6 Reasons to do Nanowrimo

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Hello everyone!

How is it going? Can you all believe that we have less than 10 days left until Nanowrimo?! I am starting to feel the excitement! To be honest I am also freaking out a bit!! (Just a little bit! I promise! Aaahhhhhhh!!)

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with Nanowrimo, here’s what it is all about!

Na·no·wri·mo

ˈnænoʊ ˈraɪmoʊ/

A frenzied month where novelists and aspiring novelists take on the ambitious and crazy goal of writing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. For more information, check out the official website.

Yup, you’ve heard me right. This works out to an average of 1667 words a day. When you think about it, that’s kind of the length of an English essay back in high school. Every day. Yup…

WHY DO WE BRING THIS UPON OURSELVES?!

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That’s the question that I’m going to answer for you guys today. Maybe you’ve thought about but haven’t committed to Nanowrimo yet, or maybe you’ve just heard about it for the first time. Wherever you’re at today, my job is to convince you that Nanowrimo is just the thing you gotta do this November.

1. Challenge yourself.

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In my opinion, there are two qualities of great challenges: 1) They are outside our comfort zones, and 2) With the right combination of time, effort and willpower, they are achievable.

The great thing about Nanowrimo is that it is ambitious and achievable, provided that we have the time, effort and conviction to make it happen. So, if we have a few extra hours each day, if we have The Next Best Novel ready to waltz onto the page, why not take the leap?!

2. Write that dream novel.

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Have you always dreamed of writing a novel? Do you have a brilliant idea in mind that you just never had the chance to translate into words? Or maybe you are a seasoned writer and you are excited to write your next novel? Well, Nanowrimo might be just the thing you need.

I never knew that I could write a novel from beginning to end until I participated in my first Nanowrimo 10-ish years ago. Nanowrimo gave me the confidence that I can write a novel. Yup, we can write a novel when we put our mind to it.

3. Give your writing an extra push!

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Alternatively, maybe you are a few chapters or halfway through a novel and hoping to finish it this month. Maybe you are working on editing or re-writing your second draft. Maybe you (like me) just want to write the first 50K of your next novel.

We are all in different parts of our writing journey. When November rolls around, we might not always be in the position to start the first draft of a new novel. It doesn’t mean that we should shy away from Nanowrimo! I’d say we can go ahead and modify our Nanowrimo goal in a way that works for us. Whatever your goal may be, go for it! You do you!

4. Abolish the internal editor for a month.

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There is one thing that is the worst enemy to creativity. Nope, it’s not our day jobs and it is not our adulting duties. It is that internal editor that lingers in the back of our minds in various states of wakefulness. If we are lucky, she is asleep and docile, but she is vicious when she is awake, whispering lies such as “this idea sucks,” “wasn’t this plot device done, like, a gazillion times in the history of writing?” and “ugh, adverbs again, what did I tell you?” The presence of the internal editor is highly associated with the Blank Page Syndrome.

But for Nanowrimo? I’d say it’s time to send your internal editor packing. If our goal is to write 1667 words a day, the internal editor is not going to help with that. Get her to come back in December or January when we are ready to edit!

5. Write with the whole world.

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Writing can feel like a solitary task. We writers are in our own heads, we see and hear characters that only we know, we imagine and build our own places and worlds, and our immense and daunting goal is to recreate it all on a piece of paper in a way that other people understand.

BUT!!! For the month of November, the whole world is writing with us! Not only are there the Nanowrimo forums, there are lots of writers in the blogging community. There might also be local events such as write-ins perhaps near your geographical area. Not to mention just that feeling in the air that hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are writing with us! If that doesn’t motivate us to get off our butts and do some major kick-ass writing, I don’t know what will!

A shout-out to Beth, Zoie, Sieran, Margaret, Haidan, ML Davis, JW Martin, Chelsea Vanderbeek and Me and Ink who are my fellow Wrimos this year! Good luck to us all and we are going to be awesome ❤

6. It’s a lot of fun.

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Come on, what’s better to do in November than pursuing our dreams? 😉

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Are you up for Nanowrimo this year? If so, do you have it all planned out or ready to pants your way through? What are your reasons to do Nanowrimo?

