Record Snowfall and NaNoWriMo

What do weather forecasters know?

Sometimes they don’t seem to be able to predict the weather for the next few days, let alone long-term. That said, they have predicted the weather for the next few months and good old blighty can apparently expect the worst winter in living memory.

They’re saying there is potential for record snowfall in November. Prolonged snow. The type that bites at your ankles every time you step foot outside your door. Not the news you want as we head deeper into Autumn. I’m only just about getting used to the falling leaves and the daily rain.

Magnolia 2

This was a scene from the snowfall earlier in the year.

Wait a minute. Record snowfall?

Deep joy!

There is a good part to this post. Honest.

I’ve posted before (many, many times) about the joys of NaNoWriMo. The National Novel Writing Month is free to enter. Your target is to write 50,000 words in the calendar month of November.

NaNo

To some, 50,000 words might seem like a breeze (I’m not one of them), to others it is a hefty word-count to write in just 30 days. I have entered NaNo twice in the past and somehow have managed to ‘win’ both times. This July I managed it with a day to spare!

What I’ve learnt with NaNo is that it really is GREAT to help you kick-start a new project. Whether it’s a new novel or a collection of short stories, the word-count is all good. NaNo does help inspire you into a good writing routine. For rules and to sign-up just click the image above to go through to the official website.

How is my writing going at the moment?

Slow though there is forward momentum.

Just.

You need one of those time-lapse cameras to see the movement, but it is there!

With that in mind, I’m giving it a miss this time. Once a year is enough for me at the moment and I’m still recovering from my July trip to Camp NaNo.

Anyone taking part in NaNoWriMo this November?

If you are, best of luck to you all. It’ll beat being out in the record snowfall. Be nice and warm inside writing your next novel. πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading.

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40 Responses to Record Snowfall and NaNoWriMo

  1. Leanne Cole says:

    They are predicting a very long hot hot summer here, let’s hope they all got it wrong.

  2. Ha Ha! Bring on the snow. Good for writing Good for photography. Ha Ha!

  3. cassmob says:

    Good luck Pete, hope it opens New creativity routes

  4. I’m trying NaNoWriMo this year, for the first time. Crappy weather will be a good thing if it keeps me indoors and on the laptop. πŸ™‚ —Jadi

  5. Jools says:

    I’ve never done NaNoWriMo, but I suspect that preparation and planning is key to success. So perhaps the month of October is where one makes a commitment to plotting, outlining and character profiling, so that when November comes along, one can write like a runaway train. It’s not for me this November, but maybe next?… Good luck with your own writing. Forward momentum – even if it occasionally slows to a snail’s pace – is still a positive.

    • Pete Denton says:

      Thanks. Snails do get to where they’re headed. Eventually!

      I’m a planner so getting that done ahead of a NaNo is a must for me. I recommend having a go at some time. They do the two Camp NaNos during the year as well so you’ve a chance to have a go. πŸ™‚

  6. Not NaNoing this time either, but am looking forward to the prospect of lots of snow! I never believe those early predictions though, I’m not sure how often they materialise. On my course is a girl from Gambia who has come over to the UK just to study on the course, and she’s never experienced snow before – she’s excited at the thought of it, and I’m excited about her seeing it for the first time too! I must be very strange if you’ve only ever seen it in pictures.

  7. Gwen Stephens says:

    Wow – record snowfall following record heat in your part of the world, right? Being snowed in is certainly conducive to getting your writing on. I won’t be participating in NaNoWriMo this November, just not a good month for me (why’d they choose November, anyway? There’s NOTHING going on in February) – but I’m toying with the idea of trying camp NaNo next July. It’s a much more schedule-friendly month for me.

    • Pete Denton says:

      We have had extreme temperatures the last few years. They’ll probably be wrong (wishful thinking) but at least it’s a good excuse to stay in and read or write.

      I think I’ll do one of the Camp NaNos again next year. July is a better month. Happy writing!

  8. Definitely going to attempt NaNo-ing, although success is probably out of my reach. Alas! I’ve learned to ignore weather reports, since they (or at least, Canadian ones) are generally horribly off base. Not to mention Canadian weather has just been bonkers this year. Global warming? Or are the great moose overlords finally extracting their vengeance for the Caribou Encroachment of 2003?

    • Pete Denton says:

      They aren’t very accurate about good weather, but seem to be better about the bad stuff!

      Good luck with NaNo. I’ve enjoyed both Camp editions I’ve done and whatever wordcount you achieve is good.

      I like the idea of great moose overlords. There’s a story in that for sure πŸ™‚

  9. I’m in this November even though I did both April’s and July’s camp NaNos. Enjoy the Fall.

  10. Considering it–especially now that I’ve stopped my blog.

    • Pete Denton says:

      I’m behind on reading all the blogs I follow so I didn’t realise you’d stopped blogging.

      All the best and if you decide to take part in NaNo, happy writing πŸ™‚

  11. karengadient says:

    Had enough of warm– it’s finally getting cool here! So lovely outside that the weather is likely to distract me from NaNo, but I’m giving it a go all the same.

  12. EllaDee says:

    There’s always an upside to weather, sometimes though you really have to look for it, but regardless we get it anyway, so may as well make the most of it. I hope for mild, nice wintery weather for the northern hemsiphere (& good writing to you) and the same but warm for us here in the south. so we can have lovely holidays. Nothing catastrophic for either.

  13. jmmcdowell says:

    From a US-based perspective, November is the “kickoff” to the year-end holidays, so I’d find it a tough month to crank out 50,000 words. Of course, I’m not sure I could produce that many in any 30-day period…. πŸ˜‰ So no NaNo here. Maybe a summer camp someday, though?

    I hope you don’t get too much snow next month. That seems a bit early for such wintry weather!

    • Pete Denton says:

      I’m always at work in November so a bad month without a good kickstart. Camp NaNos are good and you don’t have to set a 50k target either. If you wanted to do 25k they let you change the target.

      November is too early for snow! So far so good, but they keep threatening us. Probably just a conspiracy from the Wellington and thick coat manufacturers πŸ™‚

  14. The Old Farmers Almanac, which dates back to Benjamin Franklin, predicts a colder than normal summer in the southern US, which means NC will have snow but more probably ice, storms, Ugh. Trees falling, power outages. Right now it is a pleasant 70+. Good luck with nanowrimo – wish it weren’t in November, which is too busy a month for me with family.

  15. I’m doing NaNo for the third time this year, I’m hoping to win this time. If I don’t though I’m not too bothered, it is great to get a project off the ground. As for the weather me and my girlfriend are off to north wales next month so I’m hoping any snow holds off till we’re back πŸ™‚

  16. 4amWriter says:

    As you know, I’m not participating in NaNo in the traditional sense. But it is a great motivating tool for writers at any stage of their projects. I’m really enjoying my autumn here, and I don’t want snow quite yet. Please keep it in your neck of the woods until Christmas time. πŸ˜‰

    • Pete Denton says:

      They promised (or threatened) the snow, but it’s keeping its distance so far. NaNo is a great motivational tool, but I’m glad I’m not taking part this time. I don’t have the energy πŸ™‚

  17. Snow is the perfect excuse to stay inside and read and write. πŸ˜‰ I love that about winter. I hibernate like a bear in my Kour cave.

  18. Miriam says:

    I’m going to take part in NaNo, even thought there’s no chance of snow where I am. January or February, maybe, but not November.

  19. eviee1 says:

    Good luck pete….hope we don’t get it….but if we do, more time to write! All the bestπŸ‘

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