Pseudo-NaNoWriMo

First off, I’m not a “real” NaNoWriMo participant.

But … but … even though I’m not doing it for real, I love the idea of NaNo. The zest and spirit floating around on the interwebs as writers pile up the word count and advance their stories. The dedication with which they attack their manuscripts one day at a time. Every day. I just love it.

So I decided to do a Pseudo-NaNo this year. It feels a little like cheating, but I just couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to surge forward with so much company. My Pseudo-NaNo has two simple rules: 1K words minimum. Every Single Day.

Another thing I’m cheating on is that this is not a brand new manuscript. I had close to 20K and a detailed outline for this project when I started the month, which means that the 30K from November will put me very close to finishing the first draft.  Motivation, people! It’s all about sitting in the chair. Isn’t it? *blinks*

So cheers and good luck to all the real NaNo-ers! And same to any other Pseudo-NaNo-ers out there! Feel free to share any Pseudo experiences here. 🙂

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18 responses to “Pseudo-NaNoWriMo

  1. I don’t think it matters if it’s pseudo or official. I’m using to finish up some major rewrites that I wasn’t expecting to do and hope to finish by the end of November! Good luck! And it was great to meet you. 🙂

  2. Kip–this is PRECISELY the same boat that I am in–halfway through a novel, and hoping to finish in the flurry of NaNo. I love changing NaNo to suit my needs. However, I’m off to a slow start. I need to get writing!

    Great to see you last night!

    • Great seeing you too! And so glad to hear I’m not the only one in this boat. Feel free to check in or poke on progress!

  3. Hi, Kip!
    I love calling it pseudo-NaNo! I’m working with a group of teens, so we made our own goals. My goal is 200 new words on a brand new wip AND a revision of my other project. By the end of the month I should have the revision completed and 6000 words of something new. And a bunch of teens with a LOT of writing!

    Good luck with your goal!
    Cindy

  4. I think it’s a great idea to use NaNo got get excited about writing. After all, it’s not REALLY about the 50K. It’s really about getting your butt in the chair and reaching your writing goals.

    While I am reaching for the 50k, my writing isn’t necessarily my book. I’m starting a new project and I’m using NaNo to brainstorm my backstory and character sketches. I’m getting to know my characters and what happened in their lives individually before and during when the novel takes place. Yes, it’s crazy, I know. I”m writing a book about my book. A little backwards but that’s how I roll.

    • Yes! Butt in the chair indeed! Love your 50K idea. I hope you’ll get to use a lot of it, whether directly or indirectly. Good luck!

  5. Like you, I’m a cheater. But, Nano is a great way to keep the fire lit under my butt! It gives me a solid platform to tell my family to leave me alone, to eat their hot dogs and hot pockets and like it, to excuse my manic behavior while I bang out the end of my current WIP. It also introduced me to some writers in this area, which I thought was bereft of any such critters. Finally, a cry from the wilderness was heard! So thank you Nanowrimo and buddies like you, Kiperoo!

  6. Hey twitter pal! I had to chime in and say I didn’t participate in NaNo this year either, I basically spent time editing/revising my current project. Oh, oh, oh! Most importantly — Good luck w/your wip!!! <33

  7. I actually did NaNo this year because I had a book I wanted to push out and see what happened. And…I finished NaNo 950k yahoo!)….but not the book. Not yet, at least. But the story makes me giggle.
    Good luck, Kip!

  8. LOL, Shelly! My brain must’ve edited for NaNo, because I read it as 50K! But I almost spewed my chai when I read the 950K now. 🙂

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