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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.

Thanks for the encouragement. I've been looking forward to this for a few years and I would really like to win on my first attempt. I'm just blocked
post #122 of 232
So, here I am, avoiding my NaNo files because I had a rotten day and now that DD is finally asleep, I'm not sure I want to hang out with my characters.

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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...
Uh, I have to spell stuff right. I can manage to make grammatical errors, but I can't handle leaving typos. Of course, I'm sure I'll leave some that I don't notice, but I like the squiggly lines!

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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?
I started a file of all this stuff before I started actually writing. I would totally forget it all if it wasn't stored somewhere.

Sigh. All right, back to the coffee shop that Monday in May ...
post #123 of 232
So this is going to be another slow start year for me in NaNoWriMo. -sigh- Serves me right, I did no planning till Halloween... so now I am just keeping up with my daily word count.

My poor DD did not get to planning either, this is my fault though. She is only 10. She up still, past midnight, working on her word count. She is close to meeting her word count though at least!

Tomorrow I think her and I will spend our homeschooling day actually using the youth nanowrimo workbook to flush out characters. Poor kid came into my bed room a short time ago with tears in her eyes, guess her main characters parents died and it is making her very sad. Goddess I love her, she just feels so so much and has such a great heart. Her main character is a cat by the way. Some how that makes me feel even more sad for her.

~~~

Wishing you all lots of writing time tomorrow with perfect tea/coffee/water and weather!
post #124 of 232
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So this is going to be another slow start year for me in NaNoWriMo. -sigh- Serves me right, I did no planning till Halloween... so now I am just keeping up with my daily word count.

My poor DD did not get to planning either, this is my fault though. She is only 10. She up still, past midnight, working on her word count. She is close to meeting her word count though at least!

Tomorrow I think her and I will spend our homeschooling day actually using the youth nanowrimo workbook to flush out characters. Poor kid came into my bed room a short time ago with tears in her eyes, guess her main characters parents died and it is making her very sad. Goddess I love her, she just feels so so much and has such a great heart. Her main character is a cat by the way. Some how that makes me feel even more sad for her.

~~~

Wishing you all lots of writing time tomorrow with perfect tea/coffee/water and weather!
That is so sweet.

Last night I ended starting a completely new piece and the words started flowing. I think this is what's going to work for me. The other two that I had tried to start wre maybe a little too personal and I couldn't get past the yucky feelings to concentrate on telling the story. This new one is much less personal.
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2,825 words thus far. But I'm just finally putting on the computer what I've had on paper for some time now.
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Wow, this thread is so long already! I guess that's what happens when you get a bunch of writing mamas together.

I am starting today - a day late, don't know why this didn't occur to me in October. I'm not looking to win, just looking for some motivation to make myself write. I have three novels in progress that are just begging to be finished and now that I have no job, I have no excuse. So here's to actually finishing something!
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Last night I ended starting a completely new piece and the words started flowing. I think this is what's going to work for me. The other two that I had tried to start wre maybe a little too personal and I couldn't get past the yucky feelings to concentrate on telling the story. This new one is much less personal.
This happened to me this morning! I sat down to write today and out poured a completely new story. So I'm running with it. I've come to like the other story I was writing, but I think I'm setting it aside. Although I am a major multitasker. Maybe my brain is trying to force me to multitask my novels as well.
post #128 of 232
Happy Day 3! I made it to 5300 last night after a slow first day. Here's hoping the story keeps flowing today!

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Does anybody have trouble NOT hitting the word count button every few paragraphs (or even lines ).
In a normal setting, wc is the least of my worries, but during NaNo, I can't get away from it!

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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.
Love WorD. I bought the desktop edition and am loving it. Can't wait to try the word war feature, either, but my friend is studying for her exams, so that will have to wait until December! I usually use WorD for getting into my characters heads, rather than actual prose, but it does help get me into the place I need to be.

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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!
Which one did you run with? I changed mine an hour before kick off and the first day was challenging to say the least, but I'm starting to hit my stride now.

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On the word count thing, I'm using Scrivener, which has a running tally. My OCD-nature likes that!
My DH told me to try Scrivener. I am loving it. So many awesome features! My favorite is the fact I can drag media files into the binder, but there's so much I haven't played with yet. Can't wait to get the full program, and 50% off is a great incentive.

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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...
Sounds good so far! I could not have survived last year without my nursing pillow. I think I wrote almost all 50K while NAK (or baby sleeping at keyboard).

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Originally Posted by Mirta View Post
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
I wrote my 2007 NaNo novel non-chronologically. It worked for me. It was much easier to write the scenes that came to me than trying to force scenes I wasn't feeling.

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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.
I hope you're starting to find your way now, madsommer!

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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.
Guilty as charged over here, and it's only Day 3!

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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?
I found myself freezing last night every time I went to write my MC's name. I wonder if that's a hint that she needs a name change??

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Originally Posted by Kontessa View Post
So this is going to be another slow start year for me in NaNoWriMo. -sigh- Serves me right, I did no planning till Halloween... so now I am just keeping up with my daily word count.

My poor DD did not get to planning either, this is my fault though. She is only 10. She up still, past midnight, working on her word count. She is close to meeting her word count though at least!

