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  1. I think NaNoWriMo is great fun, but I haven’t “won” yet. That said, my advice would be to clear the table of anything that could even remotely be considered optional, such as cooking and laundry. 🙂 I signed up for NaNo this year but realized I’ll be busy writing a non-fic book, so I’ll might do a JaNoWriMo.

  2. I’m signed up for my fifth time and, alas, have never won. It’s pretty hard. It’s like the desk equivalent of a marathon. The closest I got was 40k.

    Still, it’s fun. There’s a lot of camaraderie between writers on the site. Craig’s advice seems pretty sound. I hope it will work for me this year.

  3. Thanks Craig (and Jim). I did NaNoWriMo in 2009 and finished with 65,000 words on Nov 30. I was surprised by how much joy I felt pinning my certificate above my desk. The novel was called The Orphan’s Daughter, and it started me on a journey to today, where I have written over 100,000 words of the same novel and am on the fourth (and I think final) draft. To say rewriting is necessary is putting it mildly. Aside from a steadily forward-moving plot, my NaNo manuscript was awful. It’s taken me a year to truly understand the novel form, beyond word count, and I learn new things every day. But if it weren’t for NaNoWriMo, I woudn’t have had Daughter to begin with. It’s a good place to give birth to something, but then you have to raise it, feed it, not give up on it, not ground it, and not kick it out of the house. That’s the harder work in my opinion.

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