Are You A NaNo Rebel?

nano-rebelNovember 1st is Here!

For those of you who’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably already know that November is NaNoWriMo time. And, you more than likely remember that I’ve been doing this event for a few years now, with varying degrees of success.

[Hint: For those of you who KNOW you are NaNo Rebels… Scroll to the bottom for a chance to make your own “…And I am a NaNo Rebel” image]

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. [ www.nanowrimo.org]

Why I Take Part

There are a number of reasons for ANY writer to take part, but here are mine:

  • It’s good writing practice
  • It helps you get into a rhythm of working
  • It allows you to silence the inner-editor that often slows down creative writing
  • It encourages you to keep the writing and editing processes seperated
  • But, more than anything, it joins you with a community of writers across the globe – all with a single purpose in mind. Spend one full month writing as much as possible

This year, I’ll be joining a number of people from the Brain To BooksCyber Convention crew. Many of these folks are not only doing the NaNoWriMo event, but also gearing up for the big online convention in April.

What is a NaNo Rebel?

A NaNo Rebel is a NaNoWriMo participant who chooses to write something besides a novel of at least 50,000 words in November. Some NaNo rebels choose to revise and edit their novels, while others wander into the worlds of nonfiction, video games, scripts, and academic writing.  [http://www.wikiwrimo.org]

Why am I a Nano Rebel?

Simply put… Because I have to start a day ahead of everyone else, because of my work schedule. When you finish work at 11:30pm, and then walk home, it’s almost midnight. That means unless I am able to do a substantial amount of writing before work I have lost any opportunity to log my word count for that day.

So when November 1st rolls around, I have already started writing the night before (unless I have the first day of NaNoWriMo off work). When I wake up in the morning, I’m not rushed to eat, check emails, update my blog posts, check my social media, read my web comics, write 1,667+ words, make lunch and STILL be ready for work in under 4 hours. It frees me up to do my writing AFTER work instead, when I’m actually more productive anyway.

Are You A NaNo Rebel Too?

If you’re a NaNo Rebel, and you want to make your own copy of the image at the start of this post, I have some good news.

I’m making the Canva design available for everyone to copy

Make your own copy of the “I’m A NaNo Rebel”poster

How To Make Your Own Copy:

  • Click the link in the box above.
  • Sign into Canva (with your Google account, Facebook account, or Canva account)
  • Click “File”… “Make A Copy”
  • Click where it says “[Insert Name]”
  • Delete the text, and insert your own name
  • Change the text size if you need to make it fit
  • Drag the text box around to realign the text to the background, if needed
  • Click “File” … “Save”
  • Click the nice big “Download” button
  • Select the file format you want to download, and hit “Download”
  • Wait for a few seconds while Canva creates your image file
  • Close the message box that says the file is ready
  • Post the downloaded image wherever you like…

All I ask is that you leave the design attribution and link in place. If you want to link back to my blog, or my website, please feel free:

Blog Site: timothybatesonauthor.wordpress.com

Website: timothybatesonauthor.weebly.com