My NaNoWriMo Journey


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Well, I’ve finally decided to give the NaNoWriMo a go.  I’m hoping this will give me a boost in finishing the third book in the Sleeping Legion Series.  It is tentatively titled Operation Breakout, but that is mostly a placeholder.  I just created an account, under the name Porkchop NCR, and set up my account.  If you plan on participating, feel free to add me as a writing buddy.  I can also be found in the Hampton Roads Region of the wild world of Ye Olde Face Page!  As for the name, Porkchop was my call sign in Iraq and NCR is the universe I want to write my own stories in some day.  I think that the booze might have contributed, just a wee bit, to it becoming my official username but once you set it up you’re stuck with it.  Otherwise, you close your account and start a new one and it didn’t seem worth it.


My Book Blurb: (Subject to change)

 This is the third installment in the Sleeping Legion Series, written in Tim C. Taylor’s Human Legion Universe.  The dust has settled and the main arm of the Human Legion have left the Tranquility System.  Not all was as it seemed, however, as Marines were left abandoned, forgotten and alone.  Then the Legion wakes up, secures a new home and now must engage in a desperate struggle to wrest control of the Tranquility System from the Hardit New Order.  To make matters worse, they have enemies within the ranks and a hostile human force at their backs.  Can Serendine be secured before they face a war on two fronts?



NaNoWriMo Prep:

1)      Figure out your basic plot idea or question.

2)      Think about where this question would end, where is the logical conclusion?

3)      Outline the main points of the novel.

4)      Bulk up the outline to include the minor plot arcs and sub plots

  1. I found that adding character arcs to this helpful as well.

5)      Give the outline time to percolate (i.e. don’t wait until the last minute).

6)      Work on any world building that needs to be done, or would help you write more efficiently.

7)      Talk to your family and friends, let them know you might become a hermit for 30 days or so!  Hey, MAYBE you’ll come up for air on Turkey Day!!  That’s Thanksgiving for you non-Muricans!


NaNoWriMo Personal Growth Goals:

1)      Increase my daily word count.

2)      Become more disciplined with my daily writing, separate from the other stuff we do as writers. (Blog, marketing, networking, etc.)

3)      This should help me come out of my hermit cave and stick my toe into the ocean that is the writing community.


Overall Goals for Event:

1)      Make a substantial dent into book three, and hopefully write all 90,000 words of it.

2)      Have something I can send to my editor so I finish my third novel before 2016 ends.

3)      Have fun writing and never lose sight of WHY I tell the stories.

4)      Make a point to blend this intense writing excursion with daily exercise so I become a healthier me!


Want advice from others who’ve been there and done that?  Look no further!  I’ll link to only a few helpful vlogs because otherwise you’ll never stop watching…. and we’re here to write peeps!



So, that’s MY NaNoWriMo story…. What will yours be?  Will you join me ?  Friend me so we can bust each other’s balls when we slack off?

EDIT: One of my writing buddies is looking to add people as well.  Feel free to add your fellow WordPress Blogger, mrswintheiser.

25 thoughts on “My NaNoWriMo Journey

  1. Gratz on taking the plunge! I’ll be doing NaNo this year, but as a NaNo rebel. Instead of 50k words of an original story, I’m going to use the time to revise and revamp an old story of mine. I think my NaNo handle is just my name. I’ll find you and friend you. 🙂

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  2. I did nanawrimo years ago. It was helpful to get me into writing everyday and after that I dropped it. I think life got in the way the second time around and I got stuck with the plot. I may do it again or I may not… or create a totally new account. Hmm.

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  3. NaNoWriMo. -.- How I loathe thee. Perhaps I’ve done it wrong in the past because I’ve never really gone to the write-ins in town or kept up with my fellow writer friends. I mean, I’ve finished the last three times I’ve participated. Heck, I’ve finished in much less than 30 days, which is probably why I don’t think it’s for me.

    NaNoWriMo is meant to be a starting point, a stepping stone, a kick in the butt for new writers to get the book started and finished(or mostly finished). I… don’t have that problem anymore. :/ I find NaNoWriMo to be a waste of my time because I know I can write 50K words in 5 days. My problem isn’t writing the book, it’s editing it later on and that isn’t something NaNo was designed for.

    Still, I wish you the best of luck and I hope it helps you get some work done on your book! ^.^

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    • For me it’s about getting quicker with the writing AND finding a community, because writing can be solitary. Also, someone keeping you accountable is a big plus! 🙂 I’ve never done it before, so I’m going into it with an open mind. And yes, this will be my third book so I’ve finished a novel… but each book is unique and presents its own challenges, so why not face them with friends? As for you, Miss Smartypants, I envy you writing 50k words in three days! I’m not so prolific.

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  4. nicholeqw1023

    I’m looking forward to NaNoWriMo this year! I still haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet. It kind of depends on how this next week’s story goes I think. I’m glad you know what you’re doing though. 🙂

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  5. Claire @ bletheringbylinley

    Great plan – and one I might nick! I’ve half started NaNoMo a few times, but am committed this time, and looking forward to getting stuck in. I think you’re right that a hefty outline will be the key – pantsing is all well and good when you have time, but not so much with a deadline!

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