NaNoWriMo Activities For Non-Participants

Oct 26, 2011 by

As I’m currently embroiled in a WIP I started in July, I won’t be participating in WRiMo this year. But I do plan on following the event through my November reading selections and the web. Here are some activities you can do to enjoy the writing insanity that is NaNoWriMo without so much…well, writing insanity. Who’s up for a reading adventure?


Enjoy NaNoWriMo Books

Via Better World Books

No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty is the founder’s field guide to the 50,000 word writing event (read our review of the book here). Even if you’re not participating, the guide is quite an inspiring read for your everyday writing life.

Here is the “nearly almost complete” list of NaNoWriMo books that have been published–does Water for Elephants sound familiar? Pick a few that interest you and enjoy the fruits of WriMo-inspired literary labor.


Follow the Blog Debate: Is NaNoWriMo a good thing or a bad thing?

Salon’s Laura Miller (author of The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia) isn’t just wary of magical portals through closets. In this 2010 Salon article she portrays the “crap writing” of NaNoWriMo as a fundamentally selfish and uninformed act of ego when we should be quietly reading the books already published.

To which we say: huh?

Miller isn’t the only writer (oh the irony) pooh-poohing the challenge. Maggie Stiefvater (author of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and more) had a pretty bad “breakup” with the event last year that’s still smarting. Stiefvater’s less baffling reasons for disliking the event is that the challenge simply doesn’t work for her.

But then again, most people don’t find it selfish or a poor writing exercise.

There are lots of interesting perspectives on NaNoWriMo, and in turn, the atual act of writing, to be found out in the blogosphere. Have you stumbled across any intriguing discussions?


Become a Twitter Cheerleader

If you’re just sitting on the sidelines, I highly recommend you go to Twitter and search using the #nanowrimo hashtag. Cheer on the writers and let them know you’re there to guilt trip them if they start faltering!


Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year, or will you be enjoying the event from a distance?



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