Insatiable Booksluts! #NaNoTeamIB

1 November 2012 by 33 Comments

It’s that time of year again, book fans–time for NaNoWriMo, which is short for National Novel Writing Month. If  you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, here’s the quick-and-dirty: participants write a 50,000 word novel in a month. It doesn’t have to be good, but to win, it does need to be complete and not cheaty.

I decided to participate this year (and then stupidly wrote almost 5,000 words in a blog post this morning instead of in my novel. . . /facepalm), and I know a lot of other people around here are participating–some of your favorites, like sj, and Tony! And lots of our awesome readers! So, I thought it might be fun to put together a NaNoWriMo online team. Anybody can join our team. We’re inclusive like that.

What I think I’ll do is organize a couple of cyber write-ins, and post a weekly “check-in” post so that we can touch base. I’ll put the calendar over in the sidebar when I get it together. In the meanwhile, if you’re on Twitter, let’s use this hashtag to communicate: #NaNoTeamIB . I might also send out some random warm-up challenges via the hashtag, so check in! (And if you don’t already, you can follow me @thebooksluts.)

Of course, you can check in WITHOUT sitting on Twitter all day, which will kill your productivity. (ahem) I may or may not be an expert on Twitter killing productivity. BACK AWAY FROM THE TWITTER. Check during breaks.

Consider this our first check-in post. Post your NaNo link or username (the site is crazy-slow right now) so we can all hook up as writing buddies; talk about the book you’re writing (if you want); share your tips on being a NaNoWriMo champ;, tell us how many words you wrote today; or do whatever you think will help get you through the first week of NaNo. And have fun!

We’re off!  Good luck, Team Insatiable Booksluts!

Susie

Susie is the Bitch-in-Chief at IB and is also a contributor at Food Riot. She's an ice cream connoisseur, an art fanatic, a cat-mommy of three, and a wife. She runs the @thebooksluts Twitter account and may be slightly addicted.

33 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: Team Insatiable Booksluts! #NaNoTeamIB

  1. Me! I wanna be on the team :D

    My username on the Nanowrimo site and twitter is sennydreadful, my book is a post-apocalyptic YA fantasy called London-Under-Sea (I’m also calling the genre fishpunk, although I haven’t figured out what this means yet) and today I wrote around 2,800 words. Woot!

    My best tips are: get a good chunks of sleep when you can, push through the I-don’t-want-to-write moods, eat sweets, and make a calendar with your word count on so you can cross off each day with a massive smug grin on your face.

  2. My NaNoWriMo username is lbrneyes149, my twitter username is @sowensphoto. My book is about a woman who is involved with this evil organization, is eventually killed by their treachery, then later comes back to rescue her great grandchildren from a similar fate. I’m not sure how to classify it, because she’s technically a ghost in the latter half of the book, but I don’t think I’m going to present her that way. I have 0 words for today so far, because I still have a half hour left of work :(

    My best advice is make sure to write your word count every day. Getting behind sucks. Last year I got behind by 5,000 words before I decided there was no getting back to it. (I’d started working retail and erratic hours and TIRED all the time). But I managed to get to 22,000 before giving up and it was still an amazing experience. But even if you’re tired and are like, “I’ll make it up tomorrow”….don’t. Just get those 1667 words that day, even if they suck and make absolutely no sense. :)

    I’m excited!!

  3. Username is ladypembroke. I know. You’re shocked by that.

    I am going to write what comes to me as it comes. I have no idea what it will be, but dammit, it will involve a woman and dragons.

  4. I’m over on NaNo as charleenlynette (same on Twitter).

    My novel is… well, I don’t know what it’s going to be exactly (despite the fact that I’m already 5K in). This year is going to be something of a free-for-all. My starting point is that it’s inspired by the lyrics to “Imaginary” by Evanescence, but I’ve already started straying from that… which is fine. Maybe I’ll get back to it, maybe I won’t. My last couple NaNos have been much more planned out. I wanted this year’s to be just for fun.

    My best NaNo advice is to just keep writing. There are other things I’ve done or not done over the years, but it all pretty much comes down to that. If it’s a time issue, take little 5-minute snatches where you can. If it’s a writer’s block issue, throw in something completely crazy and just go with it; even if you take it out later (which you probably will), it might teach you something about your characters or give you an idea for a plot development that’s a bit more plausible. Think about your novel when you’re not writing, so that when you sit down to write, you get right to it!

    Good luck, everyone!

  5. I’m in – yay for support! I’ve tried to do Nano before, and failed terribly, but I’m really motivated this year and I hope by keeping in touch with other writers it will keep me on the right track. My username on NaNoWrimo is Finley Barker (it’s totally a pseudonym, if you couldn’t tell. I can’t help it, I LOVE the name Finley), and my Twitter is @MelissaBaron4

    My novel is the second in a series I’m working on and having a lot of fun with. It’s Untitled as of yet…I’m so bad with titles…but it deals with faeries and zombie-like creatures and a whole country of people who have lost their minds trying to cope with what is essentially a zombie apocalypse set in a fantasy world.

