The Last Week!

This is it! The last seven days! Everything you have done comes down to this week. The last seven days is when the final rush happens. I love that final rush. You can’t give up now! Not after all that work. That novel might be junk, but it’s something! And after Camp we can all work on revising, rewriting, and editing and all that boring stuff. You don’t have to do it, but I’d at least give it a try to make your novel as best as it can get.

Remember when I told you go telling everybody about Camp NaNoWriMo? Remember how I said it would help you later? Now is the time. If you give up not, you will look like a fool. If you win, however, when everybody was shaking their heads saying that you were crazy, it’s quite impressive.

When you make 50,000 words, you get to go posting it all over Facebook, Tweeting it, and simply talking about it until your friends are sick. You can send out a screenshot of your winning word count, or you can post a video of you cheering. Chris Baty gives you wonderful ideas for working your novel into conversation in his book, “No Plot? No Problem!”

Writer: So, what’s up partygoer?

Partygoer: Not much! I’ve been pretty sick lately with that flu that’s been going around, so I’ve just been laying low. Sleeping a lot, you know…

Writer: Oh, man! That’s so funny you would say that. The protagonist in my novel had this moment where he thought about opening an office supply store that sold only wiener dogs.

Partygoer (laughing):  What a brilliant plot idea! I feel better already.

Writer: Yeah. Cracked me up, too. But he didn’t end up doing it. Maybe in the sequel huh? (A little wink or elbow works well right here.)

Partygoer (getting out a pen): I need your autograph right now.

As for notes from other Wrimo Winners on “The End”, also from “No Plot? No Problem!”

“When Week Four shows up, I grit my teeth. This is when I’m typically close to fifty thousand words, but miles away from the end of the story. I bring out the broadest brush in my arsenal. Entire scenes get described in a few sentences as I rush to begin detailing the plot elements necessary for the story. I race to build the climax. For the past two years, I’ve been forced to write twenty thousand words in two or three days to get the story on paper. I have the exhilaration of typing, “The End” to be so intense, so moving, that I typically cry as I type those words.”
–Russell Kremer, 51, three-time NaNoWriMo winner from Los Angeles

“There’s a lot of giggling to yourself, partially because by this point you’ve become slightly mad, but I think also because you’re free to really take yourself less seriously.”
Ryan Dunsmuir, 38, five0time NaNoWriMo winner from Brooklyn

SO! Here we go. 50,000 words or bust!


-Electric Bubbles

Running toward the starting line (yes yes yes)

It’s been a long while since I posted, sorry, but there hasn’t been anything to blog about. But now there is! There’s 24 days until Camp Nanowrimo starts! (see Camp Nanowrimo) If you haven’t signed up, do so! Every person ought to write a novel in their time and having a deadline is the only way to do it, and Nanowrimo has the funnest deadline anywho.

And we still aren’t allowed to plan out our novel. Not even daydream!!!! Don’t do it! But my fingers are just itching to type. Something! Anything! (BTW, if you aren’t a writing person, you’ll want to leave for two months or so until this is all over.) So I’m running through every exercise that I can think of to get me ready. Here’s a few

1. Write the sentence “I very much enjoyed the letter I received from you.” in 100 different ways. (Okay, that’s not that important, but I did it.)

2. Write character sketches for yourself (and your friends), detailing every little thing that says “Me”

3. Play whatif games until you come up with ten potential subplots. But don’t choose the ones to use!!! That’s for later. (If you don’t know how to play, let me know.)

4. Experiment with your coffee.

5. Add two things to your “Bad Novel” “Good Novel” lists. (See Your NaNoNoteBook)

6. Tell every person who will listen that your are writing a novel in June and carefully record their reaction. (Let’s see, the Dickman’s baby laughed. The Moslander’s baby gurgled. Kitty twitched her ear. MoeCat rolled his eyes.  Grandpa snored…)

7. Write character sketches for other book characters, ones you love, and ones you detest. Then corrupt their names and personalities until the ones you love and the ones you detest are muddled.
(The next four exercises come from Ready, Set, Novel! Get the book for more of ’em.)

8. Your protagonist’s mother is interviewed for the local paper about her child’s achievements. Write that article

9. Write a week’s worth of Facebook posts from a supporting character. Take it a step further and add comments made by his friends…and enemies.

10. Your main character finds a genie in a bottle. What three wishes does he make?

11. Write a really cheesy love song that your main character will sing to his love interest

12. Read pep talks at

13. Write the story about your villian’s nephew’s cousin’s father’s best friend’s dog.

14. And then tell me how excited you are for Camp Nanowrimo. (And, *ahem* if by any chance you have already started writing, you’ve already ruined Camp for yourself and I feel sorry for you.)


-Electric Bubbles

NaNoWriMo Books

Yet another Nanopost that I couldn’t keep in my drafts folder long enough. 

I found a couple of books by NaNoPeople for NaNoPeople to see how they would help out my buddies who are going to Camp with me. (See Camp NaNoWriMo)

No Plot, No Problem! is a book, especially for NaNoWriMo by Chris Baty, the very man who started NaNoWriMo in 1999. (Don’t we owe a lot to him?)

I loved reading No Plot, No Problem! It’s fun, exciting, and very helpful in getting your word count finished. He’s got the exercises, activities, brain triggers, and helpful info that a starter, or a re-starter, would need. (It’s even got little buttons to click! My inner editor had a kick with this guy.) Chris Baty uses a “Talk to the reader” feel, and he acts like a teacher, an awesome, fun, and a bit haha strange teacher. (More like a fellow student with a bunch of experience.) You gotta love the cowboy hat thinking cap; I need one of those. And to celebrate after June, I just might take his advice. 😛
I must warn that in this book as in so many other books a few times, he does use slightly inappropriate words for no reason. I hate when that happens, but it’s there so, yeah that.

Ready Set Novel! is a workbook by Chris Baty, Lindsey Grant, and Tavia Stewart-Streit, from National Novel Writing Month

It is basically an activity book to get your story planned and started, especially if you aren’t sure about the plot of your novel, or even if you have no story in mind at all. From the very beginning they have you relaxed and ready to write whatever junk comes up. They have character sheets, many lines and boxes to fill out, and journal space. By working with this book, you will understand what you love in your novel, what is hazy, and what you want to avoid. You can understand your place, character, and plot better instead of starting your draft with nothing in mind. (Though, just between you and me, that can be a lot of fun.)

This book will help you before your NaNoWriMo month really, I would recommend filling the whole journal out the week before NaNoWriMo so it is all fresh in your mind when you start writing the draft. You who use it, have fun!!!
I’ve been trying to find other NaNoWriMo books, but no one has ever heard of NaNoWriMo except for the NaNoPeople, so libraries don’t have much of them. Anyway, these are the main two NaNobooks and they are very helpful in NaNoWriMo or out of it.

I plan to read No Plot? No Problem! Every year in October and I’ll be using Ready, Set, Novel! every time I plan a book.

Have fun!
And if you haven’t signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo yet you ought to!

-Electric Bubbles