Wrapping Up NaNoWriMo 2016 with the Ferrets!

It’s time for triumph! Right?

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Each of the Ferrets below launched herself into NaNo – with or without a plan, to be quite honest with you, and not all of those plans survived engagement with NaNoWriMo proper – and forged ahead, making progress on her chosen project (or projects).

We attended write-ins, we made ourselves laugh or cry – and that’s just at the process of writing, before we even get to the content – we developed some truly impressive NaNo-fingers and NaNo-brains leading to nifty new and creative typos. . .

Life forgot that there’s supposed to be an allowance for NaNo and threw obstacles in our paths, but we made it through anyway!

Let’s say goodbye to NaNoWriMo for this year with a last word from each of us about this year’s session and our works for it.

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NaNoWriMo Week Three! – Ferret Updates

We’re three weeks in and the Ferrets are fighting to catch up and fighting through the universe’s distractions and to be honest with you while I’m not the only Ferret who is dead tired this (Monday) evening, I am definitely a little frazzled.

Week three is traditionally the doldrums, when momentum slows and things began to tangle even if you had an outline, when the excited launch of week one fades and the word-high of week two gives way to the realisation that NaNoWriMo can be kind of tough, you guys, wait I only have how much time left?

It’s hit all of us Ferrets in different ways, but I don’t think any of us were quite ready to realise we were three weeks into NaNo already, whatever the state of our projects!

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NaNoWriMo Week Two! – Ferret Updates

Here we are again already? NaNo’s charging through quick!

This time I am not writing this at a write-in, around Box of Doom challenges, with most of the other Ferrets sitting around me typing furiously. (Instead, I’m curled sleepily in a pile of blankets trying to muster the awakeness to get some writing done before midnight, while most of the other Ferrets run a sprint – I’ll have to join in on the next one!)

Our next write-in is tomorrow (Tuesday), and while I can’t speak for everyone in the region, it seems like the Ferrets are all hoping it will let us catch up a little closer to where we should be wordcount-wise. It’s been a busy week since the last update, and several of us have had disruptive incidents – the universe always seems to forget to make allowances for the fact that NaNoWriMo happens in November.

Here’s to hopefully catching up, and hopefully a more even keel week three!
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NaNoWriMo Week One! – Ferret Updates

We’re a full week into NaNoWriMo now! I can hardly believe it. . .

So. Week one: we’re doing this NaNo thing! There are . . . words. All of the words! All of the words . . . are currently being used in our novels. We have rambled the leftovers here.

All of us have attended at least one local write-in, of which there have already been several. (In fact, Monday night as I type this up I am sitting in a line with Eris and Michelle, and Rebekah is busily at work behind me – we’re set up at a write-in right now!) There have been upheavals and upsets, busy days and borked outlines. . .

But we have all rallied and charged onwards, and week one is the time for the brightest optimism and freshest look at our stories! (Even if they aren’t entirely sure what they want to be yet.)

Total Goal: 50,000
Goal for End of Day Seven: 11,666

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Welcome to NaNoWriMo!

It’s NaNoWriMo time again!

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This wonderful event is what first brought the Ferrets together and we all have a fondness for the madness and magic of NaNoWriMo. (If you’ve never tried it before, but you’ve wondered about writing or felt you needed a kickstart at it, you might give it a try – could be just the thing to help you out! At least two of us signed up at the last minute our first year – Michelle and I, Serena – and still both enjoyed and won NaNoWriMo.)

We’ve talked about NaNo before, so I won’t cover old ground (too much) – besides, I have preparations for NaNo-ing with which I should be busying myself!

Among us we Ferrets have two MLs (Municipal Liaisons; they are magic and coordinate events – and everything – for our region), a handwriter, a dual-project/double-goal writer, and a rebel poet. We’ve quite a range, and we’ll be checking in weekly here with updates on each of our projects! You can also follow each of our progress, save that of our lone poet, at our profiles on the NaNoWriMo site itself. Continue reading

Preparing for NaNoWriMo as a Participant and ML

This November will be my ninth (holy mother of God, NINTH?!) year doing NaNo as a participant and my sixth year of doing it as an ML.

October 1 typically heralds the beginning of “NaNo Season.” That’s when the site relaunches (or, well, relaunches within a few days of that date) and most people start gearing up in earnest for November 1. You can spend hours on the forums pre-November, talking about your genre, brainstorming with other writers, scouring the adoption threads for ideas, and sharing your playlists and writing technology.

But amid all that shiny new excitement, you still have to get ready for November 1. And prepping for NaNo when you’re both participant and ML means your to-do list gets doubled.

