(375 Posts)
EmpressOfTheGoldFlames Fri 07-Sep-12 11:19:01


Is anyone doing NaNoWriMo this year?
I'm going to start it at least & hopefully finish it. I've got characters swirling around in my head at the moment & some glimpse of a possible plot...

FlyingAardvark Sat 08-Sep-12 22:02:28

Hi Empress
I'm hoping to do nano again this year. Every year I say I'm unsure due to uni work but I always manage so I'm sure I wont be able to resist temptation this year. I've just started writing something recently so may cheat and use nano to continue that as only get chance to write for 4-5 hours a week and there will no point in starting something esle.
Not sure I will hit target this year but Nano is a really good way of getting lots written.

EmpressOfTheGoldFlames Mon 10-Sep-12 14:54:01

Hi Aardvark!

This is my first time. I have no idea whether I'll make it but I'm telling everyone I'm doing it in the hope that NOT finishing would be too embarrassing!

FlyingAardvark Mon 10-Sep-12 20:48:30

It is great fun. I've done it the past 2 years and it has made me much better at drafting. It might not make a lot of sense, my plot changes throughout, I go between talking in first person and third person but just getting that draft done and having something to work with is great.
We normally have a thread running on here aswell so hopefully others will be joining in. My name is jomac79 on there if you want to add me as a buddy, seeing everyones word count go up is a huge motivation for me.

Kayano Tue 11-Sep-12 11:41:43

I'm doing it this year. I signed up last year but it was unfortunately during my last month at work before mat leave an I had so much to do (and so much anxiety) that I just failed miserably!

I could however write a very convincing piece on panic attacks this year I suppose confused

This year it falls in my first month back at work so totally stressing already!


EmpressOfTheGoldOceans Sat 22-Sep-12 12:31:14

Thanks Aardvark, I'll do that. I'm RafaellaCJ.

What about you, Kayano?

DisorderlyNights Wed 03-Oct-12 14:48:48

Hi, I'm signed up for it too. It'll be my first time. My first complete kids novel is with a few agents and I want to use Nanowrimo to kickstart my second.
If an agent gets back to me wanting a rewrite then I'll have to stop, but aside from that I'm excited about it, and finishing my outline this week.

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Fri 05-Oct-12 00:08:16

Are we meant to do an outline first then, Disorderly? I've got an idea and some rough notes but that's it so far.

DisorderlyNights Fri 05-Oct-12 06:55:26

I don't think we're necessarily meant to, but I like to write from a fairly tight outline, so don't want to feel uninspired on the first day and not get going IYKWIM?

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Fri 05-Oct-12 10:25:15

Makes sense grin
I'm getting to know my characters atm.

DisorderlyNights Fri 05-Oct-12 17:10:34

Do you interview them, or write lots of background?
I feel like the characters for my last MS dropped fully formed into my mind, and I had to work much harder at the plot. For my next idea it's the other way round, it's a simpler plot that's clear in my mind. But I need to do some more work on the characters.

NinthWave Fri 05-Oct-12 17:14:39

I am! I won in 05 and 06 and got to 34k words last year, so fingers crossed for this time...!

FlyingAardvark Fri 05-Oct-12 19:07:59

I always start with a outline. I've normally abandoned it half way through! grin
I have no idea what I am doing yet for this years.

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Fri 05-Oct-12 20:11:03

Monologues at the moment. I'm carrying a notebook in my bag and whenever I've got time (normally on the commute) I let the two main characters think aloud and write down whatever comes out. Some of it's a bit random but I'm getting to know them quite well.

schmalex Mon 08-Oct-12 08:15:09

I'm going to give it a go this year. I keep meaning to, but I tend to think of it in December (doh!).
You're all freaking me out with your outlines and characters ready prepared. Does anyone just start with a blank slate on 1st Nov?

Oh, and I'm alexthepink on NNWM.

FlyingAardvark Mon 08-Oct-12 13:03:06

A lot of people just start writing with no plan beforehand. It works for some people, I like a loose plan and to 'know' my main characters but I never stick to it rigidly as like to go with the flow of my writing (and then edit it to death!). I've tried writing without any outline and it just doesn't work for me, it would just be directionless and my endings were always weak.

BertieBotts Fri 12-Oct-12 23:01:19

I totally forgot about NaNoWriMo!

I've got an idea in mind that I'd love to write about but I feel like I'd have to do quite a lot of research. Also, I'm not even sure what to call my main characters shock

Is it the kind of thing where you can research as you go? I think I'd get distracted and carried away researching and forget to write grin What happens if I just write it without researching (ie guesswork!) and then research later and find it's all totally ridiculous - I guess I'd have to rewrite everything but I'm wondering if the draft would be useful at all in this case.

How long would you say you need to spend (per week for example) to realistically complete it, or get close?

TunipTheVegemal Sat 13-Oct-12 14:51:43

Sometimes you don't know what questions you need your research to answer until you start writing.

EmpressOfTheSevenScreams Sun 14-Oct-12 01:18:42

I've just added you as a buddy, schmalex, I'm RafaellaCJ.

Not at all sure what I'm going to need research on at the moment but I'm sure there'll be plenty.

BackOnceAgainWithLoopyLoops Sun 14-Oct-12 05:18:22

Just come across this and am intrigued.

I've just started my latest novel (after abandoning the last two). I'm feeling much more positive about this one and have it all planned out. I've just written the first chapter.

The rules for NaNoWriMo say that you can't include previously written work. If I want to join in, do I have to rewrite my first chapter entirely or can I just re-write it using the first draft as a guide?

How much time do those of you who have done it before find you devote to it?

Do you find your work is of a poorer quality when written to a tight deadline like this?

Thanks smile

BertieBotts Sun 14-Oct-12 10:08:16

I think it's just supposed to be a first draft, Back, so quality would improve with redrafting anyway.

I guess my research question is about how much time it takes up.

Go on then. I need to commit to actually doing some writing...

NinthWave Mon 15-Oct-12 22:51:18

LoopyLoops Last year I spent 2-3 hours each evening on it, depending on how distracted I got by the Internet.

I did my first two years before I had DC, so was able to dedicate a lot more time to it.

Some people on the NaNo forums challenge themselves to write the whole 50k in 24 hours shock

BackOnceAgainWithLoopyLoops Tue 16-Oct-12 00:34:14

24 hours?! That can't be possible unless you write absolute bullshit, surely?

What about my first chapter? Do I have to discard it?

Ninth Did you ever develop any of what you did into something that got published?

BertieBotts Tue 16-Oct-12 09:17:14

Technically I think you're not supposed to use pre-written stuff but it's not judged or anything, it's just a challenge personally for you really. So make your own rules to an extent smile

Wilding Tue 16-Oct-12 09:25:56

I'm definitely doing this again - only managed 10k last year blush

I'll be working away at the start of November and should have lots of free time so hopefully I can actually get it done this time!

I did about 4k Wilding... blush blush

Engelsemama Thu 18-Oct-12 19:25:41

Have been thinking about this for a few years and would love to give it a go this year. 50k is a scary amount of words though!

Penelope1980 Fri 19-Oct-12 21:01:03

I have decided to sign up as well - just finished the third draft of one other novel and need to move on to something else before I go barmy. Where do you actually "sign up"?

Penelope1980 Fri 19-Oct-12 21:03:07

Actually decided to stop being lazy and googled it smile Yay this is exciting! Thanks engels for reminding me about it in another thread!

Engelsemama Fri 19-Oct-12 21:34:57

Okay, have signed up. 50,000 words! eek!

Have dusted off my Ready, set novel! that I bought last year and has been gathering dust ever since. I am well and truly starting from scratch so need to get cracking with some preparation so I'll be ready to go on November 1st.

Great to see a familiar face pen smile

My NaNo username is IBelieveInEngels if anyone wants to "buddy" me

FlyingAardvark Sat 20-Oct-12 10:49:15

I've found each year that when I start writing I can quickly get a couple of thousand of words out on the momentum of writing something new. Somewhere near the beginning I'll struggle along a bit but then I'll get into the flow of it and it's amazing how many words you can get out, then I'll get to about 40,000 and struggle along for the last week again and just hit 50000 in the last couple of days with my competitiive streak not letting me get any less.
I think if I actually stuck to my outline and didn't stray out of it until I'm just rambling on, I'd probably not struggle near the end so much.
I've still only got a few loose ideas and nothing solid yet. I've got an assignment due in on the 30th Oct, trying to get it in a little earlier so I can concentrate on Nano (which is a lot more exciting!)

Penelope1980 Sat 27-Oct-12 20:28:24

How's everyone going with the planning? i have started a rough outline, although suspect that once I start going it will be thrown out. grin

Penelope1980 Sat 27-Oct-12 20:32:08

How do you add a writer buddy? Can't for the life of me figure it out.

BustyDeLaGhetto Sat 27-Oct-12 21:00:51

I'm in there like swimwear. I'm working on an existing story and hoping to use NaNoWriMo to get it completed. I struggled last year as had some health problems but this year I feel supercharged.

