NaNoWriMo 2018

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  1. Marquise*

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    @Marsigne Woah always ready but I didn't knew you could exponentiate word counts?
     
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    Thanks! Hopefully, my presence will be of some use. :p

    Yeah, I did it with the intention of learning the different tools for writing a book (as I intend to publish), and it has been a cool journey.

    As much as there are no rules for going below the word-count, I can go up whenever I want, no special orders needed. :D

    Starting out slow, but steady. I've decided to go with my own rules regarding planning, which is through scene-bullet drafting. Every 100 words (since I write at a quick pace) I think on what's going to happen and write it as a bullet point. What makes this a thorough planning is that I'm going to do this for the entire novel, which means that I'll have 2,000 scene-bullets, and making it this way allows me to do further big-picture planning.

    To practice (and to see my writing speed), I made a freewriting session of about a minute today. 77 words, not bad for the short time.
    There was an outrage around, Michael was hiding from it but the commander flew to Michael and made a watch movement. The Commander said: "What's the matter, Michael?"

    Michael replied: "Well, that was sudden!"

    The Commander laughed and said: "Well, you should watch your step, boy."

    Michael pouted and replied: "I'm not a boy!"

    The Commander started going away and said: "There are a lot of experiences that you need to have, still. Have you heard of the Epics?"
     
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  3. Arisa

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    Huh, I should so do this! I had an idea for a novel I wanted to write and the extra motiviation might make it happen
     
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    I dunno if it’s a good idea or not but I’m considering writing my first draft in my native language for the sake of speed. I’ve not written in Swedish for a long time though but no matter how advanced my English gets I imagine I’ll still think and type faster in my native languish.

    Of course I’d like to translate it to English in the second draft as I’m not interested in writing Swedish novels. Too much of a nisch market.

    @Arisa
    Welcome, and good luck! If you need motivation, consider signing up on the official home page and add some of us as writing buddies. That way you can compare your word count with others, it’s a painful but great reminder that pushes you to try your best every day.

    @Marsigne
    You wrote that... in 1 minute? That’s really something. I imagine you’ve practiced writing a lot to get that fast? Any tips?

    Also how did you get that widget to work? I want to add one as well but I can’t get this link to work by just pasting it into signature. Did you do anything special?

    [Edit; I think I asked you this last year as well?]
    [Edit2; Maybe I got it to work now? Well, We’ll see if it’ll update properly on the 1st of November I guess.]


    <img src="http://nanowrimo.org/widget/LiveParticipant/leomyra.png" />
     
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    Gaaah, how to write it though? I wanted to write a book about having a, less than perfect boyfriend (not abusive, just kinda sad y'know?) but there's so many ways to interpret it
     
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    @Arisa
    There’s really only one way to do it... just write it. You may or may not choose to plan things out before, but at the very least I find it incredibly easier to have the ending in mind. But that’s just me.

    Remember that it’s just a first draft. You don’t need to show it to anyone, or commit to it. It doesn’t have to be good, or even decent. Most likely it’ll be an embarrassing mess, that is fine. It’s pretty common. It’s how all books start out so don’t worry about it and just write something.

    You can always change and rewrite stuff later (after NaNoWriMo is done!) ...unless you haven’t written anything, because then there’s nothing to rewrite.
     
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  7. Marsigne

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    Sadly kinda crashed in writing these days, but I think I'll be able to pick up again tomorrow. I've made a couple of scenes on Wednesday, which had an average of 65.2 words. While there are people that can stay on a scene for thousands of words, here I'm struggling with keeping more than 100 words. :kaodes:

    Freewriting sessions:
    Scene 1: Michael reaches a floating island
    Scene 2: Michael talks with the Leader of the island
    Scene 3: Michael exits the floating island
    Scene 4: Michael goes to the cafeteria
    Scene 5: Michael does some exercises

    7 minutes, 326 words, 5 scenes (butchered the last 2), 65.2 words per scene

    Michael started going on a trip to find an unknown island. He looked toward the horizons with his ship, until he found a floating island in the ocean. Michael got surprised and thought:

    "This should be the legendary island!"

