Yes folks - it is about that time That time when I make a more-than-concerted effort to get some words down on the page. When I started doing this, I was hopeful that it would get me writing more in the off-season. Unfortunately, that hasn't really happened. Welcome to November: National Novel Writing Month!
However, I'm not deterred by this. I have attempted and completed two years in a row; this year will be my third year. No questions.
I'll link to my blog posts here (or I might just post them directly here - not sure yet).
I have no clue what I'm going to be working on this year. In 2010 - it was a modern fantasy and last year a high fantasy. I've been doing some stream of consciousness writing lately to limber-up my fingers and it has me thinking about doing something more "avant-garde" - but that might be a little ambitious for a 1-month challenge.
My calendar did offer me some inspiration by pointing out that grizzly bears have a better sense of smell than hounds... picture a world where instead of hunting dogs or drug-sniffing dogs or whatever-type-of-dogs - they used grizzly bears
Its an idea. I have no plot to go with it, but it would be interesting to make it work somehow.
I have some intent on doing something very much outside of my comfort zone - mystery or maybe something of a fictional memoir, but I'm still dancing around the details.
Mantra for the month (and for the year):
Last year, I reviewed a couple of pieces of software for larger documents and eventually settled into WriteWay.
I had some initial problems with the software, but after the initial hiccups, I had no problems with it. At the end of the month, I did end up purchasing it - so I will be using it again this year. If I get any planning ready for the novel - it will get nice and organized in there
Okay - time is winding down until the start of NaNo for me (a little over 38 hours at the time of this post. I still have no idea what I will be writing...
I suggested a Gamma World novel.
Electric felinoid and her potted plant friend uncover plot by pure strain human secret society to attack a town. The town found a mech but couldn't power it. The felinoid powers the mech to saves the town from the humans. Some other groups detects the mech powering up. They destroy the town but the felinoid, plant and giant intelligent mole escape.
Telin seems to think it's not for him.
Went to bed early last night instead of writing... worst. decision. ever...
Ended up having a terrible night of sleep. I will have to get a good amount of writing done today to make up for it.
Welcome to November people. NaNoWriMo 2012!
Day 3: 0 (4005 total)
0-word-days happen. I am not deterred.
I haven't really commented but just wanted to say I've been reading your blog posts. I was never much of a writer, but I enjoy reading. Keep up the great work!
Yeah, I don't think I've ever written that many words for a single thing ever, let alone in just a few days.
Day 16: 0 (24370 total)
Taking a break tonight and looking forward to a 12-hour write-in tomorrow.
Great work, Telin! I wish I could be as creative and productive. You stuck with it and put down 50,000 words, and ahead of schedule at that. You should be proud.
I am proud and thank you for the congratulations.
This year is hopefully the start of my writing much more consistently and, more importantly, revising what I've already written into a more cohesive form.
NaNoWriMo 2012 is over for me, but NaNoEdMo is close on its heels...
Congrats, Telin. You always make this challenge look so easy.... You have admirable dedication and an impressive creative mind.
You can say that, but you haven't seen what I wrote this year...
Anyway - I don't want to claim this challenge is easy. With most people in the US, you lose a few days near the end due to Thanksgiving and this is the first year I didn't get a cold to throw me out of commission. Thank you for your words though - I will always enjoy them.
For those who don't write as much (my brother for instance), churning out 1600 words per day is much more of a challenge. Though this is his first year, he's doing quite well, even within breathing distance of winning, but he's going to have his work cut out for him to do it.
I wish him all the luck.
Well, let me congratualate Dulsi as well. 45,000 isn't a bad place to be at this point. I finally breached 40,000, myself, and I'm still planning on making it (albeit with a very late night ahead of me)
I didn't realize you were doing it, but definitely finish it. And even if you don't - that's FORTY THOUSAND words you wouldn't have written otherwise.
First of many post-nano posts (I hope).
Very impressive finish!
You should have seen me on Facebook and within my local area... I felt like a cheerleader.
I wasn't sure how I was going to make it after I got to 46k. I sat for a hour without any ideas comming. My story has reached the end and I didn't have ideas for any more side stories. I managed to pull together a few more ideas and reached the 50k. Now I just need to edit this beast. One flaw has already occured to me. I didn't want the reader to know if two people who were potentially captured were dead or not so I didn't write anything from the point of view of the bad guys. It leaves them completely as a faceless evil to be destroyed. I either need to have something on them early on or back track once they determine the state of the missing companions.
Writing 1600 words a day was a challenge for me. I got better towards the end. Earlier on I spent more time using a thesaurus to make the wording better. I'm not sure about doing a novel in one month. I think I might be happier with two months. Not that I plan another one at the moment. (Actually I do have thoughts for two others. NaNo could be a way of getting them done. God this is a horrible creation.)
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