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    I've got a Nano meeting/write-in at a local cafe in an hour and a half. Thankfully, I'm all caught up so anything I do beyond this point tonight will keep me ahead.

    One tip I forgot to mention, and this may be obvious so forgive me if it is, but in order to keep the wordcount going, the best method I have found to just keep writing no matter what is to write scenes out of order. I always have at least 15-20 scenes (names, at least) written down and ready to start. If I am sitting idle at my computer screen or notebook for more than 60 seconds, I simply move on to the next scene, and so on. I never won Nano before I utilized this method. This can be effective whether you do plan an in-depth outline beforehand, or you just "wing it."
    "How can I be, all I want to be,
    When all I want to do is strip away these stilled constraints
    And crush this charade, shred this sad, masquerade"
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    The write-in went well tonight. Everyone was very productive and it was fun to meet everyone. I definitely suggest attending a write-in in your area if there is one, or if not you could organize one. I took a pen and notebook (don't have a laptop) and I still managed to write about 3,000 words long-hand.
    "How can I be, all I want to be,
    When all I want to do is strip away these stilled constraints
    And crush this charade, shred this sad, masquerade"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGeq5v7L3WM

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    5822 words so far - of which 2000 are a scene in which the main character is tortured.

    Writing violence is so much easier than advancing the plot...

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    This sounds entertaining and almost insane enough to motivate me to try it. If I do, I'll start Tuesday after my course enrolment is in.

    I was thinking we need some themes or lines that people have to include. Like everyone must make a reference to Victor or something.

    Need to decide what I'm writing about...
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    How is everyone doing? I have kind of fallen off the wagon, since I've been applying for a lot of jobs & trying to work with recruiters this past week.

    However, we got 12" of snow this morning. So, now I am in my cozy nostalgic winter mode. Dang, I should have gotten some hot chocolate at the store.

    Also, check out Nanocatz for epic lulz! NANOcats - Our Enthusiasm Let Us Show You It - Absolute Write Water Cooler
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    The lessons I learned during Nano '09 were:

    -I should not assume because I can write 5,000 words on a given day that I necessarily will.
    -I should not write literary fiction without a great deal of planning including detailed character background.
    -I think much faster in fantasy than I do in the literary genre.
    -Fantasy can be fixed, to some degree, by a good quick action scene. Literary fiction, not so much.
    -All dialogue is more interesting with swords.

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    With about another 30,000-40,000 words, I could finish a previous fantasy genre Nanonovel that I worked on a few years back. I'm pretty sure I'm going to do that instead, and abandon 2009's Nanonovel for now...
    "How can I be, all I want to be,
    When all I want to do is strip away these stilled constraints
    And crush this charade, shred this sad, masquerade"
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    I got to 8k. I keep thinking about finishing it, I left one of my poor characters locked in a room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speculative View Post
    The lessons I learned during Nano '09 were:

    -I should not assume because I can write 5,000 words on a given day that I necessarily will.
    -I should not write literary fiction without a great deal of planning including detailed character background.
    -I think much faster in fantasy than I do in the literary genre.
    -Fantasy can be fixed, to some degree, by a good quick action scene. Literary fiction, not so much.
    -All dialogue is more interesting with swords.

    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    With about another 30,000-40,000 words, I could finish a previous fantasy genre Nanonovel that I worked on a few years back. I'm pretty sure I'm going to do that instead, and abandon 2009's Nanonovel for now...
    I learned the first one fairly quickly. The most i managed in a day was 4k, but anytime i sat down to mimic that event went to hell. So much time was spent staring at my OpenOffice document, procrastinating, thinking "I should be writing" like a broken-record novel-zombie.
    The good is what you accomplished and learned.
    I also learned that i could come up with a plot for a novel, embrace it, and write over 1,000 words cohesively.

    Quote Originally Posted by Elaur View Post
    I got to 8k. I keep thinking about finishing it, I left one of my poor characters locked in a room.
    Ha you can do it! I got to 22k and stopped because i started questioning when important conversations would take place/what they would reveal. My characters were in the "Well.. we'll just be lovey while you figure it out!" and i looked at them in this manner , exclaiming "no... you will not."

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    National Novel Writing Month. The entire month of November is dedicated to writing a 50,000 word novel. The plot is of the author's choosing and the basis isn't to make a masterpiece.
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