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National Novel Writing Month Begins Today and We’re Participating

By: Gini Dietrich | November 1, 2012 | 
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I have been prepping for today since August.

November 1. A Thursday. What’s the big deal?

Well, I let Debra Caplick talk me in to (challenge me?) participating in NaNoWriMo.

Say what?

It’s National Novel Writing Month, which gives you 30 days to write 50,000 words. And it starts today!

As it turns out, though, you can’t write the same word 50,000 times (I checked).

You also can’t submit anything you’ve already written. You have to start from scratch. The only thing you can have done before today is write an outline and do your research.

So the outline, characters, plot, and initial research is in a notebook with a bicycle on the front of it. Some of you have likely seen me carrying it around, protecting it more than my pretty red Moleskin (where client/work stuff is written).

Here are the rules:

  • Write a 50,000-word (or longer!) novel, between November 1 and November 30.
  • Start from scratch. None of your own previously written prose can be included in your NaNoWriMo draft (though outlines, character sketches, and research are all fine, as are citations from other people’s works).
  • Write a novel. We define a novel as a lengthy work of fiction. If you consider the book you’re writing a novel, we consider it a novel too!
  • Be the sole author of your novel. Apart from those citations mentioned two bullet-points up.
  • Write more than one word repeated 50,000 times.
  • Upload your novel for word-count validation to our site between November 25 and November 30.

You have 30 days to write a full book of fiction, which (admittedly) is much better than the guys who wrote Execute in one week (er, the goal was a week, but they did it in eight days).

Between prepping the business for our best year ever next year, continuing to write here every day, taking two trips outside of the country, and Thanksgiving, this should be a pretty good challenge.

I’ve had the book swirling in my head for a good four months so I’m ready to get it onto paper. If I accomplish it, Erik Hare is going to give it a good first edit and then we’ll find a publisher.

Besides Debra, I know Michael Schechter and Brent Carnduff also are participating.

It’s not too late to join the party, if you’re so inclined. If you’re participating, let us know so we can all hold each other accountable cheer one another one.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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LauriRottmayer
LauriRottmayer
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich I was all prepared to dive in this year until I took the job @MeadowlakeRanch. Might do in Dec. 🙂 @SpinSucks

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@LauriRottmayer Stupid careers always getting in the way!

LauriRottmayer
LauriRottmayer
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich Yes, so much to learn but I am going do do it a different month when I’ve got a grip. 🙂

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@LauriRottmayer Good! I hope you so. Though I’ll miss not being able to commiserate with you this month.

KenMueller
3 years 8 months ago

I’ve always wanted to try this, but haven’t. Maybe next year. Right now I have other fish to fry. But good luck and I’ll be cheering you on! Looking forward to reading 50 Shades of Gini when you finish it.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@KenMueller It’s not going to be 50 Shades of Anything. Jeez.

KenMueller
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich 60 Shades of @Sean McGinnis ?

Sean McGinnis
3 years 8 months ago

@KenMueller  @ginidietrich The only “book” I’ll ever write will be titled “The 50 Beers I’ve Dribbled Down My Chin.”

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@Sean McGinnis  @KenMueller Yesterday, during our staff meeting, we were talking about the crazy stories from meetings with prospects. We were joking we should write a book about them. Allen said, “I have the perfect title! Fifty Shades of Prospects.”

lauraclick
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich  @Sean McGinnis  @KenMueller Or Fifty Shades of Clients! 😉 That would be SOME book!

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@lauraclick  @Sean McGinnis  @KenMueller Bwahahaaha! That’s actually what started the conversation. LOL!

Sean McGinnis
3 years 8 months ago

You’re crazy.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@Sean McGinnis But you already knew this. And I’ve already written my 1,600 words for the day. Off to a great start!

Sean McGinnis
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich Yes. Yes I did. Still, nice to have external validation of what I already knew.
 
Makes me feel much smarter.

TonyBennett
3 years 8 months ago

@Sean McGinnis but all the great ones are, at least a little bit, right? Well, that’s what I keep telling myself at night.