78 thoughts on “6 Reasons to do Nanowrimo

  1. Marie says:

    This is such a motivating post, Sophie, you have me convinced haha 🙂 I love how NaNo brings so many writers together and I love the frenzy taking over the writing world in that month, too, it’s so motivating and heartwarming to see, too 🙂 I also agree that it gives us that extra push to really get our words down, or at least try, because we’re not alone 🙂

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  2. castlesandhurricanes says:

    Ah this kind of makes me want to do it, especially since I don’t have to work as much (although mostly of my time is currently spent on applying to jobs). I also haven’t been writing aside from journaling/blogging lately so I feel like I’d be too out of shape lol. I definitely admire everyone who does it though!

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    • Sophie Li says:

      I’d say journaling and blogging are writing activities too. Ever since I started blogging, I feel like it has helped my writing. After all we have to choose the right words to put on the page 🙂 I definitely encourage you to go ahead with Nanowrimo if you feel up for it!

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Sometimes life gets in the way, doesn’t it? I only have two of the three (dogs and work) and I can only imagine the additional responsibility of kids! It is already amazing that you juggle all that and blogging 🙂 Thank you ❤

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Absolutely! If you want to write something, even if you don’t have a concrete idea yet, I think you should go for it. There is still time to think of an idea that you are excited about 🙂

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      • Sophie Li says:

        Hmm, I find that it is much easier to write down ideas when I have them. If I don’t write them down, even if I tell myself to remember it later on, I am likely to forget. Then when I am actually looking for an idea, I check the “notes” section of my phone for ideas I’ve already written down. I’d say just be on the lookout for ideas that pop into your mind and write them down!

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  3. Rasya says:

    I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve never finished writing my Nano novels but joining the event makes me more motivated to write and it’s fun seeing other people writing and giving support to each other.

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  4. Sieran Lane says:

    Sophie, I’ll reply more later, but I just finished writing Justin and Tobakus!!! One moment, you wonder why it’s so difficult for you to write lately. The next moment, you finish writing the book. XD

    I will start the fourth and hopefully last book, Cadence and Annabelle (or Annabelle and Cadence, I’ll decide on the order later). Cadence is gender fluid and Annabelle is a trans girl. I probably will start this book BEFORE Nano starts. But that’s okay because I’ll just continue it during Nanowrimo, lol.

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    • Sophie Li says:

      WOW! Congratulations!!! That’s amazing Sieran! It sounds like you’ve conquered the difficult part of your novel and then finished it in no time 🙂
      And it’s awesome that you are diving into a new novel right away! I guess that’s the good part about being a pantser haha 🙂
      I’m getting so excited about Nanowrimo!!! Are you ready for November?

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      • Sieran Lane says:

        Yeah!! I’ll probably “edit” the last 2000 words or so that I wrote first, before I start Annabelle and Cadence. Right now, I’m writing a bit more on my next blog post. LOLLL my blogging has really slowed down since I started my practicum.

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      • Sophie Li says:

        Life gets in the way sometimes, doesn’t it?! I am planning to pare down my blogging schedule (once per week) and exercise routine (three times per week) to make Nanowrimo happen 🙂
        And that’s interesting that you edit a bit of your previous WIP before writing the next one. I guess it makes sense because you are writing a series! I still have some research and planning to do for my next novel (a sci-fi fiction that takes place in 2050 after Internet is dead)

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      • Sieran Lane says:

        Oh wait, by “editing”, I just mean quick changes to make my sentences smoother, clearer, and more pleasant to read, haha.

        Yeah I saw your blurb on Nano. Sounds like a fascinating story!!

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      • Sieran Lane says:

        Yeah and I FINALLY have a female protagonist in this book, lol. I like the pattern that emerged, where the first and second books featured a trans-and-cis couple (trans guy and cis guy, cis guy and nonbinary person), the third book centered on a cis-cis couple (both cis guys), and this fourth book has a trans-trans couple!! (Trans girl and gender fluid person.)

