Over the last three weeks I have learned that there are literally dozens of different NaNoPersonas.
But just for grins & giggles, lets talk about a few of them now…
This person has no interest in reaching the goal of 50,000 words or in even writing a novel. They are here to join in! That is all. They show up at all the local Write-Ins and events. They chat, they make friends, they post in the forums but they do very little actual writing.
This person starts bugging all their friends months before NaNo starts to join them in this adventure. They e-mail, text and post all over the place about every event, reminding their friends to show up. They do a great job of encouraging their friends to hit their goals but they also do not usually get much writing done. They are in it for the thrill.
This person is doing NaNoWriMo for the blog hits, twitter activity or new Facebook friends that come with joining up. They tweet constantly, Facebook every step of their journey and post constantly on their blog or in the NaNo forums. They usually show up at events and take pictures to post and tweet about every ten minutes while they’re there. This person will actually make steady progress because it helps to have progress to tweet/Facebook/blog about but their goal is not 50,000 words, it is all about the social experience for them.
This person is usually an actual writer but their process is much too drawn out to actually participate in the NaNo goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. These are the people you usually see who are writing a collection of short stories for the challenge or finishing up a novel they’ve been working on for a while. They show up at local events to get fodder for their stories but not to really get a lot of work done. They typically haunt twitter and Facebook and the forums but only to watch and read what’s going on with everyone else.
This person does NaNoWriMo for one reason and only one reason – to say they have! They don’t care a whole lot about the social aspect but since it’s part of the event, they participate. They care very much about getting 50,000 words because it’s all a part of it but they don’t much care about the content of the words themselves. This actually seems to describe about a third of the participants.
This person is actually the most rare I have found in the NaNo world. They want to get the 50,000 word goal but the content of the novel is much more important to them than hitting that daily goal. They go to events but only in the interest of having moral support and friends to sound ideas off of. They post in the forums when they need help and they use social media to help them garner encouragement and more ideas but not just to be social.
There are more I’m sure but this is all I’ve got for now.
Maybe I’ll do more later for you… We’ve got just over a week left.
HAPPY NaNo! Whatever your persona is!
- NaNoWriMo – playing catch up again. (jcmorrows.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo and HomeSchooling. (homeschoolmommusings.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo Tip #13: Save Your Work (mediabistro.com)
- NaNoWriMo Tip #12: Take a Walk (mediabistro.com)
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