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New Goal Trackers on the NaNo site!

The NaNoWriMo website now gives you the ability to track your progress on any-size writing project throughout the year! It looks pretty much like the tracking graph for your NaNo novel, only you get to enter the word count or the number of hours you want to spend writing. It’s pretty awesome! I’ve set myself a goal of 5,000 for the next month (today through February 20th).

I have one short story I need to edit, and several I need to finish. The one in need of editing so far is titled “Elegy for Elena,” but I want to change it. Mostly because I don’t think it fits the ending as well as I thought it would when I started writing. Which is pretty normal.

I started a new Harry Potter fanfiction, which is weird in itself because it’s been a while since I wrote any fanfiction. I like the idea though, so we’ll see where it goes.

I still need to finish work on most of the stories I started for NaNo this year. Some of the stories I’m most excited to finish: “Ripples in the River,” (time travel/parallel universes) “Hieroglyphs,” (virtual reality) “Assimilation,” (vampires), and an untitled superhero story.

In the comments, perhaps you lovely readers could say which of the listed stories sounds most interesting to you based on the title and/or short description given.

–S. Lynn

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NaNoWriMo 2016: Post-NaNo

I have not won NaNoWriMo in a few years now, but I can never stop myself from trying. Every year it’s the same: I say, I won’t do NaNo this year. I don’t have the time, or the energy. I just can’t. Then, a week before November 1st, I get a new idea that would be just perfect for NaNo, and I start making preparations.

I love NaNoWriMo. I love it immensely, with all my heart. I love it so much I founded a region and have been an ML in several not necessarily consecutive years. I love it so much I almost always donate, unless money is extremely tight, and I encourage others to donate. I love it so much I’ve talked to college professors who aren’t even English faculty about it, and gushed to near-strangers. I’ve passed out flyers and postcards. I will absolutely bombard you with information about NaNoWriMo if you let me, and why it’s an amazing thing everyone (especially writers) should try at least once in their lives.


Part of this is certainly because NaNoWriMo is more than just this insane thing people get together every November to do together in a supportive atmosphere–it’s also a nonprofit organization dedicated to literacy and sharing a love of the written word with young people. Their Young Writer’s Program is a gift to the world, and one that deserves to continue being given.

But yeah, it’s also an incredibly communal time of year, even more so than Christmas in my experience, where people get together and talk about writing, and support each other, and are generally better people than they can be at any other time of year. Something about NaNoWriMo just brings out the best in people. Including myself.

I am sad that I didn’t win NaNo in 2016, and that these past years have been so rough that I haven’t truly been able to devote myself to NaNo the way I would like. Every year I fail, it only makes me sadder, and not because I feel like a failure. It makes me sad because I love NaNo so much and every year I don’t win is yet another year I haven’t been able to experience the full effect of writing 50,000 words and feeling accomplished and finishing something that is such a large part of my life.

I don’t know if I will win this year; 2017 has the potential to be a very… intense year for me, filled with a lot of changes. I know it’s very likely I’ll say I just can’t again as November approaches, only to give in at the last minute. If I do, there’s a very good chance I’ll be doing so in a new location, new home, and new region. Maybe it’ll be a new beginning for me for NaNo as well. Only living my life and moving into the future will show one way or the other, but I hope November 2017 will prove to be a far more productive year for me and NaNoWriMo.

Love to all my fellow Wrimos, and to all future Wrimos who have yet to experience the joy of 50,000 words in 30 days, but will.

–S. Lynn

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Progress Report

Well, it’s day 5 of NaNoWriMo 2016, and I am stunned at my progress. I’m at nearly 13,000 words, which is pretty far ahead of where I’m supposed to be at this point. It happened because of a new story idea that happened and basically wrote itself. This story is nearly 9,000 words all on its own.

It’s not perfect and needs heavy editing, but I love the premise of the story and the way it plays out. I just love it to bits.

But I’m a little afraid (okay a lot afraid) that I won’t be able to keep up this pace now that this story is finished. The rest were going along fairly well, but none of them have that sense of frantic inspiration as “Elegy for Elena.”

I’ve also been working on my Cognitive Psych paper as part of NaNo. That’s going pretty well, too.