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      • Sophie Li says:

        Nice 😀 you have a good variety of characters there!
        I am glad to feature another Chinese character as the MC in my new novel. Also this one is about computers and the internet and technology which I know nothing about, hence I’ve been frantically researching haha 🙂 overall I am really excited for Nanowrimo!!

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      • Sieran Lane says:

        We need more Chinese characters for sure. I don’t mention my character races, since they are like sorcerers, not humans, so I don’t think they should have races. Yet, if I use photographs to make book covers in the future, I will have to pick stock photo models who have a race, hmmm. So I’m thinking about it. POC stock photo models are much less common than white ones, though. I’ll see what happens.

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      • Sophie Li says:

        Yeah I find that Asians are underrepresented in books and media. There are a few shows or movies where everyone is Asian, but it is uncommon to have shows where the MC is Asian while the rest of the cast is mixed. Meanwhile the reverse is true for Caucasian MCs!
        I think since your novel takes place in a fantasy setting it makes sense that characters don’t belong to an earthly race. Though if you are picking stock photos, Pinterest might help! It’s where I go to get photo inspirations for my characters 🙂

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      • Sieran Lane says:

        Pinterest is a good idea!! I would worry about copyright, though. I have a subscription with DepositPhotos, which is great in general, but lol I had such a hard time finding same-sex couple photos there… Hope finding suitable POC pictures wouldn’t be as hard. I purposefully avoid mentioning skin color in my story, because I want to avoid the topic of race (since they’re not human). But I do talk about eye and hair color. Some of them have black hair brown eyes, so they could be seen as POC (though caucasians can have black hair brown eyes too).

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      • Sophie Li says:

        That’s a good point about copyright and Pinterest. I guess when a picture is passed around the internet it’s hard to know who took or created the picture. I’m not too sure about the legal aspect of things but my principle is that it’s ok if I’m not making money off of them haha. It is a good idea to subscribe to a stock photo website, which I’ll look into for the future if I want to make a proper book cover 🙂 I can see how it is hard to find pictures featuring same-sex couples though.
        I think it is all right to avoid mentioning skin colour especially in fantasy settings and if it’s not essential to your story. Although I support LGBT, I tend to avoid LGBT characters especially as MCs, because I don’t have personal experience with gender identity and sexual orientation. Although I want to be able to write diverse books, I don’t want to get the perspective wrong and offend others.

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      • Sieran Lane says:

        Yeah that’s why I’m more slack and just use Google images for my blog posts, which are of course not for profit. For book covers, I’ll have to worry about the legal side of things.

        Ah, it’s a common fear of allies! Well, in general, if you write the character as a 3D person rather than as a stereotype, most people would be fine with it. What people usually complain about, are things like the queer or trans character playing a minimal role (e.g. saying a few lines in the movie), the character dying in the end, or the character being a villain. Not that you can’t have LGBT+ characters who are not minor roles, who die, or who are villains. But it looks bad if they are the only lgbt+ person in the story, and they either look unimportant, tragic, or evil. (I hated that Pokemon fanfic I read where the main villain was the only trans character in the story… 😣 He also happened to be very sick and sadistic. It was so awful that I stopped reading.)

        Some readers may complain about factual errors or outdated information in lgbt+ issues. That’s fair, and I would encourage as much research as possible on the topics you are writing about. (E.g. If you wanted to talk about the effects of taking testosterone blockers for a trans woman, it would be wise to read a lot about it or even to ask people in the know.) This also means that you don’t need to know everything there is to know about trans and queer people, though. Just know about the specific topics you are writing about. (So it’s not necessary to know who Caitlyn Jenner is if she is not related to your story at all, haha.)

