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Preparing for NaNoWriMo #717004 09/29/11 06:11 PM
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Even though they did have bootcamps, I decided to save my writing for November. The NaNoWriMo site is about to reset their site for the upcoming "challenge".

I was wondering if anyone is participating this year and what you may be doing ahead of time to prepare?


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Re: Preparing for NaNoWriMo [Re: Dianne W - Editor] #718811 10/10/11 05:37 PM
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*waves enthusiastically*

I will be! I've done it every year since 2006... with several wins. Last year was just too hectic... I gave up about 13,000 words in. Two new puppies in the house wasn't the best time to try to get anything coherent down!

I think my prep will be limited... I have something I've already started, so I'm going to put my 50k toward that. I already have the characters and the general story arc, so I think that's good enough. I know some people that take October to plan out every scene, outline, outline, and outline, write up character bios... I was never that kind of writer. I want there to be some sort of surprise as I'm writing... and when I know I'm onto something right, there always comes a point where the characters will say or do something that I have no idea where it came from. I like that potential for random contributions from characters, and if there's too much planning, I either lose that or lose all the work that my characters insist on derailing ;-)

Besides, where's the fun in getting to the end if you know what's going to happen already?!


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Re: Preparing for NaNoWriMo [Re: Dianne W - Editor] #719764 10/16/11 09:41 PM
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(BTW my user name is Fenrir Catenatus if you would like to friend me!) I just logged on for the year.... getting ready!


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Re: Preparing for NaNoWriMo [Re: Dianne W - Editor] #719787 10/17/11 12:59 AM
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I am going to participate in NaNo this year. I haven't the last few years because it has been so hectic with work, school and family. But I have finished school, and have a bit more time now!

My user name is Faith4w, but it looks like writing buddies isn't up and running quite yet.


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I'll be participating this year...I figure I'm already writing that much every day, so it shouldn't be too much more hectic. smile

Like Debra, I'm kind of a pantser. I've got a general idea where I'm going, and I'll be letting the characters tell me their story as it happens. I've tried so hard to be a plotter, but it never works for me.

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LOVE the term pantser laugh

That is just awesomeness -- and so accurate!


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So wish I could take credit for it. smile

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I may have to "borrow" that one, lol -- don't worry, I'll treat it well and honor what it stands for!

Still no Nano buddies option... coming soon, they had better get going on that. It's almost time!


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Great to see so many participating this year. I still have to sign in.


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Re: Preparing for NaNoWriMo [Re: Dianne W - Editor] #721273 10/24/11 06:53 PM
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Been sifting through the forums.... it's always interesting to read what people are doing and how they're going to get through the month. It's funny -- only people who have done Nano know what a challenge it is, and how it encompasses so much of life for that one month!

It ought to be interesting... I have a wedding, my birthday, Thanksgiving and a potential long weekend trip to Texas to write around. Looks like the first week of the month is going to have to be pretty hardcore!


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