If you want to buddy up, I'm Lucky Violet.

Alameda Sun 28-Oct-12 12:05:24

Hello! Am doing nanowrimo for the first time, have joined the London fb group even though is miles away. On the nanowrimo site I'm 'themingechronicles' (might write Adventures With My Minge) but haven't set up much of a profile yet.

FlyingAardvark Sun 28-Oct-12 14:55:20

Penelope1980 you have to find the person and then click on 'add as buddy' on their profile.
Finally know what I am doing and have a loose outline now, even know how I want it to end for a change.
Will add some people as buddies so if you see 'jomac79' it is me.

Penelope1980 Sun 28-Oct-12 18:58:23

And I'm onecabbagetree !

Engelsemama Mon 29-Oct-12 14:31:42

Weekend away at sister's wedding, nasty cold and ill DS scuppered my plans to get cracking on an outline and get ahead with all my schoolwork in time to get cracking on Thursday.

Have lots of ideas - just need to get them down and organised, but reckon that my first NaNoWriMo is going to produce a real mish mash of a novel for me!

Have added everyone who has listed their nanowrimo name on this thread. Hoping you can keep me motivated ladies!

EmpressOfTheSevenScreams Mon 29-Oct-12 23:05:48

I've got a rough idea of my plot & I know my two lead characters fairly well - that's about it!

Penelope1980 Tue 30-Oct-12 08:20:46

Thanks for adding me, ladies smile Now I need to start planning how too start ... although have a holiday planned this weekend so may start a bit behind. Hmmm.

Engelsemama Wed 31-Oct-12 17:11:32

Still working on outline shock (and waiting for DS to go to bed so I can get more done grin ).

EmpressOfTheSevenScreams Wed 31-Oct-12 17:40:04

DD's gone trick or treating with her mates and I'm about halfway through my list of what's happening in each chapter, although I'm trying to do it at same time as cleaning the fridge.

Penelope1980 Wed 31-Oct-12 19:11:26

My plan runs out of steam a little about 2/3 of the way through ... so hopefully by the time I get to then I have more of an idea and my novel doesn't run out of steam as well

EmpressOfTheSevenScreams Wed 31-Oct-12 19:30:29

Mine goes up to about halfway through, I think, I'm hoping by then the momentum will just keep me going!

FlyingAardvark Wed 31-Oct-12 20:01:53

Sent my assignment off yesterday, and pretty much finished my outline for nano, just want to spend a bit more time on my main character.

I'm raring to go but have loads to do tomorrow and friday but hopefully will get plenty done in the evenings.

Engelsemama Wed 31-Oct-12 20:02:07

Overview finished but have no idea if I have enough for 50,000 words hmm

Had some brainwaves on the drive home tonight so have added a fair few ideas just today (and some new characters).

Next year I am definitely going to start thinking about this earlier in October!

No way I am starting at the stroke of midnight though. Am up at 6.30 tomorrow for a day teaching, but will be raring to go once I get home and DS is fed and in bed

GrendelsMum Wed 31-Oct-12 20:31:24

Count me in! I've done it successfully for the past 3 years, so I'll be aiming to do it again this year. Maybe even go for 60,000 for the first draft if I'm feeling ambitious? I've done no planning, but it's a sequel to the novel I've been working on so far, and so I have some ideas of a couple of things that might happen.

I'll go round and add people as buddies on the Nanowrimo forums.

EmpressOfTheSevenScreams Wed 31-Oct-12 20:37:08

Any tips, GrendelsMum?

GrendelsMum Wed 31-Oct-12 21:17:57

Mmm - let me see...

The first thing is to tell everyone that you're doing it. Then tell them how far along you are. Make your colleagues / friends ask you how it's going.

Tell your family that you must do your word count every day, and mean it. Explain to visiting relatives that they can come and visit in November, but they will need to occupy themselves for a morning while you write.

I have a spreadsheet where I record target word counts and actual word counts. Then I record word counts in the Nanowrimo online counter and watch my graph of numbers curve up steadily.

When you get stuck, ask yourself 'what's the worst thing that could happen to these people at this moment?' and then have that happen. You can keep going for ages like that.

'Write or die' is a wonderful online tool for overcoming the tendency to procrastination. Sit down, tell it you want to write for 30 mins, say, and then get on with it.

Mark out key moment (e.g. 25% done, 50% done, 75% done) and celebrate them with cake and wine.

Accept that the house will be messier for the duration of November, and that meals will consist of more beans on toast than usual. That's fine.

Plan a party for December! Tell everyone why you're celebrating and make them drink a toast to your success.

And finally - this is a draft. It doesn't have to be well written, or have a plot that hangs together entirely, or have consistent characters. The aim (for me at least) is to get a sizeable first draft of a novel down on paper, ready to improve over the rest of the year.


KinkyDorito Thu 01-Nov-12 08:58:51

Procrastinating already. Not the best start.

I've got DD to do it too - she will be more disciplined than me grin.

I will do it. I will. <forces self off MN>

KinkyDorito Thu 01-Nov-12 11:22:52

Okay, 2000 words done. Largely rubbish, and not sure where the heck I'm going, but it is done.

I might do some more later as I know once I'm back at work, time will be harder.

Is anyone on here a professional writer, or is everyone grabbing time around other work commitments/home life? smile

Hello! May I join you? I'm Chadpie on the site.

This is the first year I've done brewing up coffee as I speak! (Not procrastinating, no not me, no sirree.) DH is doing it too.

Well, 175 words so far...

Engelsemama Thu 01-Nov-12 17:56:33

2,000 words kinky? Well done!

Thanks for the tips grendelsmum

I haven't started yet but heading upstairs in a minute. Been at work all day, home at 6, dinner, shower, DS to bed. Finally time to get started...

Penelope1980 Thu 01-Nov-12 19:02:22

I did a good spell of writing and thought I'd written loads, then saw it was only 1300 words so well below daily average! I am having trouble not making minor editorial changes as I go.

Have been using tracked change comments to text in areas where I know I'll need to go back to come December which hopefully will make the editing easier later assuming I actually get that far

Phew, done for the day-1754 words. First novel-related disaster: my favourite pen ran out.

Have added people from this thread-except Alameda because I can't find you...

FlyingAardvark Thu 01-Nov-12 22:07:12

I've just done 2763 words but I spent an hour early on doing some, a little around in the afternoon and then just hammered some out over the past 2 hours. So spent a lot more time on it than I thought I'd be able to. I'm trying to get a lot done now as will find it harder later in the month.
Well done to everyone who got started!

FlyingAardvark Thu 01-Nov-12 22:09:46

Antoinette I'm trying to add you but Nano site is being really slow for me and keeps going to an error page!

SolidGoldYESBROKEMYSPACEBAR Thu 01-Nov-12 22:27:26

I'm doing it! THough sort-of-cheating in that I have a chapter-and-a-half already written, shitloads of notes and an actual sort of deadline so I'm doing it more to get myself focussed.

EmpressOfTheSevenRomanCandles Fri 02-Nov-12 00:19:25

Only up to 904 but that's my first chapter done grin

Thanks for the tips, GrendelsMum.

SolidGoldYESBROKEMYSPACEBAR Fri 02-Nov-12 01:20:14

1625 today. I am being nice and starting my wordcount from where I left off on the stuff already done before today....

Don't think much of the actual website though; it crashes every time I try to get on it.

madwomanintheattic Fri 02-Nov-12 01:34:27

I'm madwomanintherockies... I have yet to write a word, and I have nay plan. Not a single letter.

From 0-50k in 30 days, indeed. grin

I hit rock bottom this week, so I guess it's as good a place to start as any. I totally forgot about nano until I got my reminder email two days ago. I wasn't going to bother, but dd1 came home from school and said 'mummy, have you ever heard of national novel writing month?' And proceeded to tell me about the kids at school who are doing it. So I had to confess that erm, yeah, I had heard of it, but was trying to ignore it. grin

Guess not!

I completely failed last year. Like, gave up after two days. Let's see what happens this year...

<retreats to attic with quill>

castlelough Fri 02-Nov-12 02:59:27

Ooh I have just googled nanowrimo as Engels mentioned it was to do with writing novels. My brother and I vowed last Christmas we would write novels in 2012 (a chapter per month)...I got as far as typing out a litre of my ideas, but never started! Really want to do this, although I will be a bit late starting... but never mind, ultimately it isn't a race and it's about kick starting your novel!
Will be back when I have signed up! grin

castlelough Fri 02-Nov-12 03:00:44

a 'little' of my ideas not a litre whoops blush...

Wilding Fri 02-Nov-12 03:19:34

Managed a whole 570 words yesterday... need to get myself into gear! The problem is I'm not very good at just hammering stuff out, I tend to overthink. Need to get over that and just accept that most of what I'm writing will be rubbish and just go for it!

