October 17, 2012

RTW: NaNu NaNu

Road Trip Wednesday is a 'Blog Carnival' where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
"Mork calling Orson.
Come in, Orson."
Please don't make me explain.

This week's topic:
Are you doing NaNoWriMo, or have you ever? Does having a deadline inspire you?

Why yes. Yes I am. Well, I guess you could say I'm sort of doing NaNo this year, but I won't be plunging into a completely original work. The official NaNoWriMo rules state: 
Start from scratch. None of your own previously written prose can be included in your NaNoWriMo draft.

I took part in NaNo last year and started a YA contemporary romance/classic retelling from scratch (a couple of days into November, actually). But I only managed to pound out around 19,000 words during that month. Since then I've worked on this WIP off and on and am now somewhere around the 33,000 word mark (I totally just typed 'mork' and had to correct it, BTW). So I figure why not finish what I started last year? 50,000 more words should be more than enough to complete a first draft of this story. I'm trying really hard to ignore the temptation to work on another of my shiny new ideasa YA Historical/Time Travel that takes place in Scotland. The absolute last thing I need right now is to have three vastly different projects on the go.

NaNo actually couldn't come at a better time. I'm just finishing up revisions on my YA sci-fi WIP (Watch of Night) based off of my CP's and beta readers' suggestions, and after that I'm pretty well set to start querying it. I guess that makes November both NaNoWriMo and QueRySenDo month. I'm probably a little off my rocker planning to do both next month, but then again I never claimed to be sane. (Exhibit A: Pictures of Mork from Ork in this blog post. Nanu nanu.)

To answer the second part of the question: Does having a deadline inspire you? Yes, I think it does. When I was in university, I was always the type of person to leave writing an essay until the last minute. I'd get all of the research done (the fun part) and then sit on it until the eleventh hour. I don't do well with wide open timelines. I need deadlines and to set realizable goals within that span of time. I suppose having deadlines is good practice for if I ever get published, right?

How about you? Are you planning on taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? How are you with deadlines?


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  1. I wish I could be the type who can sit and say I'm going to get it done but without a deadline I'm easily distracted. NaNo helped me become strict and dedicated and I hope it will help again this year. :) Good luck!

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    1. I get easily distracted too. I have managed to work myself into a writing routine, but that has fallen by the wayside over the past month or so. Must get back on track, and NaNo is a great way to do that. Good luck to you too! :)

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  2. Omg, LOVE this Mork-ish post! And good luck with NaNo! I'll be cheering from the sidelines!

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    1. Haha! I thought I was the only one who was going to know who Mork was. Glad that's not the case. :) I'm looking forward to NaNo more for the motivation to write and the comraderie, not so much to 'win'. :)

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  3. Mork! I loved that show when I was a kid :) Good luck with NaNo and with querying!

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    1. I totally thought nobody would know what the heck I was talking about with the Mork thing. :) As for NaNo, I'm just looking forward to it for finding motivation to write.

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  4. I don't consider deadlines "inspirational," but certainly motivational--and that's what this year's NaNo-NaNo will do for me, I hope. (And by the way, I think they should adopt NaNo-NaNo as the official greeting of all NaNoWriMo participants. :) ) And I completely understand not wanting to start something new, especially when you're already 30K words into the novel. If I were that far into my WIP, I'd probably just pick up where I left off and plan to add 50K words. As it is, I can easily start mine over--and this time run to the finish line with it. :)

    And for the record, yes, I was a Mork fan in my childhood. And yes, "Mork and Mindy" was very popular in the UK in the late 70s/early 80s. :)

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    1. No, deadlines aren't overly inspirational. For me they're just the kick in the pants that I need to get something done. It will be nice this year to have so many others that I know taking part in it as well. It's all about the motivation and accountability for me.

      I'm glad I'm not the only one here who knows who Mork is. That would have been weird and awkward otherwise. :)

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  5. Like Robin, I'm easily distracted without a deadline, and self-imposed deadlines don't count =(
    So that's why NaNo works for me. I tried taking part of CampNaNo this year, but had to work on revisions, so couldn't, but I try to, since it's a nice way to have deadlines that were not set by me ;)
    Good luck!

