Nanowrimo 2012

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Angelskates, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. CynicElle

    CynicElle Well-Known Member

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    Congrats, Angelskates! I won today too (with a completed story). Got my purple bar on the NaNo site and even treated myself to another winner's T-shirt. I'll probably keep going back and adding to my novel over the next few days, but at least I can say I won again.
     
  2. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

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  3. misskarne

    misskarne #ForzaJules #KeepFightingMichael

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    Congrats, Angelskates!

    I haven't written anything since I got over 40k, I had a pile of stuff. But I feel like the last 10k is really manageable. After all, on Nov 1 I wrote 8k in one day. Surely I can manage this. I am NOT about to lose when I am this close!
     
  4. MacMadame

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    I logged in today and it said I won even though I hadn't validated after 11/24 (I validated before just for grins). That surprised me. Anyway, I'm at 61111 words according to Scrivener and my memoirs are morphing into a novel, as I expected they would. So after Dec 1st, I'm going to work on the novel as I edit the memoir.
     
  5. misskarne

    misskarne #ForzaJules #KeepFightingMichael

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    I've fallen behind again thanks to a pile of stuff that's taking longer than I thought. :( Still determined to win!
     
  6. aliceanne

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    I'm only at the half way mark so I don't think I will make the deadline :(

    I'm on vacation the rest of the week and have nothing else planned so there is still hope. My lousy typing is holding me back more than a lack of inspiration. I'm also finding that I have to go back and re-read the whole thing periodically to make sure I haven't repeated myself when providing descriptions and background information. I don't want my novel to be backloaded with all the description in the front and all the action in the second half. I also have to check for continuity.

    I'm going to go ahead and finish it though even if I don't make the deadline. My family is curious to read it and I feel committed to it.
     
  7. Bunny Hop

    Bunny Hop Perpetually learning Dutch Waltz

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    :cheer2: Congratulations to all the winners so far, and a big 'you can do it' to everyone else.

    Haven't even managed to open my novel from last year to edit. Hoping next year I can participate again in some manner!
     
  8. MacMadame

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    This is exactly what they tell you not to do during NaNoWriMo. The theory is that this sort of editing stifles your creativity and it's better to just write and write and write and worry about continuity and what order things are appearing in the document when Dec. comes.

    I decided to just go with this advice and it's worked very well for me. I think I've spent 3 days total over the month doing light editing just enough to know what I had and hadn't written. Now that I'm done, I'm moving things around, filling in the gaps and removing redundancies. If I had done that in Nov. though, it would have been like my first novel -- Inever would have gotten past the first three chapters!

    Do you use Scrivener? I find that it helps me enormously to keep organized. I plan to go back in Dec. and color code things and assign themes and keywords so I can make sure I haven't described the same incident more than once. But not in Nov. because Nov is for writing, writing, writing -- so that's what I've been doing.
     
  9. aliceanne

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    I opened an account on the Nanowrimo page but I haven't visited it since.

    This is my first attempt at novel writing. I typed a straight narative then broke it into ten chapters. I've been going back and adding to the chapters as I think of details, but jumping around in time got me a bit confused as to how old my characters should be etc. Hence the re-reading. I also had to go back and make a list of my characters because I kept forgetting their names!

    My story keeps growing so I'm not having creativity problems, I'm just finding it difficult to manage such a large doument. I've never written anything longer than a 20 page term paper.
     
  10. Bunny Hop

    Bunny Hop Perpetually learning Dutch Waltz

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    I managed to change the name of one of my characters mid-novel a couple of NaNo's back. I didn't realise until I wanted to go back and check something for reference.
     
  11. MacMadame

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    This was my first attempt at NaNoWriMo too. But I did attempt a novel once. Before that I only did short stories and poetry and I was convinced I was an extremely talented writer who would be famous for my novels some day. :lol: But trying to write a novel killed me as a writer. I never wrote any fiction after that ever again until this week. (So it's been 33 years - wow.)

    I'm not sure what the deal is with novels but I found them much harder than just writing a longer short story or writing several short stories strung together and trying to do a novel convinced me that I didn't have the talent to be a writer so I stopped writing except for work and my blog and message boards all of which are non-fiction. Isn't that sad?

