The Dead Robots' Society

Writers on Writing


  1. Some NaNoWriMo novels actually get somewhere. My 2012 NaNoWriMo project was the first draft of Wolf Creek, which was published in September of this year by Prizm Books.

  2. Apparently I’m not cool enough for this podcast. Came here looking for some encouragement, but instead felt scolded for not being a “real” writer. Maybe this is why your numbers are down gents.

  3. I’m not sure why you felt we were scolding anyone for not being a “real” writer. Quite the opposite. If you got that impression from the podcast, I’d like to know exactly what gave you that idea.

  4. It was mostly your comments actually, Paul. You had to defend yourself and backpedal numerous times. Not to mention the snickering and distaste in your voice for “the nano thingamajigy” as you put it.

    “That’s the difference between people who are trying to make money at it.”

    Even your attempt to help,”get all of your outlining done before November.” When this podcast came out on the 4th.

    There was obviously no research done before talking about this subject, “how many words is it? 1300?”

    There was a very,’look down your nose’ feeling to the entire podcast, mostly from you Paul.

    With all of the helpful and timely and encouraging material out there for Nano, I’m not sure why this episode was even published.

  5. I’m very sorry to hear it came off that way to you. That was not my intent. This episode was posted late due to my day job schedule and a general lapse on my part. My apologies.

  6. Jimmie, I wasn’t on this episode, but I can tell you from past conversations with Paul that he doesn’t have a problem with Nano. None of us are perfect. None of us hate on Nano, or the people doing it. I hope you have great success with your project.

  7. It didn’t sound like they were looking down on NaNoWriters. They gave good advice in the podcast, one in particular is that you have to keep writing even after November ends.

    And I agree that if you are serious in becoming a writer, you have to continue that momentum that November has started for you.

  8. Hi everyone, I wanted to share my experience with NaNoWriMo. Last year (2014) I tried it and due to illness, didn’t finish. I used Camp NaNoWriMo in April this year to finish my manuscript, as well as edit and polish it. I self published through smashwords, and to date have had over 400 downloads. I had a lot of fun with it, and it was enough to get me in the habit of writing every day since then!


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