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holyhelianthus's Avatar holyhelianthus 02:13 PM 09-26-2008
Anyone else starting to think of what they are going to write for NaNoWriMo?

I'm checking the guidelines and rules now to see how much I can plan but basically I'd like to have more of a plan this time around so I don't crash and burn like last year.

What plans have you made now or in the past for NaNoWriMo?

TypingMJ's Avatar TypingMJ 03:16 PM 09-26-2008
Yep, I'm planning! I loved NaNo last year and I'm so excited about doing it again this year. I have two very different story ideas bouncing around in my head; I'm just going to go with whichever one I start typing on November 1st
holyhelianthus's Avatar holyhelianthus 05:24 PM 09-26-2008
So I'm thinking this is what I need to get together before Nov 1-
  • Synopsis
  • Outline
  • Characters (name, description, background etc)
  • Order of events
  • Place events into chapters (sections)
  • Chapter names (maybe)
  • Chapter descriptions (location, setting, etc)
This isn't set in stone. Right now I am just trying to plan the planning Please share your experiences and thoughts.

Before all that I should probably pick one of the many story lines floating around in my head....
alaskaberry's Avatar alaskaberry 05:46 PM 09-26-2008
I have basic plot and characters, but the chapter title idea is good.
puddle's Avatar puddle 09:23 PM 09-26-2008
Not sure if I'll do it this year or not, but if I do, I'm not planning at all. If I have it all planned out, then I'll just hack through one scene to get to the next and I'll never make the word count. I have a general idea of page 1--I have no idea where it will go from there. I think it's more exciting when I don't know what's going to happen.
white_queen_22's Avatar white_queen_22 12:00 AM 09-27-2008
I'm going to change up the nano goal to suite myself - I plan to write the same number of words but to focus on my non-fiction articles instead.

Angela <><
holyhelianthus's Avatar holyhelianthus 11:42 AM 09-27-2008
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Not sure if I'll do it this year or not, but if I do, I'm not planning at all. If I have it all planned out, then I'll just hack through one scene to get to the next and I'll never make the word count.
Good point. Something to think about.
twilight girl's Avatar twilight girl 01:28 PM 09-27-2008
Only just now birthing the idea in my head. I have two ideas, not sure which of the twins will be the heavyweight that will go with in the end. But, also don't want to get too carried away with planning .... just want to have the bud and let it bloom starting Nov. 1
PenelopeJune's Avatar PenelopeJune 12:19 AM 09-28-2008
I plan like crazy every year, and I always make the goal. So I will DEFINITELY be planning this year!

Actually I've been planning for a month now. But my story is based on economic collapse, and takes place starting in spring of 09. So....I'm still waiting to see what will happen between now and November so I can see where my story needs to go! Plus I need to know who the president is. Basically, if McCain wins, it will be a very gloomy story indeed.
Bella Catalina's Avatar Bella Catalina 03:25 AM 09-29-2008
I had a rough outline last year, but I also wrote non-chronologically, so it was very easy for me to get to 50K.

I have a couple of ideas floating around, and I need to get my outlines hammered out in the next couple of weeks and then decide. Everyone thinks I am insane for attempting to do Nano with a newborn, but I'm determined to give it my best shot.
pookel's Avatar pookel 03:33 AM 09-29-2008
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I had a rough outline last year, but I also wrote non-chronologically, so it was very easy for me to get to 50K.

I have a couple of ideas floating around, and I need to get my outlines hammered out in the next couple of weeks and then decide. Everyone thinks I am insane for attempting to do Nano with a newborn, but I'm determined to give it my best shot.
The two years I've lost NaNo were the two when I had a baby under 1. Maybe you'll manage it better than I did.

What are the rest of you writing this year? I'm finally going to write the fantasy I had the idea for in 2004. It took a while to flesh it out in my head.
PenelopeJune's Avatar PenelopeJune 02:51 PM 09-29-2008
Bella, I did NaNo last year when my baby was three months old. I made it to my goal! I actually wrote 50,003 words.
Bella Catalina's Avatar Bella Catalina 12:08 AM 09-30-2008
pookel, I really don't know how well I will do, and I'm prepared to lose this year, but MIL will be here (she is an author) so she can keep DS entertained so I can have a couple of hours a day, I hope!

