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post #121 of 369
Hope you're feeling better soon, Aimee.
post #122 of 369
LionTigerBear, forget outlining. You'll never get enough words if you worry about plot!

Ok, I had NO idea what it was about when I started. Now I'm zooming! Apparently there's this large commune society (think Amish or Menonite, but without the religion. Multiple locations, all related) of people who are polygamists. (ok, so I watched Oprah last week) Except, theres a shortage of women, so every woman has a few husbands.

MC isn't happy about some of the rules of the society and decides to leave/escape. With her 3 small kids. I thought THAT would be the storys point, and the consequences would be the story. But nooooo. Because now I know that her dh's are going to find her pretty quick. I have no idea what happens then.

Does she escape again? FInd happiness in the commune? Find a way to keep her kids without violating the societys rules? Which dh freaks out more?



Ohhhh, the possibilities! I'm well over the word count, but I'll have a bunch of days when I can't write.



Indigo73, feel better soon!

almama, you might discover you're writing a slew of short stories! That's still fantastic.




Everyone. Get up an hour early, stay up an hour late. Throw dinner in the crockpot. Cheat and order a pizza. Don't change the bed this week. Bribe the kids with a cool kitchen table fort and all of your pillows. (have snacks pre-made so they don''t need you to feed them. Heck, put the tv and dvd player in there too!) Cut up lots of fruit and veggies and leave it in the fridge for the kids. Take them to the park and let them run while you write. Break out the messy toys, go outside. But WRITE. Make it first, right after your family(!) and forget the cobwebs and dust. Next month we'll all go hang out on the Home Management boards and clean the house. THis month we WRITE!
post #123 of 369
I just went out to dinner with my dh (it's his b-day today!) and I told him about my story (my FIRST time talking about it outloud to ANYONE) and he thought it sounded GREAT!!! He may have been stoking my ego a little, but he's not the type to flatter me just to make me feel better, so his feedback does count a little at least! I feel so inspired to write right now, because I got such good feedback (he even asked good questions and everything! ) so I just need to get my dd down to sleep, and then I can get back to it!

Also, thanks for the encouragement, Red, that's just what I, and I'm sure others, need to hear! As Mike Lowell says, "push and grind!"
post #124 of 369
OK, NaNo mamas, I'm taking tonight off. I'm at about 6900 words so I won't be too behind. I'm just really tired out. I didn't stop moving until about three seconds ago. Now my daughter wants to stare in my eyes and say "Nik nik, nikki," and I'm thinking it's a sign to name any new character Nikki.

Need rest.
post #125 of 369
Ok, I bit the bullet. I'm doing this. I have wanted to write for the last 5 years, but always said I didn't have the time. Well, today I decided THIS is my time to write. So, during naptime, I wrote two pages, 1662 words, to be exact, and now my head is spinning with what I want to write!!: So, I am going to join you mamas here, and wish you all luck, and time.
post #126 of 369
Welcome, Syndee and good luck!

Anyone else printing their story as they go? I print everything I write for that day. I'm not sure why - lol. I just like to see it all out on paper.

My impact character is doing something really devious to the MC. I upped the age of the characters - they are now 13 instead of 11. I think it works better if they are already in puberty.

Off to bed. I'm beat today. I've been up since 5:30 thanks to my 3 year old who woke up then and was a chatterbox for an hour - lol.
post #127 of 369
Twocoolboys- I did print out my stuff today, only because I wanted my best friend to read it and give me her thoughts. And my 18 month old was also up at the butt crack of dawn. Yawn, off to bed too. Happy writing!
post #128 of 369
No printing here, but my printer is broken. Also my thoughts are kind of random and everything is out of order, so it wouldn't make any sense to read it and I wouldn't be able to help but compulsively edit. And the deal was produce, produce, produce, and save editing for December. This is good for me, right? lol

7700 words so far.
post #129 of 369
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LionTigerBear, forget outlining. You'll never get enough words if you worry about plot!
Wow, you're totally right. I only got 700 words done yesterday. Oh, and I didn't get the outlining done either. I just can't figure it out. Okay, plot, schmot, I'm writing, I'm writing!

