NaNoWriMo Madness !


The writing world seems to have gone mad! NaNoWriMo fever has consumed the blogosphere… starting today…

I'm a bystander, yet I can actually feel the presence of this Nano creature which rears its monstrous head once a year… invades the lives of thousands of writers… spreads its special brand of anguish which infects these minions in a variety of ways… and after 30 days… WHOOOOSH! It's gone…:)

But it must be quite a heady, one-of-a-kind experience, to be caught up in the whirlwind activity that dominates the writer's life during the NaNo month. I'm sure it's a rollercoaster journey, full of highs versus lows… moments of unbelievable inspiration versus witer's block…

Are there any lurkers like me out there, who have never done NaNo, and are wondering about the hype surrounding this venture? Or writers who have done it before but discovered that NaNo did not sit well with them? What is the trick to a successful NaNo experience? I completed the A-Z Blogging Challenge earlier this year and I'm wondering, is the feeling similar to the atmosphere of the A-Z challenge? I'm really curious and would love to hear what others have to say…

And next year, I might just join the thousands of minions…



  1. J. A. Bennett on November 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    This is my first year hearing about NaNo and though I'm not participating, the engery in the blogospher has me excited to write, I think it's worth it just for that!

    • mish on November 2, 2011 at 11:48 am

      I agree with you… there’s a contagious energy that is very inspirational… definitely worth it!

  2. Shelly on November 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Don't know what to tell you other than every year I say next year. But it never happens. Life always seems to get in the way.

    • mish on November 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Life sure does get in the way… and I suppose our daily jobs take precedence over other activities, like writing… 🙂

  3. Fairview on November 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Yeah, I'm not organized or disciplined enough to do it.   I have nothing but admiration for those who even attempt it.

    • mish on November 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

      I suppose self-discipline is the main ingredient to NaNo success… and I’m sure an empty November calendar would also be a great help!

  4. Carrie Butler on November 2, 2011 at 6:55 am

    I'm knee-deep in revisions, otherwise I'd go for it. *Sigh* Next year… 🙂

    • mish on November 2, 2011 at 11:53 am

      At least you’re keeping busy, in the writing mode… that’s the main thing… and there’s always a next time… 🙂

  5. Jenny S. Morris on November 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I was a total lurker last year, I didn't even have a blog. This year I found myself way to in to my 2 current WIPS to participate. But, I am doing NaNoReViMo. A group of us our encouraging each other to revise like crazy. It's fun so far.

    • mish on November 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      From blogless lurker to double-WIP NaNoReViMo’er status… wow! I’m impressed! Great going – it’s something to be proud of! 🙂

  6. Guilie on November 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Hey Mish 🙂  It's my first year–hadn't even heard of the thing before this year–and I'm loving it.  No idea how the A to Z challenge was (judging by Damyanti's book it must have been some heady stuff!), but this NaNo thing beats any sort of writing experience I ever had before.  The camaraderie is super strong, everyone rooting for everyone (especially in G+–coolest place), sharing ideas, getting and offering input for when someone's stuck…  Really amazing.  Maybe it's just because it's the first week and as the month progresses we're all going to start sulking and getting horribly anti-social, a sacrifice on the altar of the Holy Word Count…  I don't know.  But for now–it's GREAT!  You should try it next year 🙂

    • mish on November 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      The way you’ve portrayed it… sounds awesome! There are writers who can churn out endless pages of decent stuff in a limited time-frame… for myself, I’m just concerned about the quality of writing it will produce… 🙂

  7. Arlee Bird on November 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I see a similar intensity in comparison with the A to Z Challenge, but there is also a greater isolation as it is a more private experience.   Sure some are sharing their progress and even excerpts of what they are writing, but it's not as intereractive, open, and festive as A to Z seems to be.  I love NaNo and I am signed up for the 3rd time, but so far I am not doing so well do to too many other things going on with me.  I hope I can finish, but I'm getting behind.

    • mish on November 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Good luck to you, Lee. I’m sure you will make up the word count as you go along.

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