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Old 30.06.2011, 18:12
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Bored this summer? Why not write a novel?

Just in case any of the would-be writers who were discussing writing a novel on this thread didn't quite manage to fulfil their dream because November is too cold / too dark / too close to Christmas...

National Novel Writing Month is moving to a whole new level. It's time for Camp NaNoWriMo!

Now, if I've followed the chat on the NaNoWriMo forums correctly, July is the testing month. You can write a novel then, if you want to, but the website won't be fully functional.

August is the 'all-singing-and-dancing' month. You can write a novel then, too. Or, if you already wrote one in July, you can write a novel in August, two!

Or you can do what I'm doing and be a rebel and write a longer novel over July and August... but don't tell anyone!

Oh, and just to gloat, I did write my 50,000 words last November. Didn't finish the novel though. And then... well it's a long story, but I'm having a go at something different this time round.

P.S. If you see me on here from tomorrow... ask me if I've written my 1,667 words for the day. If I say "No", shame me into stopping procrastinating...

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Old 30.06.2011, 18:17
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Re: Bored this summer? Why not write a novel?

I did mine! I'm kind of turning it into a graphic novel. Slightly hindered by my lack of artistic ability. I'm going to outsource the drawing...

The project was good, though. I'd recommend it to writers who never finish anything or people who like to challenge themselves.
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Old 30.06.2011, 18:47
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I did mine! I'm kind of turning it into a graphic novel. Slightly hindered by my lack of artistic ability. I'm going to outsource the drawing...

The project was good, though. I'd recommend it to writers who never finish anything or people who like to challenge themselves.
Would it be that you were motivated (in part) by the fact that if not, you would have had to pay a penalty on here?

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I will be writing a 50,000 word story called Robots versus Vampires in November.
If I fail to finish, I will organise a fun EF event as punishment.
Very jealous that someone actually managed to finish their project in the time limit...
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Old 30.06.2011, 18:56
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Would it be that you were motivated (in part) by the fact that if not, you would have had to pay a penalty on here?
Apparently, the research on this is contradictory. There's some evidence that telling people what you're doing is motivational, and some evidence that it works against you.

In my case, starting a challenge is normally enough (although I just failed on day 16 of a '30 days without alcohol' challenge because of free prosecco).

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It was tough - I fell behind a bit in the middle and it was a struggle to catch up. And on the day I wanted to finish I realised my word processor counted speech marks as words, so I had to mash out another 1400 or so. That was annoying as hell! But actually some of the best ideas in the story came in those last 1400 words.

Anyway, good luck with yours. You can do it!
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Old 30.06.2011, 19:09
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Re: Bored this summer? Why not write a novel?

NaNoWriMo is one of the best motivators for writing.
It forces your internal critic to take a cigarette break while you just write.
I wrote the nuts and bolts of my Zurich-based thriller stimulated by NaNoWriMo. Then I had my raw material to refine. It's such a great idea.

But hey, if you want to start on the rewrite, here's Paul Simon:


And don't forget the Writers' Oktoberfest

Thanks for the reminder.
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Old 30.06.2011, 19:15
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What a nice idea.
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Anyone signed up? I would really love to participate. Hope I can come around doing it.
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Old 24.07.2011, 23:25
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Re: Bored this summer? Why not write a novel?

Love the idea. I wrote a novel last year and now it's just kinda sitting on my desktop collecting electronic dust. Maybe this will inspire me to do something with it.
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Old 24.07.2011, 23:33
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What a nice idea.
Let's do it! I've already started ... but writing discipline is a struggle. My strict deadline is 1500 per day.
Don't forget the writers' opportunity in October (Zurich). I'm going.

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Unlimited inspiration ...

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Re: Bored this summer? Why not write a novel?

I was getting on swimmingly until I hit writer's block last week, then had a migraine which incapacitated me for a day and a half...

Now have to write like crazy to hit the target!

I've written 35,794 words so far... setting myself to write 3,000 words a day to meet the goal (taking into account that on Wednesday and Sunday I won't write a word!).

So I'd better get off EF and get on with writing.
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Re: Bored this summer? Why not write a novel?

Thanks for the link Vlh22!
Am very tempted to give it a shot.
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Old 25.07.2011, 13:44
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Re: Bored this summer? Why not write a novel?

mpph... I have 2 rough drafts to write stuff that I never have done...
mmmphh..... :S
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Re: Bored this summer? Why not write a novel?

What are you all writing about?

If I can manage to participate, I would either go for short stories or something for children, with lots of pics. Never mind that this involves a different word target of 1500 words per day
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Old 26.07.2011, 13:40
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Re: Bored this summer? Why not write a novel?