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Bella, I did NaNo last year when my baby was three months old. I made it to my goal! I actually wrote 50,003 words.
Thanks for the encouragement! I figure this baby will be in what some people refer to as "lump stage" - I plan to sit here with my laptop and baby either in the Moby or on the My Brest Friend Gotta be in it to win it, right?
holyhelianthus's Avatar holyhelianthus 02:31 AM 09-30-2008
So I was taking my shower for the day (it's been a looong day) and just standing there under the hot water and relaxing and BAM a storyline hit me out of nowhere. I am way excited about it, too. I think this might be it!! :

Don't you just love it when that happens?

I'm actually really surprised because it is SciFi and I have never really tried my hand at SciFi. It's more like "everyday life" SciFi though if that makes sense- you know vs. the real "other worldly" stuff of Star Trek and Babylon 5. We shall see!

Another thing is I really wanted to write a novella- a story I feel fine ending at around 50,000. I love novellas and there just aren't enough of them in the world. These days things just have to be so long and drawn out. Don't get me wrong I love that too (I mean hello I am a huge Tolkien and Harry Potter fan) but sometimes I like a good weeknight read.
Sydnee's Avatar Sydnee 09:35 AM 09-30-2008
I'm still not sure if I'm going to do it this year. I have had sooo much going on the last couple months, that I'm enjoying my time of "doing nothing" (is that possible as a mother??!!)

I really enjoyed doing it last year though, and I was thinking of doing a continuation of my last book.

Give me some encouragment, mamas!!!!!
pookel's Avatar pookel 03:25 PM 10-01-2008
Dang it! Now the forums are down. I was all excited that they were back up and not overloaded, the past few days, and now it's Oct. 1 and they're down again.

I started an MDC thread in the groups and clubs section. Last I looked, the only person who had responded was Dragonchilde (never knew she was an MDC mama!). You guys will have to come post when the site's back up.
puddle's Avatar puddle 03:29 PM 10-01-2008
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Dang it! Now the forums are down. I was all excited that they were back up and not overloaded, the past few days, and now it's Oct. 1 and they're down again.

I started an MDC thread in the groups and clubs section. Last I looked, the only person who had responded was Dragonchilde (never knew she was an MDC mama!). You guys will have to come post when the site's back up.
It's usually easier just to keep a thread going over here. The NaNoWriMo site is always bogged down.
Smokering's Avatar Smokering 07:49 PM 10-01-2008
I'm cheating--my only goal is to have a complete, A-Z first draft of my novel finished. I dn't care how long, or how terrible the writing is; I just want to piece the snippets of plot and background information into something resembling a storyline!

Then maybe if I rewrite the darn thing once every November for the next ten years, I'll actually finish it. I think I'll spend November 1 reading all my various notes and half-chapters and synopses... and that's as much of a plan as I've got!
lisavark's Avatar lisavark 01:04 AM 10-02-2008
Ah, I'm jealous...I had SO much fun Nanowrimoing last year, but I dunno about trying it this year. I was childless (just pregnant) and unemployed last year, so it was easy! This year, in addition to DD, I have a lot of magazine work I'm trying to keep up with and a part-time teaching job. But I hope you all win! I'll jump in again next year, I think.

Oh, to answer the OP, I planned a TON. I had every scene summarized. Which made it really easy to write, but kind of boring sometimes. I finished the 50,000 but didn't finish the story...still working on that. When I do it again (next year if not this one), I think I'll plan a lot less, or hardly at all. I've never written a novel or even a short story without planning it out first, and I think it'd be fun to try.
ShaggyDaddy's Avatar ShaggyDaddy 02:15 PM 10-02-2008
I have written a timeline, and I am working on character sheets. I sometimes do an outline, and if I make it that far before Nov I will probably do that too.
barefootbabies's Avatar barefootbabies 08:04 PM 10-02-2008
I have been on the fence about doing it this year, as I will also have a newborn (and a 2 year old, and a 3 year old I finally decided to just give it a shot, its not like the world will end if I don't win (will it?)

