Monday, January 2, 2012

JanFebMarNoWriMos - Let the Writing Begin!

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by Lisa at The Empty Nest

At the start of November, when I was super bummed about not participating in NaNoWriMo this year, a few of my writing peeps who did not do NaNo this year either - or who did but now want to finish those books - were chatting about taking the months of January, February and March to write a book.

And so JanFebMarNoWriMos was born.

The rules are simple: Write a book (or finish another project, if that is what you need to do) by the end of March.

That's it.

And the other day, when I was all like, "Yay! I wrote a book and now I'm going to write another one during JanFebMarNoWriMos!" a bunch of other peeps were like, "Oh! I want to do JanFebMarNoWriMos and write a book, too!"

So here we are - 2 days into January and I have read through my unfinished NaNo project from Nov. '10, and am now super pumped to finish it. I forgot that I love these characters and their adventures EVEN MORE than the one's from the story I just spent the last 2.5 years writing. Which hopefully means racing to the end will be awesome - or at least with less head-bang-against-keyboard moments than I had with the last book.

JanFebMarNoWriMos-ers, are you still out there? Who is up for finishing a draft/project by March? Shout it loud and shout it proud!

And of course, you'll have to hold yourself accountable, but if you shout it in my comments, and want me to crack the whip to keep you going to the end of March - especially if I see you tweeting or Facebook status updating non-stop instead of writing - just say so! (although if I'm catching you doing it, it probably means I need a whip cracked, too)

*cracks whip*

Let the JaNo games begin!

*UPDATE - the fantabulous Heather Kelly just let me know there is a site called A Round of Words in 80 Days (best name EVER, imo) where you can have more structured meet ups and whip cracking if you need it - check it out: http://aroundofwordsin80days.wordpress.com/blog/

xoxo,

18 comments:

Heather Kelly said...

Marisa--You might want to do this with the ROW 80 crowd--it's A ROUND OF WORDS in 80 days. Which kinda fits your time table. You check in with your goals twice a week, and everyone cheers you on. Check out the link: http://aroundofwordsin80days.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/the-test-mile-and-goals/ It's a built in support system! I'm doing it! :)

Marisa Hopkins said...

A ROUND OF WORDS in 80 days - haha, that is the BEST name for a writing motivation thingamajiggy EVER. Thanks, Heather!

Sabrina West said...

Good luck, Marisa! Keep us updated. What's your novel about?

Stefanie Jones said...

Ooh! I wanna do it with you! I just started a new novel, and would love to see if I can crank it out in 3 months. :-D

Marisa Hopkins said...

Thanks, Sabrina! :) I blogged about it once, here - http://www.tootsiegrace.blogspot.com/2010/11/little-peek-of-my-wip.html with a little blurb of what it's about.

It's still a baby of a book - LONG way to go, but it will hopefully be fun to finish!

(Nice to see you at my blog, btw. Your Prosers blog is my latest addiction)

Marisa Hopkins said...

Stefanie - YAY!!! :)

Kearsie said...

Me! Me!!! *waves hands madly*

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Marisa, I'm glad to hear you're pumped up about your project! I hope to see you at TPR once in awhile! I wish I could join more of them. Maybe I should play hooky! :D

Laura Pauling said...

Trying to write a novel in 3 months to me is way better than trying to cram 50k words into one month, a month that includes a huge holiday week! I wish I could join in. Maybe in Feb.!

Kelly Polark said...

I always wondered what ROW meant!!!

Good luck to you! I'm in picture book mode this month! :)

Melissa said...

Good luck to you! I know you can do it. :-D

Joanne said...

I like the idea of 3 months versus 1 month, it just seems like a lot less pressure. Happy writing to you as you begin!

stirling bennett said...

Although I am severely annoyed with myself for not managing the new-project aspect of JaNo, I am IN for the finish-old-project aspect. SO IN.

DancingMooney ♥ said...

Have fun Marisa, can't wait to see what you come up with! ♥

AlyGatr said...

Day 3 and...well I wrote the first blog post in 2 weeks. I know, I know, I need to start writing. Start flogging away at me!

Heather F said...

Let the fun begin! My goal is to finish up "MM" and get it completely query ready. Thanks for letting me play along!

Heather Kelly said...

Thanks for adding that plug into the post, M. I'm finding it helpful, I think others might as well. Although people who don't know how well we know each other might think it a shameless linky link. :)

@Dianne--I think you should DEFINITELY play hooky just so we can all hang out in TPR!!

Marisa Hopkins said...

Heather - I love shamelessly linking my friends. And you ARE fantabulous.

Everyone who is going kick major butt during JaNo - YAY! GO YOU!!!!

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