I'm currently writing a childrens' story. It's aimed at the 8 to 10 year old age group. So far I've written around 7,000 words and I read my daily achievement to my two children (who just happen to be 8 and 10 years old); the children happily provide me with good feedback and they've been very useful in providing suggestions and criticism. I did sign up for the camp but didn't actually get around to starting to write until the end of last week so the camp isn't very relevant for my project. I am writing around 1,700 words per day.
It takes discipline, I found I'm easily distracted so I've been quite strict about setting aside time for writing, the office door is closed, I ensure a plentiful supply of cups of tea and listen to ambient style music in the background. I've found that once I get going with the writing each day the story seems to flow. It's very enjoyable and I wish I'd started before now - writing is something I've wanted to do for a long time, I've written various short pieces in the past but this the first time I'm tackling something longer.
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Re: Bored this summer? Why not write a novel?

I'm writing a novel about 'Snowbabies' - frozen embryos which are 'left over' from IVF treatment - and about how four different families come to their decision about what to do with these frozen embryos (in the UK, where the story is set, the choices are to use the embryos for another IVF cycle, donate them to research, donate them to another infertile couple or allow them to perish. I read an article about this issue last summer (here), and that led to this idea...

I must admit I feel a bit nervous tackling this issue as a single woman with no children and no experience of IVF... but I really wanted to explore the questions raised.

I'm writing the story of each family separately, then when I've finished I will re-arrange the sections to intermingle the stories. So far, I'm half way through the second families' story.

Out of interest, what software do people use to write? I'm beta-testing Scrivener for Windows... I really like it. Plus I get 50% off when it comes out because I won NaNoWriMo last November...
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Old 26.07.2011, 18:16
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Re: Bored this summer? Why not write a novel?

Lately I'm quite intrigued and impressed by the fact that one single moment change a life and affect the person as well as those around.

Sometimes you wake up and life takes such an unexpected turn.

Well, I just like the idea behind this.

No novel or book is ready though.
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Lately I'm quite intrigued and impressed by the fact that one single moment change a life and affect the person as well as those around.

Sometimes you wake up and life takes such an unexpected turn.

Well, I just like the idea behind this.

No novel or book is ready though.
Sorry, Lewis Carroll got there first with Alice in Wonderland.
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Re: Bored this summer? Why not write a novel?

Ok, so now I'm going to gloat...

Not only did I manage to write 50,000 plus words, I also managed to complete the stories I was trying to write in those 50,000 words!

Plus I had a little extra bonus as Scrivener is apparently stingy on the word count, so when I compiled in Word I had an extra 400 odd words!

Roll on August...
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I'm writing a novel about 'Snowbabies' - frozen embryos which are 'left over' from IVF treatment - and about how four different families come to their decision about what to do with these frozen embryos (in the UK, where the story is set, the choices are to use the embryos for another IVF cycle, donate them to research, donate them to another infertile couple or allow them to perish. I read an article about this issue last summer (here), and that led to this idea...

I must admit I feel a bit nervous tackling this issue as a single woman with no children and no experience of IVF... but I really wanted to explore the questions raised.

I'm writing the story of each family separately, then when I've finished I will re-arrange the sections to intermingle the stories. So far, I'm half way through the second families' story.

Out of interest, what software do people use to write? I'm beta-testing Scrivener for Windows... I really like it. Plus I get 50% off when it comes out because I won NaNoWriMo last November...
This sounds like an interesting topic with a lot of scope for expanding your ideas - you could explore not only the moral, ethical questions but the emotional, social aspects too. Great idea.

Out of interest, is your winning entry available to read somewhere?

Ref software, very primitive, I'm using Word 2007, plenty good enough at the moment, my word total as of this evening is about 15,000 with four chapters completed - when I say completed I mean first write, obviously there will be plenty of re-writes.

I'm thinking about starting a thread for writers for exchanging tips and sharing difficulties, any interest out there for this?
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Ok, that would be a confusion due to me using NaNoWriMo talk on a non-NaNoWriMo website...

When I say I 'won' NaNoWriMo, I mean I hit the target of 50,000 words. Everyone who does that is a winner, and gets winner's prizes as I described above. But I doesn't mean that our work is published (or even that it's any good ). As a matter of fact, last November I didn't actually finish what I was writing...

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Ref software, very primitive, I'm using Word 2007, plenty good enough at the moment, my word total as of this evening is about 15,000 with four chapters completed - when I say completed I mean first write, obviously there will be plenty of re-writes.
I used Word 2003 for the compile... that's even more primitive!

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I'm thinking about starting a thread for writers for exchanging tips and sharing difficulties, any interest out there for this?
Possibly... there was this thread a while back, but nothing ever came of it...
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