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Re: Nano 2010
« Reply #45 on: October 18, 2010, 06:42:31 PM »
Yeah, I've joined up. See you in the thick of it.

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Re: Nano 2010
« Reply #46 on: October 18, 2010, 08:27:15 PM »
Great going, Smurf. What's your user name? I'll add you as a buddy.
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Re: Nano 2010
« Reply #47 on: October 18, 2010, 08:33:10 PM »
By the way, I came across a great Word Count Tracker for Nano.

It's from the David's Gale site. It lets you weight each day's word count by how much you expect to get done that day. The other days will adjust accordingly to keep you on track to your goal (which you set). They will also adjust as you enter your daily totals.

http://nano.davidsgale.com

Hope it helps and good luck!

monica
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Re: Nano 2010
« Reply #48 on: October 19, 2010, 05:54:33 AM »
Hi Docmon -

I'm up as Major_Smurf (Smurf being already taken - for some reason, it's quite a popular name on the 'Net!)

Look forward to being kept up to speed!

Anyone else want to buddy up for the month?

Cheers,

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Re: Nano 2010
« Reply #49 on: October 20, 2010, 05:42:31 AM »
Love to buddy with anyone taking the challenge. I'm a great cheerleader and
accept support wherever I can get it.

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Re: Nano 2010
« Reply #50 on: October 20, 2010, 06:47:30 AM »
i'm a bit nervous, first time for me, busiest time of year at work, daughter staying with us cos my ex is away, lets jsut see what happens.
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Re: Nano 2010
« Reply #51 on: October 20, 2010, 04:35:18 PM »
I've been straddling the fence until today. Made up my mind to go for it again - finished in 2008 but didn't make it last year.

Now I've got to settle on a story to write.  ???
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Re: Nano 2010
« Reply #52 on: October 20, 2010, 10:35:54 PM »
I signed up - haven't a clue what I'm doing. Received an email from the Northern Ireland section - they're having a hooley next Thursday..wel okay, coffee night - in Belfast.


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Re: Nano 2010
« Reply #53 on: October 21, 2010, 12:48:59 AM »
Doing NaNoWriMo this year again! Hope to see you all there!

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Re: Nano 2010
« Reply #54 on: October 23, 2010, 11:36:52 AM »
I'll participate. This is my third time, maybe this year I'll manage to write 50000 words...

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Re: Nano 2010
« Reply #55 on: October 23, 2010, 11:05:57 PM »
i'll be your buddy kk,  i may be going for the 50,000 or not, but will be hanging around. 
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Re: Nano 2010
« Reply #56 on: October 24, 2010, 07:59:27 AM »
Sounds good eric!

Only 8 days to go - are we ready????
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Re: Nano 2010
« Reply #57 on: October 24, 2010, 10:44:34 AM »
It sounds like so much fun and Id love to join this year. But I dont think I can manage. Im trying to finish another book by the end of the year. Also my husband is getting ready to go back to Afghanistan for another year. He just came home for school 4 weeks ago so we havent seen him much at all and what little time we have with him I cant really ignore him and pick writing over him lol.
Although I have to say Im extremely tempted!
Did I get that right? You write whatever you want to, no matter if it makes sense as long as its at least 50k words by the end of november?

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Re: Nano 2010
« Reply #58 on: October 25, 2010, 10:11:19 AM »
Hey, so Im really really REALLY tempted to join the NaNo this year. But I also have a project to finish by the end of the year and Im not sure if I can manage both.
Also, how would a newbie go about the NaNo for the first time? Anything I should or must do before it starts? Ive seen some of you talk about outlines but my story usually develops itself as I write. So that would be kind of hard for me to do.
Thanks.
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Re: Nano 2010
« Reply #59 on: October 25, 2010, 11:09:18 AM »
Jelena.

Just before last years Nano started all I had was a post-it note with three words written on it.

Speed.  Motorcycles.  Candyfloss.  And a picture in my mind of a short redheaded female lead character.

That was it.  Nothing else.  

A little over 50,000 words and a month later I had the first draft of what I still call Fast Lady, and the candyfloss never even got mentioned.  

I wrote it in 'scenes', not always in sequence, and if a bit ever looked like grinding to a halt I jumped to another part and came back later.  Some of the research I did during the writing proved that some of my ideas weren't going to work, but I just made a note to this effect and ploughed on through.

I enjoyed a few lengthy emails to and fro with an American motorcyclist from the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association when I researched Land Speed Record attempts.  It no longer surprises me, but it still fascinates me how helpful people can be to complete strangers when you just ask them nicely.

What I ended up with was very much a first draft, but definitely a complete tale.  The first scene I wote definitely isn't the start of the book, but after nearly a year away from it, after a few tweaks along the line, I can see see it with a cold eye and know it will be worth tidying up.

However, one of the main benefits of the Nano, if you have never written at length before, is to break through that barrier of 'so many words'.  Having done it once the thought of a full length novel will never seem quite as impossible as it can when you are first starting out.

I've written novels before, but it had been a few years and I wanted to know if I could still do it.  Being put on the spot by the time limit gave it an urgency - a challenge -  which may not have otherwise existed.

If nothing else, you'll learn a bit about yourself as a writer.

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