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Thread: NovNoWriMo 2016 - NaNo or Not!

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    NovNoWriMo 2016 - NaNo or Not!



    It's NaNoWriMo time!

    Even if you're not participating in NaNo this year, you can still state your goals, track your progress and encourage your fellow writers in this thread. I'll get the ball rolling with my goals, which are pretty modest given that I have a really busy month ahead (and I'm not even NaNoing!):

    Start first editing pass on Book #4 in my fantasy series
    Go over beta notes on Book #3 (as they come in) - 0 of 3
    Read three books - 0 of 3
    Finish David McCullough's The Path Between the Seas
    Get some advance baking done for the holidays

    What about you?
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    practical experience, FTW GeneBWell's Avatar
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    Still trying to decide what reward I'm going to get for myself if I pull off the 50,000 words, but other than that I'm chomping at the bit for tomorrow.

    (At this point I think my decided reward is going to be an expensive Japanese PS3 game)

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    I haven't come up with a reward for myself yet. I need to think of something.

    I'm going to be writing 2 scripts for NaNo this year. My minimum goal is to finish the first script, and my stretch goal is to finish both/write a full 50,000 words.

    Good luck everyone! Can't wait to start

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneBWell View Post
    Still trying to decide what reward I'm going to get for myself if I pull off the 50,000 words, but other than that I'm chomping at the bit for tomorrow.

    (At this point I think my decided reward is going to be an expensive Japanese PS3 game)
    Thank you. I think I may have a new annual thing. I'm going to reward myself should I complete this.

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    There's a thread (somewhere) over on the official NaNoWriMo forums where people talk about what they're using to bribe themselves.

    Honestly I'd be doing this with or without the (self-set) reward but this just gives me a good excuse to buy more games.

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    I've been dithering for about two weeks now whether to do NaNo or not. I've never formally done it before because I tend to be one of those people who's got my own writing schedule regardless and that'll continue. At the same time, I'm at a really nice point where WIP #1 is on betas and WIP #2 is basically not started so it's a good time dive in and do the 50K.

    Mind you, WIP #2 has very little in the way of functioning plot at present. That can be dealt with.

    The dithering is because I also have a pretty major game dev goal for November and if that takes off I doubt I'll get as much writing done as I want. I always intend to balance game dev and writing, and I always have these wonderfully complex time management schedules worked out so I don't overdo it on either. Then I never stick to them.

    If I get going on either one, getting 50K is not going to be a problem for me and nor would finishing an iteration of this game. So: anyone want to vote?

    Game is about a magic student, his pet rock, their expulsion from school and ensuing life choices in a world of quasi-legal mushroom smuggling. It is almost insufferably twee.

    Book is basically about Death. WIP #2 is about pretending to be but not actually being dead. WIP #2, in fact, has an alternate WIP, which we'll call 2A, that is about being dead but pretending not to be.

    Or I could attempt to both and just not sleep for a month.

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    My A goal is to meet the 50k word count (I will only have about 17 days to really write) and get my query ready for a different completed ms that's out with my beta buddy for now. My B goal is to reach 30k and get the query for other ms ready. My C goal is to get at least 20k words.

    I leanrned long ago that I do much better with A, B, and C goals, something I picked up when I used to run half marathons. A is if everything goes perfect, B is if it goes well, and C is if everything falls apart but I refuse to quit.

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    Goal 1: Reach 50k words
    Stretch goal 1: Reach 60k words
    Stretch goal 2: Reach 75k words and ending

    I'm so pumped.

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    I am going to be an overachiever this time around for Nano and try to finish up the four books I had wanted to finish last month. I am hoping the energy from the event will give me that push to get it done.

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    -Reach 50k words. Assuming I constructively use the 2-3 hours I spend on the bus Monday-Friday, I think I can hit that goal. I feel good about the overall direction of the story, although I have a suspicion this story will take me quite a while to get into anything approaching finished even if I can hit 50k this month.
    -Read 3 books that are relevant to my story and might give me some inspiration for it. This one is going to be tougher, but I'm a fast reader and have started taking my Kindle with me on the bus, so here's hoping I can do this too.

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    [QUOTE=Matt T.;9988339]-Reach 50k words. Assuming I constructively use the 2-3 hours I spend on the bus Monday-Friday, I think I can hit that goal.

