Book Two During NaNoWriMo

I’ve recently started outlining a for a “second” novel.

While I’ll begin writing this new novel in earnest during the National Novel Writing Month, I won’t technically be a NaNoWriMo participant as I won’t be following any of the NaNoWriMo rules: I don’t give a single bantha poodoo about hitting the 50,000 word count, I might start writing before November begins, and I’m not signing up anywhere. Still, it’ll be nice to know I’ll be making up stupid stories at the same time as so many others.


In regards to my first-ever completed manuscript, I’m still waiting on an agent to realize its immeasurable awesomeness (i.e., when they realize you can’t measure negative awesomeness).

32 thoughts on “Book Two During NaNoWriMo

  1. Pingback: Writing Book 2 Before Book 1 is Agented | A.D. Martin

  2. Lol I like your style! I thought about things in exactly the same way as you – but that’s because it’s the way I alway’s think and do things. So for a change, I’m subscribing to the hype. Good luck with your project and the manuscript :0)

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  3. It’s fine to celebrate National Novel Writing Month by writing a novel in your own way, in your own time. 🙂 Sometimes I want to start before November 1st too, but I always participate officially (meh, it’s just a thing. I need structure to keep me in line. I’m not a maverick! Haha), so in some ways, I envy you 😛

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  4. I’m hostile to the whole movement, especially in my field of poetry.

    The mechanical part of writing is all to easy to botch by bad practising badly. Writing for the sake of writing, to ‘just do it’ is terrible form and should be advocated nowhere. This doesn’t mean one shouldn’t write regularly, of course, and one should plan to write but this must be natural rather than forced. If nothing is coming the writer should take the time to work on other mechanical parts of writing: revising, blocking and what not. These things are also very important.

    There is more that can be said about this, I’m simply gesturing here and not meaning to be thorough in my explanation. It’s just…damn, man…you know? Even if you happen to disagree on the whole I’m confident that you see where I’m coming from here.


    • “The mechanical part of writing is all to easy to botch by bad practising badly.”

      Should read: The mechanical part of writing is all too easy to botch by practising badly.

      …goddamn lack of a preview function. >.<

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    • As we lawyers like to say, “It depends.” It’ll depend on the writer, their preferences, their level of skill, and so many other factors. There’s nothing wrong with having a horrible first draft if you later edit it to make it substantially less crappy.


      • “There’s nothing wrong with having a horrible first draft if you later edit it to make it substantially less crappy.”

        Better practise will help to alleviate shit drafts, however you’ve got it exactly right with the bit about editing.

        It’s a terribly awkward point of pride where people steadfastly refuse to edit their work or take meaningful criticism. When it comes to my field of poetry…well, it’s just shocking.

        Whatever our latent abilities, it’s likely that we all started out as shit and, through attention to our work, we eventually go from shit on the sidewalk, to fertilizer, to beautiful flowers. Better practise and being willing to accept AND respond well to criticism is just vital becoming the best you can be at what you do -even if it doesn’t fit with traditional publication.


  5. Even though I participate every year in November, I always do it as an outsider. I use it as an excuse to actually pen to paper (or finger to keyboard). Of course, at the end of the month, I put my writings in a vault, only to look back at them from time to time.

    Good luck on your manuscript!

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  6. Great write! I’m looking forward to reading your story. I’m letting everyone know that every Saturday I will be letting everyone know what’s going on with my blog. This last week I mostly worked on photos, a short story, etc. Next week I will be working on some great new photos, some exciting articles about health, business, more short stories and many other things. You’re a great writer and I am looking forward to reading more of your stories. Have a great night.

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  7. I tried NANOWRIMO once. It took me 18 months to finish the draft, and it was so bad, I can’t read it myself. Still, it was a start. You must be hard at it by now. Good luck, and fingers crossed on the manuscript that’s out in the world.

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