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      DM Osbon
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      NaNoWriMo 2007
      Oct 31, 2007 10:03:26 am
      Ok guys I've set myself up for this one :f_doh:...it works out I have to write about 1666 words a day during November. I have a friend who managed it with a few days to spare last year.

      There is still time to register for those budding novelists out there!

      http://www.nanowrimo.org/

      What is NaNoWriMo?

      National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

      Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

      Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

      Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

      As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

      In 2006, we had over 79,000 participants. Nearly 13,000 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

      So, to recap:

      What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month's time.

      Who: You! We can't do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let's write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

      Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era's most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

      When: Sign-ups begin October 1, 2007. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.

      Still confused? Just visit the How NaNoWriMo Works page!
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      Re: NaNoWriMo 2007
      Reply #1: Oct 31, 2007 10:23:12 am
      I'd love to, but I really haven't got that much time mate!
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      Re: NaNoWriMo 2007
      Reply #2: Oct 31, 2007 10:39:22 am
      funny thing is I don't think I have either being married & such but am going to give it a try...will keep you updated how I am getting on over the course of the month.
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      Re: NaNoWriMo 2007
      Reply #3: Oct 31, 2007 10:40:54 am
      Good luck!
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      Reply #4: Oct 31, 2007 10:42:12 am
      funny thing is I don't think I have either being married & such but am going to give it a try...will keep you updated how I am getting on over the course of the month.

      All the best with it and good luck, keep us posted as to how you are geting on :)
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      Re: NaNoWriMo 2007
      Reply #5: Oct 31, 2007 10:46:59 am
      Do you think if you post the novel on here it will be under the maximum post length? :D

      You could always serialise it :D :D :D
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      Re: NaNoWriMo 2007
      Reply #6: Oct 31, 2007 10:48:29 am
      Longest thing I've ever written is 30k...and that took me a year. :P
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      Re: NaNoWriMo 2007
      Reply #7: Oct 31, 2007 10:53:01 am
      Do you think if you post the novel on here it will be under the maximum post length? :D

      You could always serialise it :D :D :D

      I'm sure it will read like a pig at the end...won't be doing any editing just full frontal word splurg...hehe
      Posted on: October 31, 2007, 10:52:14 AM
      All the best with it and good luck, keep us posted as to how you are geting on :)

      Will do...my poor little fingers!
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      Re: NaNoWriMo 2007
      Reply #8: Oct 31, 2007 01:09:08 pm
      What's the plot?

      Give us a bit of a synopsis.

      If your stuck for ideas or get writer's block we could all chip in with a few suggestions.

      How about the Great Rotation Conspiracy? >:D
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      Re: NaNoWriMo 2007
      Reply #9: Oct 31, 2007 05:34:38 pm
      Many thanks for the link DM, I have needed something to encourage me to write for a while now so I have signed up. I once started writing finished five chapters and then just binned it because I couldn't be bothered anymore, but with a deadline to complete my literary masterpiece I am sure I will finish it this time? 
      Thanks again for the link mate and good luck for finishing on the 30th
      « Last Edit: Oct 31, 2007 05:38:04 pm by Glenbuck »
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      Re: NaNoWriMo 2007
      Reply #10: Oct 31, 2007 06:18:44 pm
      Not quite sure what I'm letting myself in for, but I've decided to give it a go.
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      Reply #11: Oct 31, 2007 06:27:02 pm
      Many thanks for the link DM, I have needed something to encourage me to write for a while now so I have signed up. I once started writing finished five chapters and then just binned it because I couldn't be bothered anymore, but with a deadline to complete my literary masterpiece I am sure I will finish it this time? 
      Thanks again for the link mate and good luck for finishing on the 30th

      Not quite sure what I'm letting myself in for, but I've decided to give it a go.

      Great guys...let me know if you want to be added to my 'writers buddies' on the official site, we can nag the hell out of each other there then too!
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      Re: NaNoWriMo 2007
      Reply #12: Oct 31, 2007 06:27:27 pm
      Not quite sure what I'm letting myself in for, but I've decided to give it a go.

      Well in mate, some of the driv...... sorry well constructed pieces you put on here should mean you will have no problem.  ;D

      If i can be serious for my one and only time on this forum, good luck mate i hope we can all stick at it and finish on the 30th.
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      Re: NaNoWriMo 2007
      Reply #13: Oct 31, 2007 06:37:11 pm
      Is it just us three then?

      You two got any idea what you're gonna write about yet?
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      Re: NaNoWriMo 2007
      Reply #14: Oct 31, 2007 06:40:21 pm
      My wilderness years as a pre-op transexual haunted by the feeling I should in fact be an Evertonian called Beryl.