Sean McGinnis
3 years 8 months ago

@TonyBennett  @Sean I’m sure Gini keeps telling herself that too. 😉

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@Sean McGinnis  Bah. Humbug.

PRMurewa
PRMurewa
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich absolutely yes. I always need a deadline to churn out materials. Maybe, I finally shall publish something.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@PRMurewa I’m finding it’s MUCH easier to write a business book than a novel.

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 8 months ago

What @Sean McGinnis said. 😉

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@belllindsay  Don’t make me fire you again.

Sean McGinnis
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich  @belllindsay Hahah! Now I imagine the Lindsay Gini version of Princess Bride.
 
Good night Lindsay. Sleep well. I’ll most likely fire you in the morning….

NancyMyrland
3 years 8 months ago

Good luck!

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@NancyMyrland Thank you, Nancy! The goal is 1,600 words each day (takes about an hour) and I already have today complete. So we’ll see how I do with some travel and the holidays coming up.

OneJillian
OneJillian
3 years 8 months ago

Go, Gini, Go!!!!! RT @ginidietrich: It’s National November Writing Month and we’re participating (clearly I’m nuts)! http://t.co/4utTAZHM

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@OneJillian Thank you! Day one complete!

OneJillian
OneJillian
3 years 8 months ago

.@ginidietrich i remember @RicDragon incorporated #NaNoWriMo into writing his book (Social Marketology) last year. His office was a MESS 🙂

heybethanyrae
heybethanyrae
3 years 8 months ago

A fiction novel? Can’t wait to read it! RT @ginidietrich: It’s National November Writing Month and we’re participating! http://t.co/osAmLP5R

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@heybethanyrae Well, we’ll see. Right now it’s just the idea out of my head and on to paper. Then we’ll see if it’s something publishable.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 8 months ago

Good luck, my friend! I don’t know why, but writing fiction scares the bejeezus out of me.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@jasonkonopinski Really? You, of all people, I’d think would do this with no problem.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich I think the realization for me was reading “A Prayer for Owen Meany”, looking up with tears in my eyes and knowing that I’d never be able to craft sentences so perfect and beautiful that they just take my breath away.  Next year, perhaps.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@jasonkonopinski I don’t think that’s true. I definitely think you can craft sentences that way.

TonyBennett
3 years 8 months ago

@jasonkonopinski I’m with you Jason, except my fear comes from what my diabolical mind would come up with (bwahaha) @ginidietrich

jasonkonopinski
3 years 8 months ago

@TonyBennett  @ginidietrich I’ve never really sat down and tried to write long-form fiction, to be honest. Maybe it’s character development that confounds me.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@jasonkonopinski  The thing that’s cool about this month is you just write. You don’t worry about character development or editing or the complete story line. You just write. THEN you go back and do all of that. So that’s what I’m doing. I’ve already written myself notes to go back and fix things, but I’m not fixing them until the full thing is on paper.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich Stop tempting me, you harpy!

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@jasonkonopinski DO IT!!

kateupdates
3 years 8 months ago

@jasonkonopinski  @ginidietrich Jason. DO IT.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 8 months ago

@kateupdates  @ginidietrich I’m giving myself until the end of the day to make a decision. Satisfied? Yeesh, you two. Bloody hell.

kateupdates
3 years 8 months ago

@jasonkonopinski  @ginidietrich I’m sweating and I frightened and excited … I just signed up. I’m in. Ohmygoodnessgraciousbatman.

kateupdates
3 years 8 months ago

@jasonkonopinski  @ginidietrich So much so that I can’t type straight apparently 🙂

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@jasonkonopinski  @kateupdates YAY! And yay to Kate for signing up!!

Justjeffpls
Justjeffpls
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich I seen stuff that’s really hard 2 put on paper. I remember ’62 2 ’67, U had 2 live then. Seen slant that works n my mind.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@John_Trader1 And I have 1,600 already finished!