I am going to attempt to turn the story of my relationship with DH into my novel. We have kind of a unique story, and I have always wanted to write it out. Our 5 year anniversary is in January, and I thought I could kill 2 birds with one stone by writing it for NaNo, and then printing the finished product out as my gift to him, since as a rule we always make each others anniversary gifts. As far as planning, I am starting to read through the 7 or so journals I kept through the 2 years we dated and taking notes on some of the little things I have forgotten. Other than that, I have no plans to prep.
aishy's Avatar aishy 01:58 AM 10-03-2008
No planning here, If I overthink I fail big time. So I can't start thinking about my plot till the very end of the month! I am going to try to go with fun not serious this year

I'm so addicted to Nano.
Masel's Avatar Masel 04:45 PM 10-06-2008
I love NaNoWriMo. I've tried every year for the last 5 or 6 years or so. I've never made it more than 6k. The pieces of a medieval romance I tried a couple years ago have started welling up to the surface of late so I think I'll work on that again. I'm going to concentrate on the characters and NOT worry about research. (Generally I find out that my instinct is right anyway at least when it comes to the 13th century. I love doing research and will happily go down research trees until December. )

My handicap is that my laptop screen is gacked and I've been plugging it into an old monitor. This means I can't do much at write-ins which is always so much fun. Hmmmmm, is NaNo worth the $600 to get a new screen?
OMama's Avatar OMama 12:43 PM 10-11-2008
This is all brand-new to me. But I *think* I'm gonna try it. I tend to be a prolific writer so the length doesn't scare me per se. I just struggle with fiction. Should be an interesting venture . . .
chanda7's Avatar chanda7 04:23 PM 10-11-2008
I've never tried this before, but I signed up for this year. I've been doing a lot of research to make my story as realistic as possible, and I've started making a timeline, naming the characters, etc. I'm getting a little antsy to write. I'm afraid I'm going to burnout with all the planning before I even get to writing, though.
Mirta's Avatar Mirta 05:12 PM 10-13-2008
I'm signed up!! : My main prep is cleaning and decluttering the house so that when November comes I can hopefully relax enough to write and not worry about the house during DS's nap time! (I figure that will be the best time to attempt writing and right now that is normally the time I chiefly focus on cleaning!!)

I plan on working on a story that I started earlier this year and stopped because I was too overwhelmed with things likt the house, DS, etc.. I wasn't planning on doing ANYTHING on it till NOvember started, but last night after re-reading this thread and officially signing up for NaNoWriMo, I of course started thinking about my story...

So, after DS fell asleep there I was in the hallway outside our bedroom writing down notes.. mostly questions to answer in the story, things that will help inspire more writing.. When DH came up he found me there (I had been using the light from him downstairs). and when he went to bed he saw me writing the last question by the light of the moon!! I went up to him when I was done & said, "admit it, you love seeing me like this!" He said ,"so inspired with creativity that you are writing in weird time and places? Definately!" and gave me a big kiss!

I hope to have many more of those inspired moments next month!! I hope we all will!!

Kym
Periwinkle's Avatar Periwinkle 10:43 PM 10-13-2008
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Mamja's Avatar Mamja 10:40 AM 10-14-2008
I've signed up for the first time, but who knows how it'll go because I'll be home with a newborn who'll be about 6 weeks old by Nov. Even if I had some free time to plan, I don't think I would. If I plan too much when writing I tend to get discouraged and stop. This year I'm doing it more for fun, to see if I can, and what comes out of it, not to actually get a finished piece out of the process.
ladyinred's Avatar ladyinred 08:40 PM 10-14-2008
I've signed up for the first time this year I haven't written much in the last few years, I used to write a lot when I was younger. The longest piece I ever wrote was about 66 pages long on the computer, it took me about 4 years to finish, but that was way back in Junior High and High School. Since then, at University, I often wrote essays that were really long in just a night or two. I figure if I can write 2000 words a day then I can do this. I'm going to try to do as much prep work as possible this month. I'm lucky that I don't have any little ones, other than kitties, and I'm a substitute teacher so on the days I don't work I can write more. I'm really excited about this. Even if I'm not able to meet the 50,000 mark, I hope this really gets me writing again!
MommyHawk's Avatar MommyHawk 04:24 PM 10-15-2008
this is my first year and I am using the time to finish something that I already started last month. What are the rules? Does it have to be something you don't have a word written down yet? I mean, it's only the first draft. It's going to be bad either way until you edit it x times...
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