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National Novel Writing Month.

Post by Tawmis » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:14 am

Anyone else doing this?

36,890 more words to go... as I sit on 13,110 words typed so far - putting me behind my daily quota - yet again! So that means buckling down one of these days here soon and catching up as quickly as I can. Since I (plan to) go to work tomorrow pretty early; that means coming home early and possibly catching up to where I should be - and maybe giving myself some extra room. Definitely have room with where the story is going!

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Re: National Novel Writing Month.

Post by Rath Darkblade » Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:40 am

I haven't even heard of this (not surprising, since I'm not American). ;) What is it about? Why do you have to write so many words? etc. ;)

I've been writing my own novel for about six or seven years now... it's more or less finished, although I'm still going through it and polishing it up, adding a few words here and taking away some there, as I think of it. Sometimes I add a whole scene if I think of something funny enough. ;)

It's just over 250 pages... not sure about words, I haven't tried converting it to a word-processing format yet. Would that be somewhere near 50,000 words? Just wondering. :)

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Re: National Novel Writing Month.

Post by DeadPoolX » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:20 am

Well... I am American and I've never heard of this day either. It seems just about every other day is now "something day." :P
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Re: National Novel Writing Month.

Post by Tawmis » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:41 am

Rath Darkblade wrote:I haven't even heard of this (not surprising, since I'm not American). ;) What is it about? Why do you have to write so many words? etc. ;)

I've been writing my own novel for about six or seven years now... it's more or less finished, although I'm still going through it and polishing it up, adding a few words here and taking away some there, as I think of it. Sometimes I add a whole scene if I think of something funny enough. ;)
I don't think it's just American though? I am pretty sure they accept people from anywhere for this. :)

As for what it's about - well, it's uh ... about writing. And why write so many words? I think the point is to prove that you CAN do it. For example, I could probably count about 50 stories sitting on my hard drive that are completely unfinished - and in various states! Some are just notes for a story. Some are 20 pages. Some are 200 pages. But I never seem to finish them. I always feel like I lose steam. I think because I look at it that I have this huge "near infinite" amount of time to finish these stories. (And really that's NOT a good way to look at it - as life can sometimes rather unexpectedly simply... end).

So I think the point is - they set this high mark of 50,000 words in 30 days. Not impossible by any means. It's basically 1,668 words every day added to your story. That's not a lot, if you really sit down and think about it. So it's basically to push yourself and prove that 50,000 words in a month CAN be done.

So for me - this is a personal challenge. To see if I can do 50,000 words in 30 days. If I can, I am going to try to set this as a goal every month for whatever story I am working on. To add 50,000 words to it by the end of each month (until I am done). Because like you, some of my stories on my hard drive are anywhere from a year to ten years old! And as I said, in all kinds of various states of completedness! (Yeah, I made up that word!) :-D
Rath Darkblade wrote: It's just over 250 pages... not sure about words, I haven't tried converting it to a word-processing format yet. Would that be somewhere near 50,000 words? Just wondering. :)
I am pretty sure 250 words is more than 50,000 words. My story I am doing for this, for example is sitting at:

11,438 words and 27 pages (Normal Times Roman Font 12). Which averages around 438 words per page. So if we apply that average, that would make your story around: 109,500 words. Well over the 50,000 mark. Of course, 109,500 words over the course of seven years is a much lower average than 1,668 words a day. :lol:
DeadPoolX wrote:Well... I am American and I've never heard of this day either. It seems just about every other day is now "something day." :P
Gah. I wish I would have posted this sooner than to see if any of you would partake in it. I only just heard of it like two months ago, when someone mentioned it on the ElfQuest forum on Sept 30th.

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Post by Datadog » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:48 am

The NaNoWriMo! One of my friends does this every year. I'm usually too preoccupied with my own projects to start writing a novel, but she always brainstorms me for ideas on MSN, so I sort of participate.

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Re: National Novel Writing Month.

Post by Tawmis » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:51 pm

It's pretty exciting. I don't know if I could do this every year... Because I am not sure I have that many original ideas - unless I went back and rewrote some of my older novel ideas.

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Re: National Novel Writing Month.

Post by Datadog » Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:54 am

Nah - just start fresh. That's when the original ideas come out. Never plan a story - just start writing about something random and see where your brain leads you.

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