NaNoWriMo Thread

camidon's picture

I just thought I'd post a thread for us NaNoWriMo's to come and chat and procrastinate.

Are the few of us that signed up still hot to trot, or are the nerves creeping in?

What are folks doing, if anything, for preparation?

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EmptyKube's picture

Re:NaNoWriMo Thread

I've been plotting a novel for a couple of months now, but recently came up with an idea which might fit neatly into the Gen E theme, so I may try that one instead. I seem to be deluged with ideas but I need to pick one and start writing. My muse challenge will likely have the opening paragraph of my project for Nano. I have this novel in my head called Belieze, loosely based on Cinderella, but with severe SF overtones.
I've been world building, outlining (something I don't usually do), eevn doing some sample writing but I can't seem to figure out where to begin so I though if I just start writing and sort everything out when I reach my 50000 words mark. Smiling
On the other hand I have this idea based on a short story I wrote as a teen that involves nanotech, a really big asteriod project, some murders, and a religous cult trying to get more funding for its unpopular asteroid project:)

oh well...I'll write both eventually, or maybe I can alternate? Does Nano say anything about the fifty K words having to be the SAME story?
I'll have to look...
Mike

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NaNoWriMo Prep

I've decided on writing the 4th and final book in The Elevator to the End of the World series. I finished the rough draft of Book 3 on Wed, the 27, though there's at least six dozens notes and warnings about things to change and fix. However, there's a continuous narrative from Chapter 1-28.

By finishing a few days ahead of my timetable, I was able to begin outlining Book 4 for the NaNoWriMo marathon. The working title is "The Fall of Imagination". Basic plot idea: After numerous adventures in the world of Imagi, the two worlds have collapsed into one world, and Human beings and Imagi beings are locked in a struggle to control the remaining world. Damon must choose which world is more important and lead the struggle for survival.

I also seriously debated starting a sciene fiction novel, but figured I should finish the Elevator series in its entirety as soon as possible so I don't leave anything hanging.

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Re:NaNoWriMo Thread

What's this Nano-thingy? Some sort of writing challenge? If so, I'm probably way ahead of all of you. I finished a chapter of one novel, and have been polishing several chapters and short stories.

I started another short story on Sunday. I'm very excited about it. It's a cross between horror and SF and will have a lot of suspense. I only meant to jot down some ideas for it before I forgot them, but ended up churning out five pages of finished scenes on Sunday morning.

To err is human. I am not human.

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NaNoWriMO

Sounds like you're really hitting a writing groove, Greg. That's cool. I'd be happy to read any of it if you want some individualized feedback, apart from the standard SFWW critiques (or lack thereof).

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month( has been brought up a few times. It's a yearly challenge where people come together in an attempt to write a novel in one month (or 50,000 words) It starts today, Nov 1, and finishes Nov 30. Here's the website again:

[url]http://www.nanowrimo.org[/url]

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EmptyKube's picture

Re:NaNoWriMo Thread

well...i picked a bad month to take this challenge! i thought i'd be okay, but i forgot one small detail...retail in november!!
arrgghhgh!!! plus my wife has picked up a part time job so we can make a few more ends meet (okay, not actually meet, as such, no. more like nod a greeting from across the street while passing by very quickly, but i digress) leaving me with little free time to actually write.
time has become severely restricted and i've only managed 675 words, or so in two weeks! yikes!
how about anyone else? anyone doing better?
mike

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Keep Going

Keep Going, Mike

Whether you get 675 words or 60075 words, you, Anneliese, and Elizabeth have inspired me to write, write, write, and keep writing. The simple fact that you all desired to attempt this with everything else going on in your busy lives just drops my jaw. I have great respect for all of you, and hope one day, you'll be able to spend the amount of time you wish on writing related endeavors.

Keep Writing!

Oh, and I'm now at about 32,000. I'm dedicating every last NaNo word to you SFWWErs who patched me on to this NaNo thing. At first, I didn't think NaNoWriMo would do much to motivate me to write, but gee wiz I was wrong. Everyone should try it.

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Re:NaNoWriMo Thread

I've written over 20k words in the last 2 weeks... but it had nothing to do with the contest.... Eye-wink

I'm not a complete idiot -- some parts are missing.

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NaNo has come and gone

NaNoWriMo has come and gone. Shock Silly me stayed up way too late and watched the count down for my time zone. :oops: As my earlier posts indicated, I was way more into NaNo than I ever thought I would be. Man, it kicked me in my butt to write, and boy did I. Though I did not quite finish my fourth Elevator book, "The Fall of Imagination" I came darn close, and if it was not for some major procrastinating this Tuesday (damn online boggle), I probably would have finished. I've got the very last chapter to finish, and one chapter in the middle which has snippets that need to be connected, and then the rough draft is done. I'll finish it tomorrow I suppose. Evil No! I WILL finish it tomorrow. Laughing out loud

Thanks to all that tried, whether successful or otherwise. This maybe a yearly thing for me now... Anneliese had some interesting ideas at yesterdays chat (11/29/04) about future NaNos.

Seriously, though, I think everyone should give this a try if they've got the smallest bit of free time. NaNo won't work to motivate everyone, but it certainly worked for me.

Grand total for NaNoWriMo: 62, 860.

PS: My cat just decided to chew through my modem cord while writing this. Ugh! Crying

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Postmorten NaNoWriMo

CM, Mike, Greg, Anneliese, I salute you. =D>

I actually wrote less on the novel than in any other Novembers that I've signed up for this fool thing. OTOH, I did get a short story or two finished and sent out. We'll see if I can find good homes for them.

My resolution for 2005: to get something finished. Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, it's all good, as long as I actually finish the blasted book. :smt024

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