John_Trader1
John_Trader1
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich You are a tiger. I appreciate the motivation you give me to always work hard & think creatively.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@decillis You are?!? YAY!!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@martinwaxman You should do it!

martinwaxman
martinwaxman
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich It’s tempting but I don’t have an idea for one… Even a framework of a story. I’ll see if anything pops into my head

bradmarley
3 years 8 months ago

Welp, here goes: I’m going to give it a shot. I’ve had an idea in my head for a few months that won’t go away. I started writing a few months ago, then put it on the back burner. I figure this is as good a time as any to revisit it.
 
The goal is 50,000 words. Whether or not they amount to anything is another story, but sometimes you just have to put yourself out there, amirite?

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@bradmarley YAY!!!!!!! I’m so happy to hear this! We’ll be able to hold each other accountable. Yay!!

bradmarley
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich I read this post this morning: http://litstack.com/?p=10318 I’m going to follow it as closely as possible.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@bradmarley That seems to be the general consensus. The hardest part for me, one day in, is not editing. So, instead, I’m writing notes to myself so I don’t forget what I want to change in the second draft.

bradmarley
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich Great idea. I’m not going to think about the second draft until the first draft is done. Perhaps that’s a key indicator of my confidence. 🙂

TonyBennett
3 years 8 months ago

But Gini, if I write “more than one word” 50,000 times, it’ll be too long – no one wants to read 200,000 words.
Ok, I’ll at least think about it for a couple hours.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@TonyBennett I’ll bet you could write two words 25,000 times.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich  @TonyBennett I got two words for you right here.

Debra Pickett
Debra Pickett
3 years 8 months ago

You’ll love it! I did it for the first time last year and had an awesome time. 1667 words a day is not the hard part — it’s the 30 days in a row part that’s really tough.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@Debra Pickett I’m thinking it won’t be a big deal because I write every day anyway. But I am adding an extra hour to each day, which will get troublesome around the 15th, when I go back out on the road.

Brent@Echelonseo.com
3 years 8 months ago

Gini – you are amazing! How can you possibly have 1600 words written already? So, I have a confession to make. I’ve been thinking that I really need to write a business related eBook, rather than a novel right now. Then I came across a copyblogger article in which they use NaNoWriMo to encourage eBook writing – eBookWriMo. So, I will be writing faction instead of fiction this month, but am still excited to do it. I wish you the best of luck and am anxious to hear all about your experiences.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@Brent@Echelonseo.com That’s awesome! The fact that you’re participating is fantastic. I shall be bugging you about it!
 
(I spent all of October getting two days ahead in my blog writing so I can spend an hour every day on NaNoWriMo. We’ll see if I can keep it up.)

Brent@Echelonseo.com
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich Thanks Gini – I will try to keep up with you!

Josh/ http://joshuawilner.com/
3 years 8 months ago

I am in.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@Josh/ http://joshuawilner.com/ I knew I could count on you! I’ll bet you already have some stuff you can pull together.

debdobson62
debdobson62
3 years 8 months ago

Dang Gini.  I’ve had a book being drafted in my head for a couple of months.  Now I read this post.  Okay, I’m in.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@debdobson62 SA-WEET!!

delwilliams
3 years 8 months ago

Funny you should be mentioning this. I signed up to do it this morning BEFORE reading this. Don’t you love simpatico? Onward we write.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@delwilliams Atta girl!

jenzings
jenzings
3 years 8 months ago

Good luck Gini! I attempted this last year, and at 14K words had life take over–writing every day can be tough.
 
Still debating if I’m going to give it a go again this year, and if so, trying to figure out if I just need to complete what I started last year or go fresh. I tend to do better writing short fiction than long fiction. (Hey, you are in Chicago…if you’re so inclined, pick up the latest issue of Graze Magazine, I have a piece of fiction published in there!)
 
Again, best wishes & all that!

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@jenzings I’m thinking it’s not going to be a big deal because I already write every day…and I did this last year when we wrote Marketing in the Round. But I do have to get up an hour earlier and there is some travel coming up AND the holidays so that may do me in.

C_Pappas
3 years 8 months ago

You must read ‘No Plot? No Problem’. I didn’t do this in November but attempted this past summer. got to about 30K words and just hit a wall. Wishing you loads of luck!!

