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nanowrimo - dare you to write your novel and stop stalling

PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:23 pm
by mike m.
nanowritmo is approaching

is nanowrimo conducive to producing a novel for you ?

would you do any preparation before ?
pick a genre
have a premise
pick some characters
and a setting
have an idea of the plot
know how you want it to end
sketch out some ideas for key scenes
even plan out the scenes so you know they fit in a skein like a row of dominoes ready to be toppled

or would you go in cold and try to figure out what the book would be by just writing a stream of consciousness core dump from your imagination

are there downsides to attempting this
besides losing a month from all your other chores and projects

anyone planning to write a novel in a month
or even just an incomplete vomit draft

why not write it this year instead of procrastinating further

Re: nanowrimo - dare you to write your novel and stop stalli

PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:07 pm
by ostarella
Nano is good for people who have been afraid to even try writing before, or had trouble finishing; that's basically the purpose of it. I've had friends who did it for many years, just for s***s and giggles, and then dropped out because they were simply too busy writing other stuff. I've never been interested in it, myself, because of the emphasis on vomiting out words to reach that artificial goal, and that's just not how I write. A few writers have actually gone on to publish their Nano projects, after a great deal of editing (a friend of mine actually did that with two of her projects), but I know a lot a agents absolutely dread the wave of submissions right after. :roll:

Re: nanowrimo - dare you to write your novel and stop stalli

PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:09 pm
by robjvargas
Nano's stated goal is 50,000 words, which is really more of a novella. However, it's also about just getting through the writing process. A way to defeat the attitude that one could never do that.

So it's not about good, or best seller, or anything like that. It's about getting to "The End," and saying that you actually did it.

I've got a story idea for this Novermber. Doesn't hurt to try.

Re: nanowrimo - dare you to write your novel and stop stalli

PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:21 pm
by mike m.
[quote="robjvargas"]Nano's stated goal is 50,000 words, which is really more of a novella. However, it's also about just getting through the writing process. A way to defeat the attitude that one could never do that.

So it's not about good, or best seller, or anything like that. It's about getting to "The End," and saying that you actually did it.

I've got a story idea for this Novermber. Doesn't hurt to try.[/quote]
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yes
it is short of a 'real' novel
and it will just be a draft that needs expanding revising and editing
more likely a vomit draft as some folks call it

and if you did some preparation you could have a good draft in the can as they used to say in the movie biz
now i guess its on the hard disk

but it is a good way to get over procrastinating and get moving
get that 50k words done and it is so much easier to keep up that daily writing habit to finish it

Re: nanowrimo - dare you to write your novel and stop stalli

PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:33 pm
by robjvargas
==but it is a good way to get over procrastinating and get moving==

Exactly.

I've never understood why people got angry at me for saying this. But they have. If they make something more of it, that's fine, but the site itself says that this is what it's about.

Re: nanowrimo - dare you to write your novel and stop stalli

PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:41 pm
by ostarella
[quote="robjvargas"]==but it is a good way to get over procrastinating and get moving==

Exactly.

I've never understood why people got angry at me for saying this. But they have. If they make something more of it, that's fine, but the site itself says that this is what it's about.[/quote]

I don't understand why anyone would get angry over that. I thought everyone understood why they started it. Weird.

Re: nanowrimo - dare you to write your novel and stop stalli

PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:44 pm
by Noizchild
I think I might re-post my one from last year since I lost the final third of the novel.

Re: nanowrimo - dare you to write your novel and stop stalli

PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:44 am
by pls
I wrote nine nanonovels, seven while serving as the "municipal" liaison for Elsewhere::Kansas. All but the last two are published, as I wrote them after I got sick and don't consider them as up to standards to be published.

Re: nanowrimo - dare you to write your novel and stop stalli

PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:20 am
by mike m.
[quote="pls"]I wrote nine nanonovels, seven while serving as the "municipal" liaison for Elsewhere::Kansas. All but the last two are published, as I wrote them after I got sick and don't consider them as up to standards to be published.[/quote]
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sorry to hear you got sick

what do you call a nanonovel ?

who published them ?

Re: nanowrimo - dare you to write your novel and stop stalli

PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:19 pm
by pls
>>sorry to hear you got sick

Thanks. Cancer and all its side effects is no fun. If you're over 40-50, go get a colonoscopy. Now.

what do you call a nanonovel ?

Any novel I wrote for Nanowrimo.

who published them ?

They're all self-published - Amazon, Apple, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and quite a few others I've lost track of.