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It's on its way again [Oct. 20th, 2012|01:30 pm]
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So it's almost November, which fairly much means speed-writing month of a lot of people.

I've done Nanowrimo three times now and found it very worth while. (The only reason I haven't done it since 2009 is simply having no time at all, at the "spending most evenings logged in to work on Remote Desktop dealing with work backlogs" end of the scale).

The whole thing may seem very structured, but in reality the rules are quite flexible - and even then, if you aren't willing to stick to even the very basic ones such as "write a novel", all that means is that you sign up as a "Nanowrimo rebel" and do whatever the hell you want to. (I actually had an idea of something to do this year if I did have time... it would have been a non-fiction manuscript that answers a few of the odd questions I get at work. Maybe next year...)

There's plenty of reasons to have a go, particularly if you fit any of these groups:

* people who have always wanted to have a go at writing, but have never got around to it;

* people who try to write, but always get distracted by other things;

* people who try to write, but get bogged down in spelling and grammar and consistency and all the sort of stuff that a good proof-reading and editing would fix (That is fairly much my main problem).

It's also free to take part, so if it turns out you don't enjoy it, all you've wasted is some time.

[User Picture]From: aeb
2012-10-20 08:30 am (UTC)
I'm trying to figure out how that "Nanowrimo rebel" status works. That seems to be one thing the site doesn't want you to find out. I barely found a mention in reference to co-writers, and nothing else. It's rather confusing, and more than a little daunting when I like to know what I'm getting into ahead of time. {puzzled smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2012-10-20 09:52 am (UTC)
There's a decent write-up here (and a long string of comments querying the finer points of what is or isn't rebellion). Basically you just carry on like normal and nobody is really going to mind; it's not exactly the Proper Way To Do Things but if it works for you, then it works. It seems to me the most important point of the original article is
"This is a self-challenge. The REAL prize of NaNoWriMo is the accomplishment, and the big new manuscript you have at the end. Everything beyond that is icing on the cake."

As far as I can tell (quickly browsing through the article).

Novel of any sort - Not a rebel.
Connected short stories - Not a rebel.
Novel in weird format (diary, letters, etc.) - Not a rebel.
Fictionalised biography or autobiography - Not a rebel.

Unconnected short stories - Rebel.
Memoirs - Rebel.
Other non-fiction work of any sort - Rebel.
Film or theatre script - Rebel (but Nanowrimo has a separate "Script Frenzy" event held another time).
Non-written media (art, music, etc.) - Rebel.
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[User Picture]From: aeb
2012-10-21 07:22 am (UTC)
Thanks; that does help. {Smile}

We can add one I found earlier:

Work with a co-writer - Rebel

It doesn't quite fit with the other rebels, but that's what they said. {Smile}

Oh, and I know one friend who will be trying:

Add 50,000 new words to an already started novel

I assume that's a rebel, too, given how much they stress starting no sooner than November 1st. That's what a friend tried last year, and what she'll try again this year. {Smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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