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    1. I get easily distracted, so it's nice having the accountability of NaNo to help me out. It's nice knowing that others are trying to reach their own personal writing goals--whatever they may be--during November as well. Good luck to you too! :)

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  6. I think that's a really great way to spend your NaNo month, finishing off what you started last year. To be able to get 19,000 words done in the month last year obviously means the NaNo you participated in wasn't a waste at all! Although I do love the sound of your Scotland time travel novel!!

    I agree about deadlines. I'm motivated as is, but I like to get things totally completed before the deadline so for me it acts as a kick up my butt to just keep moving and get the words down.

    (also, I feel I'm missing out on something significant by not knowing about Mork...)

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    1. It's definitely the perfect kick in the butt to just sit down and write, regardless of the goal to reach 50,000 words. It's all about the motivation and accountability for me, so that's reason enough to join in. :)

      The Mork thing is a show (Mork & Mindy) from decades ago. Totally weird, but totally made me think of NaNo. Mork always said "Nanu nanu" because he was some kind of alien and that was their thing. Definitely weird. :)

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  7. Nanu nanu!
    You're making me want to go find some old episodes.

    I'm not doing NaNo this year, but next year I actually hope to use it to finish a WIP I started a long time ago. (I guess that's cheating, but I'm not interested in winning so much as to use the camaraderie to finish a project.)
    I'll be cheering for both your NaNoWriMo and QueRySenDo next month!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one who know who Mork was. That would have been weird... :P

      I'm not interested in winning NaNo either. For me it's all about motivation and accountability, so why not finish something I already started, you know? It's a great opportunity to do that.

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  8. You can do 50,000 words :) And good luck with your querying! November is going to be a big month for you!

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    1. Not sure if I can do 50,000 words, but that doesn't really bother me. I just want to make sure that I'm writing seriously during NaNo and not allowing myself to get distracted by other things. The accountability of others taking part really helps with that, and it also motivates me so that's great. :)

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  9. Love Mork!

    Timing is an important factor in NaNo, and I've heard lots of writers say they're going to bend the "from scratch" rule. It's about motivation and mutual support.

    Best of luck!

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    1. You're so right about it being about motivation and mutual support. That's why I'm taking part anyway, not to 'win'. It's exactly the kick in the pants that I need right now because my writing has gotten a little derailed this past month.

      And I'm so glad that more than a few people here knew who Mork was. Otherwise, this would have just been weird and awkward. :)

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  10. Good luck with NaNo. I wish I was doing like you and continuing a WIP a started earlier this year. Unfortunately I've got lots of revisions in line first.

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    1. So I guess November will be revising month for you, and that's great! It's an opportunity to find motivation knowing that so many others are furiously trying to reach their own goals, whatever they may be. That's why I decided to work on finishing something rather than starting a new project from scratch. :) Good luck with your revisions!

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  11. I've also used the month to continue projects I was currently working on. I know the rules say something fresh and new, but I don't think it matters where the words come from. I think it matters that they're written down.

    Here's my blog post and feel free to add me on the website! http://natashamheck.blogspot.com/2012/10/rtw-nanowrimo-is.html

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    1. Yes! You are so right about just getting the words written down. It's about motivation and accountability, not about 'winning' for me. :)

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  12. Sounds like you have a busy month ahead of you, and best of luck as you start querying!

    I'm planning on revising in November. If I start a new project next month, I'll be hopping so far down a tangential bunny trail that I'm afraid I'll ever finish the last story I started.

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    1. Thanks, Nickie! I totally understand the tangential bunny trail thing. I've been trying to avoid temptation to start another project I've been planning. I need to finish what I started and use NaNo to make that happen. :) Good luck with your revisions!

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  13. I'm doing NaNo. I hate deadlines. Yeah. I'm trying to change, or at least be better at it. :P Good luck this year. :D

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    1. I'm not a major fan of deadlines, but I know that they do work for me when they aren't self-imposed. Though, I did say that I planned on querying this fall and that actually will probably end up happening. But NaNo is all about motivation and accountability, and that's what I'm using it for. :) Good luck with your own NaNo plans. You can totally do it! :)

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  14. What a fun and busy month you have ahead of you! I hope you get all that work done and by Dec 1st you get to take a breather and relax.

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    1. Yes, definitely busy. The fun thing? We'll see, I guess. :) Here's hoping December is a nice restful month!

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  15. I'm doing NaNo for the first time this year. I'm excited! I don't know if I'll "win" but I'm looking forward to pushing myself to write a ton. I work better with deadlines. Good luck!!

