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NANOWRIMO

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Is NANOWRIMO for nutters?

Certainly not
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47%
Not at all
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How can anyone think such a thing
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Not sure - no it's OK really
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18%
 
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#1 Post by jaywhat » November 2nd, 2007, 10:31 am

So bloody annoyed (with myself) for popping off to find the website details and losing everthing I had written here. Takes sip of coffee and starts again.

National November Writing Month is at nanowrimo.org
I am up to 3,723 words (out of a target of 50,000 by end of November)

Instead of whittering on about it here I will leave to others to tell what a wanker I am to even take part in it. It is great fun and a challenge. Do it.

I have already mentioned in my novel that this character got slagged off on a certain humanist website forum for not knowing that fish was meat and he went around pretending he was a vegetarian.

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#2 Post by jaywhat » November 2nd, 2007, 10:33 am

I am serious. Just do it.

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#3 Post by Zoe » November 2nd, 2007, 12:26 pm

It sounds absolutely fantastic, jay. There is no way I would have the time or the inclination to write 50,000 words in a month but good luck with it. I ticked the third option, by the way.

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#4 Post by Nick » November 2nd, 2007, 12:43 pm

If only I had the time. I have a germ of an idea, about an old boy who bought himself a suit, but had no occasion to wear it..... so he went around murdering people so he could wear it to their funerals. Waddya think? Booker Prize?

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#5 Post by Jem » November 2nd, 2007, 2:09 pm

Brilliant, Nick! I am sooooooo stealing that idea!

:yahbooh:

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#6 Post by jaywhat » November 3rd, 2007, 6:56 am

I am stealing it as well. Only wrote 596 words this morning - about a funeral!!

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#7 Post by kbell » November 3rd, 2007, 11:52 pm

I think it sounds like a great project, jaywhat. Keep us informed.

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#8 Post by jaywhat » November 4th, 2007, 10:29 am

So far my novel is (now) called Jojo and Saha. Jojo is a goldfish and has conversations of a sort with Saha who is a (normal) human male. There is a cop and a reporter and a drugsoaked lady of the night (now called Misha) and there is an expert on the subject of natural burials (now called Sam).
I cheated this morning by going back and changing someone's name from Peter to Sam (and turning him into the same person as Saha). You see, as a writer you are in fact god.
Incidentally, you should not do any editing until December - but no one knows.
The reporter is Bev and she is slowly becoming more important than the rest of the characters which was not my plan. Who is writing this novel?

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#9 Post by Felicia » November 6th, 2007, 6:48 pm

jaywhat wrote:SThe reporter is Bev and she is slowly becoming more important than the rest of the characters which was not my plan. Who is writing this novel?
I've written lots of novels and this is how they ALWAYS go. I think I've sorted the plot, done a sypnosis, balanced and worked out everything and then some damn character just goes and takes over and completely destroys my carefully worked out plan, rides roughshod, upsets and rejigs the whole shooting match, complete with his/her own brand of cliches! It's just not fair! (But I have to say it's usually for the good.... one's unconscious is always worth paying attention to!)
Good luck!

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#10 Post by Nick » November 6th, 2007, 7:41 pm

IIRC it was Thackeray who said that what was required to write a novel was a supply of pens and some glue to stick your backside to the chair. At least I think it was him! It is so long ago that I heard that, my memory may be playing tricks. As with so many things in life, the trick is to start. And keep going. Branson never did manage to make a success of his student magazine, but he would never have succeeded without trying something.

I like the tough time limit. I can see that if it were longer, you'd still be (metaphorically) sucking ythe end of your pen after a month. It always amazed me as a lad that I could sit still for 3 hours in an exam. Mind you, that is kinda inhuman, isn't it?

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#11 Post by jaywhat » November 7th, 2007, 9:38 am

Love the comments and I am still at it.
Blobbed, of course, calling it National November Writing Month when I should have said National Novel Writing Month - and there was I thinking all I had to write was a november.
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#12 Post by Moose » November 10th, 2007, 9:57 pm

I keep starting novels and never finishing them .. don't think I've ever got further than about 30-40 thousand words. It's not that I can't write fast - I can. I just sort of .. run out of plot.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain
Time to die

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#13 Post by Felicia » November 11th, 2007, 7:57 am

Moose wrote:I keep starting novels and never finishing them .. don't think I've ever got further than about 30-40 thousand words. It's not that I can't write fast - I can. I just sort of .. run out of plot.
Moose, I so sympathise! Ending novels is definitely the most difficult bit. After all, in writing fiction you set up conflict and you explore how it goes, and this is really a reflection of what life is like, at some level: there are continuing, enduring difficulties and very rarely indeed does life ever offer a resolution. Its why so many plots end with a marriage or a birth or a return - a snapshot, significant moment. In a way, soap operas are weirdly more authentic: the plots just go on and on, just like the real thing. Endings are artificial. Except you may just have an idea, a vision, which is your resolution. Its not easy to do this to order.
For my first novel, I had an idea that it would all finish on top of a mountain, and it did. But with all succeeding novels, it was a struggle, really difficult to get to the end and to make the end work. Good luck!

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#14 Post by jaywhat » November 15th, 2007, 10:26 am

25k today !

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#15 Post by Nick » November 15th, 2007, 12:34 pm

Is that words, or the size of your advance? :grin:

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#16 Post by jaywhat » November 15th, 2007, 7:40 pm

ha ha

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#17 Post by Maria Mac » November 16th, 2007, 8:01 pm

jaywhat wrote:25k today !
I find that absolutely staggering. I wrote a novel once - a children's novel for my daughter, which was shortlisted for the Fidler Award but didn't win. It took me ages to write but it was 25k words in total!

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#18 Post by Shake » November 16th, 2007, 8:02 pm

This poll seems just a tad biased.

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#19 Post by lewist » November 16th, 2007, 11:31 pm

Shake wrote:This poll seems just a tad biased.
Just because all the answers mean roughly the same doesn't mean it's biased, surely? :)
Carpe diem. Savour every moment.

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#20 Post by jaywhat » November 17th, 2007, 6:48 am

Maria
Yes but its only 26,098 words (now). They don't necessarily make good reading although...........................?

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