1. Wren Doloro
    October 21, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    Hey there EmilyAnn, thank you for the link to my "How to Plot for NaNoWriMo" post.

    I absolutely love the energy of NaNoWriMo. I think it helps many people out there make their dreams reality by providing an extra push of motivation.

    This will be my third Nano year; my first was in 2009. It is the kind of challenge you can push yourself to overcome year after year. And each year you learn new things along the way, develop new stories haunting your brain, and make new friends.

    My best advice besides doing some plotting (see my post, I make it fun), is:

    –look at your schedule and figure out what days you can write. Do the math and set your goal accordingly.

    –Try to write more than necessary in the beginning of the month to give yourself a buffer

    –use social media like twitter or facebook to make friends. See who is talking about and who likes NaNoWriMo and message people who look interesting.

    Having other people Nano alongside you is what makes this month so special. You aren't alone in your journey–others will inspire you, question you, and motivate you to reach the finish line.

    So don't be afraid to reach out. Ask about another's novel—we all have at least 50,000 words to say about it!

    Have so much fun this November! x Wren


    • Emilyann Girdner
      October 21, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

      This is such thoughtful advice Wren, thank you for sharing. I am really looking forward to this event, it does seen like such a special experience. You have fun a well 🙂 chat with you soon!


  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh
    October 21, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

    I participated in 2010 and that's when I wrote most of my second book. Don't know what agents say, but after many revisions, my publisher accepted it.


    • Emilyann Girdner
      October 21, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

      That's awesome Alex, and so encouraging too. Yes, I had seen some blogs through a google search with some odd claims that made me second guess participating. But after the positive response from New Leaf Literary and advice from so many kind fellow writers, I am getting really excited about NaNoWriMo =)


  3. Hannah Milton
    October 22, 2012 @ 1:36 am

    Nano is so much fun! Well, I say that, but every year around the middle of November I start to wonder, "Why on earth am I doing this again? WHY DID I THINK THIS WOULD BE FUN?"

    But then December rolls around and I love it all over again.

    I've participated the last four years. It's just a great push to get you writing that novel keeps getting pushed aside.

    My advice is to realize early on that you will probably need to churn out some 5,000 word days in order to win. Don't get discouraged when you fall behind, the important thing is just not to quit. Whatever you do, don't stop writing. Because eventually you'll catch up 🙂

    My second bit of advice: Know that what you write will be awful. That's what happens when you write 50,000 words in a month. But hey, you've got 100 or so pages that are no longer blank. And that's the point. Quantity over Quality!

    So yeah, go for it! It can't hurt, and it's such a great feeling when you win. Write your fingers off!

    P.S.– I'm adding you on the Nano website because I'm a stalker like that. I'm Hannah17. Such an original name.


    • Emilyann Girdner
      October 22, 2012 @ 3:47 am

      That is fantastic that you've done it four times, good job Hannah! I think it is going to be a lot of fun. Already, it feels like a team event because everyone is so welcoming and helpful. And thank you for that awesome advice. Whew, 5,000 words a day is going to be something interesting, lol.
      I'm so glad you are adding me, I can use all the buddies I can get =)Chat with you soon lady.


  4. Vicki Orians
    October 22, 2012 @ 4:09 am

    This will be my first year participating in NaNo. I'm excited!!


    • Emilyann Girdner
      October 24, 2012 @ 3:03 am

      Me too! And I am a little nervous, but mostly excited.


  5. Cally Jackson
    October 23, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    I haven't done nano before. If I wasn't in my third trimester of pregnancy, I probably would have done it this year, but I think it's a little too full on for me right now. Best of luck with it! Hope you 'win'! 🙂


    • Emilyann Girdner
      October 24, 2012 @ 3:51 am

      It certainly would be a huge stress for right now, and congrats on your pregnancy by the way =)

      Maybe you can try it out next year and many thanks for the kind wishes.


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