NANOWRIMO~!

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Re: NANOWRIMO~!

Post by mudpuppy » October 18th, 2011, 2:24 pm

Sommer Leigh wrote:I can't this year because I'm still judging for the Cybils (OH MY GOD I CANNOT READ FAST ENOUGH.)

However, I am championing all the participants I know and love all throughout the month of November like I did last year. I'm posting every day of the month something little and quick but encouraging and I'm setting up a NaNo Champions club to get people not participating to cheer on those who are. Like last year, I'll create a thread here on the boards to repost my NaNo cheerleading posts.

Thanks great! I wish I would have discover this forum the first time I did NaNo. That way I would at least know some people to be writing buddies with.

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Post by jenna234 » October 19th, 2011, 9:49 am

I'm doing it this year! I signed up last year, but a new job starting Nov. 4th got in the way and resulted in all of 7000 words. I'm so ready for this year! I have a draft that just needs a bunch of words thrown on it.

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Post by Claudie » October 19th, 2011, 2:01 pm

I am for the 4th year! So excited about this year, because I'm flying midmonth to Atlanta with a fellow Qc ML to meet fellow Atlanta MLs. It promises to be awesome.
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Post by trixie » October 21st, 2011, 2:49 pm

Yup, I'm in again!

I'm pretty nervous since I'll be out of the country for 9 days during November. But, I think I have a plan. I'm going to write by hand whenever I can and then when I hop online to check email and such, I'll try to type up at least 3-4 pages in a Google Docs so when I come home, I don't have to spend a day or two just typing.

At least, that's my plan. And I'm terrible with sticking to a plan. Oh well. It will be fun!

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Post by cheekychook » October 25th, 2011, 10:30 pm

I'm in again this year. Last year was my first NaNo but I made my goal (55k) and that book is currently contracted with a publisher, so I was TOTALLY happy with the whole NaNo experience. This year I'm expecting edits from my editor at some point in November, so that could definitely throw of my word count, but I've got my story in my head and I'm gonna get as much of it out as I can! I'm registered as Cheekychook so look for me if you want to add buddies.
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Post by Hopeful » October 26th, 2011, 2:24 pm

I'm in! First time for me. I got the idea from CheekyChook, who mentioned she did this last year as a way to take her mind off her inbox during the query process. I could use something to take my mind off that! I am somewhat intrigued by the idea of knocking out an entire ms (100k) in November, but we shall see. My NaNo name is Midwest. Good luck w/ it, everyone!

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Post by Beethovenfan » October 27th, 2011, 12:03 am

Here's a question. I guess I could look this up but you guys could probably answer it quicker and better anyway. So, when you enter Nanowrimo, do you have to start from scratch? Or, can you be in the middle of a story and just begin where you are and work for the 50,000 words from that point? Thanks in advance!
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Post by CharleeVale » October 27th, 2011, 2:59 am

Beethovenfan wrote:Here's a question. I guess I could look this up but you guys could probably answer it quicker and better anyway. So, when you enter Nanowrimo, do you have to start from scratch? Or, can you be in the middle of a story and just begin where you are and work for the 50,000 words from that point? Thanks in advance!
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Post by sierramcconnell » October 27th, 2011, 7:23 am

NaNo purists believe you have to have a new story for it to count. But there are a lot of people who say it just has to be 50,000 new words. :)
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Post by Cookie » October 27th, 2011, 10:02 am

I'm not starting from scratch this year. There is a story I really want to work on but haven't due to editing, but the story is only a few thousand words so far. So, it's kinda from scratch...

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Post by Sommer Leigh » October 27th, 2011, 10:27 am

Beethovenfan wrote:Here's a question. I guess I could look this up but you guys could probably answer it quicker and better anyway. So, when you enter Nanowrimo, do you have to start from scratch? Or, can you be in the middle of a story and just begin where you are and work for the 50,000 words from that point? Thanks in advance!
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Post by Sanderling » October 27th, 2011, 1:32 pm

Sommer Leigh wrote:
Beethovenfan wrote:Here's a question. I guess I could look this up but you guys could probably answer it quicker and better anyway. So, when you enter Nanowrimo, do you have to start from scratch? Or, can you be in the middle of a story and just begin where you are and work for the 50,000 words from that point? Thanks in advance!
I believe that NaNoWriMo is whatever you make of it and whatever you need it to be. I had a friend who wrote a cookbook for NaNo a couple of years ago.
That's so cool about the cookbook, Sommer.

I definitely agree. The main point of NaNo is just to motivate you to make progress. The suggested target that NaNo is built on is 50,000 new words starting from scratch... but if you add 50,000 words to an existing project, you're also making awesome progress. Likewise, if you normally only write 500 words a day (15,000 words a month) and you set your own target of 30,000 words for the month... even though it's not the suggested 50k, you're still pushing yourself beyond your usual achievement.

I'm planning on participating. I've got a story that I've written 2000 words of and I'm going to launch from that. A couple of years ago, the last time I participated, I continued from a manuscript I was already 40,000 words into and nearly finished it. As Sommer said, NaNo's whatever you need it to be.
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Re: NANOWRIMO~!

Post by Beethovenfan » October 27th, 2011, 6:34 pm

Thanks everyone! I was hoping that's how it would be. I need a big motivator to get me moving forward again. I've been working on a story for a while and have about 20,000 words but lately I've only been able to make what I call sideways movement - edits only - no forward progress. So, I think Nano is just the thing to do it. You all have made me a very happy gal! Looking forward to some down and dirty writing! >:)
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Post by sierramcconnell » October 27th, 2011, 10:39 pm

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Re: NANOWRIMO~!

Post by Claudie » October 28th, 2011, 12:01 pm

Beethovenfan wrote:Here's a question. I guess I could look this up but you guys could probably answer it quicker and better anyway. So, when you enter Nanowrimo, do you have to start from scratch? Or, can you be in the middle of a story and just begin where you are and work for the 50,000 words from that point? Thanks in advance!
Here's what I've heard NaNo Staff say about this:

Rules are, you have to start from scratch. If you're jumping in the middle of a story, you aren't "really" doing NaNoWriMo.

On the other hand, they cannot check what you write. They don't know if your 50k is made of poems, shorts, the middle of a novel or the word potato x 50,000. And they don't care. They're so welcoming of "rebels" that they set up a whole chunk of forums just for them.

As a ML I stick to the rules and start from scratch every year (sometimes rewriting). I also encourage any regional Wrimos who asks this question to do whatever the heck they want, as long as they write new material and enjoy themselves. As Sommer said, "NaNoWriMo is whatever you make of it and whatever you need it to be."
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