Nanowrimo 2011

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Angelskates, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

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    I just skimmed this at first and thought you said "winos"
  2. Bunny Hop

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    Just scraped through the day one word count by virtue of just spitting out the beginnings of all the various scenes I had in mind. So no plot yet, and what's there is very disjointed and make no sense as there's no real narrative.

    Maybe my personal goal should be to make it make some sense by the end of the month...
  3. Angelskates

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    I finished the day yesterday on 1,715. It was all over the place, but it was there!

    Day two!
  4. Katoomba

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    I'm doing NaNoWriMo too! At least, I'm starting it. 1950 words. All utter crap, and with no real direction or plot. It's my first time, so I'll look to the rest of you for reassurance that if I keep at it, maybe at some point something will gel together into a semi-coherent story. At least it will get me to write on a more regular basis.
  5. Angelskates

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    :cheer2: welcome to the crazy gang!

    It is great to get back into the habit of writing. I am also going to try http://creativeeveryday.com/ (http://creativeeveryday.com/art-every-day-month) but in a different month, since NaNo and AEDM can not be done together!
  6. Bunny Hop

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    Last year my story didn't end up with a proper plot until about half way through, and it still doesn't have an ending. I wouldn't worry about it. The point, as you say, is to get writing, so it doesn't really matter if it isn't that coherent - revising is for December.

    I've written about 2,200 words. After just doing the 'write anything even if it's rubbish' thing on day one, I was able to go back to the beginning on day 2 and start setting the story up properly.

    Conversation with my husband last night:
    Husband: "Are you editing [thing I'm meant to be doing]?"
    Me: "No, I'm NaNo-ing."
    Husband: "Oh. Okay. I'll see you in December then."
    :lol: Smart man!
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  7. Marge_Simpson

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    Please advise: should I post my demented novel here or not? :lol:
  8. Angelskates

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    Marge, I think post a link to your Nano page, or tell us your username, and we'll look for it there :) Well, I will. Anything to procrastinate my own novel :p
  9. ChelleC

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    I've finally, sorta figured out what I'm going to write! :cheer2: Since I seem to be so obsessed with Downton Abbey lately, it's going to be a Downton Abbey fanfic. So here goes nothing!
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  10. Bunny Hop

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    Can someone please tell me to stop reading FSU and go back to working on NaNo? Thanks.
  11. Angelskates

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    Bunnyhope - Stop reading FSU and go back to working on NaNo!!!

    I'm at 7,862 words and wanted to be over 10,000 by the end of the weekend.
  12. Bunny Hop

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    Thank you!

    I'm still at just over 5,000 words, so well behind, but I've done more than I feared I might. Unfortunately I have other things to do over the weekend, so may not get a lot done on the story.
  13. Lanna

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    I hit 10K words today! :cheer2:

    I'm hoping so much I can keep this up. :drama: I've never won NaNo, but so far so good.

    Sorry, GP. I've got word count mountain to climb. ;)
  14. Angelskates

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    :cheer2: :cheer2:

    Me too. I'm still going (it's Sunday afternoon, 1 p.m.)
  15. Angelskates

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    13,782 words, four coffees and four gin and tonics tonight and I'm done for the night. I made the mistake of leaving to go downstairs and my cat Snuggles walked across the keyboard - he added 87 words! They count, right?! :p
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  16. Bunny Hop

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    As expected, I'm way behind, but am trying to get a lot of other stuff done during the course of this week so I can spend all weekend on NaNo.

    I'm starting to jump around a bit in my writing, which is actually a good sign for me, as it means I'm at least starting to feel inspired by the story, and wanting to get the ideas down on 'paper' ('down on screen' doesn't sound right!). Last year, when I actually made the word count, nothing was written in order. My problem is going back and filling in all the blanks.

    Of course I still have no idea 'whodunnit', which is kind of bad for a murder mystery...
  17. CynicElle

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    So now that I've actually stuck with this for a whole week, I'm going to fess up that I've been NaNoing too. It's my first time trying it. I've had an idea for a book (and possibly a series) floating around in my head for years, and figured that if I can get a "zero draft" of the first one down, I'll have an actual manuscript to work with rather than random ideas that never leave my head. It still might never amount to anything, but it's a start.

