NaNoWriMo 2020: Should You Participate?

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That title is unapologetically clickbait and NO. I shall not change it. Mwahahahahaha. *coughs and adjusts the neck of my cape awkwardly* Ahem.

So as you can probably tell from the subtle bite in the air, October is quickly approaching. Or approaching as quickly as anything is expected to approach this year, which means that time is completely irrelevant and doesn’t exist. We could wake up to a fierce December snowstorm tomorrow and no one would bat an eye. But I digress. October is coming, and with it comes preptober, and for any well-worn NaNo veteran, you know exactly what this means:

The screaming.

The hair-pulling.

The sleep-deprivation.

NaNoWriMo is nigh upon us, my friends. And this year–not for the last time–I’m questioning whether or not to participate. And since I know for a fact that I’m not the only writer pondering this *waves happily at my writing group* I thought it would be fun to go over some of the pros and cons of NaNoWriMo that will more or less affect my decision on whether or not to participate.

Whether or not you choose to participate this year is completely up to you, of course, and I’m not here to sway you to either side–though you would think that is the purpose of this post. Some of the things that I consider cons might be meaningless to you, and that is perfectly okay. We’re all friends here. We can settle our differences over pitchfork battles and tea.

But before we start sharpening our blades, let’s discuss the actual pros and cons.

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So This Is Christmas. . . (feat. a brief November recap, where I’ve been, what I’m reading, and a mess of a blog post)

WARNING: this post has virtually no direction whatsoever. please excuse the mess that awaits your eyeballs, for it has been a while since I have even thought about blogging. thank you.



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Goodness. It’s been a hot second since I’ve hopped onto the blogosphere, hasn’t it? I had every good intention of keeping you all updated on my NaNoWriMo progress throughout November, but that idea kinda fizzled into nonexistence once the month actually began. Truth is, November was a roller coaster. A crazy, hectic, maniacal beast of a roller coaster (please see the screen grab below), and I’m really quite surprised that I even made it out alive.

But the important thing is that I am alive, and I did survive, and, even though I have virtually no blog posts to commemorate or acknowledge last month, by golly, we did it, folks!

I mean, yes, I completely and miserably failed NaNoWriMo, but let’s just forget about that little issue for the moment, shall we? Aha. Hahahaha. Ha.Read More »

The NaNoWriMo Dare Squad: My 2018 NaNoWriMo Dare Squad Dares!

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For the past two years, I’ve run a little something during the month of November called The NaNoWriMo Dare Squad. For those of you who maybe don’t know what on earth this is, here’s the entire playlist of posts that may enlighten you to the gloriousness that the Dare Squad was. (though I highly recommend checking out the very first Dare Squad post if you’re trying to find information, because that one probably explains it pretty well. [lol, you actually think I’m going to read through it to see if it ACTUALLY explains what the dare squad is? nah, bruh.])

Now, due to an unholy amount of stress that I’ve been slowly working my way through, I will NOT be resurrecting the Dare Squad again this year. (trust me. this saddens me greatly, peasants.) BUT. Since a promise is a promise and I am–quite frankly–tired of not doing the things I say I’ll do, I am here today with MY dare from last year’s Dare Squad!Read More »

Know The Novel: Introduction! — In Which The Bean Writes a Book (NaNoWriMo 2019)

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Well, folks, it’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing colors. The pumpkins are getting gutted and carved. The apples are being plucked from their leafy boughs. And the writers have started their yearly tradition of hoarding immense amounts of chocolate and screaming to the new blood moon whilst trying to write 50,000 words of a novel in the 30 days of November.

NaNoWriMo season is officially upon us, and I am 100% not prepared.

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NaNoWriMo Week Two Update // breaking the rules, hitting a milestone, and oops, oh look, I forgot about the Dare Squad again

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Week two of NaNoWrimo has officially come and gone, which means we have finally broken into the final half of this crazy adventure of writing a book in a month. It’s hard for me to believe that we’re already halfway through November, but I guess it just goes to show that time truly does fly when you’re having fun.

Or. . .you know. . .when you’re quietly sobbing into your cereal each morning because you still have to write another 1,667 words before the day is through. Whichever floats your boat, my friends.

But anyway, now that week two has drawn to a close, I think now is the perfect time to reflect on some of the things I’ve learned over the past few days.