KinkyDorito Fri 02-Nov-12 07:21:12

So I was feeling good about my 2000 words until I told DD it was time for lights out. She started writing after 6pm, lights out at 10 and had written 6500.


Oh, to be 14 and not have to stop writing to do things like work and ironing. grin

Engelsemama Fri 02-Nov-12 08:33:32

Managed 1673 in the evening after DS went to bed. Took me an hour and 45 mins. Itching to carry on but DS is running around demanding my attention – guess I will have to wait until he’s ready for a nap. Have been brave and proclaiming word count on my facebook page. People who didn’t notice (or understand) when I posted the NaNo link are now shock at realizing what I still have to do.

<waves at madwoman and castle > fancy seeing you here smile

kinky that’s impressive!

Now trying to work out how much more I’ll have to write on my days “off” to make up for busy working days when I have evening commitments as well, and when I’m going to get my marking for school done!

Guess I should do some housework while I wait for DS to tire himself out.

castlelough Fri 02-Nov-12 09:35:41

<waves back at Engels and madwoman and everyone else here>

Have registered : am castlelough there too.....

Hope to get writing even a little tonight, but away til Sunday night...
Good luck people!

LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Fri 02-Nov-12 16:19:31

Is anyone getting anyone to read any of their writing, or waiting until the end? There are a couple of bits I'd like opinion on but not ready for DH to see!

Alameda Fri 02-Nov-12 16:48:02

Nobody is reading mine, whether I'm pleased with it or not. Except maybe one friend.

I missed the start, hope I can catch up from today!

Argh, the site has been crashing aaaallll day!

EmpressOfTheSevenRomanCandles Fri 02-Nov-12 17:00:02

I'll get a couple of people to read the completed first draft but not til then.

LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Fri 02-Nov-12 17:06:10

Yeah, the site is crap. Too many forum topics, no-one replies soon enough anyway. MN is much better smile

There are parts of mine that are pseudo journalistic writing, and I've never done that before, so I'm not really sure if it sounds realistic enough.

LoopyLoops I'll happily give you my non-professional opinion if you want someone to cast an eye over it!

Engelsemama Fri 02-Nov-12 19:33:12

Haven't shown mine to anyone. I did wave it in DH's direction last night and he didn't seem that interested but since he's not really much of a reader (and when he does he usually reads in Dutch rather than English) I'm not sure how much help he'd be.

I'm a secondary school teacher, so I always worry that my writing sounds too "teenagerish".

Up to 4212 after a short session this evening as well.

I am SO going to make 50,000!

KinkyDorito Fri 02-Nov-12 19:39:12

I'm on about 2500; DD on 7386 and still going.

My writing is entirely teenagerish for the same reason Engels. Any literary capability I might have had died about a decade ago thanks to C/D borderline.

Engelsemama Fri 02-Nov-12 19:55:04

grin at C/D borderline

Bringing back memories of when I used to teach in the UK (and given all the English GCSE ho-haa this year am very glad I'm not anymore).

I'm done for the day...looking forward to nap time tomorrow (though DH will be around to get in my way)

Alameda Fri 02-Nov-12 20:24:53

only 615 words so far

they're good though, in a sort of 50 Shades of Sicilian Schlong way (haven't read 50 shades but it can't be worse than this!)

Alameda Fri 02-Nov-12 20:30:53

oh goodness, I need to multiply it by 10 for Sunday? mamma mia . . .

Alameda Fri 02-Nov-12 22:11:42

I will be lucky if I have a short story by the end of the month. Or even a limerick. sad

But I just broke the first thousand word barrier, hooray! And I am making myself laugh a lot as I write. And smoke.

FlyingAardvark Fri 02-Nov-12 22:16:17

I've managed to get up to 4381 today. Mainly as had no one to bother me for about 4 hours.

I won't be showing anybody mine either, my DH just isn't interested, though he does encourage me to write. And my mam has been so critical of any of my writing in the past that she puts me off. She once read a poem I'd written about my PND for a course and she said 'it's a bit gloomy, can't you write happier things'. hmm

Hoping to get a lot more done over the weekend.

Alameda Fri 02-Nov-12 22:22:19

Oh wow, well done! I decided to send mine to a friend after all, apart from anything else I don't trust this app to save it properly and at least that backs it up and makes it retrievable.

Have you read yours through so far, are you pleased with it? Sorry your mum couldn't be a bit more supportive, or think of something encouraging to say.

WearingGreen Fri 02-Nov-12 22:22:54

I've got 1231 words hmm all of them shit.

I've written about 8 beginnings. I can't decide on 1st or 3rd person, I can't decide if I want it to be the main character reminiscing and sort of looking back or if I should just start at the beginning and go through to the end. I need want some sort of narrative/story telling device to run through it and I don't know what that is. It was going to be a 2 way convo between the main character and a therapist, then I thought maybe some sort of reports (there is a murder so pre sentencing reports or parole board reports or something) then I thought maybe letters to the main character. I just can't fix on anything.

Oh, and I haven't figured out who is going to commit the murder and who it is , if anyone, who going to get done for it. It might be a set up, she might get away with it. Who bloody knows?

There is only 3 proper characters and one of them dies, it isn't complicated, I'm just being pathetic.

I think I might explode if I can't churn out another 1000 words before bed.

Alameda Fri 02-Nov-12 22:33:02

You've got a plot, you are winning!

Really I will be pleased if I manage to Do Some Writing every day, whether it joins up or not mad whether I hit the word count or not. I couldn't set my sights any lower without withdrawing from the challenge entirely blush

I would like to do Nanowrimo - as I need to reignite the book I have been working on this year - only up to 15000 words and I keep going back and rewriting which is getting me nowwhere.

Did anyone see the Guardian 'how to write a novel in 30 days' supplement a week or so ago? I was pplanning to use that as my guide this month but I have totally failed the first two days as the children have worn me out and I have resorted to wine and boxsets insteads of writing totally pissed right now which is not good will have to make it up at the weekend. I do have a plot of sorts but I am stalling on a chapter and need to look at the whole story from a different angle.

Good luck to all who try this.

LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Sat 03-Nov-12 02:11:18

Thanks Antoinette, could you PM me your email address please? Be brutal.

Wilding Sat 03-Nov-12 02:59:53

Managed a whole other 700 words yesterday... really need to try and get my speed up! I'm not even working full-time at the moment so I've got no excuse really blush

KinkyDorito Sat 03-Nov-12 05:35:28

Really I will be pleased if I manage to Do Some Writing every day, whether it joins up or not mad whether I hit the word count or not. I couldn't set my sights any lower without withdrawing from the challenge entirely

Same here grin

Have PMd you Loopy smile

Alameda Sat 03-Nov-12 09:52:13


exactly like blood from a stone

funny how easy it is to make impulsive decisions, be heedless of the consequences in most other areas yet writing without editing makes me feel like I am going to DIE

SolidGoldYESBROKEMYSPACEBAR Sat 03-Nov-12 10:08:02

Oh dear, bit of a fail last night as went for a drink to celebrate DS' Dad's birthday, which (as we are broke) involved epic bus journeys so back very late and knackered and, er, only 190 words.
Still, going to get some in tonight and tomorrow I might even cart the laptop off to Abbey Mills and work there...

Engelsemama Sat 03-Nov-12 10:45:52

DS has been in bed for 15 mins already and I haven't started writing yet must get off MN

I'm only writing as an alternative to marking essays grin

nano is finally giving me the excuse to get some dieas down on paper even if they're all shit.

bigmouth I used Ready.Set.Novel! to get myself prepared and generate ideas to work with. You're supposed to do it over 4-5 weeks to get started (but I only signed up to Nano 10-11 days before it started so condensed it a bti!)

I am nto doing any re-writing at all, just ploughing through. Did you read the Nano pep talk from yesterday? "Even if you are the worst writer in the world (whihc you are not) if you have actually done some writing/Nano, you have evidence of being the worst" (or something like that!)

Engelsemama Sat 03-Nov-12 10:47:25

Not yesterday's pep talk, the one before.....

"Padgett Powell, who was once my professor, told me often to embrace failure. He wanted me, even if the story didn’t amount to much, to dig into the writing and know that failure was possible, even probable, but to always look towards the moment when the story ended and I was left with those pages. “Even if you are the worst writer in the world,” he would say, “at least you’ll have the evidence.”

castlelough Sat 03-Nov-12 11:53:51

I've finally made a start this morning!
507 words!
It all needs developing and drawing out at a later stage, but at least it is a start!

KinkyDorito Sat 03-Nov-12 13:03:39

What I don't understand is why it is so hard. I'm not great, but I don't think I'm awful either. I have a thousand story starts and lots of ideas. I do often think what I'm writing isn't very interesting/gripping though. I don't understand why I can't just sit down and get on with it.

It is weird.

Am I worried about failing? Am I worried it will be a huge amount of time with little to show at the end of it?

I really don't know what stops me.

