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01 November 2006 @ 11:33 am
NaNoWriMo Kickoff!  
Best wishes, cheers, and virtual backrubs to all my f-list folks and drive-bys who are doing NaNoWriMo this month (you crazy people, you!) This includes poisontaster, maygra, moveablehistory, mooyoo, kiraboshi, lampshade_days, jeyhawk, mercurybard, jetpants, and sargraf. I think that's all. Isn't that enough? *boggles*


I'll be doing the Mini version (mini_wrimo) set up by the lovely maygra, for those of us who cannot begin to HOPE to crank out 50,000 words over the next month (especially on any single, coherent topic). I signed up for the 100-word-a-day challenge (a drabble a day minimum), and hope to meet it!

You may be seeing random begging for prompts/ideas, and you WILL be seeing a lot of stuff flying by. I may not post all of it here daily, but there'll be stuff. And I mean that just as vaguely as it sounds. :0
 
 
 
Sar: aestheticssargraf on November 1st, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
Good luck, honey! *hugs*

I'm doing it, too. Eep! Don't know how much of my stuff I'll be posting. I'm a hermit crab when it comes to writing anything major like this.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
You're doing the little one right? Or the frightening huge one? That one scares the pants off of my plotless muse. :0
Sar: aestheticssargraf on November 2nd, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
I'm doing the whole nine yards. Or gonna try to. *bites nails*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
Eeep! Better get cracking!

Meanwhile, I'll add you to the List Of Doom. :0 *coffee?*
Sar: aestheticssargraf on November 2nd, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
My kind of cracking is "cracking under pressure." :O(

*sips coffee* It's not decaf, is it?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
:D No, not decaf. I would never do that to you in your time of need!
mooyoomooyoo on November 1st, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
I'm taking a stab at NaNoWriMo. I'll probably tank after a couple of days, but I thought I'd try it out and maybe next year I'll get into it a bit more seriously and make a serious attempt to hit 50,000 words. This year I'm just trying to see what I can do with a bit challenge and a writing schedule (1,667 words per day fr 30 days, yikes.)
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on November 1st, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
So... *wags tongue* written anything yet?

I expect NaNoWriMo must be worst because you actually are supposed to write towards one thing, right?

While with "100 words a day" you could always write 100 words waxing on poetically about why you aren't writing :D
mooyoomooyoo on November 1st, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
I've, um, got an outline... *hides* Off to work in a half-hour, and have the day off tomorrow so I plan to start things late tonight (and already I'm procrastinating. I'm going to be so bad at this :p).

I'm actually not sure which would be harder - I have a feeling for me miniNaNoWriMo would be harder (and I thought for a bit about signing up for that one instead), because I feel like writing towards one story with one ultimate goal will be better to keep me writing each day. Again, I'm sometimes bad when I don't have enough structure, and giving myself a goal of a certain number of words per day on any topic will probably result in my doing nothing with it. Plus, what's nice about NaNoWriMo is that the guildlines are loose enough that you can write almost anything (such as several short, interconnected pieces) as long as it's fiction.

But that's just me, of course.
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on November 1st, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
Heh, so writing the outline does not count towards the actual words. Dammit :D

I think one of the things I'm most curious about whether you will end up writing sequentially or jump back and forth.

Like you write the outline and fill in the different gaps, deciding on each gap as the mood strikes you, or whether you really write from start to finish.
mooyoomooyoo on November 2nd, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
Heh, so writing the outline does not count towards the actual words. Dammit :D

Heh, sadly no. Otherwise I'd already be about 1,000 words into it (my outlines tend to be scarily detailed).

I used to jump around a lot when I wrote, pretty much writing down every part that I wanted to first, but I found that I often ended up not finishing things because I'd get everything I really wanted to out of my system and then have no motivation to write the other parts. Like I have to sometimes force myself to write the pieces of a story that I don't really feel like doing in order to get to later parts that I've really been thinking about... if that makes any sense :p

Plus I use an outline when I write something long, but I can't plan every part of the story in detail, a lot of what I write just comes out as I write, so it screws me up a bit when I jump around, messes with the flow of things.

So yeah, it's usually a lot easier and better for me to write just start to finish.
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on November 2nd, 2006 08:26 am (UTC)
So yeah, it's usually a lot easier and better for me to write just start to finish.

I wonder whether that is better for the flow (like that all parts have the same mood or at least flow into each other). On the other hand, I picture it as being quite gruelling, slaving away on a boring part when you know the cool part is right around the corner. Who knows? Writing the cool part first might be motivating because you know what you are writing towards. Or if you have the cool part written you have motivation to keep writing because you want to find a way to get the cool part into a shape that can be posted.

BUT, the flow issues are definitely things to wonder about.

Stephen King wrote in his book, btw, that he doesn't do a lot of outlining. He usually comes up with a concept and a character(or rather characters) and then follows them around. And his mind just works that way that suddenly scary stuff starts happening.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
Should have picked the mini-one!