    Last night was a rough one and I didn't quite hit 1667 words, but because I've been overshooting the 1667 on almost every other day, I'm still well on target for 50,000 words by the end of the month.
  18. Bunny Hop

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    Well done, that's how I made 50,000 words last year. I got a head start at the beginning of the month, and that helped carry me through the hard slog mid-month.
  19. Angelskates

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    I've topped 20,000 after I woke up in the middle of the night (well, 2 a.m.) with an idea! :cheer2: Yay me!!
  20. CynicElle

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    How goes it, everyone? I'm at 21,890 -- I like that I have a day's cushion, though I'm hoping I won't need to use it. Been a little harder lately to get the words out, but I've been trying to force myself to slog through the parts of the story where I didn't exactly plan out what was going to happen.
  21. Angelskates

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    I'm at 21,836 and was planning to spend the day in bed, but I've set up at Write-in so I guess I should go!!
  22. Bunny Hop

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    I'm at 10,250, so half the word count of what I should have. That's okay though. I knew with everything else I have to do this month that I wouldn't be able to finish, so set a personal goal of 25,000 words (and then write the other 25,000 in December). So I'm in about the right place to meet the personal goal.

    Plan? What's that? :lol:
  23. Angelskates

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    I used the validator for the first time today - 23,849 words :cheer2:
  24. CynicElle

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    Something I don't have at the moment, definitely. I've got a good idea of what happens at the end, but I'm running out of story on how to get there, so I'm winging it. I figure I can go back in January and try to rewrite everything so that it makes sense. (Or just give up.)

    And I like the Nano validator -- it actually gave me about 100 more words than Scrivener did! :respec:
  25. Poggi

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    I'm sitting just over 39K, but that's quite normal pacing for me.

    Actually I planned to stay on the right track this year, keeping to the 1667-2000 words every day, but it turns out, I can't do that.

    This only sucks as I'm still ML-ing for Hungary, and I need to stick around until the end of thw month, and I'm quite sure the story will be over by 60K tops, probably before that.
  26. Angelskates

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    47,697 words. And my inspiration is gone :mad:
  27. CynicElle

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    That's an awesome word count, though!

    I'm at about 35,000 right now -- went on a few writing frenzies in the last couple of days and built up a surplus because I might need to take a day or two off this week.
  28. Bunny Hop

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    You're so close though! Time to go back and fill in some detail? Where it's needed or not?

    I didn't get anything written last night, and tonight and tomorrow night my in-laws are in town, so I won't be able to do anything more until the weekend. And at some point soon I need to write my overseas Chrismas cards, as they'll need posting first week of December. I want to write, but real life is getting in the way!
  29. Angelskates

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    Yeah, but now I'm bored :blah:
  30. Poggi

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    I just crossed the line last night :)
  31. CynicElle

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    Congrats, Poggi! :respec:

    38006, but it's getting a little harder. I know what I want to happen at the end of the story, but I'm not entirely clear on how to get there from where I am now, and the ideas aren't coming like they were before.
  32. CynicElle

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    I'm definitely going to clear 50,000 words tonight. *gulp*

    I'm nowhere near done with the story yet, though.
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  33. Angelskates

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    50,259 words :cheer2: A little more to write, but I think I'll be done by the end of November :cheer2:

    How's everyone else doing?
  34. CynicElle

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    53837! I'm not going to be able to write for the next couple of days because of Thanksgiving travel, but I think I can envision how things are going to play through to the end of the novel now. Hoping I can get it all wrapped up by the 30th.
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  35. Bunny Hop

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    Not sure I'll make my personal goal any more. Just haven't had time to work on it this week. Well, I would have done tonight, but it was such an exhausting day at work that I don't actually have the energy. I want to keep working on it though, so will be continuing on into December.
  36. Lanna

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    50,122! :cheer2:

    It's nowhere near a complete draft, but 50,122!!!! :cheer2: :cheer: :cheer2:
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  37. CynicElle

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    Good job Lanna!

    I finished! 61993 words, and I even completed the story! :biggrinbo It's not good right now, and it's going to need a boatload of revision come January when I start looking at it again, but I can't believe I actually finished the whole thing.
  38. Angelskates

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    :cheer2: Lanna and CynicElle! :cheer2:

    This year was the most boring for write-ins for me, how was it for everyone else?
  39. Bunny Hop

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    I had to give up. :( There's just been too much else going on this month. I'm editing the journal of a society to which I belong, and the deadline is this week, plus work has been crazy lately which has been quite exhausting.

    Not giving up on the story I'm writing, but the timing has just been bad this year.

    Congratulations to everyone who's got over the line.
  40. Angelskates

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    Don't feel bad - this is the most important thing.