    Today I had a great start – 2300 words! And I think it’s going so smoothly because I created a really good outline to help me out when I get stuck during November. I’ve given myself a time limit each day – two hours – and no matter how I fit it in, broken up or consecutive, I’m going to make sure I reach that goal and hopefully it’s productive. I wrote for half an hour on my lunch break, and then an hour and a half after work. I think making sure you put away the time each day wherever you can will help you stay on top of the word count and not fall behind.

    Good luck everyone!

  6. I’m attempting nano for the third time, but this time I feel confident and motivated. Yay optimism. (Too bad it’s only Nov. 1st.) My nano name is black_bird and JenAppell1 on twitter.

    I’m going to be writing a story that I’ve had bouncing around in my head for about a year. It’s about a girl suffering from depression and is transported to another world (in her head, just go with it) where her depression becomes physically represented and she must overcome struggles to get out and survive. It sounds cooler in my head.

    I haven’t won nano yet, so I’m open for tips. Write or Die has been very helpful so far so I suggest looking at that if you’re a procrastinator like me. I wrote for half an hour at midnight but passed out so I’m only at 400. Writing some more now!

  7. Hey all, I’m giving it a go for the second time. my nano name is laithpreston same as my twitter.

    Last year I tried for a large universe scifi epic. got a bit over half way when my month fell apart.

    I’m going with the ‘cheat’ of just trying to get as much story of the various ideas I have bouncing around down. I think I will probably end up with a novella and a short story collection.

  8. The NaNo site is down at the moment, but my user name is tonbird if anyone wants to buddy up (I’m already writing buddies with several of you), or @TheRealTonyBird on Twitter where I’m likely to tweet frequent updates on my progress. I promise that this time there will be no werewolf sex scenes in my story, and I won’t talk about it if there are.

    I’m a little bummed that the site is down at the moment, because I’m having trouble deciding what should happen in chapter two, and they have a lot of great writing prompts in the forums.

  9. My fellow Mama Rhea and I are in! We’re having a friendly word war, even. We’re both writing memoirs, though, so we’ve renamed it NaMeWriMo. I’m Nonfictionista and I’m working on a series of linked but stand-alone memoirish essays. Titled Compartments. Good luck, everyone!!!

  10. I am teaandscribbles on both Nanowrimo and twitter. This is my fourth year doing Nano and I have been successful the whole time. This year is harder than past years for me.

    My success so far has been to get ahead early and finish early. This year I got in my first days words, but it has been harder so far this year. So, I think being on a team and knowing others are doing it will help. Even just challenging yourself to meet or pass another persons word count that is just over yours has worked for me in the past.
    I have a general outline this year about Mother/Daughter dynamic, and we shall see how it goes.

  11. I’m popqueenie both on twitter and the NaNoWriMo site.

    I didn’t write much yesterday at all. I was feeling horribly daunted and only managed 760 words. But I’m back at it today and my total word count so far is 1,252.

    I have it listed as fantasy under genre on the site, but it’s kind of a faerie tale. I know that doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who knows me.

    I haven’t written fiction in almost 20 years, so I’m feeling pretty frightened about the whole thing.

    I don’t know at this point if I’ll make the 50K goal, but I’m going to try.

  12. BTW, I am with you all in spirit. I’m doing rewrites and edits on my WIP this month, so no NaNoWriMo for me. So feel free to ignore me while you pour your heart into your word counts… GO GO GO and rock those MSs!

  13. I’m sh1mm3r on the forums. This is my sixth Nanowrimo! My main character is already surprising me, so I predict this will be a great year!

  14. NaNoWriMo: Trevor Mcpherson
    Twitter: @teemcp
    Website: http://teemcp.com/

    If It’s not too late, I’d love to tag along.

    The story revolves around a DIY midddle class that revitalizes a downtown core abonded by the monied crowd. The rich and powerful have moved to claim the shoreline and skyline with skyscrapers, monopolizing the wind and solar resources required to replace the failed civic infrastructure. The usual class warfare, Biomods, Neural implants and GMO warrior babies figure into it somehow. Kinda. Or, maybe not. We’ll see what happens.

    Basically, I’m using NaNo as an excuse to squeeze my sponge-like imagination and collect what drips out.

    • It’s not too late til December! Join up with the hash tag to chat with some of the other participants on Twitter, if you want!

      I’m using NaNo to get through a story I’ve been banging around for years now… it’s pretty sucky so far, but hey, that’s what a first draft is for.

  15. Hey, #NaNoTeamIB! I just joined! 1st time on NaNoWriMo and 5 days late with no plot or preparation whatsoever. Guess I’ll go with the “just wing it” technique. ;)

    Oh, yeah. I’m eloisavaldes at the NaNoWriMo site and @eloisavaldes at twitter.

    P.S.: I blame @popqueenie a lot for this. :P

  16. I’m in! I’m ThursdayRedux on the website, @JerichaSenyak on Twitter. Technically I’m rewriting my novel from LAST NaNoWriMo (so it’s NaNoREWriMo for me) but I’m still trying to get 50K words of draft 4 on the page by the end of the month. (4K and counting so far…)

    The reason I got as far as I did last year: I didn’t edit. DON’T GO BACK! If you KNOW you want to change something, keep another document open where you can make short, quick notes about what to go back to later. But whatever you do, DON’T START EDITING til you’re DONE. Once you start revising, it will consume you. As videography geeks like to say: FIX IT IN POST.

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