Or rather, to tell you guys just how big of a NaNoWriMo hypocrite I am, because I totally did something over the weekend that literally EVERYONE tells you never to do during The NaNo. Aha.

Let’s get this ball rolling, shall we?

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NaNoWriMo Week One (and two days) // Struggles, Triumphs, An Unexpected Speech About Burnt Toast, and Killing the Dare Squad Hub

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I told myself I wasn’t going to do weekly update posts for NaNoWriMo this year. I told myself that I was going to focus solely on my book, that I had a whole mess of other things going on in November, and blogging about the whole writing process was just too much for my smol little self to handle.

I promised myself I wasn’t going to do weekly updates for NaNoWriMo this year.

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Welcome to my weekly NaNoWriMo update, peasants.Read More »

Happy NaNoWriMo, Everybody! — A Day One Pep Talk

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and welcome to the VERY FIRST DAY OF NANOWRIMO, 2018!!! ASDFGHJKL!! Even though I’m writing this post exactly six days in advance, I still cannot stop myself from getting the extreme nervous jitters every single time I think about the fact that it is officially time to begin The NaNo.

*insert incoherent screaming here*

I honestly cannot believe that it is November yet again. It feels like just yesterday that I started the first draft of everlost in 2016, and yet here we are, beginning a brand new November with a brand new story in a brand new year. And though I’m extremely pumped to be able to begin a new story after two entire years of working on everlost, it’s still just plain terrifying to think about.

So for today’s smudge I decided to do a pep talk. I’m not sure if I’m going to write any more of these throughout the month (i’m going to be focusing primarily on writing my book for the next thirty days, which means the blog might slip somewhere into The Land of Desolation), but for today — for Day One of NaNoWriMo — I figured we could all use a little kick in the pants to get us to start writing.

. . .okay. So maybe I just needed someone to give me a kick in the pants to force me to start writing. Aha. Hahahahahaha.

#someonepleasehelpme

So without further ado, let’s get on with the pep! *flings peppermint and pompoms at your face*Read More »

The NaNoWriMo Dare Squad – Season Two! // some basic info,dare board reveals, and a few smol polls for y’olls

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Today is a very exciting day for me, you guys! NaNoWriMo — the single-most glorious writing event of the entire year — is finally returning! In just 8 short days (or less or more, depending on where you live in this great, big, beautiful world), writers from all over the planet are going to whip out their pens, their pencils, their notebooks, their laptops, their clay tablets, their typewriters and write 50,000 words in a single month.

Or, you know. . .as many words as you’d like to write, I suppose. There is no judgement here, folks.

Some of us will be rebels. Some of us will be traditionalists. Some of us will go above and beyond and pump out a whopping 100k in less than thirty days. (I will not be among these few, of course.) Some of us will fail. Some of us will win.

However, no matter what this month looks like for you — whether you’re writing 50k or 30 — I want this NaNoWriMo to be one that none of us will ever forget. And how do I plan to do this, you ask?

Easy. We’re going to be playing a game.

And if you happened to be among those who read my last blog post, you will know exactly which game I’m talking about. . .

That’s right, folks! Today we’re going to be talking about ALL OF THE THINGS pertaining to the NaNoWriMo Dare Squad!Read More »

A Special Announcement, Part Two // The NaNoWriMo Dare Squad Returns!!

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So. . .I think there’s something we need to discuss, you guys.Read More »

The NaNoWriMo Fanatic Tag! — Introducing Project Goblin

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IT’S OCTOBER, PEASANTS!!!!!! And I’m sure we all know what that means because obviously we all have the same mind and also i am extremely predictable and single-minded.

NANOWRIMO IS ONLY ONE MONTH AWAY, FOLKS!!!!! ASDFGHJKLASDFGHJKL!!!!!!!!

I can’t believe it. My absolute favorite time of the year #lies is nearly upon us. NaNoWriMo — the most glorious events of all events. The most glorious month of all the months. THE MOST GLORIOUS DAY OF ALL THE DAYS! — is almost here. And since I’m just barely on the verge of hopefully finishing everlost soon #lolmorelies, I think we all have a pretty good idea for what this post is going to be about. . .

THAT’S RIGHT, FOLKS. The Kenzie is starting a new novel!

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?Read More »