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All right, my dears, we're almost to NaNoWriMo take off. Who's playing? What are your ideas? Have you ever tried it before, and ever won?

Date: 2014-10-29 04:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sarillia
I've been doing it every year since 2007 and I can't imagine not doing it now. Not only did I reach the 50k goal each year, but all but twice I finished my main story too.

My main idea right now involves a girl who can speak to the dead and a recently deceased girl who has been turned into a martyr for a cause she disagrees with.

Date: 2014-10-29 04:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sarillia
I'm really lucky that the word count thing works for me so well. The word goals are like milestones that I pass by along the way to finishing the story. I'm having so much fun writing and oh look at that, I passed another big goal!

I hope you find something that works as well for you.

Date: 2014-10-29 04:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
That sounds like a fascinating idea.

Date: 2014-10-29 04:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
I'm playing. I don't know what I'm writing, except this year I am determined to win honestly. (I have won in the past. I have also counted schoolwork towards my words in the past.) I told my access list one thing, but that thing has a fundamental flaw in the vision that I haven't figured out how to fix yet and I have to know before I can start work on that novel. So it's probably going to be something different. What 'different' consists of, I truly do not know.

Date: 2014-10-29 04:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sarillia
Good luck figuring it out! I really should figure out several more things myself before I start on Friday night.

Date: 2014-10-29 06:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexseanchai

Thanks!

Date: 2014-10-29 06:18 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai

Nodnod.

Thanks!

Date: 2014-10-29 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ayumidah
I am. I've won a handful of years. I'm equally anxious and excited for this year.

Date: 2014-10-30 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ayumidah
Thanks, you too!

Date: 2014-10-29 06:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] agilebrit
I'm not because November is an absolutely hideous month to try something of that magnitude.

I won't call this year a "failure" as far as my writing goes, but I didn't get nearly as much accomplished as I wanted, so next year I have a new plan. I'm going to scribble the first draft of a short story at a NaNo pace at the beginning of each month, and then write a thousand words a day in a novel while editing the short.

This will keep my hand in the short markets while giving me something actually solid to try to hang an actual career on. At the end of June, I'll evaluate the process and see where I am.

Good luck to everyone doing NaNo this year. This icon is just for you!

Date: 2014-10-29 08:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sarillia
If it makes you feel any better, I always feel a bit inadequate when you report all the stories you've submitted. :p Definitely doesn't look like a failure from where I'm sitting.

Date: 2014-10-30 02:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ljlee
I am! I've won Camp NaNoWriMo this past July, though my ideas have changed so much since then that I'm not sure if anything from the Camp draft is making it into the final product. It was still a good way to see what worked and what didn't. (Mostly what didn't.) I don't expect this month's draft will be much better, but I hope to get some trial-and-error out of the way.

For this round I plan to write the continuation of the Camp draft. In Book 2 the heroine's love interest starts a war when the widowed heroine refuses his suit and marries an outsider. She and her new husband, practically strangers themselves, have to figure out how to win while she struggles with some very inconvenient feelings for the enemy.

Date: 2014-10-31 05:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skyjam
I was thinking about doing NaNo this year, but now that it's just around the corner, I've been slowly doubting myself. I've tried it before in the past, but I don't work well under deadlines, and my myopic self-editing slows writing down to a crawl for me. I was originally thinking about doing it because it seemed like the best thing to get me to just start writing again and doing it on a daily basis, without it being a super-serious, involved "thing".

I have two ideas I'm playing with, but I may just write them freely without NaNo.

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