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NaNoWriMo is coming soon!!!!

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Decisions, decisions. Set aside WIP and start something new? Fifty thousand words would come in handy for any project.

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I admire those who can do Nano. I also don't get how they do it. 

  • The third week in November is for buying food for Thanksgiving.
  • The fourth week is Thanksgiving. (Prepping takes days.)
  • The last week is putting up Christmas decorations.
  • And then there is getting everything else done that usually has to get done.

How do Nanoers deal with the scheduling? :$

 

(Ooo, ooo. And this is the first place I feel safe asking, because if I asked anywhere else, I'd hear a long litany on "How dare you assume everyone even celebrates those Christian holidays?")

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33 minutes ago, suspensewriter said:

Hey, if it's not too much to ask. what exactly is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month. A month, (November, although they have a smaller one sometime in spring), set aside for writers to get down their first draft. And a lot of time is spent figuring out how many words must be written per day to see that happen. But it really does have its own site, so, if you join, you actually get rewards and stuff for writing 50K (or more) words for your novel that month.

 

Personally, seems like you could do it, (if you don't edit while you write the first draft.)

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1 hour ago, Spaulding said:

how many words must be written per day to see that happen

1,667 per day.

 

1 hour ago, Spaulding said:

if you don't edit while you write the first draft.

That's one of the keys. Another key is this - trust your instincts. Learn to let the words flow. I wrote my fifth novel in NaNo last year, and it was eye opening how much I learned about myself. I found I can put the right word down for the scene the first time if I'm under a deadline. If you decide you want to set your sights on a 85,000 word novel and finish December 15th, easy. Nov. 30 is the start of Act III for you,

 

The whole lesson is to teach yourself that you can finish a novel. I didn't need that lesson, but I did need to learn to trust myself, and NaNo taught me that well. This year it's going to teach me that writer's block doesn't exist.

 

If you're even the least bit  competitive, Nano will drive you to want to finish your novel before everyone else - although the first day they let you win is Nov. 24. I really had to jam to finish last year - I had a computer crash last november, and lost 2 1/2 days writing just trying to get everything reinstalled.

 

My western turned out to be the tightest book I've ever written - finished at 53,000 words. Very powerful, very tight, and little or no editing required.

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20 hours ago, HK1 said:

What are your options?

I could start a sci fi novel, or do one of my miniseries. A speculative WWII novel set in 1960 where it enters its 22nd year, or maybe a sequel to my western.

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As to time in November, I work in retail. Time off for emergencies only. I adjust. Not always successfully.

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Posted (edited)

Every November I think I'll try Nano next November. Maybe this year I should just go for it. Or maybe I shouldn't. See my problem? 🤦‍♀️

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9 hours ago, Kyoung said:

Maybe this year I should just go for it. Or maybe I shouldn't. See my problem?

I'd say go for it. Otherwise you will always wonder if you can do it. Even if you don't hit the 50k word count, even if you don't "win", you will have more words down at the end than what you did at the beginning. And, as an aside, J. F. Penn used NaNoWrimo to kick-start her fiction writing. So go for it, Kyoung! We will all be here to cheer you on!

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Go for it! There's all kinds of information out there on how to win NaNo - including one member of this forum who has information on his website and his Twitter feed all October long!

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I'm 75% certain I have my novel. I was planning it last night. I need to learn HEMA to be able to write it (Historic European Martial Arts). I'm of course playing fast and free with history, because it's set during the big William/Henry showdown of 1399 to 1500 in England - thinking of before the peasant rebellion.

Only problem is, British readers are going to be nonplussed, because all British schoolkids have to learn the table of kings, and they're going to run into my protagonist and say.... "Huh? who's this?" Why do historians have to be so thorough?

 

No clue how to do the logistics, I've just got a Black Knight and a chance to  write some Arthurian stuff!

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Sounds like fun! Pity you can't combine the two ideas ... An 8 year old in Medieval England seeing flying saucers and a Black Knight carrying a ray gun ... Or maybe that's going too far ...

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