Thursday, October 10, 2013

Baby Evil Writers 101: NaNoWriMo

Baby Evil Writers 101: NaNoWriMo
Julie Butcher

November is coming my sweet evil cherubs, and this is the month when you find out if you can hack the writing life. Their website says:

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges you to write a 50,000-word novel, from scratch, in the month of November. It's a global, uproariously fun endeavor, where participants exchange advice and writing tips on the NaNoWriMo? website and in real life, with group write-ins held in coffee shops, living rooms, and libraries all around the world. In 2011, more than 250,000 people took part in National Novel Writing Month.

I know a lot of you have evil jobs and even more evil children of the corn running around your house and you think you absolutely cannot write 1, 667 words per day.

Well, guess what?

After you get the Supreme Contract of Malicious Publishing Goodness, you will have to do this. You will still have small children running about and mucking up the works, you will each day attend the job of food money and rent, and yet, you will still need to produce around 2k words per day to hold up your end of the Deal of Awesome and Sprinkles.

Get up off the floor these are just numbers. I did the math for you.

The very, very smart thing to do is to start thinking about your story right now. Outline that sucker or timeline if that is what you do. Make your character sheets and get your tags and traits ready for each character. Then on November 1st, you are ready to go. You won’t sit there wringing your hands and moaning. You’ll be EVIL INCARNATE! You’ll slam words onto the keyboard like this is what you were born to do
I do not suggest that you SEND THIS BOOK TO PUBLISHERS AND AGENTS DECEMBER 1st. You’ll need to edit and fine-tune this manuscript for at least 3 months, mkay? In my eyes, the purpose of NaNoWriMo is to convince yourself that you have ovaries made of brass, or iron, or something. You’ll learn everything from meal planning skills to getting the kids to bed in the fastest way possible. You’ll know you can do this as a stone cold fact.

This is important my evil darlings.

None of us know what we can accomplish until we try. So get all your colors and papers out and get ready.  I know you can do this

You can sign up at their website here.


  1. I'm trying out reverse count nano this year. Day one you write 3600 words and every day it gets smaller until on day 30 you only really need one word. :) who can argue with one word?

  2. Sounds like Frances has a cool plan there. :) I like to just keep pounding out and see if I can get done earlier than I did last year. LOL!

    I'm working now on brainstorming and mapping where I'm to go. Sometimes it's rough until I get the scenes down, but at least I know about what's to happen. :)

    Have a great time all!

  3. Oh, I'm not smart! I just found it on a smart person's blog. :) Here's the breakdown if anyone is curious.


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