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Chris Podhola
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Anyone know how Nanowrimo works?

Probably not the wisest thing to start halfway through the month, but if I push myself, I can finish in time and I have a story idea I like for it. Only problem is I have no idea how Nano works.

I signed up and provided the initial info for the novel I want to write for it, but I am unclear on how to update as I go along. Do I paste the story into the spot where it says excerpt as I go, or just update the word count until I finish?

Any info would be appreciated.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Chris Podhola

To get the most out of it you should also participate in the forum for your area. The concept is to push yourself to write and to encourage each other via the forums. I participated in NaNoWriMo for a few years, but quit when they changed the system for checking the word count and it wouldn't work on my Linux system. When they refused to fix it for the next year I stopped participating. One year I wrote two stories during NaNoWriMo, and in another I started late and finished early because it just flowed off my fingers. One year I got 65,000 words done during NaNoWriMo and then fini9shed it at over 100,000 words during December.

You don't have to have a novel publication ready, just 50,000 plus words written by the end of the month. I know some participants who spend the first week or so planning and roughing out the story then start to write it.

Replies:   Chris Podhola
Chris Podhola

@Ernest Bywater

Well, that helps me a little, but I mostly need to know how to update the word count. I'm sure I'll probably figure it out tomorrow when I begin the actual writing of the story and need to do the updating, but when I created the start page, how to update it wasn't obvious.

I appreciate your input, though.

Ernest Bywater
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there used to be a link on the main page that went to a program that did that for you, it was the problem with using that behind me dropping out of it.

edit to add: read this

http://nanowrimo.org/how-it-works

I believe access to the word counter is only to those who register.

Replies:   Chris Podhola
Chris Podhola

@Ernest Bywater

Yeah, I did register. I went through the process of creating a project name and everything. Once I finished all that, I still didn't see how to update the word count. I'm sure it's probably not that hard. I will just have to dig into it and figure it out.

Chris Podhola

I went back into my account and I now see that I have a dashboard. There is a button for updating word count, so when I finish writing tomorrow, I will hit that. Hopefully the directions will be clear. If not, I will go to the forum in Nanowrimo and ask someone there.

Perv Otaku

It's just a mental trick to encourage motivation to write through competition and/or common plight with fellow writers. If you really want to write a novel in a month, and have the free time to do so, it doesn't have to be November.

Replies:   Chris Podhola
Chris Podhola

@Perv Otaku

It's just a mental trick to encourage motivation to write through competition and/or common plight with fellow writers. If you really want to write a novel in a month, and have the free time to do so, it doesn't have to be November.


Yeah, I understand all that. I just wanted to be able to say I participated in the nanowrimo once. So far, it is kind of fun seeing how the numbers apply when I update them. I started half way through the month, so when I entered my first day's numbers, it gave a projected completion date of April 2016. Then when I entered my second day's numbers, the projected date went to January. The third day's was December something. I'm getting a kick out of trying to get that number to fall in November. lol

Plus I get to earn all these cool badges. He he he.

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