National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2010: is over. :( Come in and see who won!

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  1. mavjade

    mavjade It's so FLUFFY! Fanfic Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

    Sep 10, 2005
    The end of the year is creeping up on us and soon 2010 will only be a memory and we all look forward to what 2011 has in store, but wait! There is still more to look forward to before we get that far. Yes, there are the winter holidays and the Americans have their Thanksgiving but, eh... what we really look forward to near the end of the year is closing in upon us. What is that you ask??

    The insanity of writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 short days, of course! :D

    Yep, November is only one short month away so now is the time to start getting excited, to start outlining and preparing your characters -if you didn't already start long ago. Or, if you prefer to write as it comes to you it's time to start stocking up on all those goodies and caffeinated beverages you will need for the epic adventure that is:

    National Novel Writing Month!

    If you are wondering what the heck you just stumbled upon in this thread read on. If you are an old hand at the lunacy then check out the bottom for discussion!

    What is NaNoWriMo?
    In its most basic definition NaNo is writing a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November. Many people get much more out of it, some people don't, it's really up to you what NaNo is about. If you've always wanted to write a novel but never got around to it, this is your chance. You'll be doing it along with thousands of other crazy people, so don't worry about being alone in your insanity!

    NaNo is not about writing the next best seller (though it has been known to happen) or writing the perfect story, it's all about the writing. Repeat after me: "It's all about the writing."

    You will write some utter crap so turn your inner editor off now or it's going to be a long month, but in writing impetuously you may find that giving yourself the freedom to just write, without worry, results in some truly amazing prose!

    How do I participate?

    You go to the [link=]NaNo[/link] website and sign up. Don't be alarmed if it takes a while for the site to load, it tends to be a little busy this time of year! Then starting at midnight November 1st (and no sooner!) write your heart out! You can write in a notebook, on your computer, heck, you could write on your walls, just as long as you don't write the same word over and over again!

    Don't forget to check out the official [link=]How NaNo Works[/link] and [link=]What is NaNo?[/link] pages.

    I've signed up, what do I do now?

    Well, you can start outlining your story, make your characters, do some research (but remember, no actual writing until November 1st!) or if your more of a fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer you can check out the Forums at the official NaNo site and discuss pretty much anything with your fellow Wrimos!

    What Do I Get If I Win?


    But seriously, you get to know you wrote a novel in 30 days. How many people can say that? Even if you don't make it to 50,000 words you've done more than the majority of people in this world will ever do! They also make some shiny web badges so you can show off to the the internet how awesome you are!

    So you've decided to tackle the challenge? Great! Welcome aboard! Post in this thread and let us know you are participating and if you use a different screen name at the NaNo site let us know that as well so we can find you and make you a writing buddy. Once NaNo starts keep us up to date on your progress and it will be shown beside your name on the participants list.

    [color=purple][b]Fun Factoids NaNoWriMo 2009[/b][/color]
    [b]37 people[/b] signed up to participate in the fanfic NaNo thread
    of those that signed up, [b]26 people[/b] participated (at least by posting their word count in the thread)
    [b][color=crimson]10 of those people won[/color][/b] (36.5% of JC fanficers that participated)
    [b]6 people[/b] made it over half way (> 25,000 words) but came up short
    [b]633,753 words[/b] were written in the 30 days of Nov>
  2. mavjade

    mavjade It's so FLUFFY! Fanfic Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

    Sep 10, 2005
    [hl=darkblue]Participants List:

    Those who wrote and posted that they wrote in November are bolded.
    Winners (reaching 50,000 words) are limegreen

    ahhhrealmia (interstella555)
    Alley_Skywalker: 30,536
    BultarSwan (Extra Crispy Muses): 12,882
    Commander-DWH: 50,063
    Ceillean: 51,000
    CelseteAntola: 19,784
    DarthIshtar: 3,000
    Draconarius: 3,143
    earlybird-obi-wan: 60,352
    Earwen_Lightrider (NataLekku): 50,000
    emerald54: 88,481
    Etain: 50,101
    FelsGoddess (kcfels): 50,031
    Flowerlady: (swe23): 55,693
    Iverna (nightmaretrinity): 52,127
    Jade_Max: 52,114
    JediMara77: 73,359
    Jedi_Perigrine: 51,247
    kayladie97: 1,448
    KELIA: 51,146
    LAJ_FETT: 51,038
    LillyHobbitJedi (LilyCat03): 10,538
    Master_Jaina1011 (shammer): 3,586
    mavjade: 50,840
    Mechalich: 115,600
    moosemousse (moosemouse): 50,107
    Sauntaero: 14,770
    SithGirl132: 52,802
    star_writer24: 1,097
    Storms_Legacy: 2,541
    TheMacUnleased: 50,033
    Ubersue: 2,500
    ViariSkywalker (invisiblesun): 15,038