        HOWEVER, a point that some readers don’t realize, is that even individuals inside the community do not always have accurate or up-to-date knowledge. Some trans folks I met in Canada still believed that you needed to “live as the opposite gender” for a year before you can get a top surgery referral. No, this is no longer necessary. (I didn’t know this either until my friend who has had this surgery told me, so I’m not judging anybody.) Similarly, just because someone is in the community, doesn’t mean they know all the currently-seen-as-acceptable terminology. I was still saying problematic things like “biological gender” and “born female” until one trans friend informed me that it’s better to say “assigned gender”, “assigned female at birth”, etc. I made such linguistic blunders in some of my stories with trans people! Even as a trans person myself. I was embarrassed and went back to change them, haha.

        Another important point is that what terminology is considered appropriate, changes over time. In the past, it was okay to say “born male”, “born female”, “bio guy (to refer to a cis male)”. But now these terms are cringeworthy to us. That does not mean that no trans folks use these terms anymore, however.

        The thing about knowledge and lack of knowledge is complicated, where even an ingroup member can be uninformed or misinformed. But as an ingroup member, readers are more likely to be forgiving. (Like if I as a Chinese writer get a Chinese tradition wrong, I’m more likely to be forgiven than if I were a white author.). So I completely understand the fear of making people angry because you are an outgroup member.

        I believe that even cishet authors should be able to write about queer and trans characters, even protagonists, though. I believe we should get as much representation as possible!

        Another method that could help, is to find “sensitivity readers”. These are readers who are in the community who can point out things in your manuscript that are problematic or inaccurate. (I’ll be happy to be a sensitivity reader if you ever write LGBT+ characters!) Of course, like what I said above, sensitivity readers are just people themselves, so they won’t catch every single thing that may cause problems or offense, so you can only try your best. We will appreciate your effort anyways. 😊

        One more thing is that different readers may have different perceptions (as you may expect). There was a book with two trans teenage MCs, written by a cis woman. She did a lot of research, interviewed some trans teens, and even volunteers at an organization that serves transgender youth. I personally adored this story (and I’m trans myself). Sadly, another reader said bluntly that they don’t trust LGBT+ books written by cishet authors. (I don’t agree with this stance, as I believe that even cishet writers can write about queer and trans protagonists.) Another reader complained that there was an inaccurate bit of information about transitioning. Alas. From what I remember, that piece of inaccurate information was spoken by one of the MCs, who is only a teenager. Even I, an adult, am ignorant about many details of transitioning (despite going through many of them myself). Can you really expect an adolescent to be fully knowledgeable about gender transitioning? Even when I hear trans friends and acquaintances talk, I regularly hear false rumors or inaccurate information, because we trans people are human too, and human beings cannot possibly know everything.

        Needless to say, I personally thought those readers were too harsh and unfair. But it is a reality that cishet authors may be evaluated more harshly on their queer and trans characters than lgbt+ authors would. As a writer, however, we should develop thick skins in the first place, since there are all sorts of reader opinions. Not all of them will be nice, no matter how well-liked your book is in general. (The book I mentioned above is uber popular.)

        P.S. It does annoy me sometimes, however, that some readers automatically assume the author is cishet if they are married to someone of the opposite gender. First of all, plenty of trans people can pass so that they appear to be cis. (Even most people think I’m a cis boy nowadays if they don’t know I’m trans.) Secondly, bisexuals and pansexuals exist… Gay and straight are not the only sexual orientations. The author I mentioned above identifies as cisgender, and has a husband. But that doesn’t mean she must be straight.

        Sorry, long rant, haha, but it’s a pet peeve of mine.

        Anyhow, if you ever want to write about a trans or queer MC or important secondary character, let me know, and I could answer questions and/or be a sensitivity reader if you like, haha.

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      • Sophie Li says:

        Thanks for weighing in on this, Sieran. I’m glad to hear your honest opinion since you’re part of the LGBT+ community! These are some very good points that you brought up regarding doing research and getting sensitivity readers if a writer is planning to write a novel featuring queer or trans MCs. It’s interesting to hear that there is some heterogeneity in the LGBT+ community in their opinions about what is considered offensive or not offensive.

        It makes sense that it can be offensive when the only queer or trans character(s) in the novel have minor roles or villainous roles. I notice this in some of the YA books that I read, where it seems like the author adds in a minor character who is LGBT+ just to incorporate diversity in their novel (since diversity is such a hot topic in YA books nowadays!)