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@C_Pappas I don’t have time to read right now! Also, I can’t get through The Casual Vacancy. Have you read it?

C_Pappas
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich It’s a very fast read! And you it flows right along with each week of the month of November to help motivate you and how to get to the 50K when you are stuck.
 
Have not heard of The Casual Vacancy…it’s bad? What’s wrong with it?

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@C_Pappas It’s JK Rowling’s new book!

rdopping
rdopping
3 years 8 months ago

@C_Pappas Is that a cocktail in your hand?

Tinu
3 years 8 months ago

I’ve given myself until the end of the day to decide. Thing is that I don’t want to write a NOVEL. 🙂 But that shouldn’t matter right? I mean I write 1667 words a day just in Facebook conversations. 
 
Sadly…

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@Tinu LMAO!! You could tie all the FB conversations together and create a book. That’d actually be kind of funny.

Tinu
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich and bonus – it would Scandalize my name. 🙂

HowieG
3 years 8 months ago

@Tinu  @ginidietrich You can take the 23 words I type on Facebook every two days that would give you over 1670 words a day.

HowieG
3 years 8 months ago

Phew I just finished mine. How much farther do you have @ginidietrich

kateupdates
3 years 8 months ago

@HowieG  @ginidietrich HowieG how did you get so funny?!

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@kateupdates  @HowieG Don’t encourage him, Kate.

HowieG
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich  @kateupdates since I posted that @bdorman264 @KenMueller and I pounded out another 50,000 words. Our secret? A car battery. Two live wire ends. And an IPhone5. It is amazing what Siri can do when under threat of being shocked.

kateupdates
3 years 8 months ago

Wow. Ok this is kinda of a short notice but I’ll think about it today … but I did just commit to no TV for the month … hm. I’m really excited for you to do this though! I will totally buy your novel. Also, I need to buy Marketing In the Round … I’ll do that now. So maybe I’ll just read that?! I’ll let you know.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@kateupdates And then you signed up!

RebeccaTodd
3 years 8 months ago

@kateupdates Did you sign up Kate?

kateupdates
3 years 8 months ago

@RebeccaTodd Guilty. Did you?

RebeccaTodd
3 years 8 months ago

@kateupdates Not yet. I’m not sure the world is ready for my words.

Hajra
3 years 8 months ago

Like @kateupdates this is kind of short notice for me too. Have to think about it. But Good Luck to you! 🙂

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@Hajra   If you have something swirling in your head, you can totally do it.

Hajra
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich I have had had some ideas swirling for some time now, might give it a try 🙂

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@Hajra  DO IT!

NancyCawleyJean
NancyCawleyJean
3 years 8 months ago

Good luck, Gini! I bet you have it done by November 15, and it will be fabulous!

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@NancyCawleyJean Um, thanks for the vote of confidence, but I think it’ll take me every bit of the month.

KevinVandever
KevinVandever
3 years 8 months ago

I’m doing it! I already signed up. Cool to see you are doing it, too. I have a couple ideas, but will decide for certain this evening. Good luck to all who attempt it.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@KevinVandever Sweet! I can’t wait to text you about it!

HowieG
3 years 8 months ago

I commented on @belllindsay ‘s post about James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake. No one has ever deciphered it. People think he was drunk and mad. It was written using 60 languages. And it surely has 50,000 words. And to this day know one knows if it was brilliance or gibberish. I have to believe we can do that here on Spin Sucks with the community. We each add one word then pass it around. Plus JK Rowling has nothing going on these days maybe she can help edit it.

wabbitoid
3 years 8 months ago

@HowieG Joyce was mad.  What’s wrong with that?  🙂

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@HowieG  @belllindsay OMG! You’re so smart!

RebeccaTodd
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich  @HowieG  @belllindsay That’s pretty much my goal in life- to compose something so potentially rife with meaning that no one dares notice that it is absolute bunk.

wabbitoid
3 years 8 months ago

I heard my name.  Am I in trouble?  🙂
I do a lot of initial reviews of works – there’s a score sheet that I use to get into important elements like character, plot, opening, etc.  If anyone else would like to make use of this service, please let me know.  The easiest way is by using my real name, Erik Hare, as a gmail address (how’s that for anti-spam?).

