34 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Pep-Talk from Brandon”

  1. Thanks, Brandon! The most embiggening part of your pep-talk was hearing: “I did Nanowrimo two years in a row before I was published.” I’m sticking with it–I would like to write for a living.

  2. I needed this, honestly. Here I sit at a measly 4.5k words in week 2. I have written, however, almost 30k /school related/ words in those two weeks. If there were not grades riding on those 30k school words, I would very happily love to swap the counts…

  3. I don’t believe him! If he really cared about us NaNoWriMo crowd, he wouldn’t go releasing highly anticipated novels (Alloy of Law) in the middle of November! I keep telling myself it’ll just make a good reward for when I finish, but the wait is unbearable! Aigh, the choices!

    Ok ok… Thanks for the pep talk. I’ll keep it up. :)

  4. So true. I have set myself a daily goal of 500 words for this nanowrimo. I succeeded so far. This means that the past 9 days I have written a bit more than the past 11 months combined.

    Actually, I’m at an average of 600 words a day currently. Woohoo! :-) Not stellar, but eventually there *will* be enough for a proper book.

    And as of today that book involves a dragon whose idea of hunting for buffalo is not that different from a barbecue. :-D Let the flames begin.

  5. Ha ha, awesome. I started a new book so I’m only a 3k now, but I’m gonna blast to a 90-100k finale before this month ends.


    Thanks Brandon!

  6. Hey, thanks for the pep talk! I’m an outliner, and I didn’t prep for NanoWriMo too well, so I’m taking these first fifteen days to outline, and then will hit the novel from Nov 15 through the first of the year. Great advice though! A daily word count is definitely my plan.

    Thanks again!

    P.S. – I must admit – Brandon’s voice is a lot happier than his picture. If you read this, could you provide a smiling pic? I don’t want to stare at your picture or anything weird like that, but it always throws me off when I try to match your picture to the voice on the podcast.

  7. “Go for it. Yay.”
    My little tip: zoom out on your manuscript until you can see the whole thing. Totally inspires me, anyway, even when it’s only a few pages. It’s like my book is a tangible Thing that way. A Project which I have proved I am making progress on. :)

  8. I don’t normally do things like this, but Dan Wells’ brother (and former Writing Excuses guest) just came out with a book, Variant. Unfortunately, he also just lost his job.

    A group of people are trying to ‘book bomb’ Variant to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list tomorrow (thurs 11/10/11). It looks like a great Christmas gift for anyone who loves dystopian YA. Larry Correia called it “sci-fi Lord of the Flies.”

    My friend is holding a contest to promote the bombing. Leave a comment on her web page (http://kashkawan.squarespace.com/novembrance/2011/11/9/contest-book-bomb-for-a-cause.html) and potentially win a free $50 Amazon gift card.

  9. Thank you! Your pep talk came at a very good time, for two reasons.
    One, the word count for my Nano novel has been sputtering along like a bad case of hiccups, racing ahead one day, and then gasping for breath the next. By setting and keeping a goal hopefully that will smooth out.
    And two, if you hadn’t sent that little pep talk, I wouldn’t have come here to comment, and would have missed out on Jennifer McBride’s Book Bomb story, and what looks like both a great book for someone on my list along with a wonderful way to help out another writer.
    So, thank you.

  10. Outstanding encouragement.

    Maurits, by my sums 600 words/day = 100k words every 6 months = 2 novels a year. How is that bad?

  11. Thanks Brandon! I’m off-target (just under 10,000 wds) but sticking with it. If I could just stop getting “stuck” on that one word, the one single word on which the entire novel seems to rest on, that will tie absolutely everything together and make it meaningful and deep and powerful… That one and only word that is just never in my thesaurus but always on the tip of my tongue, and…

    Well, you get the idea. (giggle)

  12. I borrowed Howard’s idea of having a pregnant woman in a house and being attacked by zombies for a chapter in my NaNoWriMo, hope that’s ok.

  13. Sending this to someone participating right now. The idiot hasn’t written anything yet and I’m his editor. Thanks for the talk Brandon, and know that you are easily my favorite author ever!!

  14. Thanks for the pep talk! Of course, I’m not likely to hit 50,000 this month, due to school taking up so much time, but I’m glad that I’ve been able to write almost 8,000 words so far despite school. If nothing else, this NaNoWriMo (the first I’m taking part in at all) has proven to me that I can do 50,000 words a month, school notwithstanding. :)

  15. Thanks a lot Brandon! I’m going to apply your advice to after I finish NaNo rather than now. I’m on track at about 25k, but I want to keep writing afterwards until I finish this draft. I’m hoping that I can publish in a few years and ya’ll here at Writing Excuses are my role models. Thanks again for all you do.

  16. I have writing excuses seasons 1-5. For Season Six, iTunes will give me from about episode 16 to the current episode, but nothing older. I’ve been unable to get the podcasts in that break. Dont know if that is a bug or a feature, but thought I’d mention that.

  17. I just finished “Alloy of Law.” Not to tempt anyone else out there, but it was a quick read and great inspiration from an I want to create stories that cool stand. Thanks Brandon! Going back to writing now.

    BIC HOK!

  18. Mike, I will have to try that — thanks for the suggestion. Jus finished Alloy of Law so I am definitely in need of more Writing Excuses to listen to.

  19. Just wrapping up listening to Season 6, and looking forward to working my way through the next two seasons throughout NaNoWriMo, and I wanted to say THANK YOU for these pep talks! I’ve always started to write, then would toss it aside as soon as I started to struggle with the plot… and thanks to your podcast, I’ve got some good outlining going, character development is on the rise and now I have the motivation to finally write a novel!

    Also, believe it or not, Howard has inspired me to take a drawing class for the first time in my life…unfortunately it’s during November (a 5 week workshop), so I’m probably biting off more than I can chew after adding my day job… But that’s another thing this podcast has taught me – to just go for it!

    Thanks for the constant inspiration, and keep it up!

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