        I get what you mean that writers who are “in-group” tend to get more leeway, which is the reason why I like writing about Asian characters. I feel that as an Asian, I know what could be offensive or not offensive to Asian readers, and that even if I toe the line a bit, I will likely get away with it. However I am definitely hesitant writing about any other racial group or about queer/trans characters.

        Right now, I think I am not quite ready to write about queer or trans characters as MCs, since it is still outside of my comfort zone. However I’ve been incorporating these characters as secondary characters, although their relationships may be subtle or not overtly apparent. I’d be glad to have you as a sensitivity reader some day 🙂

        PS. Sorry for the slow response! This week I have a student with me at work which takes some energy and time outside of work as well!

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      • Sieran Lane says:

        No worries! My comment was pretty long anyway, haha. Yay happy to hear about some LGBT+ secondary characters! Of course, we’re not all comfortable with any given social demographic. 😊. Though we may become more comfortable over time. I’ve been considering writing about characters with neurodivergencies that I don’t have. I’m definitely neurodivergent, but that doesn’t make me knowledgeable about all types. For example, I don’t have schizophrenia, but will I be able to write about a character with schizophrenia one day?

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      • Sophie Li says:

        I had to read a bit about neurodivergence since I haven’t heard the term before. Is this a more non-judgmental way to describe “mental illness”? I think it is a good way to think about mental illness as a normal variation of the human genome rather than as an “illness”.
        Hmm when it comes to writing about a person who is neurodivergent, I think the same approach of research and sensitivity readers apply, especially if we are writing about a condition that we’re not familiar with. Coming from a medical background, I think psychiatric conditions are quite different from each other. For example, a person with schizophrenia likely sees the world differently compared to a person with depression or a person with antisocial personality disorder.

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      • Sieran Lane says:

        I live in downtown Toronto. 😊. Yeah neurodivergent actually makes us sound cool, haha. Yes, they are definitely different. Folks can have more than one neurodivergency, though. (Tbh I don’t believe neurotypicals exist, lol. I feel like they are as fictional as the concept of a “normal person”.)

        An issue I thought of, is that you may actually have that condition, but due to safety reasons, you do not disclose this in public. So readers may assume that you are an outgroup member, and look at you warily. Alternatively, readers may correctly guess that you’re an ingroup member, and you would basically be outed. :/

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      • Sophie Li says:

        Haha yes neurodivergent has a sci-fi vibe to it which I like. I agree that no one is “normal” and everyone probably has some degree of neurodivergent traits- after all our brains are all wired differently. I’ve read somewhere that creativity has been associated with psychosis, which makes sense. (For example, writers make up stories and characters and essentially try to convince the world that they are real! Sometimes it is a bit scary how real my characters and my stories feel to me. However the difference between us and people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia or other forms of psychosis is that we can distinguish what is real and what is not.)
        I guess when a writer writes about characters who are neurodivergent, we assume that they are in-group or outgroup depending on how convincing they are, which may not always be accurate. I think the reverse example from what you mentioned might also be true where an author who doesn’t have the condition might be so convincing that readers think they do have the condition themselves!

        On another note! The reason why I asked where you were was because I am going to visit my family in Toronto for a week in late November! Since both you and Haidan are in the GTA area, I’m wondering if you guys want to meet up for a writing session, or we can go to one of the Nanowrimo writing events!

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      • Sieran Lane says:

        Sorry I forgot to write a more detailed response.

        Okay, some people might think I’m crazy, but I believe that our characters are in fact real people living in parallel universes. Have you heard of the multiverse theory in physics? I think it’s a legit theory that makes a lot of sense to me. Basically, it means there are many other universes out there, not just our own, but we cannot contact or see into them. I think our stories are some of those universes, as we cannot physically touch or see their worlds. But we can somehow access their universes indirectly through our writing. So I feel that when I write my stories and connect with my characters, I’m using my psychic powers or telepathy, lol. I talked to a writer friend who does have schizophrenia about this. They (my friend uses they/them pronouns) have also met many writers with similar beliefs to me, and they think it’s understandable that I would form such a belief, given my writing experiences, and that it would be irrational for me to believe otherwise. My friend added that schizophrenia and psychosis are NOTHING like believing in the reality of your story characters.