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@wabbitoid You’re in trouble!

bdorman264
3 years 8 months ago

Sounds kind of scary to me; it’s sounds like the push that could get me started, but I don’t know. I would like to say I’m busy and have too much on my plate but you have already shamed me by all that you have to do. 
 
I think I’ll get my hair did instead.
 
Good luck.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@bdorman264 Did you get your hair did??

DebraCaplick
3 years 8 months ago

Got my first 2,000 done (I will need that cushion before the end of the month!).

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@DebraCaplick I’m six chapters in and at 3,500 words. Today was a bit harder than yesterday.

BrentCarnduff
BrentCarnduff
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich @dcaplick @MSchechter Good luck everyone!

aspinchick
3 years 8 months ago

“As it turns out, though, you can’t write the same word 50,000 times (I checked).” That’s funny! This is very awesome. Good luck. I would have participated but I was on a field trip to Universal Studios with a bunch of 8th graders yesterday when I found this out – no real chance to write an outline. (“Hey kids, I’m going to sit this one out.”) He he.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@aspinchick I think you win the worst nightmare of all.

aspinchick
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich Thanks. 13-year-old girls…2 hours from home. Traffic all the way back from LA. Heh. I’m not a drinker, so  had some funnel cake at to console myself.

ExtremelyAvg
3 years 8 months ago

I wasn’t going to to NANO Nanoo…wait, that is Mork, from Ork. Well, anyway, I hadn’t planned on doing it, but I like the idea of playing, too. I’m one day behind, so I’ll have to play some catch-up. No outlines for me, though, I’m going to have to just wing it.

RebeccaTodd
3 years 8 months ago

@ExtremelyAvg Do it! I can’t wait to read what you write. And I love to edit…

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@ExtremelyAvg I can’t wait to see what you write too!

ExtremelyAvg
3 years 8 months ago
@ginidietrich Okay, with less than 2 hours left in day 2, I’ve gotten started. My project is going to be the sequel to a book I haven’t finished, yet (it’s at 30K). I’ve written 626 words.    Tomorrow, which will be a long day at work, will be tough, but I plan on thinking about the story. I should be able to get some writing done in the evening, but I’ll be well behind by day 4. Sunday will be key and I’ll need to have a huge day. Still, I’ve done it before, so as long as I’m back in… Read more »
ExtremelyAvg
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich Update…2640 on words. Still way behind.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@ExtremelyAvg That’s OK! You’re a pro at fiction writing. The fact that you’re doing it is the idea!

ExtremelyAvg
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich Time for a break, but I’ve made it to 3762. What is your count, Gini?

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@ExtremelyAvg I’m at 8,500 as of this morning.

ExtremelyAvg
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich I’m off to bed, but I thought I stop in and update my count.  I’m at 4,873, so I’m creeping along.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@ExtremelyAvg I’m at 8,728 right now and need to get to a meeting. I need 10,000 today so have some catching up to do.

rdopping
rdopping
3 years 8 months ago

@ExtremelyAvg Get on it Brian. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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geoffliving
3 years 8 months ago

This is fantastic!  Good luck, Gini. I know this is your real dream (as a writer).

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@geoffliving Thanks Geoff! It’s definitely harder than writing a business book. A lot harder!

rdopping
rdopping
3 years 8 months ago

Ok. Gini, how the heck do you do it? I wish you all the luck in the world and can’t wait to read what you come up with. BTW, thanks for the connection to Mr. Hare. Nice.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@rdopping Well, we’ll see. It may never see the light of day.

rdopping
rdopping
3 years 8 months ago

@ginidietrich There’s the confidence we all know and love. Enjoy the process. I am sure it’ll be fun.

ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@rdopping LOL!!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@RebeccaLPage I’m 6,700 words in so I’m on track. We’ll see!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
3 years 8 months ago

@JDianeAbela Yeah!! There are a bunch of us writing if you need motivation.

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