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NaNoWriMo Slammers?
« on: November 11, 2007, 08:38:09 PM »
Out of curiosity, any of you slammers doing NaNoWriMo this year?

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Re: NaNoWriMo Slammers?
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2007, 10:08:44 AM »
Scott - thanks for putting me up . . . to anyone else that has no idea what he's talking about (I had to look it up), this sounds like a lot of fun:

http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/whatisnano

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2006, we had over 79,000 participants. Nearly 13,000 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

So, to recap:

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month's time.

Who: You! We can't do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let's write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era's most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: Sign-ups begin October 1, 2007. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.

Still confused? Just visit the How NaNoWriMo Works page!


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Re: NaNoWriMo Slammers?
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2007, 10:36:22 AM »
I did this two years ago. It is one of the coolest community writing gigs ever. And yes, I did exceed the 50,000 quota in a month. I probably won't get my Nobel Prize for What Norman Knew but I might never have written the story at all except for the great support and motivation in this project. Good luck, Scott. Keep us posted. And if you are showing the manuscript, give us a link.

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Re: NaNoWriMo Slammers?
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2007, 11:34:04 AM »
OK, Woods, you inspired me! I have started a new Nano novel. It is already November 12 and I just knocked out 507 words (1%) so we'll see if I can do 49,493 (2750 a day) more before the end of the month. I think I just gave up two hours of sleep a night for the rest of the month.

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Re: NaNoWriMo Slammers?
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2007, 02:02:32 PM »
OK, Woods, you inspired me! I have started a new Nano novel. It is already November 12 and I just knocked out 507 words (1%) so we'll see if I can do 49,493 (2750 a day) more before the end of the month. I think I just gave up two hours of sleep a night for the rest of the month.

You are INSANE.  No WAY I would have started at day 12, and I write like a demon (once I get going).

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Re: NaNoWriMo Slammers?
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2007, 02:27:33 PM »
Where you at now, STeve?
I'm holding at 15,000...behind about 4000+ words.

Ugh.

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Re: NaNoWriMo Slammers?
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2007, 02:50:49 PM »
Only a little over 3500, but I have a good couple of hours to work tonight. You realize to be "on schedule" by midnight tonight we are supposed to have 21,667 words on paper, right?

Tentative Title: Day of Reckoning (or do you think that sounds too much like John le Carré?)

Here. This is me:

http://www.nanowrimo.org/user/115012
« Last Edit: November 13, 2007, 02:56:50 PM by Steve »

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Re: NaNoWriMo Slammers?
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2007, 03:50:18 PM »
I'm trying something new out:

http://www.nanowrimo.org/NanowrimoUtils/WordWar/115012-223187-223254.png

Anybody else want in?
« Last Edit: November 13, 2007, 03:54:23 PM by Steve »

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Re: NaNoWriMo Slammers?
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2007, 04:14:02 PM »

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Re: NaNoWriMo Slammers?
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2007, 06:05:04 PM »
you just wanted to expose my username and crappy word count. you heathen!
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Re: NaNoWriMo Slammers?
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2007, 07:57:05 PM »
I'm trying something new out:

http://www.nanowrimo.org/NanowrimoUtils/WordWar/115012-223187-223254.png

Anybody else want in?

Aw, shit: you're gonna make me write tonight for REAL, old man.

I still don't have a title, but I've got pages I can live with.  It's a break-up tale about a guy who becomes an apprentice to a barbecue master.

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Re: NaNoWriMo Slammers?
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2007, 09:02:15 AM »
Scott: Don't tell us the plot here! Go write it. Sheesh. I never completed a novel but I know you're not supposed to tell people the story before it's done. That's supposed to take away the impulse to want to tell the story or something.

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Re: NaNoWriMo Slammers?
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2007, 02:30:53 PM »
Scott: Don't tell us the plot here! Go write it. Sheesh. I never completed a novel but I know you're not supposed to tell people the story before it's done. That's supposed to take away the impulse to want to tell the story or something.

Oh my god, all the nuance is spent!

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Re: NaNoWriMo Slammers?
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2007, 07:33:21 PM »
Steve,

Don't think I didn't notice you wrote 3200 words today to my zero.  I noticed. 
You're getting spry on me and I.  Don't. Like it.

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Re: NaNoWriMo Slammers?
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2007, 08:32:01 PM »
I'm not done yet. I have at least one more scene in me before midnight. Today is half-way day. We are both supposed to be at 25,000 words. You are much closer to that than I.