Nov 01 2009

NaNoWriMeet

Published by at 9:59 am under NaNoWriMeet,voice and craft,Writing

While I still disagree with NaNoWriMo as it’s structured, I don’t extend this attitude to disapproving of the people who try it out, as it’s a big undertaking and usually fraught with strong emotional states along the way. In past years I’ve simply ranted about NaNoWriMo, or ignored it, or created a counter project to it (that was the year we did InSoHaiMo on LiveJournal, International Haiku and Sonnet Month–because anyone can spit out a haiku a day for 30 days–and there were some really great poems featured there). Since I’m not focusing on my poetry as much this year, I feel like I need a new way to subvert or support the people trying NaNoWriMo into remembering to feel GOOD about their writing and their process while they’re slogging through. So…

Not sure I’ll post writing discussion snippets *every* day (daily is the goal!), but I’ll increase the frequency of them here on the blog significantly this month, to help create an online discussion area where you can figure out some of WHAT you’re doing as you try not to panic about your wordcount. Also, for those of you trying the deed and who are semi-local, our house is nearly always full of good food and smart writers who love to talk about craft and technique for hours! So when you’re needing extra support for this quixotic task this month, look me up for a question, discussion, or even an in-person visit and we’ll help you churn those words! Comment here or drop me an email, reesa at reesabrown dot com to get the communal juices flowing.

In addition to Reesa Brown, the writer making this offer, you get the special bonus writer prize of Steven Brust to help with the writer discussions for anyone wanting to do a workshop in person this month. He likes talking about writing as much as, if not more than, I do! He especially likes adoring fans (hehe) but any writer serious about their craft enough to want to talk about the processes involved is just fine.

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2 Responses to “NaNoWriMeet”

  1. Lynnon 01 Nov 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I’m considering something that’s daily but without the word count requirement, along the lines of exploring a character – seeing where he / she goes without a definite plot or endpoint. Ha.

  2. Reesaon 01 Nov 2009 at 4:35 pm

    That’s a great idea! Let me know if you wanna do any verbal brainstorming while you take notes, I’ve had some pretty good characterization sessions that way. (Hells, I have a first novel draft that is, essentially, 150 pages of that.)