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

    May 25, 2002
    I'm pretty sure I will be doing it again. Right now I am job-hunting but if I don't find anything in October I'll have plenty of time for NaNo in November.

    As in past years, if someone wants to make a few icons I'll mention loading them in MS.

    As far as the questions go, I've done (and won) NaNo since 2005. I recommend Chris Baty's book No Plot No Problem for NaNo noobies. (Amazon is your friend here. That's where I found my copy).
  4. moosemousse

    moosemousse CR Emeritus: FF-UK South star 6

    Oct 3, 2004
    I've done NaNoWriMo four times now. The first time I failed miserably and it was a complete disaster. The last three years I've struggled at the finish line but I've always made it to 50,000 words in the end. My only problem seems to be getting the words in and not running out of time to do it.

    My advice to newbies is to just write and write and write. Don't worry if you can't write 1,667 words on a particular day and don't stop if you reach that number but can write more. The more days where you write a lot the more days you can have when you don't write much. It doesn't even have to make sense. Remember, NaNoWriMo is all about writing 50,000 words, it's quantity over quality here. Still, the more times you do it the better you'll get at writing.

    Also, it's worth remember that you're a winner even if you don't write 50,000 words. Just taking part means you've made an active decision to try something that most people won't. You'll still have the beginnings of a novel and you can still finish it off later.

    So, to everyone who's taking part this year, good luck! Have a great time and, above all else, enjoy yourself. :D
  5. Iryla

    Iryla Jedi Youngling star 1

    Jun 5, 2005
    I will be attempting it again this year. I had participated before in the past but I never quite reached the goal as I tend to run out of steam about the halfway mark so I'm not sure what advice I could give other than to try to prevent that from occurring.
  6. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 9

    Mar 26, 2001
    See, I have a novel that I've just finished writing. But I may try my hand at writing one of the other ideas that I've had my head working on.
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  7. Idrelle_Miocovani

    Idrelle_Miocovani Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Feb 5, 2005
    I participated once (in 2008, I think), and got to the 50,000 words. But the thing is, November is a really bad month for me. Considering all of my school and theatre stuff, I don't think I'll be able to devote the time to writing. :( But I may get a bout of insanity and decide to do it anyway. :p
  8. anakin_girl

    anakin_girl Jedi Knight star 6

    Oct 8, 2000
    I think I'm going to do it this year since I have a fanfic novel going right now and a sequel planned. I've never done this before though; I just got back into writing over the summer after a hiatus of about five years.

    The reason I'm joining is that it will give me further incentive to write every single day, and writing every single day helps me overcome writer's block. And because I'm competitive with myself and I just want to see if I can do it.
  9. SithGirl132

    SithGirl132 Jedi Master star 4

    Dec 6, 2005
    I'm in. I've participated and won for three previous years, and I'm in for a fourth year. I'm not sure just what I'm going to write yet, since I have several ideas bouncing around in my head. Sooner or later I'll grow enough brain to not do this, but it's so fun...
  10. LAJ_FETT

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

    May 25, 2002
    About all I have at the moment are a couple of vague characters, a top-level idea (no side plots yet) and that it will be horror.
  11. Storms_Legacy

    Storms_Legacy Jedi Knight star 1

    Jan 29, 2007
    I participated and won last year - I loved it, but I suffered from burnout for like three months after that (because I forced the last three days out in one da so that I could be done early, I think, and that felt like it about killed me mentally). So, I'm debating participating again, but using a different method and style. My college coursework might just kill it, too, so I don't know. I'm going to think about it - who knows, really.