So here’s a glimpse into a bit of what my life looks like when National Novel Writing Month rolls around.

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How To Kill Your Muse in 11 Easy Steps (And a Ferret Resurrection!)

Step One: Watch as all your November plans blow up in your face.


Step Two: Try to catch the shrapnel.
Step Three: Take far too much time with Step Two.
Step Four: Realize that as you were completing Step Two, your novel was not writing itself.
Step Five: Step on shrapnel, realize that you can’t NOT finish Step Two, and continue working on novel between bits of shrapnel.
Step Six: Realize that it is the final week of NaNoWriMo, and you still have 25,000 words to write.
Step Seven: Panic.


Step Eight: Lose several days to panic, but still somehow get 11k written.
Step Nine: Realize that it is the last day of NaNo, and you still need 14k.
Step Ten: Despite the closed kitchen at your favorite coffeehouse, pound out 14k words in no less than 11 hours, with 20 minutes to spare before midnight.


Step Eleven: Resolve never to do that again.

The above that you just read is based on my NaNoWriMo experience this past year. If you’d like to read the non-summarized version of events (which were slightly less hilarious at the time), you can find it here.

We The Ferrets…

Would like to issue a sincere apology that the blog died after the A-Z Challenge last year. We all hit some severe burnout, and then Real Life took over for many of us – it was a crazy, stressful, wonderful year, but blogging fell to the wayside for many of us, and not just on the Ferret blogs. Our personal blogs often suffered as well.

So that said, our blog is alive again. We have some awesome stuff planned for the next few months (and most likely not the A-Z Challenge this year), but our posts are going to be a bit more spread out. Instead of a minimum of one post a week, we’re aiming for 2-3 per month.

Thank you all for sticking around! See you soon!

The End is Nigh! – On Finishing NaNoWriMo

progress bar by Sean MacEntee

We’re down to the final week of NaNoWriMo (and November, for that matter of fact).

None of the Ferrets are quite sure how this has happened. It seems that November just began, and suddenly it’s almost over.

So, how are we doing? It’s been a crazy month for most of us, but we’re surviving. Here’s a bit more to go on (at least, as of 9 pm our time on Sunday night):

Just FYI: To be on track for 50,000 words on November 30, an estimated goal for November 24 is 40,000 words.


Word count: 40,002

How it’s going: Gah, this month has been a little rough for me writing-wise. I haven’t worked with this world or these characters at all for nearly two years, and I’m only just now starting to find their voices again and be able to get into their heads. I’m also finally not running 1-2 days behind on my word count for the first time the entire month. Now I just need to keep writing everyday until I hit that magic number!


Word count: 51,307

How it’s going: I just crossed the finish line yesterday! This month has actually gone fairly smoothly for me, which is shocking. Most of my stress has come from stuff like forgetting power strips or name tags or not getting confirmation on a write-in location until less than two weeks before the event, rather than from the story itself. Now my goal is to get as far through the rest of the story as I can before midnight on November 30!

Lissa – not doing NaNo

How it’s going: Lissa is taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in 6 days. Her brain may not be NaNo-mush, but it’s anyone’s guess which language she’ll pull her grammar from next.


Word count: 34,219

How it’s going: 2,255 words per day to finish on time. It will be a miracle if I finish before December . But! I’ve got huge headway made on my story, and it’s very close to finishing. Very thankful for that.


Word count: 31,000

How it’s going: Okay. I am currently at 31,000 words, that means I’m more than 10k behind. I have 5 days to catch up and I am never going to make it. *random screaming*


Word count: 74,750

How it’s going: My goal is 100,000, not the standard 50,000, so I am actually behind. *wails despondently* Really, I have been for most of the month, though, in sadly honest fact, through craziness above and beyond the usual NaNoWriMo breed. I am determined, though! Both to make up the difference – I only need to get an 8k day down, and then keep to my 3.5k per day – and to make it to that 100k this week!

So how has your November gone? What all are you trying to accomplish this week?

Serena’s NaNo Madness – How Much is Too Much? (aka Catching Up in the Doldrums)

So. It is the beginning of NaNoWriMo week three. Also known as the doldrums, and slump week. When somehow things seem to get harder for your NaNoNovel, either to focus on or to figure out.

I always tackle NaNo with a huge (madly so) amount of enthusiasm – NaNo introduced me to finishing novels, writing every day, a sense of writer community, and also, you know, the rest of the Ferrets – and . . . well, way too much of a goal.

Week three slows me down too. And this year? This year I am fighting to catch up in week three – hopefully I will hit the goal I should be at sometime today, or tomorrow.

My current wordcount? Well. . . It’s somewhere north of 50k.
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