Hi I'm new, help!
Hi thought, I would introduce myself, my name is Ann-Marie. Very nervous, my cousin told me about this last year and I chickened out. Not this year!! I am going to attempt this feat, to put my dream into action, and have a go at this novel i feel inside of me and just let it out........very nervous and hoping to make some writting buddies on here to keep me going, mutual encouragement etc.
Sooooo, Hi there. How are & who are you??
Hi Ann-Marie - good for you and welcome to NaNoWriMo!
Try not to be nervous - there's time enough for that when you start falling behind your daily wordcount! ;o)
It can be hard work, especially finding the time to fit writing a novel into your life, but it's enormous fun, and comes with a bonus sense of achievement, no matter how many words you end up writing.
Some people use the time before the start whistle to plan out the intricate twists and turns of their plots and to solidify their characterisations or build their worlds; but more important than that is laying in enough stocks of tea and snacks to last you through the month! And make sure you let as many people as possible know that you're doing this. There's nothing like a constant stream of people asking after your wordcount to make sure that you achieve it!
Good luck and enjoy!
Hi Ann-Marie, welcome.
Everyone at Nano London is very friendly so settle yourself down for a month of madness with very pleasant people. If you want to look at the thread 'Introductions' most people have posted their details and novel-to-be on there.
I am new too and I am terrified!
I had advise from a lot of writers:
1 - tell everyone what you are going to do.
2 - outline and plot as much as you can.
3 - attend as many writ-ins as you can, this way you write and meet other terrified writers.
4 - DO NOT EDIT: I repeat DO NOT EDIT. Write, write, write: treat this as a first draft writing.
5 - 50,000 is a good goal, but do not worry if you go under. Every word you will have written at the end of the month is an achievement and you can be proud of yourself. These words will never go away.
6 - BACK UP; I repeat BACK UP.
7 - enjoy yourself!
8 - enjoy yourself!
And there are probably over 100,000 NaNo's that feel exactly the same as you do. Everyone will go through the same emotions as you. So if you are high on writing - so are they. If you feel low - so do we. You are not alone. You are part of a great community.
I, too, am new to the NaNo scene. If you are worried about the challenges that lie ahead, consider this: I am doing my first ever NaNoWriMo whilst trying to balance various pieces of coursework and revision for exams in 10 subjects. I have no time and no idea regarding what to expect - just a great (hopefully great, at least) idea in my head. Regardless of the risks, I'm just going to let it leap out and dance around my laptop screen for the next month.
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