    I think that's why the NaNo people came up with this idea of writing a novel in a month with little or no editing. The idea of both writing every day no matter what even if it's only 200 words and the idea of just writing, writing, writing and worrying about editing later when your first draft is done intrigued me. I have to say that I'm totally sold on this way of writing now when the no editing part scared me before I started and I wasn't 100% on board with that part on Nov. 1st. Actually, the writing every day part scared me a bit too and I did have to force myself to do that at first.

    But now I've decided I'm going to write every day from now on even if it's just a blog entry.

    I have an idea for another book and this one I'm going to plan out more than what I wrote for NaNo and it's not like I didn't stop at some point this month and do some organization for what I wrote this time, but for the most part I didn't worry about things being out of order or inconsistencies in the text like I normally do and, as a result, I have 66,695 words written with more coming. I just never expected that. I expected it to be so hard and to barely be able to make my word count and for most of what I wrote to be junk and have to be thrown out.

    I wonder how much not having to throw much of it out has to do with writing on an iPad. I switched to a laptop for Thanksgiving weekend and I find with the iPad, that I am much more compact in my writing and less apt to go one step too far and then feel like I've over described something or explained what the reader should be inferring.

    So for my next project, I will create the world and main characters ahead of time but then I plan to just write, write, write again and see what happens. I'm also going to get Scrivener on the iPad when it comes out.

    I'm so excited! I had stopped writing except technical writing decades ago after my failed novel attempt and now I feel like I've gotten a part of me back that I had lost.
     
  12. aliceanne

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    Congratulations McMadame. I'd like to read your novel when you are done.
     
  13. MacMadame

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    I intend to publish it, so you will get to. Eventually! :lol:
     
  14. misskarne

    misskarne #ForzaJules #KeepFightingMichael

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    On a massive, huge sprint trying to beat the clock. I have three hours and 6000 words to write.
     
  15. Angelskates

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    YOU CAN DO IT!!!
     
  16. misskarne

    misskarne #ForzaJules #KeepFightingMichael

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    1.5 hours to go. 3500 (approx) words to go. *screaming at computer* I WILL NOT LOSE!
     
  17. misskarne

    misskarne #ForzaJules #KeepFightingMichael

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    OH MY GOD I MADE IT!

    With seven minutes to spare, I hit 50027. It's not finished, but it's over 50k, I have the purple bar for the first time ever!
     
  18. CynicElle

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    Just got my winner's T-shirt in the mail yesterday and wore it to the gym.

    I think I'm going to spend December going back and working on the NaNo novel I wrote in 2011 -- it's the predecessor to what I wrote this time, and I don't want to lose touch with this story for another year again.
     
  19. Angelskates

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  20. MacMadame

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    Congrats to everyone!

    I didn't realize this when I started but it turns out NaNoWriMo was invented about 30 min. from my house. :lol: So tonight I'm going to a Thank God It's Over party in San Francisco that the Office of Letters and Lights is putting on. We're supposed to bring 2 pages of our novel to hang on the wall and we can also read it if we want to.
     
  21. Bunny Hop

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    Congratulations everyone!!

    I know someone who finished with 2 minutes to spare.
     
  22. MacMadame

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    That sounds like our ML (Municipal Liaison). I was giving her a hard time about it at the party we went to tonight. :lol:

    The party was awesome, btw, and they gave out some goodies including a coupon for 50% off BiblioCrunch for participants and "Free access" for Winners. If the code isn't in the list they'll publish in a few days, I'll give it to anyone who PMs me. But I suspect it will be.

    The coupon came inside a nice little notebook with a pen attached. Sorry, I can't PM those. :lol:

    The same ML was wearing a Winner's Shirt. They are nice. I'll probably buy one online. I bought the regular Venn Diagram one since it was there. And talked the Nano website programmer's ear off. Poor boy. I got to talk to a bunch of the Office of Letter and Lights people including Chris Baty who started the whole thing as well. And lots of other random people.