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National Novel Writing Month – Common Problems And How I Faced Them

So you have decided to take part in the National Novel Writing Month event this November.  Great!  I wish you the best of luck, and hope you do not have to resort to using the full title of several books to bulk up your word count.

However, some of you who may be considering NaNoWriMo may be a bit hesitant to try.  You are wondering if you have what it takes.  You have other concerns about your stories and your characters.  That’s normal, everyone had them.  Even I did.  And it is quite possible to overcome every one of these concerns and complete your NaNoWriMo project.

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National Novel Writing Month – Dealing With Outside Distractions


So, you have decided to take the plunge and participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  You have even come to terms with the idea that you will never write another contraction again.  You even realize that there is the distinct possibility that someone named Jimmy Joe Bob or Sally Mae Sue may get killed by a shovel launched through the air by a trebuchet.  But, how do you deal with those outside distractions that keep you from making your word count?  In short, how do you deal with a non-NaNoWriMo reality?

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National Novel Writing Month – Tips That Have Helped Me

NaNoWriMo 2010

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November is National Novel Writing Month, when participants across the world will be challenging themselves to write like they have never wrote before.  During the month of November, participating writers will attempt to write at least a 50,000 word novel.  One month, 30 days, and 50,000 words… at least.

I have competed in NaNoWriMo the last four years, and planning on competing this year as well.  In each year, I have managed to finish the project, usually just making past the 50,000 word limit, and usually before the November 30th deadline.  Granted, I have had to do a few tricks to make it to the 50,000 word limit.

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Writing Update – September 17, 2011

Apparently, I really hate the whole editing and rewriting process.  I have not done anything by way of work on the one previous NaNoWriMo project I was looking to work on.

The blog has also fallen by the wayside, too.  Even trying to take a different take on zombies, I’m getting a little zombied out.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo, we are less than two months away from November 1st and the start of this year’s National Novel Writing Month.  Surprisingly, I am still gathering ideas for this year’s project.  The latest idea I had was that our main character was a target rather than a random happenstance victim of circumstance.  Of course, the next thing I need to figure out is why someone would target a pop culture geek who happens to be a LARPer as well.  Given the whole nature of this one idea, I doubt that I will attempt to get it published.  Maybe I’ll post parts of it as a blog after November.  I also had a minor setback with the idea.  The concept for the decoder ring was that it was in a box of old cereal called Crispie-O’s.  It turns out that there is a Crispy-O’s that’s still being made.  I have no problem using a real cereal.  But, the idea I had was that this particular cereal was at least fifteen years old and no longer made.  I may have to find a new cereal name.  Anyone know if Quisps are still being made?  Nevermind, I just looked it up, it is.  I think I may use Freakies, which was discontinued in the 1970s or the 1980s (a comeback was attempted).

This will be my fifth National Novel Writing Month.  The four previous years, I did manage to make the 50,000 word count, though there was a lot of futzing to get there.  It probably would help if the auto-numbered chapters in Movie Magic Screenwriter would actually transpose the full chapter number (previous years, each chapter came up as “Chapter” instead of “Chapter Twenty-Three” once I copied it to the verifier).

Looking to Populate An Archive

Here’s the story (well, not all of it).  My idea for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) centers around a storehouse for objects that do more than they really should.  The only catch to this is that the objects are basicly crappy plastic items, toys and items that don’t have any real significant extra value (example:  a pocker chip that bestows good luck, but only when it is part of the bet, and can fail at any time).  Not all of these items are going to figure prominently, but I would like to include them for color (and added word count).

What are some of the cheap plastic freebie items out there that would work well in this type of setting?

Writing Update – 8/17/2011

I actually got a another chapter written in my NaNoWriMo rewrite.  I’m a bit shocked by it myself.  Even more surprising is that it is almost the same page length as the original, which included a prologue (I dropped it for the rewrite).

I also posted another part on my fiction blog, making a grand total of six parts.  I also made it searchable for the first time (before you could only get to it through this site).

I still need to do a bit of world building for my 2011 NaNoWriMo.  And, really, by a bit, I mean I need to start.  Granted, in previous years I pretty much just started writing and hoped it was coherent.  This would probably explain why I don’t really have an end for the 2010 project (the one I’m rewriting).  If I can figure out how to work in by writing “in-joke” then I should be fine.

Writing Update – Thursday/Friday

Not much writing done today since I have an early shift at work.  Hopefully I will get a bit more in tonight when I get home.

I did add a link to my fiction blog.  At the moment, it only has two links on it, so it is still growing.  I should (luck be willing) be able to post more over the next few days.

Writing Update

After taking a week or so to step back from the rewrite (mostly goofing off, partially added work loads), I think I’m about ready to actually begin the rewrite.  I think I am definitely going to go with the initial ambush I mentioned before since it will give some scope as to how powerful the main villain is.  I’ve also have added limitations in mind for a few of the characters (one character will be unfamiliar with his powers, another character who happens to be a power duplicator can only “store” five powers, and one of them keeps being a problem).

I’ve also begun formulating a side project which would be a blog style piece of fiction, though I am a bit unthrilled by the leading concept.  Hopefully it will gel better.

And, as always, I have begun collecting ideas for November’s National Novel Writing Month.  Hopefully whichever one I pick will be able to last for the 50,000 words that NaNoWriMo set as the minimum.

Another Night of Editing Up In Smoke

Tonight, I had planned on doing some more editing on one of my National Novel Writing Month projects, mostly because it really needs it.  The only problem is that I pretty much spent much of the night setting up WordPress for blogging, and by most of the night, I mean a couple of hours.  I’ll just have to work on it a bit more tomorrow.

Now if I can only keep the ideas for this November at bay while I work on the old stuff.

NaNoWriMo 2009 in the books – at least for me

Once again, I participated in the National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo). The basic goal is to complete a novel of at least 50,000 in the month of November. This was no third year, and also my third victory with the final word count clocking in around 53,000 words. This year looked a bit harrowing because I actually ditched my first idea on the second for a new one. In spite of that stumbling (and honestly speaking, the other idea was a better movie idea than a novel idea… maybe I’ll save it for Script Frenzy), I managed to complete it.

Now if I only knew what to call it.

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