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post #101 of 232
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Originally Posted by onetruething View Post
This is great advice. Thank you!!

I'm going to attempt to ignore what I wrote yesterday and just let words flow today. If it is a continuation of yesterday's attempt that I'm not quite into, ok. If today's work takes me in a new direction and it is one that I feel good about, even better.
post #102 of 232
Does anybody have trouble NOT hitting the word count button every few paragraphs (or even lines ).
post #103 of 232
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Originally Posted by Miss Information View Post
Does anybody have trouble NOT hitting the word count button every few paragraphs (or even lines ).
I use Write or Die when I'm using the computer. There is a constant word count, and motivation to keep on typing.
post #104 of 232
No editing at all? Ugh. My inner editor is going to hate that. I started something yesterday, but without much direction at all about what I wanted to do. I just started writing the first thing that came to mind. I don't have a genre yet, let alone a title or plot. LOL! Then, after about 300 words, I decided I wanted to go in a totally different direction. I thought of a genre and some scenes came to mind, but still no solid plot in that direction, either. Now, I'm not sure which one to run with!
post #105 of 232
On the word count thing, I'm using Scrivener, which has a running tally. My OCD-nature likes that!
post #106 of 232
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Originally Posted by Miss Information View Post
Oh, seriously no editing? Whoops. I wrote my minimum goal yesterday 1800 words, then re-read and edited what I wrote. It wasn't bad to start with, but I left out some important stuff.

Anyone want a peek? I blogged a passage of it here.
Not editing can be hard/ sometimes impossible like when you write a sentence a realize it made no sense.. the way I deal with them is insert the new sentence, idea or notes to myself in parenthesis, then highlight that part and change the font color so it will catch my eyes when I finally do go back and edit.. the benefit of doing it this way it you do not delete anything you wrote and therefore you do not lessen your word count! it also helps when you just can't think of something.. and sitting there trying to figure out the right word, or what exactly should be said, or done there would just stall the writing.. that is when I put Notes like "this character REALLY needs a name"; "add details here", or even "REALLY need to rewrite this to have it make sense." Once I've written my notes it frees me to move on with the story, knowing those things will be addressed in time, but for now I can keep being creative!

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Originally Posted by Miss Information View Post
I had some teachers (and commenters on my blog) tell me I am good, then that "real" writer tell me my characters were 2 dimensional and not believable (but did he tell me HOW to flesh them out? Of course not) and it helped to undermine my confidence.
Fleshing out characters can be harder to explain without reading what you wrote, but for now I say keep writing...Try to show both the goods and bads of the main characters, their weaknesses, their strengthens and what they feel about things.. There will be times that you will have to figure for yourself and the reader, why they react they way they do to certain situations, did they have a bad experience in their past, do they have a weakness for speaking out before thinking about what they say and thus putting their foot in their mouth.. Were they overly criticized in the past, or overly praised. A lot of it is simply getting to know your characters, kind of the way you first get to know your friends.. Ask them questions about themselves.. if need be take the time to do a character sketch about your main characters (This CAN/should count towards your writing total for that day..even if it doesn't go directly in the story, because it will help you write your story)... Know that the more you write, the better you will become.. it's something that does take some practice..

Hope that helps a bit...

Kym
post #107 of 232
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Originally Posted by notjustmamie View Post
Can I have buddies, too?

I added onetruething, allgirls (parcarsons), magstphil (MaggieFrances), Miss Information (sciencemama), doubledutch (mamaring), Bella Catalina, Mirta, madsommer, and rainbowmoon (aprilmoonflower). Did I miss anybody?

I'm notjustmamie there, too.
Oooh, add me too, everyone! I'm major_mama11 over there too. I've lurked on this board, but never really posted, so... hello!

I am really liking this so far! I had no idea what to write about, so at midnight on 11/1, I just started writing about a random incident from when i was 19 and working in a restaurant in a tourist town in CO... thought it wasn't novel-ish at all. Then suddenly the next morning when I got back to it, I felt like i broke through something and started to see where the general story should go. Sort of semi-autobiographical, except sort of an alternate version of my life story, if certain things had happened in a different order. I'm having fun, even if it is total crap right now, I think if I stick with it, there is some real potential! Although my left hand is a bit annoyed at all this one-handed typing while rocking/ nursing a baby...
post #108 of 232
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Originally Posted by AahRee View Post
No editing at all? Ugh. My inner editor is going to hate that. I started something yesterday, but without much direction at all about what I wanted to do. I just started writing the first thing that came to mind. I don't have a genre yet, let alone a title or plot. LOL! Then, after about 300 words, I decided I wanted to go in a totally different direction. I thought of a genre and some scenes came to mind, but still no solid plot in that direction, either. Now, I'm not sure which one to run with!
NaNoWriMo is all about tormenting that inner editor, some people even make that part of their story.. ie.. "yes inner editor, I am leaving that incomplete sentence there... Just because I know it is driving you crazy!!" lol

NaNoWriMo is also about writing on the fly... go ahead and write those scenes you thought of.. hopefully the plot will follow... Last year I wrote things like "and now the traumatic thing happens, some how... and is somehow resolved.." and then I proceeded to write the chapters that come after the problem is resolved, because that is what I was inspired to write... I'm only now figuring out how that traumatic stuff happens, but still have no idea how it will be resolved but I know I will figure it out in time... so for now I keep writing ... Trusting the kinks will work themselves out eventually...