FlyingAardvark Sat 03-Nov-12 13:52:08

Alameda I haven't read it through yet, mainly as I think I would think it's a pile of crap and want to start over again. About 70% of it is drivel as I find beginnings hard and usually write loads of irrelavant stuff while getting into the main character. So a lot of it will be edited out after Nano has finished but right now it all adds to the word count grin

I found it very hard to do drafts before I did my first Nano 2 years ago, I would edit as I went and get sick half way through. I took it as a challenge to get the words out in draft for Nano and I've got the hang of it now. Still hate editing though. I have corrected spelling and grammar every 1000 words though, I can't not correct my spelling as tend to write quick and have loads of red lines.

KinkyDorito I get all those doubts, the only thing I have found to make writing easier is to just keep practising, even if it is drivel just go with it, don't be frightened to change direction in the middle. I often change POV and have them go through endless conversations for pages and pages. Yes it will never be a story but there'll be something in there to develop into something else. And once you've hit that 50000 it'll feel a lot easier to do it again. My writing has improved a lot just doing this the past coule of years.

KinkyDorito Sat 03-Nov-12 15:14:28

Have you ever published anything Flying? Or do you write for yourself? smile

FlyingAardvark Sat 03-Nov-12 16:03:11

No I've never been published, never had the guts to send anything off yet.
I've made a deal with myself that when I finish my degree in 2 years, I'll give myself a year to write up and edit at least one of my drafts and see how it goes. I don't have a lot of time to work on editing and everything but I enjoy writing and find it relaxing so I seem to be building up a pile of drafts, most of them without and ending!

Alameda Sat 03-Nov-12 16:20:25

so this is the third nano for you flying? You must have lots of material already from previous years or is it a fresh project each time?

I had a look at my work so far and it's so difficult not to erase it all, but I sent it to my friend and she was great, said it made her laugh (it is supposed to be funny!) and only had lots of positive things to say. She's a literary agent so it's useful feedback, we have worked (written) together and she can be blunt when necessary. So I'm encouraged! Although I did say I was writing for personal enrichment and not publication it was helpful to hear that it's in a quite good state for submission already, if I wanted. (Not to her, still have an actual agent.)

Alameda Sat 03-Nov-12 16:22:26

I hate the phrase 'personal enrichment', it's my reason for everything!

FlyingAardvark Sat 03-Nov-12 16:32:56

Yes my third Nano. The one I did in 2010 I evolved it into a much better story but still the same basic plot. I used the first two chapters of it for a creative writing module in my degree and got good marks for it. It is probably the story I will work on first when I get the chance as one I'm most proud of. The second one I enjoyed writing the most but I realised writing it I'm going to have to do quite a bit of research as it's set in the middle ages and I don't have time to do that, so I've put it away for now. This one is just something completely new for me.

It's really good you have someone to share your story with and get useful feedback too. I used to worry about criticism and would never let anyone look, after doing the creative writing course and having to let others look at my work it's really developed my writing. I still don't like criticism but I've learned to look at is as useful and it's such a boost when someone likes your work!

LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Sat 03-Nov-12 16:57:15

A quick question. Is it OK, do you think, to include a mumsnet in joke? It's something that I always find funny, but non MNers are unlikely to see the relevance of. Would it offend any MN readers, do you think?

LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Sat 03-Nov-12 16:57:40

I think Caitlin Moran did that a couple of times in her book.

Penelope1980 Sat 03-Nov-12 20:32:02

I have had one reference to it in my previous novel and plan to reference it at least once grin MN is pretty well known now, you hear about it in the news now.

I feel like am going ok as have written every day, but have fallen short of the target each day. I might have to take a day of leave when ds is in creche and play catch up.

I tend to write about 500 words every 30 mins or so as a rule of thumb, when I know where the chapter is going that is!

I know you aren't meant to edit as you go, but I can't help it some times.

How many POV's do you have? I have 4 and wondering if one more is one too many (my book is about what different people do when the world is ending)

castlelough Sat 03-Nov-12 22:23:22

Hi Penelope,
This is probably a silly question but what is a POV?
<reverently> Have you already published a novel?

POV = point of view

I am determined to make progress but it is so easy to skip days or fail targets, I am a Queen of good intentions and Empress of procrastination. Still I will put Mumsnet down and pick up my chapter no looking back just going forward for this month at least. It would be so amazing to have a completed first draft to work on by Christmas.

Hurrah a thousand words tonight! Now to bed, before I read them back and think they are crap.

Penelope1980 Sun 04-Nov-12 04:01:23

Castle No I haven't published a novel! Just written one that I am not sure what to do with next. It wasn't a Nanowrimo one but took about three months then another 6 months for the edit. Ug. Editing sucks. That's why I am enjoying the idea of NaNo!

Is it just me or are some of the message boards over on the NaNo website a bit mean? Maybe I have been looking in the wrong places but that's how some of them felt. Or perhaps I am just a giant wuss.

Kinky I think part of what makes it hard sometimes is finding the right "voice". I just totally abandoned two of what were supposed to be my main people because it just didn't work, and ended up emphasising a minor character more. Trial and error I guess.

LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Sun 04-Nov-12 07:23:23

A quick gloat, if I may? 12000 words smile

Penelope1980 Sun 04-Nov-12 08:43:12

loopy am impressed! I just hit 6982 after having a few free hours - am just glad to finally be around what the daily average ought to be.

Am happy to have done that much but not sure I can keep up this momentum

LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Sun 04-Nov-12 08:48:58

Ah, but I cheated a bit, had a couple of thousand already blush

Engelsemama Sun 04-Nov-12 08:57:47

shock Loopy ! Am just about to break 6,000 but heading out for coffee with DH's relatives now. If I want to get ahead I'm going to have to head upstairs this afternoon and leave DH to it with DS ignoring pile of marking in the corner that has to be done for Tuesday

Engelsemama Sun 04-Nov-12 08:59:01

pen I am ignoring the nano site except for peptalks and checking my buddies word counts. The only way I can get writing done is if I switch off my internet not working too well right now is it?

castlelough Sun 04-Nov-12 09:52:07

Ooh you are all doing so well! Hoping to make some more progress today! smile

Happy with ANY progress because I haven't written a story since I was at school! (15 years!)

I checked the nano message board last night and thought it was such a NEGATIVE place, filled with doubt and people hating themselves for not getting on as well as they had hoped they would to steer clear of!

FlyingAardvark Sun 04-Nov-12 11:04:23

I've ignored the forums after looking at them the first year, it just all seemed more about competition rather than support. Though I do check out my regional forum I don't go to any meets as even if I had the time I'd find it distracting. I can't sit with people and not talk and I can't write and talk!

If anyone finds the internet distracting I can recommend the freedom programme, it was recommended to me by a MNer and I use it often now. Only problem is when I get to a part and think 'Oh I better check that' and find I can't get on the internet because I've blocked it smile

Wilding Sun 04-Nov-12 11:15:25

Loopyloops, I have a MN in-joke in my novel too... I'm going to look out for references in all the new books I pick up now!

Very envy at how much you're all managing. I did about 1200 yesterday which I was enormously impressed with myself about! Going to try and force myself to do more writing tonight instead of watching repeats of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (slightly addicted blush)

LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Sun 04-Nov-12 12:30:42

Yeah, I've ditched the nano site apart from the stats. No replies on forums, really badly organised, and really negative. MN is enough forum for me.

castlelough Sun 04-Nov-12 12:50:57

Did a half an hour there and brought my word count to 1100 grin. Yay! I have a feeling I will be the slowcoach in this group, but I don't mind! Progress is progress! grin

EllenParsons Sun 04-Nov-12 15:48:32

I completed it in 2002 and wrote about 60k words. I am still quite proud of the novel I wrote then so it really feels worth it once you complete. I went and got mine bound into a nice hardback and it looked amazing (a bit sad maybe but since I had written a book, I wanted it to look like a book!) I have never done it since as I feel like my idea was a one off and I havent had another one since. Good luck everyone!

madwomanintheattic Sun 04-Nov-12 15:58:55

Ah, castle, everything has been manic, so I'm about 300 behind you - as I didn't have a character or a plot I had to use the first couple of days to brainstorm!! (I know I can catch up though, as work schedule changes this week... And am also planning to resign. And secretly hoping they will tell me not to bother working my notice blush -in theory I'm still in probation period/ training, so it's probably more bother than it's worth for them to get me to work my notice... And they do have someone who can cover my hours really easily whilst they recruit a replacement)

I'm not actually resigning because of nano, lol. grin I've spent most of the week weeping and not sleeping because I just haven't gelled with the job or the people.

