Prepping for NaNoWriMo 2007

NaNoWriMo 2007 ParticipantIs it mid-October already? That can mean only one thing: National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo, as the kids call it; or, as the Ancient Ones knew it, November) is right around the corner. Once again, thousands of aspiring writers from all over the globe will attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 short days.

This will be my fifth consecutive year participating in NaNoWriMo and—though I’ve only hit that 50,000 word goal once before (in 2005)—I’m pretty jazzed about it. People still say that, right? Jazzed? Anyway, I’ve got a couple of ideas floating around in my head and I’m going to try some pre-NaNo mindmapping exercises to knock some of the details loose before I commit the first words to paper (or electrons) on 01 November.

The (morbidly or otherwise) curious among you can view my NaNoWriMo profile at any time to get an idea of how well I’m doing, but I’ll also have a handy word-o-meter in the sidebar at to provide a constant reminder that I need to be cranking out 1,667 words per day throughout the month. I’ll also be recording a couple of episodes for The NanoMonkeys, the (Parsec-nominated!) daily tips, tricks and encouragement podcast Chris Miller, Mur Lafferty, P.G. Holyfield and I did last year. We’re doing it again for NaNoWriMo 2007 and we’ve got a lot of new participants, including Sam Chupp, Jason Penney and Natalie Metzger, just to name a few. Stay tuned!

In addition to NaNoWriMo I’m going to take another stab at National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo, and attempt to write—at a minimum—one blog post every day in November. Last year when I did NaBloPoMo I was writing daily posts about my NaNoWriMo progress; this year, I’ll be posting pictures of my HoNoToGroABeMo progress, and if you’re wondering what the heck that is (and why there’s no link to the appropriate website), read on…

HoNoToGroABeMo (short for How Not to Grow a Beard Month) is a project of my own devising. On October the 31st, I will be shaving my goatee off and letting my beard grow for an entire month, documenting the process with a daily photograph. It is my sincere belief that the bizarre follicle topography of my face makes it impossible for me to grow a full beard, so I’m giving my cheeks and chin thirty days to prove me wrong. I’ll still be shaving my neck just below the jawline, because after a few days that hair drives me up the wall, but the aforementioned cheeks and chin will remain untouched by my Mach 3 (but occasionally groomed with my beard trimmer to maintain some semblance of civility on my grizzled visage) throughout the month of November.

8 thoughts on “Prepping for NaNoWriMo 2007”

  1. I’m having enough trouble fitting NaNoWriMo in (although I suppose HoNoToGroABeMo will happen mostly by itself). Good luck with all your *Mo events.

    Thank you, sir. And good luck to you, as well.

  2. I should just commit to NaNoWriMo and get it over with. I intended to do it last year, but couldn’t invest the time required.

    KJ; your writing puissance and endurance are mighty. I bow to your previous experience with this NaNoWriMo meme! Five years!

    May year six be bountiful and rewarding —

  3. Gerall: When you join in the madness this year, be sure to add me as a writing buddy on the NaNoWriMo site.

    I can’t really make a claim to endurance, as evidenced by my four previous failed attempts (including last year). If anything, I’m a glutton for punishment. Perhaps “persistance in the face of repeated failure” is a nicer phrase, but that comes awfully close to some definitions of insanite.

    As to puissance, if my efforts compel, coerce or even inspire others to join in, I think we’re all better for it.

  4. “Persistence in the face of repeated failure fits” me, too. This will be attempt #4, still without a completion.

    Ah, but you keep trying, and that’s important. We both know there’s a novel rattling around in our brains waiting to be written and we’re willing to spend thirty days out of every year in the public eye trying to bring it into the light.

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