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Everyone. Get up an hour early, stay up an hour late. Throw dinner in the crockpot. Cheat and order a pizza. Don't change the bed this week. Bribe the kids with a cool kitchen table fort and all of your pillows. (have snacks pre-made so they don''t need you to feed them. Heck, put the tv and dvd player in there too!) Cut up lots of fruit and veggies and leave it in the fridge for the kids. Take them to the park and let them run while you write. Break out the messy toys, go outside. But WRITE. Make it first, right after your family(!) and forget the cobwebs and dust. Next month we'll all go hang out on the Home Management boards and clean the house. THis month we WRITE!
Thanks for that. Yesterday I was feeling bad about how the apartment looked and was trying to do some cleaning. And yeah, didn't make quota. Now today I have 3300 words to type out. : Ouch. Time to get to work, I guess.
post #130 of 369
Hi everybody!

I'm a day behind despite my running start. I should have accounted for the day AFTER a 13 hour drive not being much better for writing than the day of the drive itself.

Now the house is thrashed, I have unpacking to do still, and I justify procrastinating on that by sitting at the computer where I know I have NaNoWriMo to work on...and I'm posting here.

I haven't felt this in my element since I graduated college last year. At this rate I'll be so busy procrastinating on my novel that I'll actually get the house clean before the end of the month.
post #131 of 369
Hi, Sydnee! *waves wildly* So now we're at four May '06 mamas doing NaNo...we rock.

The laundry situation is getting critical over here. Yesterday I took dd to the park and another mama said, "Oh she's all dressed up today! She looks so pretty!" To which I had to say..."Um, yeah, all of her play clothes are dirty, so this is what we were left with." :
post #132 of 369
Today was easier....2638 words today.

HAving fun - throwing things into the story that i hadn't anticipated. This is clearly my first novel....semi aotubiographical and kind of cheesy.

But you know what? I love it. And it will clear the slate for writing something completely not based on anything in my life for next year.
post #133 of 369
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This is clearly my first novel....semi aotubiographical and kind of cheesy.
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Keep up the good work, mamas! Or if its not good, just keep up the work!
post #134 of 369
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Keep up the good work, mamas! Or if its not good, just keep up the work!


See my siggie I've reached my goal for today ... Now I might have to go do something else to keep the house from falling down around my ears :
post #135 of 369
Thread Starter 
I'm going to pull a late night tonight. I want to be at 10,002 words by bedtime. That will have me right on target for 50,000 words at the end of the month.

Wish me luck!
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I haven't felt this in my element since I graduated college last year. At this rate I'll be so busy procrastinating on my novel that I'll actually get the house clean before the end of the month.

post #137 of 369
Is anyone else obsessive about word counts? I have to check mine about every 4 sentences.
i'm feeling better today--i've decided just to try to stay one day behind. that means 8334 words by tonight, which is doable. hopefully i can make up the extra day when things get more interesting, but if not then 48,333 words in one month with a 5 month old is still pretty good.
post #138 of 369
Ok, how exactly do you check your word counts though? I didn't get any info off the website??

I wrote about 3 pages (handwritten, have to go and transfer that into Word) this morning. This is just all consuming for me. I have not written a thing since high school, and that's been almost 15 years.: I just have so much in my head it's almost hard to write down.

Hey Amanda!!!!!!! Who else besides you and Phoebe are doing this???
post #139 of 369
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Ok, how exactly do you check your word counts though? I didn't get any info off the website??

I wrote about 3 pages (handwritten, have to go and transfer that into Word) this morning. This is just all consuming for me. I have not written a thing since high school, and that's been almost 15 years.: I just have so much in my head it's almost hard to write down.

Hey Amanda!!!!!!! Who else besides you and Phoebe are doing this???
I can't remember whose real name is Phoebe...other than ecoteat's dd! : But wfuteach and alaskaberry are also doing it

My version of Word just keeps a running word count at the bottom of the page, right next to where it lists line and column number.

I can't write by hand at all anymore. I used to do it in high school...but now I just can't get keep up with my thoughts that way. My typing is SO much faster.
post #140 of 369
Thread Starter 
I'm word count obsessed too!

To the other May '06 mommas, sorry for my lack of participation lately! I've been so busy writing, with visitors, etc. I'm planning to get back on track one of these days!
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