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post #61 of 232
Add me, too http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/201597

Mirta, you're my buddy from last year Added madsommer and rainbowmoon!
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Feel free to friend me, too... I'm Mirta on NaNoWriMo Forums, too!! I friended rainbowmoon & madsommer already!

Kym
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Add me, too http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/201597

Mirta, you're my buddy from last year Added madsommer and rainbowmoon!
Added!
post #63 of 232
Anyone wanna read my outline and tell me whether it's plausible? It's more than a synopsis. It's about three packed pages.
post #64 of 232
I had a dream last night that tied all of my ideas together so nicely. It even had a great title! But I have forgotten the title. {whines}
post #65 of 232
i added you ladies as buddies! i'm mamaring on nanowrimo.

i'm going into this with zero planning. i'm seeing the whole thing as an emotional purge - time to just let out whatever wants to come out!
post #66 of 232
Okay, someone enlighten me. I have heard about Nanowrimo as a big month-long writing marathon. Some may use outlines/plot summaries, etc but without a big head start, right?

Doubledutch is winging it (I'm sure others are).

Does it matter that if I, as a total novice to writing novels (but not to writing), will totally suck at it? Is all that matters the 50,000 words and not at all what kind of nonsense I'll create right?

The word count doesn't bother me, nor does only having a month's time to do it in. I blog pretty excessively at times.

The hardest part would simply be coming up with any kind of story that would make sense at all. The only writing workshop advice I ever remember from my high school days is "write about what you know". That and the criticism from my instructor (the illustrious Mort Castle - yeah, you are saying who???? but hey, he's got his own wikipedia page) that told me my characters were 2 dimensional and my plot line was weak thereby forever crushing my dreams to become a novelist. Thanks Mort.

At any rate, for years I'd been thinking about trying it, but eternally scared to do so. However, after blogging for about a year, I think I might actually enjoy it.

I don't know. Is it enjoyable. Have you written crap but was okay with it?

What happens if you start down on path, and then find your story going in directions you never intended it to go?

I think the only way I could do this is make it semi-autobiographical. I mean, taking bits and pieces from my own life and making it into fiction.
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Does it matter that if I, as a total novice to writing novels (but not to writing), will totally suck at it? Is all that matters the 50,000 words and not at all what kind of nonsense I'll create right?

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I think the only way I could do this is make it semi-autobiographical. I mean, taking bits and pieces from my own life and making it into fiction.
it doesn't matter how crappy it is. the point is to just GO! GO! GO! until you get the word count, and go back and edit later. like you, i'm a long-time-writer, first-time-noveler. yes, that's a word.

as for the second bit i quoted, i think that's pretty normal. i love the scene toward the end of "the darjeeling limited" where the guy stops insisting his work is completely fictional. even if someone is writing science fiction or, i don't know, smut, there are going to be characters or situations or whatever drawn from real life. i don't see how anyone could avoid that even if she tried.

mort sounds like a dink.
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it doesn't matter how crappy it is. the point is to just GO! GO! GO! until you get the word count, and go back and edit later. like you, i'm a long-time-writer, first-time-noveler. yes, that's a word.

as for the second bit i quoted, i think that's pretty normal. i love the scene toward the end of "the darjeeling limited" where the guy stops insisting his work is completely fictional. even if someone is writing science fiction or, i don't know, smut, there are going to be characters or situations or whatever drawn from real life. i don't see how anyone could avoid that even if she tried.


That's good to know about just taking the plunge. I do have a story idea perhaps. I have less than 2 days to decide to do this. I like this part of the FAQ:

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Part of the reason we organize NaNoWriMo is just to get a book written. We love the fringe benefits accrued to novelists. For one month out of the year, we can stew and storm, and make a huge mess of our apartments and drink lots of coffee at odd hours. And we can do all of these things loudly, in front of people. As satisfying as it is to reach deep within yourself and pull out an unexpectedly passable work of art, it is equally (if not more) satisfying to be able to dramatize the process at social gatherings.
post #69 of 232
Yay! I joined the insanity today. I know there's at least one book in me (and maybe even more).

My username is sciencemama

http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/566200

Can I add you ladies to my buddy lists? I could sure use the company. I'm so nervous.
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it doesn't matter how crappy it is. the point is to just GO! GO! GO! until you get the word count, and go back and edit later.
Thanks for this! I'm a first time nano-er and I'm sitting here biting my nails in anticipation of tomorrow.
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Thanks for this! I'm a first time nano-er and I'm sitting here biting my nails in anticipation of tomorrow.
Me too. I realize I have 3 stories I'd like to see written, but choosing which one and coming up with a title is proving to be so HARD!

I think I'm going to write about the 5 years I spent in a crime lab and turning it into fiction, focusing more on the relationships and the stress of working in a major metropolitan crime lab. I've got lots of material locked up in my head. I think it actually might even be publishable some day.

Did you say what your NaNo username was?
post #72 of 232
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I think I'm going to write about the 5 years I spent in a crime lab and turning it into fiction, focusing more on the relationships and the stress of working in a major metropolitan crime lab. I've got lots of material locked up in my head. I think it actually might even be publishable some day.
Oh I love that genre. Sounds like something I'd read!
post #73 of 232
Hey y'all! I am so excited for NaNoWriMo this year. I am determined to finish this time. This year I am really focusing on doing it for myself

I am loving the brainstorming I have been doing. I am especially excited because I like my story this year.

I am MaggieFrances over there is anyone wants to add me
post #74 of 232
I only just officially joined today so my profile is still blank. I used my same username there -- onetruething -- http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/567149/
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Oh I love that genre. Sounds like something I'd read!
The best part is that I'm going to a Halloween party tonight to see my old friends at the crime lab I worked in - I've been friends with them for almost 10 years now. Being around them and talking with them will surely bring back some memories and help me think about the story I want to portray.

I'm actually getting so THRILLED to do this. Even if I don't make it to the end, even if it's garbage the first go 'round, I'm so excited about it.

I'm going to have to write without a title, I think, and hopefully a title will come to me as I write, because I can't think of anything remotely good right now (and I've always had trouble with titles - even blog post titles give me trouble).
post #76 of 232
OK, I've been debating the issue for weeks... I'm going to try it. I keep thinking I can't do it this year, due to the risk of neglecting my kiddos too much. Not sure why my brain tells me that goofing off on the computer every day is "necessary recharge time", whereas doing something productive on the computer, like writing my very own crappy novel, is neglect. Nice try brain- I'm going to go for it anyway. I'm stuck in this chair rocking or nursing a child for hours each day anyway, may as well use that time for more than goofing off.
post #77 of 232
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Hey y'all! I am so excited for NaNoWriMo this year. I am determined to finish this time. This year I am really focusing on doing it for myself

I am loving the brainstorming I have been doing. I am especially excited because I like my story this year.

I am MaggieFrances over there is anyone wants to add me
I added you...and um...I like your name, Maggie Frances. I think I want to use it for a character name, maybe even the MC.
post #78 of 232
Too funny! I have a Maggie in mine, too.
post #79 of 232
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ya! i'm so excited to see everyone doing this! the other day ideas started forming in my head so now i do have a small outline formed, but i'm very excited about my story. i hope it turns out well.

anyone else planning on starting right at midnight?

off to add you all as writing buddies
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I added you...and um...I like your name, Maggie Frances. I think I want to use it for a character name, maybe even the MC.
Thanks! My name is Margaret Frances and it has taken me a looong time to like it let alone be ok with it. I HATED it growing up.
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