Thursday, October 31, 2013

UnRaNoWriMo... Anyone? (For Those of Us Not Doing NaNoWriMo)

Hey writer peeps! Up for a non-challenge, just-write writing month? Join me for Under the Radar Novel Writing Month! Under the radar, because there's no sign-up or registration, but I'll be writing my butt off, alongside NaNo'ers all over the world. Except with UnRaNoWriMo there's...

No goals. No limits. No word count hurdles to jump. No clock-watching. Just me and my story. Sounds swell, doesn't it? Wanna join me?

You don't even have to keep your butt in the chair. All you have to do is write. Every day. On something. Anywhere. Notebook, computer, restaurant napkins. Car line, front porch, a quiet nook in the woods. You name it.

Why? you may be asking. Well, I've written two novels during a NaNo challenge, and they're both sooooo hairy-scary, I'm afraid to get tangled up in their ugly mess. So I've done what any frustrated writer does and ignored them.

During my self-proclaimed UnRaNoWriMo, I'm going to just write. Every day. For however long / short I desire. I want to love the project at the end of November, not fear it. I want something I can handle when it comes time for revisions. I don't want to end up with a blah, blah, blah, just-get-er-done disaster like I have in the past two years. 

Don't get me wrong, I admire all the NaNo'ers out there! You go, writers!

It's just not my cup of tea. Or coffee.

Another reason for not participating in the NaNo challenge is I'm beginning with 7k words already. When I started this project a week ago, I promised myself not to put it down until I finished. I also made a deal not to put any pressure on myself about daily word counts or hours in the chair. My only goal is to spend some time on it, every day.

Anyone else up for a non-challenge, just-write month?

Made a little badge thingy, feel free to snag it & join me. I'd love to have some company! If you'd like some support or need a pal to write with, email me

I'll also be doing PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month), where I'll come up with 30 picture book ideas. On the radar, of course. Interested? Click on the badge to the right, and it'll take you to Tara Lazar's blog to register.

Write on, folks~


  1. If my outline was in better shape, I would! Go for it and be inspired.

  2. But that's the best part, Alex. No pressure. Heck, I'm so relaxed with this story, I didn't even do an outline. Normally I do, but then I get so wrapped up in sticking to my guidelines and rules, I freeze up.

    And did you say outline... so does that mean a new story?!

  3. Sounds like the perfect approach for you. (Definitely with you on this: "I want to love the project at the end of November, not fear it. I want something I can handle when it comes time for revisions."...yup!) I'm revising this month...I'm sure I'll use the NaNo energy to help motivate me, but really, once I'm into revisions I'm pretty obsessive about it anyway, lol. Happy writing!

  4. I'm in, too! Going to get my badge now...

  5. Awesome idea, Candilynn! I'm with you on the hairy-scary NaNo novels, I've shelved all of mine, too. Hence why I'm not doing it this year. I don't want to mess up the rest of my WiP by working to daily word goals etc.

    Best of luck to you, and anyone else writing this month! :D

  6. Great idea! Good luck and remember, just keep writing!

    Happy Halloween!

  7. UnRaNoWriMo (wow, that's a mouthful) badge snagged. I participated in Camp NaNo in July, and I found out that it's not quite for me. I set crazy writing goals for myself, but NaNo is too much. I will be spending the month quietly working on the Camp NaNo WIP that I just realized isn't so bad. It just needs some love.

  8. I actually love this idea. I'm doing the nonfiction version-- no word count, just lots of writing. GO US!

  9. I understand about scary messes that can't be fixed - a huge waste of writing time, right? I never give myself deadlines now because if I pause in the writing, it's because there's a big problem I have to fix it...and the solution may take a while to present itself.

    Go for that UnRaNoWriMo Candilynn! I'm cheering for you! :-)

  10. Whoo, hoo! Let's go, Gwen!
    Claire, best of luck to you and writing this month!
    Hope you had a good Halloween, Yolanda!
    Jennifer, way to go on working on that wip from Camp NaNo!
    Julie, yes! Go us!!
    Lexa, thanks! Boo to deadlines. They put a lot of pressure on the writer, even though some are necessary. I will admit, although my NaNo pieces from the past are a big mess, they did help me with the writing process, in their own way.

  11. I appreciate the brave soul who bucks the trend. I am doing Nano, but hey, as long as you're writing, who cares what it's called?!

  12. Ooh, count me in! I have a major rewrite I've been procrastinating. This is the month to tackle that sucker!

  13. That sounds like a great idea! I wish I could join, but I've got so many projects to finish and family birthdays this month that Nov. is just a bad month for me in general. I'll check in as much as I can to see how you're doing with this. Good luck to everyone!

  14. Gee, I joined without knowing I had! :-) I am in: I am currently writing DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE -- 1895, an Egyptian archaeological dig, Nikola Tesla, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, ancient evil being awakened -- and Samuel McCord trying to keep his alien wife from unearthing a weapon of terrible power, while keeping his marriage intact. Being a married hero is no chore for the weak-hearted!

    I now have company in just writing quality not quantity! Thanks, Candy

  15. Found this post by way of Mr. Yeomans ^^ up there. Love the idea. So much so, that while I'm actually signed up on NaNo right now, I'm probably going to let that dashboard fester in favour of actually working on the story that I like, and working on it in the way that works best for me. Cool.

  16. That's write, I mean right, Catherine! ;)
    Yay, Alyson!!
    Best of luck to you on your projects, Chris!!
    Write on, Roland!
    Thanks for the visit, Chris and best to you and your novel writing. :)

  17. This is cool! Yay! Happy Insecure Writer's Day by the wayI You are an inspiration.

  18. That does sound pretty good - the whole NaNo 'having' to write does stunt the story growth a bit. Well, I haven't quit NaNo this month, but I don't have a novel either. I'm a huge rebel and I think I'm going to try and write a few short stories. I started writing a novel and realised it wasn't working out!
    Trying to test my limits and break them, now, I think!