I also haven't been able to get onto to the nano site - well, I can get n, but every time I try and do anything I get booted off, so I've given up for now. Will try again later after today's efforts!! (Clocks went back last night, so I get an extra hour wink). I'm deffo going to include a few mn refs in mine, in fact the website the main character uses is a thinly disguised mn, so I can't not, really... It isn't the main focus, but it's how she initially started the series of unfortunate events <channels lemony Snicket>

I got distracted by Julie Burchill last night. Mostly these things happen on the periphery, but in the face of continued typing, I became irrationally fascinated by her marriage set up. Complete waste of three hours, initial flames fanned by the India Knight/ Liz Jones thread. At least extreme makeover:home edition might prove useful one day. It's unlikely anyone is ever going to quiz me on that particular ménage a trois. (Although as Charlotte Raven makes a cameo appearance, I can attempt to chalk it up to research.... <grasps at straws>)

Right. Few things to do this morning so that I can have unfettered access to laptop this afternoon. grin

SolidGoldYESBROKEMYSPACEBAR Sun 04-Nov-12 18:31:16

Still on a bit of a fail so far. ANd I am sort of cheating in a way as I was a chapter and a bit in before I started; I'm not going to bother with the official site much (unless I start feeling malevolent) but I'm sort of working alongside it as I actually have a, er, um, deadline to get book done by.

Engelsemama Sun 04-Nov-12 18:35:08

We're on "Discussions of the Day!"

Managed to get over 7,000. Going to try to do a bit more now.

I tried to start early today but didn't creep out of bed as quietly as I thought ad DH was down with DS pretty soon so my cunning plan was foiled.

Am really getting into my story though. Am thinking about sending first chapter to my sister who has just got back from travelling and has nothing to do

Alameda Sun 04-Nov-12 19:01:31

my friend is on 12000+ words envy

me - still around 1300, mainly a description of a scuba instructor's torso when I wanted to write a funny murder/suicide skydiving thing. I don't even have a title. Why am I so rubbish!

kermithermit Sun 04-Nov-12 19:10:09

I'm doing it - second year. I managed to win last year but then spent the next 12 months editing what I did as I started with only a vague idea of plot and my characters were a bit hazy. This year I'm doing more characterisation and

kermithermit Sun 04-Nov-12 19:11:19

..and planning up front (eek annoying posting via iPhone as I sent my previous post before it was finished).
Good luck everyone!

Engelsemama Sun 04-Nov-12 19:29:47

Broken 8,000. That's it for today. Going to try and do a couple of thousand tomorrow (not working) but also have marking that must be done, so will have to see how it goes.

have just emailed Chapter One to Dsis....quite nervous about what she thinks about it!

alameda scuba instructor's torso sounds good from where I'm sitting <off in dream land>

OneMoreGo Sun 04-Nov-12 19:30:15

Oh squee, there is a thread! I am doing NaNo too and am on about 3,500 words. I started on day 2 and have participated since 2005-ish. My usual MO is to slack off horribly and then complete the lot in the last week in a kind of mentally ill dash of panic. Sometimes I skip the last bit and then fail. grin

madwomanintheattic Sun 04-Nov-12 20:30:14

Onemore, a girl after my own heart!

FlyingAardvark Sun 04-Nov-12 20:45:05

Right I want to have done 10000 by 10pm, as tomorrow life starts getting busy again and then back at work Weds evening so only going to get 2 or 3 good periods of writing during the week.

Nice to see more people taking part on here!

Alameda Sun 04-Nov-12 20:46:43

I can't write 400000 words about almost having sex with someone

I have to go back to Sicily to do more research!

BustyDeLaGhetto Sun 04-Nov-12 21:01:38

I'm in, but DD's early starts have meant that I am bug-eyed by the evening, and am still working on my blog. I am a slave to this machine * eyes laptop, warily *

I've done a fair few words but have cheated a bit by using the novel I'd started last month - I'm averaging about 1,600 a day.

Bunnygotwhacked Sun 04-Nov-12 21:02:40

I've just signed up 4 days late and with no actual plan or outline but i have always wanted to write this maybe the kickstart i need

applehoodandmotherpie Sun 04-Nov-12 21:10:43

I've just signed up 4 days late too. I've got 2600 words but most of those were written already. At least they give me the chapter structure that I am planning for.

I have to write another book (not a novel) in connection with my work, and I'm hoping that doing this will get me into a habit of just writing, rather than writing, analysing, deleting, re-working etc.

At least when dh complains about me being on my laptop I can tell him that I'm writing not on mn blush

madwomanintheattic Sun 04-Nov-12 23:26:13

Alameda, are you Elizabeth Gilbert? grin
That woman can string an extended holiday out of a book advance faster than you can say 'navel gaze'...

madwomanintheattic Sun 04-Nov-12 23:27:36

P'raps I should write a few proposals about having a female mid life crisis and needing some time and travel to heal me....
<ponders if that would be more use in fiscal terms than nano....>

Wilding Mon 05-Nov-12 01:25:34

Arg, totally failed to get any writing done yesterday <berates self>

Am going to write a couple of thousand today if it kills me. Am slightly hampered by only having planned the first couple of chapters so am boldly striking out into the unknown now... not sure this is really the best way to go!

Penelope1980 Mon 05-Nov-12 08:04:32

I must say, am still on track but it's getting harder as the novelty is wearing off. Anyone else? Or am I the first to hit the hurdle that isn't meant to come until week two? grin

Chelvis Mon 05-Nov-12 08:11:39

I forgot to start this year:O failed last year, so I really would like to do it this year, even if I have started a bit late. I need to do 1,924 words a day to catch up; here goes!

Wilding Mon 05-Nov-12 08:38:35

Nope, you're not alone! I'm starting to lose impetus already too... the key for me is writing in short chunks, I think. I can do about 500 words in half an hour but then I have to go and do something else and come back later.

Can't help thinking that it would probably also be better if I had more of a plan!

Chelvis Mon 05-Nov-12 09:12:30

I'm the same Wilding; just done 800 words in 40 mins, but I need a break now - and a plan!

Alameda Mon 05-Nov-12 09:22:05

who's Elizabeth Gilbert?

usually I can't write about Actual Things, I have to make them up, but it's been the other way around so far

anyway I have a title now, suggested by a third party, that helps smile keep up the good work everybody

Alameda Mon 05-Nov-12 09:23:13

that's just a sort of general exhortation, keep up the good work, not the title

title is 'the Sicilian and the octopus'

Alameda Mon 05-Nov-12 11:36:17

ok Elizabeth Gilbert

yes, shall I drown myself now or can it wait until the water is warmer?

madwomanintheattic Mon 05-Nov-12 13:49:56

arf grin

LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Mon 05-Nov-12 14:31:41

How is everyone getting on today? I think DH is getting pissed off with my neglect of the family already. It's only day 5.

Yay, a nano thread! I'm trying to write 2000 words a day to make up for the days I won't get to write as much.
I'm cheating a bit and finishing something I was already 20 000 words into, but I hope to finish it off by the end of the month.
I have done nothing with last year's effort and want to be a little more proactive this year!

SolidGoldYESBROKEMYSPACEBAR Mon 05-Nov-12 14:36:32

I am going to work tonight (did manage 500 words yesterday which at least lolloped the next scene along a bit).
Mind you, another pal sent me a lovely email today, which would have been welcomed a few months ago, saying Oh by the way dear, writing much at the moment? Want to do something for us?

So now I am going NO CONCENTRATE ON CURRENT PROJECT and the back of my head is going, hmm, well, what could I do with her set of guidelines. THis has to be my worst problem as a writer, either no ideas at all or too many...

Engelsemama Mon 05-Nov-12 15:04:11

I managed a good hour earlier loopy when DS was asleep, but otherwise am finding it imposssible to write during the day if I'm at home. At weekends I can leave DH to it.

Managed 1300 so far, but wnat to do another couple of hundred tonight to get ahead before a couple of manic days.

Am posting word count on fb too...most of my friends can't believe what I'm doing! It's a good motivator for me.

GrendelsMum Mon 05-Nov-12 21:40:06

Well, I'm still on target, if feeling pretty uninspired at times! Still, I reckon that if I don't want to write a scene, it's probably a good sign that no-one else wants to read it...

LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Mon 05-Nov-12 23:20:34

I'm still feeling a bit smug, at 15000 words. We've got guesta coming next week though, so will be taking a few days off.

BustyDeLaGhetto Mon 05-Nov-12 23:52:03

Horrible writing tonight. Easily distracted from it and dissatisfied when finished. Felt like sealing my computer in a box and kicking it off the cliff.

Wilding Tue 06-Nov-12 03:25:14

Busty, I know the feeling! I have loads of free time at the moment so should be writing loads to make up for later in the month when I won't be able to get anything done, but I'm seeking out distractions all over the place (why, hello, Mumsnet).

I like the idea of posting on FB, Englsemama - accountability is good! I'm on 3,850 so far - pathetic! (plus 7,000 from last year which I'm not counting...)

Alameda Tue 06-Nov-12 09:01:21

there's still plenty of time for those of us with about 2000 words between us

isn't there?

FlyingAardvark Tue 06-Nov-12 11:55:57

I managed to do about 1600 yesterday but struggled along, just going through a bit of the story I want to get right but nothing great was coming to me.