      Are you allowed to write a sort of autobiography? because i always wanted to do something like that, you know a sort of memento for my kids to show them where i and they came from, but having looked at my top paragraph i'm not sure they would want to know. ;D If its a case of you can write anything i suppose thats the way i would go, what about yourselves Eddie,DM any gems working there way round your head?
      « Last Edit: Oct 31, 2007 06:45:01 pm by Glenbuck »
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      Re: NaNoWriMo 2007
      Reply #15: Oct 31, 2007 06:42:15 pm
      My wilderness years as a pre-op transexual haunted by the feeling I should in fact be an Evertonian called Beryl.

       :lmao: :lmao:  I'll look forward to reading the finished article Glenbuck  ;)
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      Reply #16: Oct 31, 2007 06:47:28 pm
      :lmao: :lmao:  I'll look forward to reading the finished article Glenbuck  ;)

      I will try and show you some little pieces as i progress Smigs! ;D
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      Re: NaNoWriMo 2007
      Reply #17: Oct 31, 2007 06:50:46 pm
      I'm kinda thinking along the same lines Glenbuck. I was a bit of a scally up until I sorted myself out when I was about 16, I was thinking about writing something along the lines of what could've happened if I hadn't sorted myself out, so kinda part fact, part fiction.
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      Reply #18: Oct 31, 2007 07:00:07 pm
      I'm kinda thinking along the same lines Glenbuck. I was a bit of a scally up until I sorted myself out when I was about 16, I was thinking about writing something along the lines of what could've happened if I hadn't sorted myself out, so kinda part fact, part fiction.

      I like it Eddie mate, and as i'm "slightly" older i dont even need the fiction, in fact i think i have enough material to rival war and peace!
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      Re: NaNoWriMo 2007
      Reply #19: Oct 31, 2007 07:10:28 pm
      Right, got my basic plot together.

      It's gonna be a life story, told in the first person. Up to the age of 16 it's all gonna be very close to what actually happened in my life, but instead of growing out of being a scally like I did, my character's gonna get more & more involved in the criminal world. It's gonna culminate in him going down for a long time for something he didn't do and then there's gonna be a twist at the end which is a secret for now. It's just a basic outline for now, gonna get typing tomorrow & see where it leads. Still not sure I'm gonna be able to make it last 50,000 words though.

      On the note of the word count, how are you guys actually gonna measure it? I was thinking that I might not bother to count the words & just stick to the 175 page target, will be a lot easier.
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      Reply #20: Oct 31, 2007 07:39:55 pm
      Right, got my basic plot together.

      It's gonna be a life story, told in the first person. Up to the age of 16 it's all gonna be very close to what actually happened in my life, but instead of growing out of being a scally like I did, my character's gonna get more & more involved in the criminal world. It's gonna culminate in him going down for a long time for something he didn't do and then there's gonna be a twist at the end which is a secret for now. It's just a basic outline for now, gonna get typing tomorrow & see where it leads. Still not sure I'm gonna be able to make it last 50,000 words though.

      On the note of the word count, how are you guys actually gonna measure it? I was thinking that I might not bother to count the words & just stick to the 175 page target, will be a lot easier.

      I am going for a word count myself Eddie as i know how long its going to take me to reel off a couple of thousand at at a time, believe me two fingered typing is not going to be of benefit in this little project. ;D
      I realise some days i will probably carry on typing for Britain but they will more than make up for the Sunday mornings when i do nothing because of an alcohol induced brain ache!, then again don't all artists over indulge? or is that just p*ss artists? ;D
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      Reply #21: Oct 31, 2007 08:03:51 pm
      This should be good you guys, I so look forward to reading your masterpieces ;)
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      Reply #22: Oct 31, 2007 08:41:22 pm
      I think I may sign up for this too, I used to write a few stories at school/college and have been meaning to start doing some again but have never really pushed myself to do it.  This project looks like the inspiration I have been looking for.

      Cheers DM I look forward to reading yours and everyone else's :)

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      Reply #23: Nov 01, 2007 01:02:54 am
      Good luck lads!! I personally think you's will do very well if you's get into it. If only I had the patience....
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      Reply #24: Nov 01, 2007 02:29:59 am
      Ok have made a start...mine is a free form style plot that will grow from an initial scene I had in my mind for the beginning. Total fiction...

      guys don't worry the people running this don't read your finished piece. If you want a 'winner' certificate at the end of November you must have written 50k+ words & submitted it to their site...subject can be anything as long as its your own words!

      Don not make the mistake of trying to edit your work...do that after just get those words out!

      364 words in so far...off to bed now!

      Good luck all!

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