Pacemaker NaNoWriMo Tournament- Plotters vs Pantsers

We’re one week into NaNoWriMo and the Pacemaker NaNoWriMo Tournament!

Now, we could’ve been nice and created an Open Pacemaker Challenge Group where we encourage participants to compete only against themselves. INSTEAD, we decided to start a bit of a fire… and then fan the flame!

We’re pitting Plotters against Pantsers to see who’ll come out on top!


Each member of the Team with the higher total word count at the end of NaNoWriMo gets a delightful new pin to proudly display on his/her profile.

( See what we did there? 🙂 )

Over the past seven days each Team has enjoyed a few moments in the top spot.

Surprisingly (at least to us) there have always been more Pantsers than Plotters BUT, the Plotters seem to be producing more words per person than the Pantsers on average. We have a sneaky suspicion that the Pantsers are playing a bit of a numbers game BUT only time will tell, it’s still very much anybody’s game!

SO! Are you a Plotter- meticulously planning out the details of your novel pre-NaNoWriMo so that you hit the ground running, map in hand, November 1st? Or are you a Pantser, literally flying into NaNoWriMo by the seat of your pants, no plan, just a wing and prayer?

Whichever way, there’s a place for you in the Pacemaker NaNoWriMo Tournament! There’s still plenty of time to join. Pick a side and make your word count, count!



All good things must come to an end- Pacemaker Summer Olympics edition

Just about three weeks ago, the Pacemaker Team hosted our first Pacemaker Summer Olympics where we challenged writers to commit to writing at least 400 words a day for the duration of the Olympic Games. Participants were given the opportunity to represent a country as well, to mirror the actual Games, and for a little friendly competition and fun.

To some, 400 words a day might have seemed a trifle. Some may have seen the challenge and thought to themselves, “What can I accomplish with a meagre 400 words per day?”, “Is it even worth it?”. By the end of 17 days writing 400 words per day, though, that’s 6800 words! That’s 6800 more words than you may have had, had you done nothing.

And guess what! All together we wrote over half a million words! That’s 548,606 words to be exact! We really are better together!

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With writing, as with a great many things, we must measure our ‘progress’ not by how close we are to the ideal, but by how far we came from where we started. And like us, writing is more than the sum of its parts. It isn’t just about the number of words that are written, it’s about personal triumph, commitment, and pride!

We want to encourage all writers out there, to make time for your writing. When you don’t have the time, make the time, and if you can’t make the time, take the time from something else. You’ll be glad you did. Let’s not be afraid of, or despise, ‘small’ beginnings. Set a minimum and start trying to meet it. Chances are, you’ll exceed the minimum and surprise yourself!

We are happy to induct all who medalled into the company of Pacemaker Summer Olympics Gold, Silver and Bronze.

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To those who didn’t medal this time but still wrote more than they would have otherwise, we salute you as well!

Bragging rights to be enjoyed by all!