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NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by LAJ_FETT , Sep 27, 2005.

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  1. poor yorick

    poor yorick Ex-Mod star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA VIP - Game Host

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    I think I actually did that once. It involved writing 6 hours a day and posting without any beta editing at all. I don't think I'd do it again.
     
  2. Alethia

    Alethia Jedi Master star 5

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    How does one get involved? Where would I send the completed work? Just the FanFiction Resource or what?

    First you go to the site starting October 1st and register. Once you're registered, you wait until Nov. 1st and then start typing. And you don't send in the completed work. At the site, you just register your word count. But once you register, you'll get more info.
     
  3. Just_Jill

    Just_Jill Jedi Youngling star 3

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    One of the best parts of NaNo is that NO ONE ELSE has to see your writing. All that happens is that they check your word count in some sort of generator. A friend of mine turned me on to this two years ago, and I had a BLAST! I've done it twice, won both times, and really enjoyed it.

    Chris Baty, the guy who started it, wrote a book called "No Plot? No Problem!" about NaNo, and the book itself is about 50,000 words. So is "Brave New World" if you want a general idea of how many words that is, and how much you'd be writing.

    Anyone who's ever wanted to write a novel, I definitely suggest you do this. And don't forget to get together with the people in your area. That's part of the fun, too.

    Just Jill
     
  4. TKeira_Lea

    TKeira_Lea Jedi Knight star 5

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    Gives new meaning to the term "writing for yourself" ;)
     
  5. Alethia

    Alethia Jedi Master star 5

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    Gives new meaning to the term "writing for yourself"

    Heh. Very true, though. Some of the things people write are insane- but that's part of the fun. And if you write every day, it really isn't that much to do. Just- don't wait till the last week to learn about it and sign up. I knew someone who did that. I think she basically spent every free minute she had writing...and you should have seen the panic she was in. *grins*

    But really, it's wonderfully fun.
     
  6. Killik_Twilight

    Killik_Twilight Jedi Master star 4

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    Hehehe? that's hilarious.

    I might write a novel for November. Depends on my homework load, though.

    KT
     
  7. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Yesterday was the first day to sign up for this. I went onto their website this morning UK time to see about signing up. Apparently so many people tried yesterday that they have had to suspend signups as the load caused problems with their server. Sounds like this year might be popular!
     
  8. Alethia

    Alethia Jedi Master star 5

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    I'm debating signing up. I just need to come up with a semi-plot- and I have no clue. I want to do something original, since it's been months since I worked on anything original. I just don't know what...
     
  9. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 9

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    I'm definitely doing this. I'm not sure, though, if I can limit myself to 50,000 or do it as finished at 50,000. I might do it in the style of Tolkien, as in Book 1, book 2, etc. because the series that I want to write will definitely be long.
     
  10. maderic

    maderic Jedi Knight star 3

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    50,000 words is the boundary line between novella and novel by most standards. I've got a novel I'm writing writing now that's only at about twenty six thousand with a planned hundred thousand or so in the end.

    The Fallen Shroud, for example, is now at 74,142 words.

     
  11. Alethia

    Alethia Jedi Master star 5

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    Ish, it can be more that 50,000 words. That's just the minimum. Write it as long as you want.
     
  12. AlisonC

    AlisonC Jedi Padawan star 4

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    There were some last year who went over 100K. Of course, a few of them were liars (counts like 500K in the first week? I don't THINK so.) But many did manage 100K+ in that time - 50K is just the minimum to "win".
     
  13. Vexx

    Vexx Jedi Youngling star 1

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    You don't actually have to sign up officially, if you don't want to. You can triumph or fail in the safety of your own obscurity if you like. I just decided I was gonna do it last year. I was doing great till I came down sick the last week and didn't get a thing written because I was too busy sleeping 18 hours a day and being miserable the rest of the time.

    I've found that it helps if you get together with friends to do this. Or at least tell someone who can prod you along if your attention or dedication begins to flag. Last year I had a writing buddy and we interrogated each other every other day or so about our word count. It kept both of us working and kept the word counts climbing. :)
     
  14. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 9

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    I'd love to sign up, but the sign-up link doesn't work. If anyone's looking for a writing buddy, I'm willing to be one.
     
  15. Alethia

    Alethia Jedi Master star 5

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    I think this thread would be a good 'signup buddy' thing. Everyone who's doing it can post here and put in their progress and stuff. Or maybe we could ask the mods if we can open up another thread just for that.

    Ish, I think the site is down for a day or two, because of the amount of users signing up on the 1st.
     
  16. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Last time I checked their site it said they hoped to get the new server up today so they could resume signups.
     
  17. AlisonC

    AlisonC Jedi Padawan star 4

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    One of the most awesome things we did last year was "word wars". People get together in a chat room, and somebody times - usually 10, 15, 20, or 30 minutes - and it's a mad dash to see who can write the most words in that time. Very fun! Typo-ridden, which made for an editing pain afterwards, but still great for word count and getting us off our duffs for a little while at a time.
     
  18. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 9

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    Awesome. I'm going to have to go after this with great enthusiasm.
     
  19. maderic

    maderic Jedi Knight star 3

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    I'm definitely going to go for this and as soon as they can resume sign-ups, I'll be onboard officially. :)

     
  20. AlisonC

    AlisonC Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Looks like they've been busy wiping out all the old board stuff (the boards are still open all year round) to make way for the new ones and it's taking a little while longer or something. My account is still there but I can't log in.
     
  21. LadyPadme

    LadyPadme Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I'm not going to sign up this year, although I'm going to use the month to try to prod my muse into moving. I have a work of original fiction that has gone through about 10 incarnations but I keep scrapping it. Maybe this time around I'll redo it and finally get it finished. In any case, I'm just going to set a goal for the month and use NaNoWriMo as an inspiration. :)
     
  22. Rynne

    Rynne Jedi Master star 1

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    Ah, NaNo. I did it in 2003 (and won!), but not last year, as I had no novel-length plot bunnies last November.

    I'm really looking forward to this year, though. I'm currently writing a trilogy, and am maybe halfway through the second fic, so if I can finish it by the end of October (which I think is likely), then I can devote NaNo to the third part of the trilogy and get a ton of it done.

    Now, if only college doesn't get in the way...;)
     
  23. Alethia

    Alethia Jedi Master star 5

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    I figured out a plot! Well, sort of. So I'm in this year. I need to do a lot of planning before hand, but whatever. I think I have a plot that will keep my interest for 50,000 words and a month. Most don't...
     
  24. Vexx

    Vexx Jedi Youngling star 1

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    I have several plot bunnies that could take up the whole word count and month, but I think I'm going to finish up what I started last year (sadly left hanging once the time was up) and then move on to one of the others when it's done.
     
  25. GrandAdmiralV

    GrandAdmiralV Jedi Youngling star 3

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    The site seems to be working fine now. I just created an account and was able to log in with no problem.
     
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