    As a newbie I don't have any useful writing advice, but I can tell you I did used to draw & brainstorm on the subway commute every day, and filled so many sketchbooks I'm still mining them for subject matter decades later. Public transportation = free creative time.

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    My goal is to finish my first draft. That will take 50,000 words and beyond.
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    My goal this year is to simply win NaNo. I used to be able to churn out thousands of words, but life has been getting on the way the past few years and I can't remember when was the last time I won NaNo

    So 50k is my first and only goal for now.
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    Got up at 5:30 to be at a meeting by 7:00 and I happened to have about 15 minutes free before I had to leave for work so I punched out my first 475 words. Just about done with the Prologue.

    Also I decided to name the kingdom where my story takes place Qwijeen.

    Expect lots more cooking-based names as we go along.

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    Goals for November:

    a) write 50,000 words Nano novel
    b) Continue revisions for WIP. Finish revisions by December 31st. Currently: 27,000 into 101,000
    4th Rewrite --> YA Paranormal, 73k words (on hold)
    Final revisions --> Dark Fantasy, 100k words


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    My goal: Finish McGuffin! (the first draft at least) which should take me close to 60k or more. if I can finish that (life gets in the way, but I can dream!) I'd embark on another short project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneBWell View Post
    Also I decided to name the kingdom where my story takes place Qwijeen.
    Love it!


    November goals:

    Win, move, age.

    Unfortunately, the last one is my only certainty--my birthday's the end of the month. Sigh.

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    my goals:

    write 30k words of a new novel (this is as much as i've written in the past 2 years.)
    get into the groove of writing every day, and writing more 'stream of consciousness' than I'm used to (e.g. stop editing on the fly)

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    Goals for the month

    1) Finish 50,000 words of Fear Her (10.5k down, 39.5k to go)
    2) Finish Fear Her first draft which I suspect will be quite a bit longer
    3) Complete TNT Horror Contest entry
    4) Finish first draft of essay for Nine Dots Prize
    Writing: Fear Her
    Revising: The Hotel Kincaid, Seer
    Brainstorming: The Dawn of Echo, A House Divided
    Backburner: A Dangerous Beat, Thyme & Thunder

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    This is my first NaMo, and I've already met my first goal, which was to get myself started and going forward. At 1,814 words for two days so far, I may be behind where I should be, and I may never reach that 50, 000 mark (though I will try), but I will have something to show for it at the end of this month. Starting is always the hardest part for me, and I am resisting the urge to go back and rewrite the first chapter twenty or thirty times like I usually do. Whether it is this month or next month, I will finish the first draft of this book. And then the real fun begins!
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    Whew - week #1 was exhausting, and I did zero writing because I started rehearsal for my current production. It's a new musical with the requisite number of bugs to be worked out, which means even if I did have the energy to write at the end of the work day, the creative brain cells were fried.

    I did finish reading a book, though. And since today is my day off, I may actually bake some cookies.

    Start first editing pass on Book #4 in my fantasy series
    Go over beta notes on Book #3 (as they come in) - 0 of 3
    Read three books - 1 of 3
    Finish David McCullough's The Path Between the Seas
    Get some advance baking done for the holidays
    KINGLET: Coming in August 2017 from Fiery Seas Publishing
    FISKUR: Releasing November 2017 from Fiery Seas



    My Website:
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    And the occasional Tweet.





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    This is a rough month for me. I've been dealing with panic attacks, I've got a grant due on the 12th, and I need to put together slides for the very first guest lecture I've ever done!

    But I fully intend to make enormous progress on my latest WIP, which I am having tons of fun with. I haven't enjoyed writing a book this much in a while, and its doing a lot to keep me sane. Its at 48k words and I want it to get to a minimum of 80k or finished, whichever comes first, by the time the month is over.
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    Congratulations on pushing ahead in spite of the obstacles, A.P.M.!
    KINGLET: Coming in August 2017 from Fiery Seas Publishing
    FISKUR: Releasing November 2017 from Fiery Seas



    My Website:
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    And the occasional Tweet.





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    The words are still struggling to come. So I read, hoping it would get my brain in the right mindset. It's helping a little, but my brain is so rusty that I think I need to do some more reading. My sentences are all very bland and weak. The sentence structures aren't flowing smoothly and reading it helping me remember how to compose stronger sentences.

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    All of my reading keeps giving me ideas for something that is decidedly not what I am supposed to be NaNo'ing

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