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November Plans [Aug. 10th, 2005|11:02 am]
Nicodemus
So, some good and bad news for November. First, I won't be making it out to MFF this year. We're trying to save a bit of money and vacation time right now. I hope we'll be back out there next year, though, since it's a fun con and a nice crowd.

Second, I've decided to try NaNoWriMo this year. That's National Novel Writing Month, an event where you try to write (the first draft of) a 50,000-word-plus book. Sounds like my sorta insanity!

This is good for a few reasons:

  1. I like to write (fiction and non-) but need motivation

  2. It's an excuse to give in and buy a Mac laptop

  3. It'll make that laptop tax deductable since I'm a published author



So, who here has tried NaNoWriMo before? Any tips? Horror stories? Dire imprecations? Or, even, just possibly, happy anecdotes? :)
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[User Picture]From: traveller_blues
2005-08-10 06:42 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Now things make more sense.

You have the benefit of a very NaNo-friendly household; that's the biggest showstopper right there for most folks, as they try and juggle work, home life, kids, pets, and a spouse that doesn't understand why you're doing all this. :)

As for me, I am doing my usual fence-sit this year for NaNo, but will likely be going for the hat trick this year, come November 1.

-Traveller
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[User Picture]From: kit_ping
2005-08-10 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'll probably be right in the thick of it as well. So if everyone in the house is involved... My current plan is to feed the cat, order pizza, and ignore everything else for thirty days. :)
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[User Picture]From: traveller_blues
2005-08-10 07:09 pm (UTC)
You know you're a Nano-addict when you drag your entire household in with you... *grin*

Another thought is to find out whether or not there are any local writer's groups in your locality and descend upon them en masse. Misery loves company, and all.

Depending on weather conditions, I might actually go out and write in public this year. Though a lot of my writing got done at 10+PM at night...

-Traveller
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[User Picture]From: traveller_blues
2005-08-10 07:06 pm (UTC)

...and if you don't mind digging through archives...

October/November 2004 of foolscap_circle has a lot of tips and tricks that folks offered up to center first-timers and repeat offenders alike. I may drag them up to the foreground come October of this year, or I may re-invent the wheel. Depends on how much time I have.

-Traveller
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-08-10 08:09 pm (UTC)

Re: ...and if you don't mind digging through archives...

Yes, now you know why I added that group yesterday, eh? :)

Looks like there's some good stuff in there so I'll definitely browse through it. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: genhusky
2005-08-10 07:06 pm (UTC)
I have never heard of that. I, I think I will look into it and maybe bring my secret ambition to life. That is one of my problems too is motivation. Something I lack.

Good Luck!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-08-10 08:13 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, one of the few answers I got on the Know-your-Gen Quiz! :)

Definitely take a look at it. I think it'll finally get me to push my writing skills. This book, written by the founder of NaNoWriMo, was also influential in convincing me to try it; if you're uncertain, you could start there.
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2005-08-11 07:16 am (UTC)
I would like to suggest that you read The Midnight Disease, I got me very motivated, and I think I will go dig it out and reread it.
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