National Novel Writing JANUARY 2012

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Re: National Novel Writing JANUARY 2012

Post by Margo » January 14th, 2012, 10:33 pm

Claudie, if you're writing fiction (even for school) it counts! Put it in your totals! You might end up using that writing someday.
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Re: National Novel Writing JANUARY 2012

Post by trixie » January 15th, 2012, 12:38 pm

I'm playing along this month, but maybe not in the spirit in which this was intended.

I've been diligently using my writing time to go through 3 readers' comments on my 2010 NaNo. I'm skipping the word choice edits and focusing instead on the big picture questions they brought up. I took all their questions (and my own questions) and compiled it into one master word doc that is somewhat organized by topic.

I'm now facing an alarming number of questions about the world, rules, and backstory that I'm unsure how to answer; a new outline draft; and a major plot point that I just discovered to be factually incorrect.

My story is good, but it needs a lot of work. Of the 3 items I listed above, I'm hoping to get two of the three finished/figured out by the end of the month. And if I get all three? Yay, me!

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Re: National Novel Writing JANUARY 2012

Post by Claudie » January 16th, 2012, 1:17 am

Margo wrote:Claudie, if you're writing fiction (even for school) it counts! Put it in your totals! You might end up using that writing someday.
Mkay, but only in parenthesis. There won't be that much because I have the poetry, essay and theatre play classes this semester, but I expect 6-8 shorts (well, flash, really) to be written in addition to the rest. Thing is, I want to see how much I can get done on my home project + novel-class project. It lets me estimate how much I should achieve for the next three months, if I put the time into it (a question to which the answer will always be "not enough", if you ask me).

EDIT: What I mean is, it's a handy measure of what I can accomplish despite a busy schedule (school + work), which is the norm for me.

But I wrote this weekend! Let's see how much it gives me. :)
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Re: National Novel Writing JANUARY 2012

Post by Margo » January 22nd, 2012, 1:40 am

Bump so participants can find it. We're on the home stretch!
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Re: National Novel Writing JANUARY 2012

Post by Heather B » January 22nd, 2012, 10:04 pm

Ah, Margo. Freaking love your covers, just saying.

And with all this writing, however will you ensure people stay off your lawn?
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Re: National Novel Writing JANUARY 2012

Post by Claudie » January 22nd, 2012, 10:22 pm

Home stretch already? :shock: I can barely believe we're already on the 23rd. The last two weeks breezed by (and not because they were nice) and I feel like I'm only taking baby writing steps. I thought my life was hectic last semester, but this is worse. But, well, I'm holding up and still writing, and I admit I'm proud of that.
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Re: National Novel Writing JANUARY 2012

Post by trixie » January 23rd, 2012, 5:01 pm

I successfully re-drafted some key plot points over the weekend, redid my intro pages, and went through the first three chapters. When I type that out, it doesn't sound like much, but it took all my mental energy over the weekend!

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Re: National Novel Writing JANUARY 2012

Post by Margo » January 23rd, 2012, 5:30 pm

Heather B wrote:Ah, Margo. Freaking love your covers, just saying.
Thank you. I adore my cover artist.
Heather B wrote:And with all this writing, however will you ensure people stay off your lawn?
I'm saving my royalties up so I can buy laser turrets for my front yard.
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Re: National Novel Writing JANUARY 2012

Post by MattLarkin » January 24th, 2012, 8:17 am

Margo wrote:
Heather B wrote:And with all this writing, however will you ensure people stay off your lawn?
I'm saving my royalties up so I can buy laser turrets for my front yard.
They have those? :o

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Re: National Novel Writing JANUARY 2012

Post by dios4vida » January 24th, 2012, 5:17 pm

I may have been a rebel and not following the rules of the game, but my goal - to finish this draft of my WIP - has been accomplished!! :D I'm considering it a success, considering it was probably the most productive stint of writing I've ever had.

:D :mrgreen: :D
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Re: National Novel Writing JANUARY 2012

Post by Claudie » January 24th, 2012, 11:34 pm

Very nice, Brenda! :D *confettis!* Congratz on the milestone. :)
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Re: National Novel Writing JANUARY 2012

Post by MattLarkin » January 25th, 2012, 8:24 am

dios4vida wrote:I may have been a rebel and not following the rules of the game, but my goal - to finish this draft of my WIP - has been accomplished!! :D I'm considering it a success, considering it was probably the most productive stint of writing I've ever had.

:D :mrgreen: :D
You're really done? That's awesome, Brenda! I thought your were quite a ways off, still.
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Re: National Novel Writing JANUARY 2012

Post by Margo » January 25th, 2012, 7:24 pm

MattLarkin wrote: Where do you shop?
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Re: National Novel Writing JANUARY 2012

Post by trixie » January 27th, 2012, 3:58 pm

Took out my prologue and re-wrote the introduction to better capture the voice of an 11 yr old boy. It's not perfect, but it's much better than before.

Am now stripping out the convoluted backstory, cleaning up plot lines, and pulling these opening chapters together. I feel like there's no sense diving into the later chapters until I have the front-end changes ironed out.

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