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    Posted: 13 Sep 2018 at 8:17pm
What other competitions do people recommend to pass the time between NYC Midnight events?

I'm interested in slightly longer-form work (say about 2000-2500 words) - no strong genre-specific preferences, though I tend to write in the broad areas of horror/SF/alt.hist/general drama.

Not particularly interested in prizes or publishing. :)

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not particularly interested in prizes or publishing?  Why do you want a contest? 

Why not do nano?
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NaNoWriMo is a great suggestion. I plan on writing the draft of my first original novel this November. 

Even if you don't have one sizeable project to dedicate 50,000 words to, there are always sprints you could do, or set a weekend wordcount goal. 
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Originally posted by sootfoot5 sootfoot5 wrote:

not particularly interested in prizes or publishing?  Why do you want a contest? 


Because the discipline of having to do a certain thing in a certain time is great (for me), and the feedback is always interesting.
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Can someone explain how to "do" Nano? I always fail on day one and just go get coffee instead. I'm not great at self discipline.
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Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

Can someone explain how to "do" Nano? I always fail on day one and just go get coffee instead. I'm not great at self discipline.

Same question! I’ve got some long-form ideas but I need the accountability that NYCM’s deadlines provide.
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Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

Can someone explain how to "do" Nano? I always fail on day one and just go get coffee instead. I'm not great at self discipline.

It comes out to about 1667 words per day. Which sounds like A LOT. I've "won" Nano twice in the past three years, and it really does take discipline, and making writing your priority for an entire month. I always do best when I get a jump on the word count early on in the first few days, because things are obviously gonna come up. I found a local group who met up once per week to write for a few hours and do word sprints, and that was a huge help. 
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Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

Can someone explain how to "do" Nano? I always fail on day one and just go get coffee instead. I'm not great at self discipline.
I’ve done NANO for the past few years, and here’s my best word of advice. Don’t be hard on yourself. For me, forced writing is bad writing, and there’s no sense in wasting hours writing thousands of words that you’ll scrap later on because you hate them all. November is the busiest month for me - I have my birthday, my brother’s birthday, my cousin’s birthday, my grandma’s birthday, thanksgiving, an annual family trip, and usually at least three exams to prep for. It is PACKED. My solution for balancing life with NANO is to set a daily writing goal, but also ensure room in your schedule to catch up. For example, I always tried to structure my weekends/free time in a way that would allow me to write double what I normally would’ve in order to make up for any days I may have gone a bit under. Structure is important, and so is having a good support system. I always like to tell my family I’ll be mentally gone for the whole month and promise to make up any lack of social time with them in the next month. 
The most important thing to note and the biggest thing NANO taught me is not caring if you put something on paper that isn’t perfect. So often I get caught up in a bubble of fear if the words that I’m writing aren’t fitting together perfectly right off the bat. Yet, perfection isn’t the goal for NANO. Instead it’s killing off your procrastination! It’s writing, even when it’s hard or you have no ideas or it’s not perfect as it’s spilling onto the pages. You have time to edit later - spend the month writing a story that you love and have fun doing it! NANO is also a very experimental time for me - I try our new genres or new writing techniques, and I am unafraid to experiment because NANO doesn’t leave you time to be afraid. 
Lastly, accept that even if you don’t meet your goal word count, you tried. Trying and being a few words shy of your goal is so much better than not trying at all out of fear that you won’t reach that big magic number. I hope this ramble was helpful, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!
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Originally posted by manifestlynot manifestlynot wrote:

Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

Can someone explain how to "do" Nano? I always fail on day one and just go get coffee instead. I'm not great at self discipline.

Same question! I’ve got some long-form ideas but I need the accountability that NYCM’s deadlines provide.

There's a word counter on the NaNoWriMo site. That's always my accountability meter. It shows you where you should be to be on target to hit 50k words, and you put in your word count as you go. 
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Originally posted by chrissie0707 chrissie0707 wrote:

Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

Can someone explain how to "do" Nano? I always fail on day one and just go get coffee instead. I'm not great at self discipline.

It comes out to about 1667 words per day. Which sounds like A LOT. I've "won" Nano twice in the past three years, and it really does take discipline, and making writing your priority for an entire month. I always do best when I get a jump on the word count early on in the first few days, because things are obviously gonna come up. I found a local group who met up once per week to write for a few hours and do word sprints, and that was a huge help. 
I second this! Finding a local / online group can be a huge help, because at the moments that you’re struggling to hold if together and you feel like there’s no way to crank out those last few thousand words, they know exactly how you feel. They can also help ou with any kinks you may be running in to, and I’ve found my group is especially helpful with my accountability.
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