        Similarly, I (and very many other authors) have the ability to talk to our characters, and our characters talk back. I have another writer friend with both schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder. I asked her if our ability to talk to characters is like DID and hearing voices, and my friend replied that no, DID and auditory hallucinations are completely different from that ordinary writer phenomenon of talking to our characters. (Not all writers talk to their characters, but many do.)

        And I guess I have a more unconventional view of what’s real or not, because I’m Christian and believe in many intangible beings, like God, angels, and spirits. I still haven’t decided whether I believe in ghosts yet, though. I do believe in Heaven, but I’m not sure I believe in hell. Hell seems to be something used to scare people from doing bad things. Yeah I know many of my beliefs are heretic, haha, but hopefully anyone who happens to read this comment won’t take offense. But yeah, I believe that nonphysical entities and beings exist. Not to make stereotypes about nonreligious people, though, because I know atheists who believe in the spiritual world too; they just don’t believe in God. (I realized recently that though I am religious, most of my friends are atheists or agnostics. However, almost all of my closest friends are religious. Interesting, isn’t it?)

        Hey I like your point about believing that the author is an ingroup member if they write about the experience in a convincing way. There is one author who wrote about a trans guy with much insight, and I’m speculating that the author is transmasc himself. In his bio, he only mentions being gay, however, so I don’t know for sure.

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      • Sophie Li says:

        I have heard about theories of parallel universes, mostly in the books that I’ve read, though I haven’t thought too much about them myself. I suppose it is potentially true until proven otherwise!

        That’s interesting that you and other writers have the experience of being able to talk to your characters. I haven’t had the experience myself, although I can imagine things happening to my characters and between them. I suppose being able to talk to your characters would contribute to them feeling more real and therefore being able to portray them in a more realistic way. I think I get what you mean now when you say that you are just trying to tell your characters’ stories, rather than creating your characters’ stories.

        I am agnostic (thanks to all the science courses I took in university!) However I do marvel at the intricacies of the human and natural world, so I wonder if there is a higher power or Creator out there somewhere.

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      • Sieran Lane says:

        Yeah I do wonder what makes some writers able to talk to characters and some others not able to? It may be due to a willingness to believe in the reality of your characters, for some of us. I recall being able to talk to them shortly after I seriously considered that they could be real, not just in my imagination, but somewhere out there. In contrast, another writer friend of mine said that she would be scared if her characters talked to her, so she speculates that this is why her characters don’t interact with her directly. Well it makes sense. If your characters feel that you wouldn’t welcome their conversation, why would they talk to you? However, I don’t know if that willingness to believe explains it for everyone, though. As long as your process works for you!

        It’s good that you aren’t judgmental too, because I’ve heard of some writers who don’t hear their characters, state that those writers who do speak to their characters are “crazy.” =_= So close-minded, honestly.

        Aw that’s pretty cool that you can see why I’m just reporting what happened to my characters, rather than creating their stories. I’m discovering rather than building their world! Even though I still use the term world-building to help me communicate with other writers. Regardless of whether my beliefs are true or not, we can’t deny that my beliefs are helping me both enjoy and write my stories!

        Haha, I was a science student too, actually. Psychology was in both the faculties of art and science. I took the science route, which meant we needed to take a bunch of science and math freshman courses. Anyhow, one can both believe in science and be religious, though, the two don’t have to contradict one another. It’s like how I can be both gay and Christian at the same time! 😊

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  5. floatinggold says:

    I especially like reason no.4. We can be very critical of our writing. Writing to meet a word and time deadline is our sole focus.
    You part-took in your first NaNoWrite 10is years ago? Have you done it every year ever since?

