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Roundtable #3: We Did NaNoWriMo

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With Yves Gagnon, Aaron Kite, Rich Moberg, Sean Perron, and Michell Plested from the blog Starting Write Now

Clockwise from top left: Sean Perron, Yves Gagnon, Mike Plested, Rich Moberg, Aaron Kite


In December, we heard from the five guys behind the Starting Write Now blog. Recorded just before the 2006 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), these aspiring writers explained what they struggle with and how they planned to approach the month-long event.

Today we revisit the guys and find out how their NaNoWriMo experience turned out.

Yves Gagnon spends most of his time at home with his wife, or at work, breaking things for a local cable and telecommunications concern. He likes to experiment with writing, trying out genres he’s never used before, and different styles, but tends to stick to short stories, due to his short attention span. His wife is expecting a child in March, and it’s safe to say that he will be expecting it as well.

Aaron Kite first started taking writing seriously when he began creating parody news articles for a popular online satire news site in addition to the graphic design role they had originally hired him for. A blogger with more than eight years experience, Aaron has written several short stories and produced a number of Photoshop and design tutorials for print and online. He has most recently turned to novel writing, with a focus on science fiction and fantasy stories.

Rich Moberg was born thirty-eight years ago and has managed to survive so far. In that time he has been a librarian (well, a page), a concert promoter, freelance writer, sold shoes, suits and computers and performed admirably as a pump-jockey. Over-educated, his English degree got him a career in the aforementioned petroleum industry so he got his degree in computer science. He currently works as a pump-jockey, although this time he pumps code. This is his second attempt at a writing career, his previous go-round stopped cold by a government change and the need to eat on a regular basis.

Being an only child, Sean Perron didn’t have brothers or sisters to contend with, so most moments not filled with friends, school or playgrounds were spent with the “Hardy Boys,” “The Three Investigators,” Jules Verne, Tolkien and the like. He spent countless hours reading and re-reading those works. His exposure to this constant barrage of imagination seeded a desire to create his own fiction. Now, many years later,he’s finally taken the plunge. He can’t imagine anything better than trying entertaining someone with his words. Or failing that, embarrassing anecdotes about himself.

Mike Plested began reading science fiction, fantasy and anything else he could get his hands on at age six and writing short stories at ten. In his teens he began to toy with the idea of becoming a writer, but ultimately decided to pursue fame and fortune as a “Computer Guy.” Still, the passion for writing remained and Mike continued to try and write, but something was missing. He took a novel writing course which kick-started his writing allowing him to recently complete his first book. He is a 2006 NaNoWriMo winner and enthusiastic fan of the written word.

Join us as we discuss all things NaNo and more, including:

  • What happened during the 30-day event
  • What they learned
  • How their NaNo experience has affected their writing since the event
  • How setting goals helped and hindered them
  • What they think about outlining now
  • Why they do or don’t stick to writing their stories in order
  • Whether they made New Year’s resolutions, and what they were (if they remember)
  • Whether they’ve stuck to their plans
  • How they feel about writing unsympathetic characters.

Interviewees: Yves Gagnon, Aaron Kite, Rich Moberg, Sean Perron, and Michell Plested
Host: Paula B
Date: March 12, 2007
Running time: 01:21:29
File size: 49 megabytes
Rating: G
The Starting Write Now blog: Starting Write Now

3 Responses to “Podcast: Roundtable #3: We Did NaNoWriMo”

  1. rjnagle Says:

    Nanoedmo…wow! what a concept!

  2. rjnagle Says:

    this is a fun interview. I wanted to make a point about word count. The more you write, the more you value low word counts. Whenever I do a draft, I put the word count at the top of every page, and each draft I recalculate. I take pride not in how many words I have written but how many words I have killed. Oh, the joy!

  3. Administrator Says:

    I agree, Robert. There’s no point in spewing out words just for the count of it. You know that old saw, whose author I can never remember: “I wrote you a long letter because I didn’t have time to write a short one.”