Kym
post #109 of 232
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Originally Posted by Mirta View Post
Not editing can be hard/ sometimes impossible like when you write a sentence a realize it made no sense.. the way I deal with them is insert the new sentence, idea or notes to myself in parenthesis, then highlight that part and change the font color so it will catch my eyes when I finally do go back and edit.. the benefit of doing it this way it you do not delete anything you wrote and therefore you do not lessen your word count! it also helps when you just can't think of something.. and sitting there trying to figure out the right word, or what exactly should be said, or done there would just stall the writing.. that is when I put Notes like "this character REALLY needs a name"; "add details here", or even "REALLY need to rewrite this to have it make sense." Once I've written my notes it frees me to move on with the story, knowing those things will be addressed in time, but for now I can keep being creative!

This is sort of what I've been doing, so I don't have to worry about forgetting all these little random scene ideas/ little details that pop in my head. Like "she will cut off all her hair and dye it purple after he leaves her"

So, is everyone else not using spell-check or anything either? I'm not correcting my spelling at all, unless the word is so unrecognizable that it will confuse me later...
post #110 of 232
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Originally Posted by Mirta
A lot of it is simply getting to know your characters, kind of the way you first get to know your friends.. Ask them questions about themselves.. if need be take the time to do a character sketch about your main characters (This CAN/should count towards your writing total for that day..even if it doesn't go directly in the story, because it will help you write your story)
Aha! I think giving myself permission to do this today will let my characters tell me where to go from here, which will be a huge help. I wrote another 400 words and my character dialogue is STILL coming out as from a different era than I originally intended to write, so I need to ask my main character: "Wait. This the year you live in? Really?"
post #111 of 232
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Originally Posted by major_mama11 View Post
So, is everyone else not using spell-check or anything either? I'm not correcting my spelling at all, unless the word is so unrecognizable that it will confuse me later...
I turn off the auto check on spelling and grammar in Word, so those silly squiggly lines don't tempt me to stop and correct things...
post #112 of 232
i'm so jealous that everyone else has actual word countage! gah!

i was about to say, "i haven't had a chance to start writing" but then i realized you'd all be like, "well, what are you doing on mdc?!" okay, it's just a quick mdc break while i'm eating lunch at my desk (working). i don't think it's cool to dive into a novel for an hour. but the good news is, my concept has been developing away, so whenever i get a chance, i am ready to write. truly. fingers of fire.

i'm so glad to have writing buddies! despite my mild jealousy, it's actually encouraging to see word counts on my buddies page. it really is.

xo
post #113 of 232
3,608 as of this morning!

I am loving it so far and am hoping to get a lot done while I am on this wave.
post #114 of 232
Thread Starter 
such good advice here!

i have around 400 words of crap and am very frustrated. i think maybe i need to walk away for a while or take a different path. perhaps i'm putting too much pressure on myself? argh! thanks for letting me vent.
post #115 of 232
Sigh...I want to keep writing but I have had to break to get the kids, let them play at the park, to talk with my sister and now to break to make dinner. I think that's going to be the hardest part...trying to not neglect the homekeeping duties now that I have some idea where things are going.
post #116 of 232
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Originally Posted by madsommer View Post
such good advice here!

i have around 400 words of crap and am very frustrated. i think maybe i need to walk away for a while or take a different path. perhaps i'm putting too much pressure on myself? argh! thanks for letting me vent.


It's okay. Don't worry about it too much, it still counts toward your total. Remember - edits happen in december. just write what ever comes out. then see where it leads.

Right now I think i have over-explained some things that might not be necessarily and it starts off boring (although that's kind of the point). It might be overdone, but oh, well. I can revise it later.

You are 400 words closer to your goal than you were yesterday.

Have you seen the video on the NaNo page? I think the guy said that by week 3 or 4 you'll have an idea where you want to go with it. It's all good.

post #117 of 232
Is it bad thing that I'm relieved I'm not the only one struggling?

I decided to run with a completely new story, genre change (from women's fic to YA) and all, and I have a complete story idea but I'm finding it hard to write. Overthinking the genre, I think. Let's not forget the presence of two small, noisy monsters and then my well-developed ability to procrastinate, and we have a slight problem. I'm at 1800 words and it's 4pm on Day 2. The boys were in bed by 7 last night (though they woke at 5am, ugh) and I wasted two hours doing... well, in the interest of full disclosure, wasting time on the internet. Tonight I turn off the airport, I think. I have a lot of catch up to do.

Thanks for the reminder about adding the changes in another color. Had forgotten about that!

Ugh, the kids are fighting, back to do personals later!
post #118 of 232
Just had to share...my husband is writing too, but didn't officially join up. He's got 800 words of fairly decent prose. I'm kind of shocked at that.

Oh, has anyone forgotten any pertinent details about their own story? Like I forgot the name of the town she lives in, now I'm stuck re-reading trying to find it. I suppose I should write these details down as I go, huh?
post #119 of 232
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Originally Posted by MrsAprilMay View Post
I use Write or Die when I'm using the computer. There is a constant word count, and motivation to keep on typing.
Cool, I'll have to check that out.
post #120 of 232
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Originally Posted by Miss Information View Post

Oh, has anyone forgotten any pertinent details about their own story? Like I forgot the name of the town she lives in, now I'm stuck re-reading trying to find it. I suppose I should write these details down as I go, huh?
That's where I put my "add name of city here" thing... the worst for me is some of the names since they are all made up... And I have a list of characters that are part of a key group but I haven't decided which one plays which role... so It's "insert character name 1 here" for when I decided which one plays that role.. <sigh>


:P... pitifully low word count so far today, but I am sooo tired I just want to go up and sleep...I may have actually written more here than in my story... that's what lack of inspiration gets you..

Kym
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