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    NaNoWriMo 2011

    Well everyone NaNoWriMo 2011 is just around the corner hope everyone is ready! I know I am! It's time to start stocking up on the essentials, Coffee, sugar, cream, lots of sugary snacks, and a giant do not disturb sign for my office door.

    November 1st is just around the corner and for those participating this year I have only one thing to say: Let's see an AW writer bring it home this year! Who's with me?
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    I'm sort of hoping to do NaNoWriMo this year - I haven't done it with a shiny new project since 2007

    I'd like to do a quick'n'dirty draft of book 3 in my trilogy before I finish book 2, to make it easier to tie them together. However doing this in November possibly depends on how far I get with book 2 in the meantime! If I get really, really stuck with book 2, I may use NaNoWriMo to give me the final push, although that probably will mean less than 50k.

    We'll see...
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    I've never signed up before, but I'm sorely tempted to this time. Sounds like the right kind of crazy to shake things up. I'm in the middle of a WIP but the first draft may be done in time for me to jump into NaNo for an insane kind of holiday...

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    Haven't done NaNo in a couple of years now. Doesn't appeal any more, or so I say at this point. Might join in. We'll see. :P
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    2010 was my first NaNoWriMo. I "won," ending up with a 52,000K first draft. (Much to my surprise, when I submitted my novel, the word count ended up being about 1,500 words short, so I had to add a bit at the end.)

    I don't know if I'll actually write a new one this year, but I'd really like to finish mine from last year and add another 20K. I haven't had a chance to get back to it -- the draft is sitting there -- but it's something I definitely plan on finishing.

    Btw, it was a great experience, albeit a bit crazy. (I'm a little afraid to go back and read it now.)

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    I'm thinking about doing it this year, even if I don't finish, it would be a great way to actually get in the habit of writing.

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    I'm in! I'm going to be doing a steampunk YA called Gearkin!
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    I'm sure I'll do something in November. Not sure if it'll be a 50k-effort though...

    If I'm going to devote a month to writing (working around other commitments) then I should really try to finish a couple of things that are still only half-done - not start something new.

    We'll see...
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    Noo, November can't be that close already!


    (but of course I'm in...)
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    Hell to the yeah.

    Now that I've got my writing mojo back, I'm going all NaNo all the TIME!

    Of course, we have nano's every month, but the full on real nano adds some spark for some reason. Maybe it's the energy from a bazillion hopefuls, all cracking open a new page on a new novel at the very same time.

    I've got a lot to do before Nov 1st, tho, so not getting too excited yet.


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    What else would I do in November?

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    My first two 'novels' (I say this because while there was a beginning, middle, and ending, some of those plot holes I came up with, one could drive a truck through) from a trilogy came out of scribbling like a crazy woman during Nano so of course, I'm doing it again.

    Last year, I, technically wasn't considered a winner because I went into as a Nano Rebel. I'm kinda of considering doing the same this year.

    One thing I'm probably not going to do...

    Drink my way (mostly wine coolers with the occasional beer) through it. While it did a beautiful job at shutting up my inner editor and while I did get some perfectly legible stuff down, for a while after nano, I couldn't write AT ALL without it.

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    I'm definitely going to give it a shot. I didn't make the count last year, but things are infinitely less busy/stressful now.

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    Last year was my first Nano which I "won" with a word count of 56K. I think I'll try it again this year but I'm a little nervous to tell the truth as I've had a long struggle with my inner editor this year. I'm going to have to lock her up and throw away the key if I'm going to succeed!




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    Last year I used Nano tocrack out the first 50K of a draft. This year I may be a Nano rebel and crack out the last 50K of another draft, but we'll see. It depends on how much time I have in the lead up to write the first part of the draft! I write to a strick outline and spend just as much time getting that perfect as I do cracking out the first draft and I've only just started the outlining. Plus I am job hunting...

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    I'm going to wave the newb flag here and ask:

    1) Where can I find details about NaNoWriMo? I have a rough idea of what it is and have seen it mentioned, but would like to see something in depth. It sounds like ... well I was going to say fun, but really it sounds like a lot of hard writing. I want in!

    2) what is steampunk?

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    Here's the link:

    http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/whatisn...eng/whatisnano

    It's a lot of fun. Lindsey Grant, et al., send out little emails to all those who register for NaNoWriMo urging them on.

    The email from Lemony Snickett was especially funny. He urged us all to quit now while we still could.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mclesh View Post
    Here's the link:

    http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/whatisn...eng/whatisnano

    It's a lot of fun. Lindsey Grant, et al., send out little emails to all those who register for NaNoWriMo urging them on.

    The email from Lemony Snickett was especially funny. He urged us all to quit now while we still could.

    Good luck!
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FabricatedParadise View Post

    2) what is steampunk?
    The broad idea is it's sci-fi set in a Victorianish society where technology went the way of steam and clockwork. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk

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    It does seem like fun, and I'm going to sign up. I'm not sure how productive I'll be though. I'm a compulsive editor. For instance, I'm on Ch 12 of my WIP and I've already had 7 drafts. I tend to write a chapter, edit everything I've written to date, write another chapter, edit everything, so on and so forth. I'm not entirely sure I'll be able to bury my compulsion to edit for an entire month. We'll see how it goes!

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    You could try to write the "nanowrimoway" for just one book (ie: 1666 a day every day, no editing no looking back or re-reading), see if you can do it? I'm thinking about coming up with some other challenge for myself.... like instead of 2k a day go 3k a day for a month.


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    Of course I'll be in for Nano 2011! Been participating for 3 years now and doing the same for Script Frenzy.

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    I'm looking forward to it, as always! The current New Idea for this year is a fantasy about a barbarian super-spy. Her name is Gnasher. It should be lots of fun!


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    NaNo seems too close, just having finished Camp NaNo.

    Unfortunately, I used my planned NaNo novel for Camp NaNo/Three-day Novel, so I don't know what to do for NaNo. All I know is I don't want another November of putting down words for the sake of words, so hopefully inspiration will strike and will stick with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    NaNo seems too close, just having finished Camp NaNo.

    Unfortunately, I used my planned NaNo novel for Camp NaNo/Three-day Novel, so I don't know what to do for NaNo. All I know is I don't want another November of putting down words for the sake of words, so hopefully inspiration will strike and will stick with me.
    What's your genre of choice?

    I'm planning to just open my notebook of ideas to a random page and writing that for NaNoWriMo

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