Who's Doin' NANO?

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Tue, 11-04-2008 - 10:38am

Y'all know it took me a few days to realize it was November. Well, it's taken another day to realize that November is National Novel Writing Month. (Think it's age or living in a cookbook that's messing with my mind?)


When I logged in this morning, it felt like I was talking to myself. I've been known to do that but try to keep it under wraps. Then I realized that all y'all are probably writing!


If you're doing NANO, please let us know how it's going whenever you get a chance.

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Tue, 11-04-2008 - 5:51pm

I'm not, that's for darn sure! I'm too busy trying to get all the rest of my writing in order!

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Wed, 11-05-2008 - 4:00pm

I'm doing it. I know, it's crazy, with the other deadlines I'm juggling this month, but, oh well.

And I'm mentoring again, too.

It's going okay -- a little more slowly than some other years, although I think I made a breakthrough today. I'm a little over 11K so far.

I just have to make sure I don't drop any of the other writing balls.

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Wed, 11-05-2008 - 6:24pm

I'm in your corner, Ada. Trying to write 50,000 words in 30 or 31 days seems akin to running a marathon. Of course, my motto has always been "do you want it fast or do you want it good?"


I generally (in my own infinite wisdom) have more than one WIP to work on. I may not depend on the Muse but I often depend on the mood. Besides, sometimes you stall on one project and something waiting in the wings is just what you need to get you writing again.


It's really past time for me to start sending out a few pitches every week. The Muse is no help at all in that respect. My imagination is more reliable. ;-)


Please let us know if you strike gold with one of your queries.

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Wed, 11-05-2008 - 6:46pm

I love you, Devon, but I'm afraid you might be completely insane. ;-)


Eleven thousand words in five days? Guy Fawkes better get ready to give up his day.

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Wed, 11-05-2008 - 10:10pm

It flowed much faster last year, Judy. I hit 50K in 13 days.

But then, my first drafts are ONLY supposed to be fast, not good! ;) My first drafts are for me; it's the subsequent drafts where I shape the material properly and polish it. If I don't do the first draft quickly and have it all set out in front of me, I can't take it to the next -- publishable -- level.

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Thu, 11-06-2008 - 4:26pm

There are times to do it fast and times to do it good.


You would appreciate what my daughter said about my first drafts. She called them the world's longest, most detailed outlines. ;-)

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Fri, 11-07-2008 - 9:21am

The fact that it's uncontracted also takes a lot of pressure off.

There are plenty of times when I'm under tight deadline where I have to write fast AND it has to be good.

Fortunately, Nano's not one of them, so it gives me the freedom to play.

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Fri, 11-07-2008 - 12:52pm

Not planning to. WEB's J-WAT and WriLiMarCha just work so much better for me. I'd need to look at the rules again, but I believe NANO requires the writing be for one new project and that doesn't work for me.

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Edited 11/7/2008 12:55 pm ET by finian (finian3)

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Fri, 11-07-2008 - 1:50pm

There was method to my madness when formulating the rules for WriLiMarCha, Joelle. No rules - just write! Heehee.


Must admit that including WIPs and multiple projects were originally a little selfish, even though I started a brand new project for the first WriLiMarCha. I generally have at least half a dozen projects working at any given time. Logically, that would lead to at least one WIP ripe for the concentrated effort of a challenge.


I can't be the only one who writes that way. Figured if it worked for me, it might work well for others. Think it worked?

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Fri, 11-07-2008 - 2:14pm

Think it may be good for our mental health to be able to play with our work once in a while? While it's always a good thing to make something of what was a challenge (almost a game), sometimes it's just a break.


Well, in your case probably not. ;-)

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