When I'm struggling I fall into a pattern of letting my characters talk about any old shit until I get some inspiration. So half of yesterdays word count is probably my characters talking about their favoruite holiday destination or some other pointless drivel. So those that are worried their word counts are low, they probably have a lot more useful content in them than mine. Just keep going get into the habit of writing everyday, even if you don't make 50000, you still have something to work with.

I should get a bit more time to write tonight if I get my studying done first, so hopefully can get the scene I'm doing finished.

madwomanintheattic Tue 06-Nov-12 14:10:12

Playing catch up today! What should I be up to now, working on the daily count thingy? I don't know if I can face the nano site... Will try an upload later.

Penelope1980 Tue 06-Nov-12 19:04:28

Flying I like to think those sorts of conversations are good to get to know your charachters, that's what I tell myself anyway!

I am worried my characters don't have strong enough personalities. I wonder if I ought to make some of them a little less likeable so they can undergo more of a change when the tough times hit.

Had a day off writing and feel much better for it. I recommend it. It was starting to feel like a chore but am motivated again!

Alameda Tue 06-Nov-12 19:36:24

I think it should be about 10000 words now madwoman

would be nearly there if I didn't compulsively delete everything within minutes

death by creative writing all over again sad

madwomanintheattic Tue 06-Nov-12 21:26:10

Ah, compulsive deletion. I do recognize a small tendency to do a word count, and then, er, tweak a few things... Thanks alameda, that's what I figured. Not quite there <understatement> but catching up valiantly.

GrendelsMum Tue 06-Nov-12 21:27:07

Logging in to say I'm still on track, thanks to some ruthless jumping ahead in the plot to 'when stuff happens'.

Penelope1980 Wed 07-Nov-12 08:28:16

am slipping behind! Anyone else? Am starting to wonder if it will be better to aim for 30,000 words instead. Is that sacrilege to say? grin

Alameda Wed 07-Nov-12 11:54:48

Mass deletion, retrieved, deleted, retrieved, chopped it up and spread it around but still barely 1800 words. WHY AM I SO RUBBISH AT EVERYTHING etc anyone can write.

Wilding Wed 07-Nov-12 13:00:11

I'm behind! Stuck on a scene and haven't written anything for two days. Gah.

Not too bad on the deleting front, though - tbh I find the crucial thing is just not to re-read or delete AT ALL. That's what the rest of the year is for! I know if I read mine over I'll find loads I want to change, so I just keep plugging away even though bits of it are total shite. Only up to about 3,800 blush

madwomanintheattic Wed 07-Nov-12 14:10:47

Haven't done a word count for two days as I need to get in three hours today grin. I know I'm behind, but I expected to be at this point due to slow start. <positive vibe>

<wibbles a bit>

GrendelsMum Wed 07-Nov-12 19:31:15

Don't delete! Don't re-read, even.

The point is to write, not read. Sure, some of it will be awful, especially at this point when you're only just flexing your writing muscles. But some of it will be the beginning of something good...

Don't forget - if you're on target, tomorrow completes the first quarter of your novel!

Engelsemama Wed 07-Nov-12 21:45:16

No writing for 2 days - work has got in the way. will jump back on tomorrow evening.

castlelough Wed 07-Nov-12 23:38:25

Hmmm no writing since Sunday. Will hopefully get a bit done tomorrow night. Good luck everyone!

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Thu 08-Nov-12 11:41:53

Hello, may I be a late joiner?

I wasn't going to do it because I would rather write a little bit slower than 50k in a month and I thought I was far too marvellous and self-motivated to need any external help but I am in desperate need of a MASSIVE kick up the arse because I had this Monday down as the day when I would stop doing the initial research of my historical novel and start really writing the fucker, but I have done sod all this week despite having quite a lot of child-free hours.

So I'm starting today and have done 350ish words using Write Or Die. Hopefully I'll gather speed.
I'm not necessarily aiming for 50k by the end of the month but if I don't have at least half of that I am a pathetic worm.

Have been totally inspired by seeing everyone post impressive word counts here and on FB btw!

LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Thu 08-Nov-12 14:16:10

All are welcome I think tunip. smile

Someone help me. I've been really enjoying writing, but the grimness of my tale is getting to me. I'm in a particularly dark part, and finding it a struggle to write this sad stuff. sad

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Thu 08-Nov-12 14:34:57

Loopy, if you're struggling to write it, do you think there's a danger your readers will struggle to read it? Maybe the fact that you're having trouble is a sign that you're at a point in the plot when some relief is needed? Could you give yourself and your characters a rest with a less harrowing scene before you continue on with the grim trajectory?
Or, alternatively, think about how you will keep them reading through the grim, by maybe inserting hints about excitement to come or mystery to be solved?

ThatBintAgain Thu 08-Nov-12 14:36:21

I had every intention of doing this but yet again had to admit that I just don't have the time. Next year for sure!

elfycat Thu 08-Nov-12 14:41:53

Hi, just found this thread. I did look for a NaNo thread on the first but then got distracted by an essay that was due in today.

My word count is looking good, but I suspect that if I were to edit this story later the whole lot would be considered a back story and deleted. Never mind that, I've succeeded in previous years by just typing the next lame conversation that my characters want to have.

But this may be procrastination. Word count for the day 0!

LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Thu 08-Nov-12 15:35:18

That's the conclusion I came to Tunip. Thanks smile

FlyingAardvark Thu 08-Nov-12 17:35:10

Hello to newcomers. This nano thread is a lot busier than last years!

I might push myself to get to 20000 tonight. I'm at 17000 now but working next two or three days. Might be too much for me but I'm trying to get most of my writing done in the first two weeks as will have to concentrate on uni assigment after.

I'm another who doesn't read back or delete, just write, write, write. I leave bits I know I will delete after nnwm and skip scenes if I'm not sure how I want to write them yet. I often find when I'm writing lots of useless dialogue that it'll run into something useful I hadn't thought of before. Once NNWM is finished I will tidy it up into something decent before I even get onto full on editing.

I've written this story in 3rd person from one point of view but have already decided it will be better from multiple POV. At the moment I have stuck with how I started as don't want to confuse myself but that may mean leaving too much to change after, so not sure which way to do it!

Engelsemama Thu 08-Nov-12 18:26:38

20,000 Aardvark ? shock You're scaring me!

I've had 2 days of nothing written (work combined with evening commitments).

Jumping back in now at 9700. I am just planning to write, write, write this evening (fr a few hours at least). Tomorrow I have to retrun to reality and get some mroe marking done, but am reserving my child free time (nap time) for writing. Not much on this weekend, so will grab every opportunity to get some words down.

<waves at thread newcomers> I am in need of more motivation so if anyone wants to buddy me and make me write more then my username is IBelieveInEngels


elfycat Thu 08-Nov-12 18:37:55

I'm at 20k words too but we all have different pulls on our time. I've been able to steadily plod away at points in the day and I go on Word Wars a lot. Find 'em in the forums. I'm also in the virtual write-in as found in the England:Elsewhere IRC channel thread by gredgie and we chat and throw word wars most evenings.

I'm elfycat in NaNo too if anyone wants to buddy me.

GrendelsMum Thu 08-Nov-12 19:08:24

Wow! There's some really impressive writing going on here! Great to see how it's all going from other folks.

Alameda Thu 08-Nov-12 19:27:32

I just lost a whole chapter, am using an app on iPad and iPhone and somehow it reverted to an earlier document without warning or explanation. WHY. It's not in the cloud either.

On the plus side I abandoned the never ending description of the scuba instructor's torso and am writing an Actual Story. It's not great but I always pretended I didn't care if it was, so?

Alameda Thu 08-Nov-12 19:28:30

Somehow only 2632 words but there is Plenty Of Time. There is!

elfycat Thu 08-Nov-12 20:13:51

I've won several NaNos and I've yet to write a great story Alameda. I have written Novels though.

This year my characters have to stop drinking tea and chatting and actually do some of the grand fantasy stuff they're supposed to be doing.

I could also use a little description rather than just speech but I figure that's for December and the first edit!

FlyingAardvark Thu 08-Nov-12 23:28:54

Just made it to 20k! Trying to build up to my midpoint and realised I needed to make my characters get a bloody move on!

Don't let my word count put you off! I do type it out quickly and always write less as the month goes on I usually only reach 50k in the last few days. I'll have plenty to work on once the month is over.

I definitely wont be writing over 2000 words a day for the next 3 days at least.

Alameda Fri 09-Nov-12 17:13:01

ok nowhere near 20000 but now I have a few barely related stories on the go, one with over 5000 words, I am on the way

I could just join them up somehow at some point. Have cheated a bit and used some diary entries.

Engelsemama Fri 09-Nov-12 21:27:05

have managed to get a couple of thousand done this evengin, though my mum rang in the middle and broke my stride, and I ended up doing schoolwork during DS's nap time sad

Trying to balance out writing with domestic life and schoolwork is tougher than I thought.

