Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Published 8:29 AM by with 5 comments

NaNoWriMo 2014: Invoking the Zokutuo Clause

Last year I participated for the first time in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, which happens every November. I "won", which means that I managed to get 50,000 words down onto my computer and verify it with the word-count application on the NaNo website by midnight on November 30th. It was GRUELING! It meant super early mornings, a bunch of late nights, extra caffeine, and a lot of day-dreaming. It was also one of the most exciting, interesting, adventurous, creative projects I've ever done.

This year, I'm doing NaNoWriMo again, but it will be a little different.

I'm invoking the Zokutou Clause. 

In essence, this means that since A) I have already done NaNoWriMo once before, and B) I have already completed 50,000 words of my novel, I am going to refrain from beginning a new story this year and instead attempt to either A) add 50,000 extra words onto this existing story, or B) complete the novel's entire first draft, whichever comes first.

It's just as daunting a task as writing a completely new storyline, believe me! I'm a little terrified. And terribly excited.

In honor of NaNoWriMo being only half a month away, I'm resurrecting the 2013 page here on my blog, if anyone is interested in checking out what last year looked like. But I'm also beginning a new page where I will write solely about 2014's endeavors, as well as share awesome links to help fellow writers with the entire NaNoWriMo process.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo '14? Let me know in the comment section! My name is Lyssagirl on the NaNo site, so feel free to add me as a writing buddy, too.

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5 comments:

Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom said...

How exciting. I can't believe I'm doing this. Fiction writing is new to me but I'm going to try to get 'er done!

I'm going to go follow you now!
xoxo

Lyssa said...

Yay! You're going to be simultaneously excited and freaked out doing it : ) It's such a fun new experience, but you really just have to keep jumping off the diving board into the deep end, day after day, and just make yourself sit down at the keyboard! So glad you're joining!!!

Jaime D Buckley said...

"It was GRUELING! It meant super early mornings, a bunch of late nights, extra caffeine, and a lot of day-dreaming. It was also one of the most exciting, interesting, adventurous, creative projects I've ever done."

Sounds AWWWWWESOME!

You just got me even MORE excited Lyssa!! Hehehe.

Going to follow you now too--add you to my word count thingy.

Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom said...

I am so glad you shared this at the #SHINEbloghop Lyssa! I'm so nervous but excited.

I don't know what's wrong with me but I keep on thinking 50,000 words isn't that hard... is it?! Then I correct myself and think... oh yeah, you bet it is!

Looking forward to doing this journey with you!

Wishing you a lovely day.
xoxo

Lyssa said...

@Jaime D Buckley

Woohoo, another fellow crazy NaNo'er! I'm excited to see your journey : )

@Jennifer

Nervous and excited is how I'm feeling right now too!