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Absolutely! Sometimes our worst enemy is ourselves. We just have to go with our heart when it comes to writing 🙂
      I participated in Nanowrimo in 2005 and 2007, then I took a long break from writing and did Nanowrimo again in 2016. This will be my fourth year 🙂 I wish that I had kept it up with writing since the beginning though! Are you doing Nanowrimo this year?

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      • floatinggold says:

        That’s awesome!
        I discovered it only last year (when it was too late), and I thought to myself that I would do that this year.
        I expected to “prepare” myself and do this properly, but none of these things happened.
        This year (middle of October) I find that there is Prep October (or whatever the name)?! It might be an excuse to push it another year, so I can do it all for real.
        But I do think I will give it a try next month. If only to see how far I can go.

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      • Sophie Li says:

        I think you should absolutely give Nanowrimo a try. This is my fourth time doing Nanowrimo, and only my first time doing the prep work in October! (And yes! I actually did complete Nanowrimo the 3 previous times without planning!) I think it is completely doable even if you don’t have an entire story thought out. It might be an even more fun experience because you are going with the flow of things (some people write better that way!) If you’re feeling up for it, give Nanowrimo a go!

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  6. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    NaNoWriMo is definitely a lot of fun, and I love attempting to write a whole novel in just one month. It’s incredibly frenzied but I feel like I write more in the month of November than I do throughout the rest of the year! 😀
    This is a brilliant post Sophie, I can’t believe it’s so close to November and the start of NaNo but seeing all the posts on WordPress about that start of it makes me even more excited. I know the whole point of NaNo is to write as much as you can as fast as you can and abolish your inner editor like you said but I can’t quite turn off that voice in my head that tells me to re-write everything I’ve already written. 🙂
    Thanks for the shout-out, and good luck to you for NaNo as well! Bring on November right?! 🙂 ❤

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hi Beth 🙂 I tend to get more writing done during November as well! It’s great that Nanowrimo can motivate and inspire us to write more than we usually do 🙂
      You’re right that it’s so hard to shut down the internal editor. Usually I have the hardest time writing the beginning of a scene or a chapter. Hopefully the Nano spirit can help us out here too!
      I’m definitely getting so excited about Nanowrimo. Best of luck for both of us! I think we can do it if we put our minds to it 😀

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        I feel like I save up most of my writing inspiration for November, but I guess that’s what NaNo is all about isn’t it? 🙂
        It’s just how my writing works, I feel like I can’t not edit because it feels unfinished otherwise. Plus I suppose that makes it easier to go back and edit the second draft.
        Thanks, and yep we definitely can ! 😀 ❤️

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      • Sophie Li says:

        When I spend too much time deliberating over word choices or sentence structures or going back and rephrasing things, I tell myself that it’s the story that I’m trying to capture in the first draft and that the line-editing can come later. Of course that is easier said than done 🙂

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        Yeah, I think I get too caught up in the word choices and sentence structures. I may try and avoid it as much as I can during NaNo. I managed 50K last year going back and editing everything so I want to know how much I can manage if I don’t do that. 🙂

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  7. meandinkblog says:

    All excellent points for participating in NaNoWriMo– the timed aspects of it definitely will inspire you to just write instead of criticising every word and it is very nice to have everyone together. Helps when you are feeling particularly low about writing.
    Fab post and good luck with your NaNoWriMo. *whoop whoop* let the excitement begin haha!!

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      • meandinkblog says:

        Yes definitely helps to focus on writing. Thank you. I think I am going to start my first draft for my book again because I really want to rework that. So I am bending the rules slightly. But with everyone writing for NaNoWriMo you definitely feel more motivated to write so I wanted to use that energy to help finish something I really wanted. And I don’t feel that ready and I can’t believe November is in 3 days away. Haha.

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      • Sophie Li says:

        I think there’s nothing wrong with bending the rules and being a bit of a rebel 🙂 It’s all about using Nanowrimo to complete our own writing goals, right?
        Yes there is definitely an energy that we get with Nanowrimo that we don’t get any other time of the year! Best of luck for both of us 🙂

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