Up to 12,285 so still have abit to do this weekend to catch up. My aim is to be back on track by the end of Sunday (so 18,337 - that's 3,000 per day!)

Have realised that I hate writing dialogue. It's so hard - feels really forced and artificial to me and I spend ages agonising over it. (that's what I was doing yesterday and managed a measly 500 words).

Penelope1980 Fri 09-Nov-12 22:04:42

I have the opposite problem - am writing probably far too much dialougue and not enough description etc! At just shy of 10,000 new words (total of 30,000 as I had written 20,000 pre NaNo) I am well off track now methinks. Have decided to aim for 50,000 words total, so 30,000 new words.

If anyone's following me, I didn't add 20,000 words in one day cause I wrote them, I just decided to add my totals together as I liked the graphs etc. Guess that makes me a "rebel"??

Am happy enough with that - am only 1/3 of the way through my plan so looks like the total book will be at least 80,000 words so realised I do need to pace myself if I ever going to fininsh.

But, I read once that the middle of a book is the hardest part to write, so if NaNo sees me get through that, I'm happy.

LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Sat 10-Nov-12 02:32:36

18000, blowout drinking session last night so nothing written yesterday, and same planned for tomorrow, so feeling a bit frustrated at lack of time. Still loving it though, which is the main thing. smile

Engelsemama Sat 10-Nov-12 08:10:23

loopy I started reading your post and thought you were going to say that you got to 18,000 because of your blowout drinking sessions and was thinking of trying it this evening


LoopyLoopsOlympicHoops Sat 10-Nov-12 16:14:16

I wish.

21000 now. smile

Engelsemama Sat 10-Nov-12 16:40:27

13,135 and counting. Glass of prosecco in hand grin

Wilding Sat 10-Nov-12 17:36:16

Arg... haven't written anything in about a week blush

Someone please come and prod me with a sharp stick and tell me to get writing again!

Engelsemama Sat 10-Nov-12 18:05:02

I do not have a sharp stick, but I do have a large bottle of prosecco. Will wine work? <hic>

I did nothing for 3 days wilding and jsut got back into it again last night (and even managed to do some schoolwork earlier as well)

13,900 and counting. This is my kind of Saturday night.

elfycat Sat 10-Nov-12 18:08:20

Mumsnet word war? 10 mins of typing as fast as you can to start us of on the evening jaunt?

Engelsemama Sat 10-Nov-12 18:27:42

Okay, DS in bed. Starting my 10 mins......NOW!

Engelsemama Sat 10-Nov-12 18:40:11

Managed 239 in 10 mins (and pissed off DH when he started to talk to me in the middle grin )

My first word war! (though I may have been competing against myself!)

Engelsemama Sat 10-Nov-12 18:40:32

pissed off DH because I shouted at him to shut up!

elfycat Sat 10-Nov-12 18:46:00

I did 220 words in my ten minutes. I get most of my words done this way, there's a bit on the forum you can usually find a few people to join you for 10, 15 mins or longer.

DH has the hang of it now. I don't feel it's unreasonable to have 10 mins uninterrupted in a day. I just let him know in advance. 'I will be doing 15 minutes at half past. You could make me a celebratory cup of tea at 20 to as it'll take 5 mins to brew'. I don't get the tea usually . It did take him a few days to get the hang of what I meant by uninterrupted.

Engelsemama Sat 10-Nov-12 19:43:40

That's me done for today. Am up to 15,000 so still a bit behind but hoping to catch that up tomorrow and then try to get a bit ahead on Monday (no work).

2763 today.

Happy novelling everyone [smile[

Engelsemama Sun 11-Nov-12 22:06:10

Am slowly catching up - just got to 17,000 so almost back where I should be. Hoping to be all caught up tomorrow (day off).

Penelope1980 Mon 12-Nov-12 06:26:58

engels sounds like you're catching up well! I am ashamed to say I actually kinda forgot about NaNoWriMo for a day or so .. blush

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Mon 12-Nov-12 09:47:13

I have some time today.
Hope to come back later with a non-embarrassing word count.

V impressed by everyone else's!

Engelsemama Mon 12-Nov-12 10:00:25

Aargh! Have just realised that all my reports and grades are due next monday, and we're ata wedding in UK next weekend, so travelling all day Fri and Sunday - eek!

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Mon 12-Nov-12 17:06:46

I paid the money and downloaded the desktop version of Write Or Die then found I was into the writing so I didn't need it. I'm sure it will come in useful when I hit a bad patch though.

Engelsemama Mon 12-Nov-12 21:35:11

19, close to being back on track!

elfycat Mon 12-Nov-12 22:11:28

I didn't get any done yesterday as I traveled to a family party. Today hasn't been great either. Ohh hit the mid-point-blues.

Alameda Tue 13-Nov-12 10:18:51

sitting next to tunip in the lower word count camp

what is write or die, an app? Looked in app store but couldn't find it

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Tue 13-Nov-12 10:45:26

Write Or Die

It plays scratchy violin music at you if you stop writing. You don't have to pay for it - the online version is free.

Alameda Tue 13-Nov-12 11:43:56

oh what a good idea

although with Hummel's trumpet concerto (in E) I probably don't need it, why does R3 hate me?

Wilding Tue 13-Nov-12 12:52:45

Too embarrassed to post my word count.

Love the sound of Write or Die though!

KinkyDorito Tue 13-Nov-12 13:13:03

Okay, I have not done very well and am thinking it is not happening this time.

However, DD is now at 30,000. I'm feeling a bit ashamed of myself, but in complete awe of her!!

Alameda Tue 13-Nov-12 13:45:54

well I've been editing and restructuring (I know this is not how nanowrimo works) and I have 9022 more or less flowing words

and some scraps that I don't know where to place but belong in there somewhere, am way behind but that's ok

LoopsInHoops Tue 13-Nov-12 13:50:06

Well done Kinky's DD! I'm guessing she probably has more time than you though?

Am doing OK at 22k, but was well ahead until I took the last couple of days off. Losing the momentum a lot now.

LoopsInHoops Tue 13-Nov-12 13:52:06

Oh, a question: how many named characters do you think is OK? I have LOADS but many don't really play a role. Have to be named though as appear in sort of journalistic writing - is this OK, do you think?

FlyingAardvark Tue 13-Nov-12 14:02:59

I'm at about 26000. So only 6000 since Thursday but kids had sickness bug and now I have it.

And I wrote a load on Sunday, that's just complete rubbish and had to stop myself from deleting about 2000 words but I remembered last year I just put stuff I didn't like in a white font.

Don't think I will get any done today, unless I feel a lot better tonight.

Alameda Tue 13-Nov-12 14:04:25

Do they have to be mentioned in detail, why are they there? I'm too ruthless (but see my dismal word count), it's either driving it all somewhere very important or it goes. If they are essential to the plot then they will have to stay whether you like it or not I suppose?

LoopsInHoops Tue 13-Nov-12 14:08:18

They aren't really necessary in themselves, but the journalistic bits are, and they need to be convincing - news items always name names, IYSWIM?

Alameda Tue 13-Nov-12 14:14:08

Oh I see. Isn't it best to leave everything in for now, you can prune it later if you have to and the detail of these pieces feels excessive or otherwise bogs it down?

LoopsInHoops Tue 13-Nov-12 14:21:00

Yes, I think you're right. I am editing as I go though, can't do the straight writing bit.

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Tue 13-Nov-12 14:37:03

I'm editing as I go as well, but only because it is going to need so much editing that if I didn't it would just be a mess. I will still do a massive edit when I've finished the first draft. It's a steep learning curve because it's the first time I've attempted a historical novel.

Lots of books have so many characters they have to put a massive cast list at the beginning; it's not a bad thing in itself. If you're not sure if it spoils it or not you can always hold off the decision until a later edit.

Hope you feel better soon, FlyingAardvark.

I wanted to do 2k this morning but only managed 1k, but that's ok because I also worked a few things out and shifted some bits around so I feel like I have done something worthwhile. I will manage some more this evening between dinner and watching Fresh Meat.

Alameda Tue 13-Nov-12 15:46:23

yes hope you feel better Flying

I have had enough, my word count keeps going down not up so might leave the book to write itself while I stuff my face.

Engelsemama Tue 13-Nov-12 21:05:47

I'm back in the game! Managed to catch up today...21, 685 smile

Keep coming up with new twists and turns though that are not in the plan!

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Tue 13-Nov-12 22:06:32

6100 now.

GrendelsMum Tue 13-Nov-12 22:22:09

Still on track! I'll be celebrating the half-way mark shortly.

Thanks to all here for their encouragement.

LoopsInHoops Wed 14-Nov-12 15:51:49

Another question. How long are your chapters? Does it matter? Is 2 pages for quite a few (double spaced) too short? Would I be better to combine chapters, to pad out, or to leave? I've been changing every big scene change.

elfycat Wed 14-Nov-12 18:26:14

I haven't bothered with chapters at all. Part 1 is 28k words long, part 2 is 2.5k at the moment. I figure perfection and organisation are for the editing process.

