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Old 11.10.2010, 16:01
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Old 23.10.2010, 13:48
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Re: Want to write a novel in a month?

So, was anyone really serious about writing a novel? I've been rolling the idea around, even trying some practice-writes to see how the ideas were flowing. I'm going to give it a shot. One of the "preparations" that I've made was to decide not to really prepare anything in terms of plot - in order to let spontaneity have the upper hand, Calvinball-style. Is this a bad idea? Am I going to run into insolvable labyrinthine story-quagmires? Has anyone here tried writing like this, and if so, what were your experiences?

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I did NaNoWriMo twice when I was teaching in England, and both times I failed miserably, once due to a lack of preparation, ...
This quote has been gnawing at me. What did you mean when you said that you failed due to a lack of preparation?
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Old 23.10.2010, 18:01
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This quote has been gnawing at me. What did you mean when you said that you failed due to a lack of preparation?
I was having a go a writing a novel set in biblical times. Apart from good general knowledge of the Bible, I had no particular idea about the time period and I didn't do any preparatory research. So I was continually stopping writing to check, for example, what kind of fish would be found in Lake Galilee. Nothing surer to stop you in your tracks than having to do detailed Google searches once an hour!

I also find that my writing is better when I have everything meticulously planned. For this year's attempt, I have a 6,600 plot outline and a detailed timeline, plus character sheets and backstories. But maybe that's just me.
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Old 23.10.2010, 18:18
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Re: Want to write a novel in a month?

Wow. You're ready for a nuclear winter of a writer's block there!

Here's what I've got:
a vague idea.

I'd like to write about things, objects, in a short "case-study" form. Every day, a new object. Write about it until I run out of things to say. Maybe some sort of story will emerge of its own accord, maybe not. It would be less a collection of short "stories" than a literary photo collection that could be read/viewed in any order.

Anyone else want to share their starting points?
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Old 23.10.2010, 18:35
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Yesterday, a fellow would-be writer told me that she would be doing this challenge this year. I wouldn't normally consider participating in this kind of silliness (I prefer to organise my own foolishness), but work on my book has stalled and I thought it would be quite motivational to break my non-routine, write something at the same time as lots of other people, and stick to a strict deadline.

I started wondering about the quality of the short story I could write in a month. She saw that I had missed the point and explained:

Writer Girl: "You have to write 50,000 words."
Me (eyes bulging, cartoon-like): "What? That's mental."
Mental Writer Girl: "I plan to write 2,000 a day, allowing for some days where I won't be able to do anything."
Me: "Hmm... I can do 2,000 a day, but only if I have really good ideas and it's all planned."
MWG: "No, no. You're still not getting it. The idea is quantity, not quality."
For some reason, English Forum came to mind.
Me: "But I'm a perfectionis."
MWG: "You have to write 50,000 words. You don't endlessly edit sentences. You blast through the inner critic, the inner editor, who slows you down and ultimately stops you from writing. You overwhelm him with such a volume of words that he dies forever."
I felt a faint stirring of motivation.
Inspirational Mental Writer Girl: "Real writers write every day, even when they don't feel like it. They don't say, 'It's too cold today, too hot, too June.' They write."
Me: "I should write Robots versus Vampires."
She failed to laugh. Her seriousness made me take my idea seriously, and it felt right.
Me: "And I should tell everyone that I'm going to write Robots versus Vampires, because if I tell everyone, I might actually do it."
IMWG: "I can't wait to read it."
Me: "And as further incentive to get it done, as a punishment for failure, I'll promise to organise another of those awful-for-me, great-fun-for-everyone-else events I'm so good at."
IMWG mumbled something about 'not wearing contact lenses' but I was too busy thinking about which real-life people to turn into story characters, and which to kill off first.

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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.
Is this the start of your speed novel*? I like it; I read your whole post and lord knows I become dyslexic over anything with 10 letters on here.

Write on!

*I wont tell that you jumped the November 1 start date.
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Old 23.10.2010, 18:42
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Anyone else want to share their starting points?
I invited a girl to see a movie and she, for some reason, wanted to know which movie before she'd agree to come. I said 'something with robots'. Annoyingly, she was enthusiastic about it but wanted to know the name. So I said 'Robots versus Vampires.'

So that's the title.

Now, when I'm telling people about the story and they get interested, I tell them that I'm basing a character on them, and describe how that character will die and on what page. There's one girl who isn't too happy with that, so I'm going to kill her, but she's able to come back to life, so that I can kill her again.

Sometimes I say something as a joke, and people tell me I 'can't do that' and that makes me want to write it.

Annoying people is therefore a major part of my planning phase.
(But seriously, I do find that while I'm telling people what will happen, I get great ideas.)

The main issue for me is 'who makes the robots?' So I had a think about that and that's sorted. I should think about the ending a bit, and then I'll just sort of guide events in that direction.

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Is this the start of your speed novel*? I like it; I read your whole post and lord knows I become dyslexic over anything with 10 letters on here.

Write on!

*I wont tell that you jumped the November 1 start date.
Thanks! It's not the start, and I haven't jumped the gun.
Sometimes to get anything done, I have to tell everyone what I'm going to do, otherwise I don't do it. That was the aim of that post.
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Old 23.10.2010, 18:47
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That was the aim of that post.
As I said "right on". I sincerely hope to have a chance to read Robots versus Vampires!
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Re: Want to write a novel in a month?

It's that time of year again.

I've done NaNoWriMo several years in a row now, but I left my writing support group behind in California. Anyone up for a go this year? I'd be into organizing write-ins for Basel.

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Re: Want to write a novel in a month?

Signed up!

Yes sir and madam, come November I shall be writing..
The first half of November I shall spend writing in Copenhagen, but then Basel will once again be my home.

Should anyone want to meet for coffee or the support of another keyboard warrior, feel free to add me. My NaNoWriMo name is CalvinDK!

Best of luck to all that endeavour
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Re: Want to write a novel in a month?

I'm in Biel/Bienne and planning to participate in this event. Is anyone else out there from Biel who wants to do a write-in?
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The goal: 50,000 words of fiction by the 30th of November. The prize: eternal bragging rights, several pounds of baked goods-related weight gain, and marked deterioration in work performance and personal relationships.

I can't afford Swiss Starbucks on a writer's salary...
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Re: Want to write a novel in a month?

I hear you. I was in shock at their prices for regular coffee, although, being relatively new to Switzerland, I suffer frequent attacks of 'sticker shock.' There's a nice coffee shop attached to the new Luthy Buchhaus on Rue de Nidau/Nidaugasse. I would probably have to ask the shop owner. There's another writer interested, if you want to click in to our conversation on the nano site http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/forums/e...d/threads/8679
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