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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:09 am 
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Anyone on here ever given NaNoWriMo a try in previous years or is going to join this year's attempt to write a novel in 30 days?
I ask because I was wondering whether or not to give it a try. However, anyone who knows the slightest bit about me will realise that me joining with the intention of completing 50k words in thirty days is a bit rich... I'm the Prince of Procrastination, it will probably take me more like 30 months and not 30 days (if I'm lucky) but perhaps that is the whole point? If you know you have a timetable to work to, if you get feedback that encourages you then perhaps you can complete the challenge. So, what do you think?

http://www.nanowrimo.org/

What are the benefits and what are the pitfalls? It starts 1st November.

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I'm a big fan of nanowrimo. I've done it a couple of times and really enjoyed it. I haven't gotten anything publishable out of it but I have learnt a lot each time.

It really does help with the procrastination - but it helps a lot if you know other people also doing it or make some contacts on the site (never underestimate the power of competition, lol).
It works out at around 1700 words a day, which is surprisingly doable but it can be very hard work to catch up if you miss any. I think the benefits are that any time you sit down to write and get something done then you are in a better place than if you hadn't written anything. It's also a chance to write something "for play," take a few chances and see what works.

The disadvantages - you cannot take the time to edit what you have done. Sometimes you realise you have made a mistake and you just have to ignore it and take a side step to move the story onto another path. Chances are you will also end up with something that needs a lot of work to make it readable.

But it's a good excude to put the procrastination in a box for a while and just get on - if you only get through a few days before giving up you've still written over 5000 words that you would not otherwise have written. And if you don't then you have a fair chunk of a novel written and a whole year in which to fix it up before the next one.


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This year will be my fifth NaNoWriMo! I would suggest getting to a couple of meets in your local area if you can. Most big cities will have a Municipal Liason to organise write-ins and such. We definitely find in Cambridge that people who come to a couple of meets are more likely to push on to 50k by the end, and I've even met some of my best friends through NaNo.


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I mean to do Nano some day, but personal circumstances are not conducive at the moment. However, if anyone's thinking of doing it I'd recommend they check out Nano-founder Chris Baty's book "No Plot - No Problem". It has loads of brilliant ideas for motivating you to get those words down. One that always makes me laugh is this: you write a substantial cheque to your most hated political party, then entrust it to a friend, who agrees to post it should you fail to hit your word-count target. Motivation doesn't come much stronger than that! :lol:

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Well, I've bitten the bullet and joined. I'm going to try my damndest to get to the 50k target as I'm ashamed of my lack of discipline when it comes to writing. I've decided to use my own name as a motivating element, no hiding behind a pseudonym as the majority of people on there seem to have gone for. If I'm going down in flames (excuse pun) then I'm going down publicly... oh crap...

I'll try find you guys and make you writing buddies if I can.

The idea I've come up with for the book is a compilation of zombie stories with a thread running through them which will hopefully join them all up together in the last chapter.

Working title is = They Feast On Flesh

wish me luck, I'm going to need it... now I'm off to try and procastinate as much as possible before Nov 1st and hopefully get it all out of my system for 30 days :roll:

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I've been taking part for a few years now - here I am. I'm not quite as excited as in previous years, but I've signed up for an overnight write-in at a hotel from midnight on November 1st, which should get me off to a good start.

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Hi Stephen, I've added you. Interesting title to your book :)

An overnight stay eh? Now that could back-fire, better instruct them to lock the mini-bar :P

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No booze allowed at all...

My wife's not thrilled about me spending a night in a hotel room with a dozen teenage girls... :twisted:

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Good luck to Bob and anyone else doing Nano.

I agree, No Plot - No Problem is a really good read, even if you're not joining in with the event itself.

I've written a novel Nano-style before but I did it all on my own one January. (Can never seem to fit it in during November.) :D

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Thanks Ali :)

Hey, Stephen, now I realise why you've titled your story:-
The Man Who Stopped Wearing Trousers

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My wife's not thrilled about me spending a night in a hotel room with a dozen teenage girls...


but shouldn't it be in another genre, sf doesn't seem right somehow :-P

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Ha! I always plan to write my Christmas cards every November and have them reading for posting by the start of December, but I haven't managed it yet. And you talk about a whole novel?

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Bob Lock wrote:
but shouldn't it be in another genre, sf doesn't seem right somehow :-P

...unless SF stands for sexual friction. :wink:

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This is me on the site:

http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/83536

My book synopsis will make no sense to anyone who hasn't read the first 4. I've got 9 planned for the series which should see me through to NaNoWriMo 2013. One day I might actually redraft the first one and try to do something with it. It's a sort of 1950s steampunk spy-fi fantasy adventure in which a group of drunk students save the world. Think Scooby Doo meets The Avengers.


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Hi RJ, wow you've already completed 4 of these successfully! Nice going :)

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I think the good thing for me about it is that it gets the writing out of my system, so I can spend the rest of the year editing and writing reviews without that voice at the back of my head yelling, "You should be writing!" For me, one novel a year's enough to send that voice to sleep and let me get on with stuff I'm better at.

This year I'll probably be using my emergency strategy, which is to go through all my notebooks to find the silly titles I've noted down over the years, and then use them as chapter headings.

Though it's just a placeholder title, I do like the idea of someone not wearing trousers. I reviewed Deadgirl recently, and though I didn't rate it very highly, the villain became very scary once he stopped wearing them. I've also been thinking about a time when two pairs of my daughter's shoes broke at the same time. Luckily a left shoe from one pair and a right shoe from the other survived, so I put them on and took her into town to buy new ones. It was amazing to see the disgust and repulsion on people's faces when they saw her wearing odd shoes...

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