Although I'll bet you get something out of it. Maybe even a PB Chapter Fic (which would be new for you. Hmmmm).
mooyoomooyoo on November 2nd, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
Eh, I thought about the mini one, but for some reason it feels like it'd be harder (at least for me) because there's much less structure to it and I think I'll do a bit better having a set number of words I have to hit and one specific goal (one long fic) to hit rather than just writing a certain number of words per day on anything. (but that's just me)

And yeah, I'm planning to write a long PB gen piece. Last night I started thinking about some of my ideas for original work, but none of them are really fleshed out enough to attempt something significant, and I'd kind of like to write something long and plotty for PB. (and plus, if I split it up into several different parts it'll take care of a bunch of my fanfic100 prompts ;))
bluesister on November 1st, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
But will it all be fanfic? I don't want to lose my fave writers to something ungodly like literary fiction. Shit.

If it's fanfic and I get to read then, GO!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
I think mine will most likely be ALL fanfic. Unless there's a deadly poem or two in there.

Some people go for the original novel type of thing, but for me... are you kidding? I have enough trouble with longer fanfic! The larger story arcs kind of kill my brain. :0
mercurybard on November 1st, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'm doing NaNoWriMo as well, and I seem to be off to a great start, though I'm sure the whining will start soon enough.

Needed something to kick start writing original fiction again. Especially since I've got query letters out to literary agents about my novel. Winning NaNo would be just the thing to help me over the hump of constant rejection.

The mini version sounds like a lot of fun too. I'm not sure how much reading I'll be doing this month, but I'll be sure and keep an eye out for what you come out with.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
I'm doing NaNoWriMo as well, and I seem to be off to a great start, though I'm sure the whining will start soon enough.
Eeeek! I knew I'd forget a few people on that list.

Especially since I've got query letters out to literary agents about my novel.
Wow. Awesome! I don't see that ever happening to me. Lack of imagination and what-not. Go you!

I'm not sure how much reading I'll be doing this month, but I'll be sure and keep an eye out for what you come out with.
Yay!

And good luck with the gigantic project. I liked maygra's plan: 2000 words a day, and if you flub a little on some days that will probably come out to still meet your goal.

Of course for me, 2000 words is usually anywhere from 1-4 stories. Unless they're drabbles. Imagine the deadliness- 20 drabbles a day! Auuuugh!
mercurybard on November 2nd, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Wow. Awesome! I don't see that ever happening to me. Lack of imagination and what-not.
Somehow, it's hard to imagine you lacking in imagination.

Plus, if I keep plodding ahead with the process, it keeps one set of parents satisfied. (The other set has resigned themselves to the fact that they really don't know anything about what I do and they're only going to get read my stuff when it gets published.)

Of course for me, 2000 words is usually anywhere from 1-4 stories.
Small, powerful scenes just so happen to be your strong suit. Not a thing, but I can see how that would make NaNo hellish. Good luck.
Kimberley: Writinglampshade_days on November 1st, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
Thank ye kindly, and good luck to you as well. I've got about 300 words so far so *chuckles* it's gonna be an interesting and highly caffeinated 30 days, that's for sure.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
it's gonna be an interesting and highly caffeinated 30 days, that's for sure.
Ah, caffeine. *strokes invisible beard* I begin to see how this works....

Good luck to you, Kim! :D
moveablehistory on November 1st, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Hopefully I won't quite after the third day, like I have for the last three years. Heh. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
:) Depends on what you've got after three days. If it's good, then it was still worthwhile! \o/

Baby steps, baby steps... ;)
aeroport_artaeroport_art on November 1st, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! Can't wait to see what you come up with :3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
I hope something good! And some Prison Break too. Gotta chip away at those prompt tables. :0
search for jet pants: Dean - oral fixation holy mother of guhjetpants on November 2nd, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
I...I think I'm doing nano too. I actually did it last year and hit 50,000 but this year I'm expecting miserable failure because I've not been writing much lately and work and school are keeping me BUSY. But, y'know. That's the fun of nano? The extra crazy? GAH. Good luck with the mininano.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
I...I think I'm doing nano too.
That's right. I think I remember seeing a belated post that went from wobbly to "Oh, what the hell. I'm in."

I actually did it last year and hit 50,000
G.U.H. *boggles* How? And WHAT? Goodness!

I'll add you to the list of victims megaWriters!
search for jet pantsjetpants on November 2nd, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
yeah, initially I wasn't going to bother this year, since I'm working full time AND taking two classes, btu then I figured...what the hell, I'll give it a try anyway, and anything I get out of it will be a bonus.

I think I managed last year because I wasn't working, just doing some school crap and my own writing and art. It was actualy, uh, original fic last year, though I decided after that it was all crap and no one but me will ever see a word of it, though I think it drastically improved my writing in general so nothing was wasted. This year? SPN fic, baby. All I really want out of this is to improve my SPN ficcing skills as much as my general writing skills improved last year. That's not too much to ask, right?

Victim! Definitely victim! *flails*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on November 3rd, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
though I think it drastically improved my writing in general so nothing was wasted.
Mmmmm. Love your attitude, because in the end that's what really matters. A novel would have been nice, but getting closer to the ability to write a really, really good one is even better!

That's not too much to ask, right?
No, and I think it's almost guaranteed to happen.

*Rolls up the typing table next to the sofa for you* ♥