Monthly Archives: November 2017

Why the last 4 days matter – A peptalk by Radhika Meganathan

If you think it’s already over, it’s not! Radhika Meganathan, a NaNoWriMo veteran and the winner of the PILF Award for her NaNo novel tells us why!

Psst…. Can I tell you a secret?

Okay, here it goes – I have won at NaNoWriMo. Not a conventional win, ever.

Yep. Even in 2014, when I completed 50000 words, it was not from the same novel. It was half of The Gurukul Chronicles (which won the PILF award in 2016) and a chap book I eventually sold to a book packager.

Granted, it’s not easy, writing all those words in 30 days. It’s not impossible, but yeah, let’s call a spade a spade, it’s not a walk in the park either. I know many folks who give up in the middle. Heck, I was one of them for many years. You start with the best intentions, you even have a decent number of chapters written and bam! life gets in between you and your word count. Suddenly it is the last week of Nano November and that target goal seems insurmountable.

But you know what is the best part about this fag end of the challenge? No? Well, let me tell you – it’s being STRESS FREE!

No pressure! No fear! No expectations. You know exactly where you are in your novel.

Either you are close to the end or nowhere near the end. You just have two choices now.

Sprint. Or, Accumulate.

I see you scratching your head. Let me explain better.

Sprint when you are just a few thousand words to your target. Come on, you can DO IT!

Accumulate your words, like a grade A hoarder with OCD.

Here is the truth – you tried. You were a part of this community. There is NO judging here. You are closer to the end of your novel now, than 30 days ago. NaNoWriMo has actually helped you in getting some word count that otherwise would have taken you several months (or an eternity). So… why don’t you enjoy it further? Keep writing for the next 4 days, and keep writing well into the next month?

Whether you sprint or accumulate, here’s what you can do for the next four days.

  1. Attend the sprint marathons on Wrimo India FB page and on the Asia::India region page on NaNoWriMo. Seriously, do that. You have a lot of friends in this last bit of the journey, so go guns blazing.
  2. We all know it’s impossible to predict the near future, but what about the next 4 days? If there is nothing life-altering happening at work (or home), consider taking a day – or two or four – off, just you and your manuscript. Come on, do it. Play skivvy, for your art. For your writing. The God of Creativity will approve.
  3. The above suggestions not possible? No problem, how about waking up two hours early just for the next 4 days, to write?
  4. Nothing works? Then you have to make use of whatever time you have. This means… your notepad or laptop wherever you go, whether it is the temple, the clinic, your workspace. I’d add the loo, too, if you really are that busy.
  5. As always take back up of your work every time you do a sprint or a writing session! The simplest way, one that I prefer, is to G-mail my chapters to myself.

I repeat, whether you sprint or accumulate, every word you write now is a word closer to The End, so do not miss these last four days of NaNoWriMo– all the very best!

About Radhika:

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Radhika Meganathan is a Chennai-based author who is addicted to wanderlust, keto diet and cat videos. Her debut novel THE GURUKUL CHRONICLES, partially finished during Nanowrimo 2014, won the Pune Literature Festival Award 2016 and is available for purchase at https://www.amazon.in/Gurukul-Chronicles-SMARA/dp/B074N6HW1G/. She can be contacted at www.radhikameganathan.in
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NAp NO! WRIte MOre! – A peptalk by Piorre Hart

When your Inned tells you to NAp, you must not! Piorre Hart, veteran Wrimo and author of PILF Award-winning NaNo Novel, tells us why.

Over to Piorre Hart, then:

So it is November again.

Pardon me, it is not just November, it is the second week of November.

What! Already? So soon?
(Don’t mind that voice… it belongs to Inned, my inner editor.)

So, well, yes… already! And soon enough, it’ll be the last day of November too!

Screams…

Well! That’s melodrama-queen for you!

4500 Indians (that’s you… and yes, me) have registered their novels at the NaNoWriMo website for the year 2017!

Among these, there are a few who are the unchallenged official word-slayers of this country — those who’ve already reached the 50K mark in the first three days.
Then there are those who have religiously written the prescribed 1667 words every single day and are unerringly on track. Let’s salute them— do them a small namaskaar and proceed…
To the others–
Like me–
Those who have barely started.

So this write-up is, in effect, a shout-out to myself.

I CAN DO IT. I WILL DO IT.

Was that loud enough? (Wonder if Inned even heard it.)

 There is no month like November to write a novel.

NONE.

Period.

I say this with… (clears throat)… some experience.

My only published novel is a NaNo novel.
(Don’t believe me? Well, check the acknowledgements!)
And that’s not all!
It was written when my younger child was barely seventeen days old!
(Don’t believe me? Well, check his birth certificate!)

Yippee! Feels so good to be published!
(Inned is justified here: she got a chance to do a big job with the final editing, after all…)

Okay, yippee… So? Now what?

Well… Now… What? She blinks her eyes.

WRITE! THAT’S WHAT!

Write like there is no tomorrow! Write like this November has not 30 but only 25 days.

Err… well, just nineteen left now, if you please!

If you prefer to heed Inned and not me, let me tell you that you can relax.
Because, actually, there are 384 days remaining.

Until November 30.

2018.

You can afford to wait.

But, pray! Give me a chance! Inned, though she is thin-lipped and ruthless; she is pretty and attractive and prim and stylish and wears flowery accessories and all, but— let that NOT allow her to convince you.

Permit me to convince you… Please.

DO NOT WAIT.

Because your 2017 novel must be put on paper (or on screen… yeah! Whatever!) NOW!

The WORLD needs your novel.
(Okay…yeah—that was stolen from NaNo’s logo!)

India (which constitutes a sixth of that world) needs your novel even more!
(That was original!)

Each one of us 4500 participants from India owe it—
To our region
To our country
To our MLs
To our online community—

Yes, even to our most loyal friend—our laptops…

And if Inned would allow me to say— to ourselves, actually!

We owe it also to that superb awe-inspiring-always-motivating-never-say-never-numero-graphical-software, the word-count widget!

The widget must be re-christened Harry. Because, it is a magical thing… like a wizard.

But the ‘Potter’ is the Wrimo community!

The community is the cult, the family. We writers belong there.

I’ve been hauled out from almost-definite doom— from the claws of defeat… I have been cheered and prodded during the last hour of the last day of a cold November evening by this very community— which is capable of transforming into a single gigantic fire-breathing dragon which roars at you… until you cross that 50K mark!

If you still think you can’t get yourself to write unless you are reprimanded?

Try this—

Declare it to the group.

There will always be someone willing to scold you.

Or to join you in a sprint.

 All you have to do is one little thing.

DON’T GIVE UP.

Leave the rest to NaNoWriMo.

NAp NO! WRIte MOre!

 

About Piorre Hart:

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Piorre Hart is the author of the PILF prize-winning mystery novel “Where There’s a Will…” which was conceived during NaNoWriMo 2013. She is a surgeon by profession, a writer by heart and a bird in spirit. She thrives on books, on chai, on fictionalising philosophy and philosophising fiction.
She may be reached at: piorrehart@gmail.com or https://facebook.com/piorre.hart or https://twitter.com/satyaagraha or WTAW’s FB Page