    Michael sailed with the ship near the island, then converted into a Super Element and made a jump onto it. Michael looked around the island: It was short, and there were forests around. Michael got to the middle and saw someone in it, then Michael got surprised. Michael went to the being and said:

    "Hey! Who are you?"

    The being replied: "I'm the keeper of the island, Commander Sergeant."

    Michael said: "That sounds cool! What are the features of it?"

    The Commander Sergeant replied: "Well, this is owned by the Shadow Association, and I'm here to guard it. It has hidden things at times, and I mention the organization to come here.

    Michael said: "That's cool! I'll come with my friends on another day to talk with you more about it."

    The Commander Sergeant laughed and replied: "Sure!"

    Michael went to the ship and got into it, enthusiastic because of his findings. He parted with the ship to the Academy Island, and landed at the harbor. Michael went happily to Abimael's house then saw Christopher and Raxel. They asked: "What have you been doing, Michael?"

    Michael replied: "I've been adventuring at other islands! Have you heard of the secret island?"

    Christopher got surprised and said: "I've heard it doesn't exist, how did you find it?"

    Michael got stranged and replied: "I was sailing around and I found it."

    Christopher grinned and said: "I see. How about if you tell the Commander?"

    Michael jumped and said: "Sure!"

    Michael went into the Academy and searched for the Element Leader. Michael didn't see him and said to the Wind Master: "Do you know where the Element Leader is?"

    The Wind Master replied: "He's at the harbor, looking at your map."

    2 minutes, 129 words, 0 scenes (inspiration from Home of Dragons KH music)

    Michael was exploring the islands around to see the inhabitants of each. He looked at Peer Island, Moon Island, and a few others, then decided to step at Sun Island to learn about its Element. Michael greeted the guards who were burning Michael lightly, then went into the Headquarters. Michael passed through the guards and they were fine with Michael passing without even knowing him. Michael reached the Commander and said: "Commander, I have a quest for you."

    The Commander laughed and replied: "What?"

    Michael got a ruler and attempted to hit the Commander, but the Commander evaded the attack and said: "Whoa, stop!"

    Michael replied: "What's the matter? I thought you could be stronger than an Element ruler."

    The Commander shutted up and went to the bathroom.

    2 minutes, 93 words, 0 scenes (inspiration from Home of Dragons KH music), 46.5 words per minute

    Michael obtained an item from the Harbor. Michael went to the Specialist and ordered 3 herbs, and the guy said: "Thank you for shopping with us!"

    Michael parted to the Academy Island and brought Christopher and Abimael to it. Michael's brain was being frozen due to the plot not getting in so quickly, then Abimael said:

    "Michael, what's the matter?"

    Michael replied: "I need a map, although I guess I'm doing good...."

    Abimael grinned and said: "Let's go toward the Harbor and conquer the Kings." The three parted and stayed in the inn.

    2 minutes, 101 words, 0 scenes (inspiration from Darkness of the Unknown KH music), 50.5 words per minute

    Michael was fighting with The Dark One. Michael threw a Sword Attack, and The Dark One grabbed the sword with chains and swayed them. Michael activated Quick Speed and did circles around The Dark One, and The Dark One laughed and said: "That again?" Michael did a Sun attack against The Dark One and he got impressed then hit by the attack, then said: "More tricks up your sleeve, huh. See this one." The Dark One started spawning a moon then Michael jumped outside it, not getting hurt. The Dark One got shocked then said: "How did you expect the attack?"
     
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    I’m considering trying to write from a second person POV in November... does anyone have any experience with that?

    @Marsigne
    So even you suffer from writers lock from time to time? Even if it isn’t good writing, it’s still best to just keep at it... which it seems like you’re doing. :kaohi: ...Maybe you’ve managed to get back into it already?
     
