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Great!    But, wait . . . what is BoNaNo?

 

BoNaNo is Bonanza Brand’s version of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which began 21 years ago as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words (1,667 words a day) of a novel in thirty days.  Last year over 470,000 people around the world participated!

 

In 2014, Cheaux, as a Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo, decided the Virginia City Literary Society should offer a similar challenge.  Taking into account ranch chores, discussions, and games in the Casino, a more manageable goal of 333 words a day was established.

 

The VCLS also decided you could write anything:  long story, short story, poetry, non-fiction.   The goal of this challenge is to get into the habit of writing every day.

 

Now, that means WRITING . . . not editing, not polishing, not proofreading.  Those tasks will all come later.   The idea in November is to write unfiltered, capturing your ideas (bizarre though they might be) and putting them on screen or on paper.  

 

What you write is up to you.  You may be starting a new story or series.  You may be redrafting an old story from your WIP folder.   It doesn’t matter.  The goal is to write.  Period.

 

BoNaNo will start at 12:01 a.m. (your time zone) on November 1 and will end at 12 a.m. (your time zone) on November 30.  The challenge is to write 10,000 words in thirty days, or roughly 333 words a day.  

 

Those that participate will not do so in a vacuum.  The VCLS offers write-ins (chats), word sprints, plot help and advice, and, most of all, encouragement.

 

What do we do until November 1?    So glad you asked.

 

Prep-tober will begin this Thursday, October 15 and run through October 31.   During this time, we’ll be getting ready to write.  Look for the BoNaNo Prep thread in the VCLS Forum on Thursday.

 

All you need to do right now is announce in this thread your intention to participate in Brand’s 2020 BoNaNo.   You’ll be glad you did!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13 hours ago, Annie K Cowgirl said:

Do we have to post what we've written by a certain date? I didn't see that mentioned anywhere so I thought I'd ask.

 

As in past years, November is for writing only.   December for editing, and you can post anytime after January 1.

 

Those details will be in the official announcement (BoNaNo is Here!) on October 31.   Prep-tober will begin on October 15.   

 

Be sure to let us know in this thread if you're participating.

 

 

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I have an interest in this, but I have two stories that I'm wanting to finish by the end of the year. I don't really want to start a new one right now.

 

The one story I think is about 2/3 or less done. It was supposed to be for a challenge over on Boomers.  The deadline passed, and my story is still not finished.

 

The other story is one I've been working on off and on for about two years now.  It's in the third draft and in the middle of a major revision. I'm greatly expanding a little short short story that I wrote.

 

Though I am interested in this challenge I'm not sure I want to have three stories going at the same time. Maybe next year.  :wink:

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3 hours ago, Sierras said:

I have an interest in this, but I have two stories that I'm wanting to finish by the end of the year. I don't really want to start a new one right now.

 

The one story I think is about 2/3 or less done. It was supposed to be for a challenge over on Boomers.  The deadline passed, and my story is still not finished.

 

The other story is one I've been working on off and on for about two years now.  It's in the third draft and in the middle of a major revision. I'm greatly expanding a little short short story that I wrote.

 

Though I am interested in this challenge I'm not sure I want to have three stories going at the same time. Maybe next year.  :wink:

 
you don’t need to start a new story.  The challenge is to write!  
 

If you want to work on a WIP for BoNaNo, you can only count the number of words written (added) beginning November 1.   
 

We’ll talk about this during Prep-tober, so tune in.   

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I've been on the fence about this, but since I have quite a bit of unfinished business in my Bonanza file, why not?  I ought to be able to vomit 300 or so words a day and clean it up later (though it completely goes against my nature and I'll probably be holding my nose in the meantime, :lol:).  Even if I don't post a product, a fresh approach to the creative process will perhaps do me good in the long run.

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1 hour ago, JC* said:

I've been on the fence about this, but since I have quite a bit of unfinished business in my Bonanza file, why not?  I ought to be able to vomit 300 or so words a day and clean it up later (though it completely goes against my nature and I'll probably be holding my nose in the meantime, :lol:).  Even if I don't post a product, a fresh approach to the creative process will perhaps do me good in the long run.


Atta girl!

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I'm in.  I'll be doing my standard, adding to an existing story that has no hope of being finished by January as it's enormous, but I'll be 10,000 words closer (I hope).  Bonano definitely helped me finish the East-West saga, and should give me a grand start on Soldier Boy.  Now, what does Prep-tober involve?  Just standard preparation (outlining, research, etc.) or will there be activities over the next couple of weeks?

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5 minutes ago, Puchi Ann said:

I'm in.  I'll be doing my standard, adding to an existing story that has no hope of being finished by January as it's enormous, but I'll be 10,000 words closer (I hope).  Bonano definitely helped me finish the East-West saga, and should give me a grand start on Soldier Boy.  Now, what does Prep-tober involve?  Just standard preparation (outlining, research, etc.) or will there be activities over the next couple of weeks?

 

Wonderful, Puchi!   

 

During Prep-tober we will be discussing a variety of topics related to the way we write, story ideas, structure, research, setting the mood, etc.  Activities may be involved for those who care to explore options.  

 

Since 2017, we've held BoNaNo-related activities (write-ins) in Slack.  This year we have added a channel (room) for Prep-tober activities.  The beauty of the the Slack platform (as opposed to RumbleTalk) is that the conversation remains even if you log out.  Therefore, it doesn't matter what time zone you are in as you can catch up with the conversation whenever it is convenient for you.

 

An invitation will be sent to you shortly.    

 

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10 hours ago, Cheaux said:

 
you don’t need to start a new story.  The challenge is to write!  
 

If you want to work on a WIP for BoNaNo, you can only count the number of words written (added) beginning November 1.   
 

We’ll talk about this during Prep-tober, so tune in.   

So I can add 10,000 words to the story I've already been working on off and on for the past couple of years?  I really would like to finish it by the end of this year. It's been sitting around long enough. It's basically a WHB/WHI/WHN (actually more likely a little bit of WHI) for one of the episodes. I'll give BoNaNo a try. Maybe it will give me good incentive to finally finish this story.  :smile:

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46 minutes ago, Sierras said:

So I can add 10,000 words to the story I've already been working on off and on for the past couple of years?  I really would like to finish it by the end of this year. It's been sitting around long enough. It's basically a WHB/WHI/WHN (actually more likely a little bit of WHI) for one of the episodes. I'll give BoNaNo a try. Maybe it will give me good incentive to finally finish this story.  :smile:

 

 

Absolutely! 

 

Be sure to accept your Slack invitation which was sent to the email address in your Brand profile. 

 

I'll be posting Day 1 of Prep-tober tonight.  

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58 minutes ago, Annie K Cowgirl said:

Hi, cheaux! This may sound strange, but I'd really rather not join Slack. I'll just start writing with everyone in November if that's okay. 

 

No problem.  I just wanted to make sure you received the invite.  Come November, all of our write-ins will be in Slack as they have since 2017.  We found it to be a much more stable platform than the chatroom.

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