Tomorrow I think her and I will spend our homeschooling day actually using the youth nanowrimo workbook to flush out characters. Poor kid came into my bed room a short time ago with tears in her eyes, guess her main characters parents died and it is making her very sad. Goddess I love her, she just feels so so much and has such a great heart. Her main character is a cat by the way. Some how that makes me feel even more sad for her.

~~~

Wishing you all lots of writing time tomorrow with perfect tea/coffee/water and weather!
Awww! Well if her story can affect her that way as she's writing it, I bet her readers will feel the same. I wish someone in my life had supported and encouraged me in my desire (need?) to write at that age. Would have saved me the years of being embarrassed and ashamed of it... Here I am almost twnty years later and I still struggle with that
post #129 of 232
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I couldn't get past the yucky feelings to concentrate on telling the story. This new one is much less personal.

I have had to deal with that before and it can be like running into a wall when facing things too personal and emotional. I get all torn about keeping some details as real as they where and yet trying to keep the piece fiction.

I use NaNoWriMo as a form of therapy every year and really do have characters to mirror "those" people I have come across and they find the most interesting ways to die.... This is not my normal personality and too morbid and "wrong" for me 11 months of the year but during NaNo, someone has to bite the dust right? I have to be careful though to do so light heartedly and not let that pull the story down.

This year is hard... I am writing a story for my oldest daughter, a gift for her 11th birthday next August. Taking the people she knows, making them characters a bit different, and sending them into a whole new world. She was a late reader and still does not enjoy it, I think she is waiting for that one book that pulls her in and I am in hopes I can write it for her. It has to be something she can connect with but I have to make it different enough that the differences do not hold her up and have her "Well that is not how our day would normally go or That is not what my brother would really do."

So what I am writing now is very personal, but with brighter emotions, and I just have to add the fantastic to it all.

How I am going to manage to kill anyone off is beyond me. I might have to settle for killing a few bugs.... LOL
post #130 of 232
Right now my routine is using my AlphaSmart when I'm away from home (I create a new file for each new scene), WorD when I'm at home trying to get caught up, and yWriter5 to tie it all together. I'm writing by scene right now. I'm hoping it will make editing easier. And yWriter5 can also be copied to a thumb drive so if I wanted to use a different computer, it's there. It also might be helpful if aren't writing chronologically.

ETA: yWriter5 also has daily, scene, chapter and total word counts running constantly.
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Originally Posted by MrsAprilMay View Post
Right now my routine is using my AlphaSmart when I'm away from home (I create a new file for each new scene), WorD when I'm at home trying to get caught up, and yWriter5 to tie it all together. I'm writing by scene right now. I'm hoping it will make editing easier. And yWriter5 can also be copied to a thumb drive so if I wanted to use a different computer, it's there. It also might be helpful if aren't writing chronologically.

ETA: yWriter5 also has daily, scene, chapter and total word counts running constantly.
That yWriter thing seems very cool (love that it's free). Thanks so much for sharing. If I can get it installed properly, I'm going to donate a little $ to that site because I think she did a great job of it.
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I've got to get in gear---November snuck up on me--like it always does--but THIS year--I'm goING TO MAke leaps & bounds ---
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Well I used Write or Die today (thank you for whoever mentioned it) and literally wrote my book 15 minutes at time (Flylady would be so proud!).. then took breaks to do housework, play with son, eat, etc... And I managed to write 2,682 words today doing that!!! unfortunately since I was behind when I started today that only puts me over by 129 words... But laundry got done, the house isn't falling apart, DS wasn't totally neglected, I voted, mowed the lawn etc... and I'm going to bed at a decent hour.. so it is all good!!

Kym
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So do the gods punish us for editing this month? I'm up to 8,084 words and I feel like I want to edit sooo badly (mostly to add important details, not take away). I'm done for tonight but since I'm ahead of my goals, I'm going to use the yWriter5 program to start organizing details and planning ahead.

Is anyone going to go to their local regional NaNo events? There's one at a bookstore not far from me this Saturday. I don't have a lap-top, but I figure I'd bring pen and paper and (hopefully) meet others doing this IRL. I'm so psyched about it because I really am hoping to make some friends.
post #136 of 232
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Well I used Write or Die today (thank you for whoever mentioned it) and literally wrote my book 15 minutes at time (Flylady would be so proud!).. then took breaks to do housework, play with son, eat, etc... And I managed to write 2,682 words today doing that!!! unfortunately since I was behind when I started today that only puts me over by 129 words... But laundry got done, the house isn't falling apart, DS wasn't totally neglected, I voted, mowed the lawn etc... and I'm going to bed at a decent hour.. so it is all good!!

Kym
That is wonderful!! I liked Write or Die too. I think I'll keep choosing 15 minutes. I got something written, I didn't LOVE it, but it was a start. It also helped boost me up to 4, 092 words
post #137 of 232
I need to use Write or Die today. I'm too easily distracted.
post #138 of 232
okay I'm burnt out this morning. I went to sleep at 11 pm last night (bad idea). I am headachy and tired this morning and I don't feel like doing a darn thing today. I expected to crash and burn a little bit, just not this soon. Arrgggh. I don't want to do a thing - not cleaning, not writing, not anything. I should use this next hour to snooze before I have to pick up my dd from kindy, but I don't even want to do that.

I think I will, however, go get some tylenol for the headache.
post #139 of 232
{{hug}} I'm so sorry you feel yucky.

Write or die is my hero and new best friend!! I wrote 430 words in ten minutes. I'm sure that won't happen every time, but the I needed the kick to stop worrying about perfection and to just write. And it worked. The gradually redder screen plus the screeching when I stopped was PERFECT incentive to just. keep. going.

I have yWriter on my netbook. I haven't quite figured out how to make it work for me, yet.
post #140 of 232
I already have a NaNo desktop background, but my kids will love this Pokemon one --

http://i36.tinypic.com/ibdoxx.jpg
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