The Unofficial NaNo-er, Or, Let’s (Kind Of) Do This Thing!

I’m officially a weird NaNo-er.

I hesitate to even call myself one in the first place, since I’ve never signed up for the official site. Not because I think it’s a waste of time or that I’m Much Too Artsy of a Writer to encourage such Trendy Things (insert eye roll), but because for the past four Novembers I’ve had projects that were young and in need of some serious busting out. Since the projects were never started on November first and my daily word count goal fluctuates like woah, I don’t exactly qualify to do the all-out NaNoWriMo.

Yet here I am, working really hard to finish my beloved WIP by the end of November.

I feel like there are probably a lot of other writers out there in a similar position, Unofficials just like me who are truly inspired by all the writing happening this month. While the constant word count updates on Twitter might annoy some, they only make me want to work harder, because there is just something magical about the idea of buckling down especially hard just for a month to produce up to 14K of quality words a week. I mean, what fun is being a writer if you don’t experience some seriously disciplined goals once in a while, right? Good practice, good experience, fun for all, yada yada yada.

Yes, I will admit that being Unofficial leaves all sorts of wiggle room when it comes to daily word count, and also kind of eliminates the stress of “failing.” (Although let’s not fool ourselves, failure is in the eye of the Unofficial beholder and if we don’t finish by the end of the month we’ll still feel all sorts of terrible.) I also got a nice head start of 10K, which to be honest I kind of used up already after going a week without even opening the document. *head/desk*

Just because you don’t fit all the requirements of the official NaNoWriMo goal, you can still participate in ways beyond signing up for the site. Now is a great time to get caught up in the positive energy and work on your WIP, no matter its current state: old, new, in need of tuning, in need of growing, in need of change.

So to all my fellow Unofficials, I reach out a hand and say unto you…YOU CAN DO EET! (If you’re like me and sometimes need a daily reminder of said fact, sign up for our Carpool Lane email for daily inspiration and encouragement, as well as super helpful tips on staying steady in your race to finish.)

Release the hounds! It’s not too late!







12 comments:

  1. I've done it unofficially for years, but this is the first year I did it properly. I tried the summer camps in June and August, completed novels both times, and tackled The Big One. I see it as a tool to make work for me. I have a story to write and a wordcount to keep up, and Nano offers encouragement and accountability. :-)

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    1. That's awesome, Kessie! I really hope that one of these years the timing will be right so I can do it legit. Love the community-wide encouragement and accountability aspect!

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  2. You can still register with the site and participate if you start early, have a different goal, and/or are working on something that you've already started. There's an entire section of the forums dedicated to "rebels." And you don't really get anything for "winning," so you can still register and hang out on the forums and chat with people even if you're not aiming for 50k in a new fiction novel.

    Just so you know. :)

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    1. I definitely did not know that!! Thanks for the info- I'll probably end up doing that if I don't have a new project for next November.

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  3. Yup this is my first time doing it and I am deffinately an Unofficial. And proud of it! I'm actually finishing the story that I originally started when I was 13 years old--and I'm 19 now. So I'd still say its quite special. I completely agree, all the extra encouragement and support is SO GREAT!!!

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    1. Wow! Your story must be really special to stick around in your heart all this time. How cool is that? Good luck, by the way!!

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  4. Official or not, good luck with finishing your book this month! I agree with you, too - even though I'm not doing NaNoWriMo, I find all the updates very inspiring. They inspire me to work harder on my revisions.

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    1. Thank you so much Caryn! And yes on the inspiration- I personally love reading those updates.

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  5. I've been taking all the motivational energy surrounding NaNo and channeling it into whipping up my revisions! Way to make it our own, even if its unofficial. Happy Weekend!

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    1. You too, Deirdre. Go rock those revisions! <3

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  6. This is my third official NaNo, but my sixth if you count the three Camp NaNos I've done too.

    I've found that with the word count goals in NaNoWriMo, I'm actually belting out a novel that I want to WORK with later. Since I'm writing all my novels to benefit the same series, that makes it even more exciting. By the end of this month, I'll have the first five novels ready for extensive revision and hopefully publication!

    This year is especially wonderful... It's the first year I'm doing it as a married woman. My husband and I are going to A Night of Writing Dangerously for part of our honeymoon. We are BOTH excited!

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  7. A honeymoon that includes writing? Now that is dedication! :) I hope you have a great time.

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