    My advice for people participating is this for the first time: just keep writing. Don't worry too much about your word count, and don't force yourself to write if you can't get it to come out. If you get writer's block for one section, you can skip to a section that you can write for until you can pull that block down. And, most of all, have fun and enjoy yourself when you write.
  12. Master_Jaina1011

    Master_Jaina1011 Jedi Master star 4

    May 20, 2002
    I decided to do it this year, one because it could get my butt in gear to actually write write write, and two help get the novel I want to write out of my head!!

    We shall see, being a newbie and all!
  13. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 20, 2002
    I really admire you guys who sign up to do this. I've always wanted to, but November's a bad month, between upcoming finals and Thanksgiving, which takes almost a week. One day I'll try it :D

    And I second LAJ - if you want any specific 2010 nano icons, let me know adn I'll put 'em up.
  14. LilyHobbitJedi

    LilyHobbitJedi Jedi Knight star 5

    Aug 29, 2005
    I think I'm going to participate this year though I won't write SW, but rather something original. Hopefully I can make up for my one failed attempt.
  15. moosemousse

    moosemousse CR Emeritus: FF-UK South star 6

    Oct 3, 2004
    I made some icons! :D

    [link=]All the icons[/link], which includes icons from previous years too. I think some of the old ones are still good, except perhaps the ones with dates on. :)
  16. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 9

    Mar 26, 2001
    I have a quite well-developed idea about a matchmaker's apprentice that Kateydidnt keeps pestering me to write, so if I do decide to stop revising for a bit and write a new novel, I'll be writing that. I've won Nanowrimo once. And the whole "turn off your internal editor" thing really doesn't work for me. :)
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  17. LAJ_FETT

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

    May 25, 2002
    I've mentioned the icons in MS.
  18. LAJ_FETT

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

    May 25, 2002
    Just a note that the NaNo forums are now online for 2010 and existing users can update their user information for things like years done NaNo and years won.
  19. mavjade

    mavjade It's so FLUFFY! Fanfic Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

    Sep 10, 2005
    Participants List updated!
    I didn't add those who are on the fence, if you all decide to participate I'll add you! :) As for those who say November is way to busy, that's part of the fun! :D I think November is busy for most everyone... I thought it would calm down when I graduated but November is one of our busiest months at work... lots of people with respiratory problems in the winter. 8-} Even if you are busy give it a try and you might find you have more time than you think! :)

    This is my fourth year participating and I have yet to win. I've made it significantly further every year, with a little over 30,000 words last year so I'm hopeful for this year! My advice for noobs would be to write every chance you get and do your best to get ahead. You will be tired by the end of the month and it's hard to catch up, at least it is for me. I second the recommendation of [link=]No Plot, No Problem[/link]. I got it last year and it really is inspirational!
  20. earlybird-obi-wan

    earlybird-obi-wan Chosen One star 6

    Aug 21, 2006
    I have an OC and now an interesting story for him. I will participate
  21. FelsGoddess

    FelsGoddess Game Host star 5 VIP - Game Host

    Sep 5, 2004
    I am going to try to participate this year. I've never been able to before.
  22. Corellian_Ale

    Corellian_Ale Manager Emeritus star 4 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Mar 3, 2008

    Same here, this will be I think my 5th year participating (4th officially), and I've never even come close. But I'll definately give it another go this year. [face_beatup]
  23. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 9

    Mar 26, 2001
    If I had been able to turn off my internal editor, it would have taken much less time for me to finish the novel I'm editing right now. And there would be a lot more to edit.
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  24. moosemousse

    moosemousse CR Emeritus: FF-UK South star 6

    Oct 3, 2004
    Is anyone going for a higher word count this year? I'm thinking of going for 300,000 word as that's what The Black Library want for their novels. I have no idea if I'll make it that far though, as I've always come just short and struggled to make it past 50,000 words. I'm also not sure if I can write 10,000 words a day.
  25. SithGirl132

    SithGirl132 Jedi Master star 4

    Dec 6, 2005
    I'm going to stick with 50K words- applying to grad school and doing my own research project is definitely taking a lot of time out of my life. I decided to write Star Wars fanfic again- a friend and I came up with a wonderful fanfic idea that I've wanted to write for a long time, which is actually likely a 100K word story, but I'll see what I can do. It's going to be a rather ridiculous NJO AU with lots of Sith and general weirdness. Ideas that were developed at midnight or later are usually like that.
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