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    Oh man it's that time of year again... I've just written the intro chapter to a YA novel I'm working on... I guess I could use it as some extra motivation to keep going!
     
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    I don't have, but I imagine it'd be a nice experience to pull off. :)

    Yep! I mostly froze on the scene-making part, since I rarely make in-depth planning (irl and otherwise), although I'm still writing to maintain a rhythm.


    Haven't been really active in writing still, although I've written two sessions (yesterday and today).

    Michael was at a typing competition. Michael saw the other typists typing as fast as 200WPM, and Michael needed to defeat those to pass the tournament. Abimael went to Michael and said: "Hey, are you ready?"

    Michael replied: "I guess so..."

    Abimael said: "What's the matter?"

    Michael replied: "They're so fast...."

    Abimael grinned and said: "What else did you expect?"

    Michael replied: "I thought it wouldn't be this competitive...."

    Abimael smiled and said: "That's all right, but now's your opportunity to show your potential. Show them your strength."

    The honorable forces were coming from the desert to attack the Element raiders. The Dark One, leader of the honorable forces, decided to take a strategic route this time. He wanted to appear to be on the front side but attack from their back. As the honorable forces got closer to the Element raiders, Shoko, the Element Raider leader, went to the front and said: "Honorable forces: I want to see your leader." One of the honorable forces' front said: "I'm afraid the leader doesn't want to do that." Shoko started making a storm appear at the sky, then he said: "Very well."
     
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    My pre-NaNoWriMo preparations isn’t going too well. I’m jumping between narratives and stories and haven’t managed to start a single outline that I think I can stick to... and the days keep ticking away.

    What about you guys? How’s the prep-work going? Are you ready to go on the 1st of November, or, are you starting to panic (like me)?
     
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    I had a few good days of preparations and then a plot bunny came along for a One Map Challenge story and and... my preparations are on hiatus :kaocry:I haven't started to panic (yet), but give me a week and I'll be there lol
     
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    @megumi014
    Kill that bunny! ...before it multiplies! I’ve an entire bunny farm going on over here and it’s distracting me from what I feel I should be doing, it’s even distracting me from my distractions!:kaoeh:
     
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    NaNoWriMo is great. I've participated in the past (and won once), and it is a wonderful way to meet likeminded individuals and get some help with brainstorming and writing that novel you've always had stuck in the back of your head.

    I studied in Canada for a year (some years back) and participated in NaNo while over there. That was probably one of the greatest moment of writing I've ever been part of. Not because my outcome was exceptionally brilliant, but because I found that I can have fun pushing out 50.000 words in only a month. I also participated in a nightly writing even in a church and took part in probably the most epic Karaoke-session I will ever have the joy of experiencing.

    The only thing missing from NaNo (for me) is editors. Because having someone other than yourself read, comment and suggest what parts need rewriting and what needs to be cut completely is a must. They should do a National Novel Editing Month in December.
     
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    Hello there @FrozenNorseman , what about this year? Do you mayhapp feel a tingeing sensation in your fingers? A feeling to... write? :kaohi:
     
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    I have work and a son to contend with. I am realistic enough about my mental capacities after attending to both those tasks to realize I will never get anything worthwhile done.

    I'm still jotting down stuff, just not aiming for xx words a day.
     
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    @FrozenNorseman I guess when you're a family man there are different priorities. Oh well, stick around here if you're looking for some inspiration. Even if you're not aiming for xx words a day, you might get motivated by those that do? :)
     
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    Otherwise, I give excellent virtual pats on the back to anyone needing a bit of confirmation during NaNo. It's a word marathon and we want everyone to succeed.
     
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    I am not going to try to write for Nanowrimo specifically, but I am working on a norse-style narrative poem that takes place in my game world of Grangard. If I do the rewrites (I did the first draft september, it was one of my goals for the month) during november I should get up to at least 20.000 words!
     
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    @Canini Well, writing is still writing! Welcome to the party (although it’s kind of silent in here as of late).

    Is your poem in Swedish mayhapp?:kaohi:
     
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