NaNoWriMo 2011

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  • boo 28 Sep 2011 22:37:52 12,153 posts
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    "I write, not because I can, but because I must!"
    Boo, Sept, 2011*


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    Come one, come all. November approaches apace, and with it comes [link=http://www.nanowrimo.org/">NaNoWriMo 2011!. Returning writers will know all about it: a group of us took part, with varying degrees of success, last year, and you can read about our exploits, and indeed some of our stories,
  • Deleted user 28 September 2011 22:39:33
    I'll have another go this year then. Blog will be up at the weekend.
  • RichieTenenbaum 28 Sep 2011 22:39:59 2,244 posts
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    I'm going to write a story about a strange, single man
  • Deleted user 28 September 2011 22:41:37
    Your autobiography?
  • Deleted user 28 September 2011 22:41:48
    :D
  • boo 28 Sep 2011 22:41:58 12,153 posts
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    Again.
  • RichieTenenbaum 28 Sep 2011 22:47:49 2,244 posts
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    This time I don't think I'll have him do much, though
  • MetalDog 28 Sep 2011 23:01:12 23,928 posts
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    I'll be a frothing maniac by Nov 1st - so much unprecedented planning*, can't start writing yet, nng.
    I'll be posting it up here again.


    *which will probably fuck me up somehow, you watch.
  • CosmicFuzz 28 Sep 2011 23:06:00 28,847 posts
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    I'm going to try it too. Am quite excited.
  • boo 28 Sep 2011 23:40:04 12,153 posts
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    Starmagic - another quote from the NaNo FAQ:

    "Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

    Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down."


    Believe me - you start off with the highest of standards, and the thought that you'll go back and tweak each line to perfection.

    Then, after a few days, realisation dawns that you have to knock out nigh on 1700 words a day, every day!

    Your standards become a lot more flexible at that point.

    Nice to see CosmicFuzz on board too!
  • Kosmoz 28 Sep 2011 23:47:27 8,016 posts
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    So has anyone ever finished this and attempted to get their book published?
  • CosmicFuzz 28 Sep 2011 23:49:10 28,847 posts
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    How do we get blogs up and running?

    It's quite scary the thought of just retching a story up as fast as possible without really having time to stop and fine tune it. But that's probably the kick I need to help me get past the opening of all my stories. I find myself losing interest, some other idea has come to mid that I want to do instead. Sometimes I try and mix them and it always turns out shit.

    Fingers crossed!
  • MetalDog 28 Sep 2011 23:53:39 23,928 posts
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    I used blogspot - it was a doddle, which is good because I couldn't be arsed with it if it wasn't.

    Sounds like Nano is just the tonic you need =)
  • boo 28 Sep 2011 23:59:25 12,153 posts
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    Another vote for Blogspot. Very simple. Once you've got an address, chuck it in here and I'll put it up on the first post.
  • sunjumper 29 Sep 2011 09:21:46 3,253 posts
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    I'm in and will use last years blog to... er... blog about it. Still not decided on the story though. I should maybe flip a coin or try to establish a background for both to see what works best.
  • MetalDog 29 Sep 2011 09:57:40 23,928 posts
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    Kosmoz wrote:
    So has anyone ever finished this and attempted to get their book published?

    Lots of people have - I gather agents fear December because they get flooded with submissions of largely un-edited novels =) Some people do the tedious aftercare and actually succeed in being published.

    I think it's a mistake to write for the money though. If it comes, great - but odds are, even if you publish, you'll still need to hold down a day-job to cover the bills. Write for the love of it and anything else is gravy.
  • nickthegun 29 Sep 2011 10:11:44 64,295 posts
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    StarMagic wrote:

    I've got this semi-horror/psychological story set in south france.

    Our fear in provence.

    You can take that one to the bank.
  • sport 29 Sep 2011 10:17:34 13,066 posts
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    I'm getting a Switchblade Romance vibe here...
  • steve1979 29 Sep 2011 10:24:57 2,043 posts
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    Hopefully I'll have finished the edits to my first book ready to publish in Jan, and so Nov should let me write the rest of book 2. That's the plan anyway, we'll see how it works out.
  • localnotail 29 Sep 2011 14:01:54 23,084 posts
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    After admiring the efforts last year, and some nudging from MD this year, I started to allow myself to consider joining in this year. I have a few plotless characters in my head and characterless plots on the backs of envelopes.

    I swapped the gender of one of my favourite head people yesterday morning, and they picked up one of the plots and ran with it a little way. So... I'm probably in for this year. Assuming I don't block up in terror at actually trying it.
  • boo 29 Sep 2011 14:05:30 12,153 posts
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    \o/

    Welcome localnotail - the more, the merrier!
  • MetalDog 29 Sep 2011 15:59:25 23,928 posts
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    What's the worst that could happen? I mean, sure, you could pass out while suffering from panic-induced hyperventilating and relentless vomiting, hitting your head on the way down, bleeding out on the carpet enough to lose all hope of getting your deposit back, having a near death experience that explodes your belief system and coming to, realising only then that after clicking 'publish' you left in twenty spelling mistakes a whistling plot hole a misnamed character and missing the most vital instance of the word 'not' in the entire novel - but you made your word count, so everyone cheers =)
  • Murbs 29 Sep 2011 16:11:16 22,975 posts
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    I'm soooo tempted. In fact I might start planning something out when I'm away next week! \o/
  • Murbs 29 Sep 2011 16:15:43 22,975 posts
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    That said I haven't done any creative writing since about 1992.
  • localnotail 29 Sep 2011 16:15:58 23,084 posts
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    :D Yeah, that kind of thing MD. Or I might just be shit at writing.
  • LockeTribal 29 Sep 2011 16:18:28 4,603 posts
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    If November wasn't such a shitty month for me with work and exam prep. I'd love to try this. Maybe next year...

    Look forward to reading all your collected babblings though :)
  • boo 29 Sep 2011 16:18:40 12,153 posts
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    /includes Murbal & local on this year's list

    Too late to back out now! The above post counts as a commitment to write. Welcome to a month of prodding and poking.

    Also, as an added incentive, if you give up part way through, Metaldog will eat you.
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