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    1. That's awesome that you decided to take the plunge! I'm not worried about 'winning', I just want to get some serious writing done. :) It's definitely a good way to push/motivate yourself and find some accountability. Good luck to you too!

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  16. Since you and I have already discussed this and become NaNo writing buddies and all, I'll just say that the Na-Nu Na-Nu image you included totally made me snort. Well played, Jaime. ;-)

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    1. I thought nobody would understand the whole Mork Na-Nu Na-Nu thing. That would have been weird and awkward. :P Always happy to make you snort, Katy. :)

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  17. I'm so excited for NaNo! I'm also working on revisions right now on a project that I -- also -- plan to start querying over November. It's more the community aspect than the deadlines that makes me love NaNo so much.

    Good luck with writing and querying!

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    1. I couldn't agree more. It will be nice to have people cheering you on and to be able to cheer them on in meeting their goals too. :) Good luck to you too!

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  18. Hi, Jaime!

    First, CONGRATS on coming to the end of WATCH! That's excellent news, and I cannot wait to see which agent scoops you up! Your blog is so much fun to read, I know your WIP must be, too.

    I don't think it's insane to query and do NaNo at the same time at all. Working towards 50k will keep your mind off waiting for responses from agents (well, a little. Maybe.)

    Second, I'm doing NaNo for the first time, and I'm really excited! I don't know if I'll "win" since it's a busy month for me, but I want to give it a go! I'll look for ya once I sign up.

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    1. Thanks, Daisy! :) I hadn't thought about NaNo helping to keep my mind off of waiting for agent responses, but I think there may be something to that. :)

      Definitely look me up when you sign up for NaNo. I think I'm just JaimeMorrow on there. It's awesome that you decided to take the plunge!

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  19. Ah Robin Williams. Never ceases to amaze me that he played both Mork and Mr. Keating. From Nanu Nanu to Carpe Diem. Doesn’t get more diverse than that. Good luck with your NaNo goal! I’ll be cheering you on and totally hounding you for the remaining chapters of Only Annie!

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    1. No doubt. What a weirdo. :) I'm really looking forward to getting back into writing ONLY ANNIE. It's only been about a month, but already it feels like I've been away from it for far too long. I just want to finish it already! :)

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  20. Best of luck with your NaNo project! It's great to have a deadline to keep the fire burning under your feet.

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    1. Between that and the accountability of others doing the same thing, I think NaNo can be really good! :)

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  21. I looooove NaNo... And deadlines totally inspire me... I honestly can't work without them! :D

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    1. I didn't do as much as I wanted to last year during NaNo, but the fact that I'm still working on that story off and on makes me think it wasn't totally wasted. :) Here's hoping this year is a little more productive!

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  22. Congrats on wrapping up a round of revisions! I'm so excited for NaNo - after not being 100% sure I was even going to participate 48 hours ago. It's going to be a lot more fun this time around having lots of buddies.


    I love Mork and Mindy when I was a kid. I would veg out for the Happy Days/Luverne & Shirley/Mork & Mindy line-up. Here's a little treat for you:

    http://youtu.be/eHWXAJhmvyU

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    1. Haha! That Mork and Fonz clip was funny. :) I totally forgot that these were spinoffs of Happy Days.

      I wasn't really considering NaNo until I decided to do it the way I wanted to, you know? It's just great having other writer friends working at the same time and cheering each other on. It's kind of like the blogs only more intense. :) Glad you decided to join in too!

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  23. Hahaha, you just described how I got myself through college. I wrote half of the first draft of my senior thesis the night before it was due, and was revising the thing until about an hour before the final copy was due :)

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  24. So....reading your post and all the comments, I am starting to wonder if I should use NaNo as a way to motivate myself to get through my rewrite of PLAYING WITH FIRE...
    Should I, should I? Hmmm
    Anyways, I´m so happy you decided to do ONLY ANNIE for this because I need me some more ONLY ANNIE :D
    (and yay for querying around the same time, I might shoot you a few insane emails during that period :D)

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  25. So I did Nano last year, and it was awesome, but I threw that book away because it was crap. I think I want to do it this year too and I think you should do it also. The thing is, I didn't write anything awesome, but it helped me get into a groove of writing a lot! And sometimes that's what I need. It breaks writer's block.

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  26. Mork and Mindy! Great minds indeed. I think a deadline helps me too! :)

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