I like to read books that have more random chapter lengths as the writer has decided on the 'right' length for the scene. I guess I think in terms of film scripts, sometimes the scene is long and involved and sometimes it's just a moment.

Alameda Wed 14-Nov-12 19:39:29

I start a new chapter every time I get stuck on an existing one. So have filed that under 'things to worry about later' too.

Am writing three very different books now, I hope they can be merged eventually, there are some links. Thought this nanowrimo would be a good creative outlet but only seem to have an unbearably stiff neck and a load of terrible writing to show for it sad

Engelsemama Wed 14-Nov-12 19:57:57

One my characters is drinking a whiskey so am "method writing" in solidarity grin

I planned out my chapters before I started and have pretty much stuck to it.

Mine are between 3,000 and 5,000.

I'm on 22,000 at the moment and on Chapter 6.

I think it depends on what's right for you. Short chapters wouldn't work for my book, but that doesn't men they wouldn't if I was writing a different story.

FlyingAardvark Wed 14-Nov-12 23:11:34

I'm all better now, managing to keep ahead with word count but not writing as much as I was, story has gone a little flat and need something to get back into the swing of things.

I started off with a loose outline and chapters marked out, I even started story with good intentions it has title, then Chapter 1 written underneath. Then I forgot about chapters so I forgot to do a chapter 2, my chapter one is 28000 words grin Will have to sort that out when editing!

elfycat Thu 15-Nov-12 08:34:33

How's everyone finding the mid-November doldrums? I've had it for about 2 days now. I'm still typing but meh.

The initial excitement has worn off, and I'm not yet up against the deadline at the end. The story has reached a point I was looking forwards to writing and have been working on in my head for weeks but every line of dialogue between the characters is dull and I have to drag my fingers across the keys. I can't get over the fact that I don't like the name I picked for him either.

But then I remember that there's 'find and replace' options in Word.

And at the end of NaNo I end up with at least 50k of a first draft, and in there will be 5-10k of good writing, maybe 5k of stuff to be reworked, 10k of backstory that while not usable as such give me depth to the characters.The rest is a bit rubbish maybe but was the medium in which the novel could grow.

Or so I've told my self at this mid-point before smile

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Thu 15-Nov-12 14:18:21

I've hit the 10k mark. Tomorrow I have more hours when ds1 is at preschool than usual so I have a target of 15k by the weekend.

I suppose you just have to keep pressing on through the middle bit. I'm a bit worried my middle will be saggy when I get to it though so I guess I'll just have to work extra hard to make it exciting and hopefully that'll keep me going.

My chapters are about 5k each but they're very provisional, I'll arrange them much more carefully at a later editing stage.

GrendelsMum Thu 15-Nov-12 22:13:51

Still on track, wordwise. And by dint of doing a fair amount of what I call 'research', aka listening to appropriate music and watching film clips on YouTube, I'm starting to get more into the spirit of it.

As you say, Elfycat, there's 50k of first draft, and in that there's a core of good writing ready to be worked up into a novel.

We'll see how it goes - at least I'm feeling more confident that I've developed some novel revision skills since last year.

FlyingAardvark Thu 15-Nov-12 23:04:51

I'm definitely in the mid-November doldrums! It's all the 'inbetween' bits are boring to write when you just want to zoom ahead to the action. I am left with a lot of filling in the bits in between anyway but I need something there to link the parts together.

A lot of my dialogue between characters will end up as back story, it does help to build the characters but would be very boring for anyone else to read. And then I'll probably add in lots of new dialogue.

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Fri 16-Nov-12 09:09:56

GrendelsMum, how did you learn your novel revision skills? Do you have any tips?
I know I can get to the end of a first draft, I've done it before, but what I have never managed to do is to revise a book thoroughly enough to make it significantly better than it was before.
I have the 'Self-Editing For Fiction Writers' book.

(I'm kind of hugely excited about doing that - I feel like I can't wait to get to the end of the first draft so I can revise it, even though I'm sure it will be a horrible process when it happens.)

GrendelsMum Fri 16-Nov-12 10:37:09

Well, I've now worked on revising 2 novels pretty thoroughly, so I think experience is starting to build.

Other things were:

a) honest feedback from my DH and re-reading it with an open mind myself
b) reading books in the genre and related genres while taking notes about structure, pace, characterisation, etc. I actually made spreadsheets for certain novel genres about what was happening when!
c) creative writing classes - the most helpful thing, but can only tackle certain aspects within the confines of a 2 hour weekly class
d) the 'Self-Editing for Fiction Writers' book, as recommended here

But I'm aware I'm still a long way off!

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Fri 16-Nov-12 11:53:25

Thank you smile

I haven't quite got as far as spreadsheets but I do make detailed notes on books in the genre, and learn a lot from that. DH can't do feedback but luckily I have built up a good pile of people who can, including one friend who teaches creative writing and whose judgement I respect very much.

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Sat 17-Nov-12 10:12:25

How are the mid-month doldrums people getting on? Has it perked up yet?

LoopsInHoops Sat 17-Nov-12 14:18:07

Urgh. I'm 30000 words in and have hit an impasse. I'm not sure I want my story to got the way I planned it. And either way, I'm not sure I have enough to say! I'll get to 50000 with my plan, but that's not publishable, is it? Do I add stuff (it doesn't contain much description at the mo- I wanted to get the structure right) or do I need to think of more content?

elfycat Sat 17-Nov-12 15:10:36

Loops I'd suggest persevering with your current plan as one of the effects of mid-month doldrums is to make you doubt all aspects of your novel. If you can try not to over-think the first draft. Some novels are edited, others are reworked with the finished piece being almost unrecognisable from the initial writing but in all cases the key thing was that writing happened.

At the moment my story is mostly dialogue with just enough description to get them to the next conversation. I've also just realised where my action starts, and it's 28k in so on the first edit that's 28k of back-story that will be removed from the actual novel (This is editing and for AFTER November) though I'll be pinching elements from it.

50k is considered a short novel, really they need to be at about 80k but adding description will do most of it. Or try fleshing out a walk-on-character to become a secondary character because you need someone to do x,y&z and it might as well be them. Give your MC an allergy or a chip on their shoulder about trees in gardens over 12 feet high (for example). Content-wise you might discover something that you want going on in the background or a secondary plot, but you might not need to think about that now and rather to mull on it when doing some boring job (I need to re-seal the shower).

LoopsInHoops Sat 17-Nov-12 15:31:56

Thanks elfy

I don't think mine can sustain another character - there are so many already! I have another (possibly bigger?) problem that I'm struggling with today.

My novel is dystopian, and each chapter starts with an excerpt from a newspaper, setting the general scene. I'm running out of ideas for this. Well, not ideas so much, but variance (if that makes sense?) they are all coming out a bit 'shocking thing government plans to do, the opposition say this' outragy. I need something different. Any thoughts? Letters to editor have been suggested, what do you think?

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Sat 17-Nov-12 17:01:47

Oh wow Loops.
Well that sounds like there is huge potential for irony or a change in tone. A fashion piece? Obituaries? TV, theatre or concert reviews? Recipes? Foreign news? From our science/archaeology correspondent? Depends on the nature of your dystopia I guess....

LoopsInHoops Sat 17-Nov-12 17:03:05

Oooh thanks tunip, given me lots to think about!

GrendelsMum Sat 17-Nov-12 17:52:01

Oh, that sounds such fun, LoopsInHoops and Tunip. I'd love to read those ideas!

I've just crashed through the 30,000 word barrier and my characters are discussing growing peanuts and how to escape from prison.

Im at just over 36 000 but had started before the month did, so am cheating a little. I'm writing about the few weeks we spent driving around Namibia with the kids over the Summer.

Penelope1980 Sat 17-Nov-12 21:23:25

I haven't done anything in a week as have been very busy then sick. But today I will write again! <determined face>

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Sat 17-Nov-12 21:40:44

I'm going to give up for the night and head off to my research. I've done 15k anyway, which is fine for my personal target as I started a week late and I'm aiming for 25, not 50.

I think when I try to research by pulling out books to check bits as I go along, I tend to get bogged down in who was where when and stuff like that which really doesn't matter, whereas when I just relax and read and let the detail flow in it gives me a chance to mull it over in my mind and get inspired by it.

Is anyone else writing something which needs a lot of research?

LoopsInHoops Sun 18-Nov-12 00:47:37

Not much research here, anything I'm not sure of I'm making up (joys of dystopian!)

When are you finding time to write? I'm doing it after the kids are in bed, but that only gives me a couple of hours per day. I'd love to do this full time! Really enjoying it.

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Sun 18-Nov-12 17:26:57

I have a couple of hours on weekday mornings when older dcs are at school and ds2 is at preschool.

Apart from that I sometimes grab the odd moment during the day when ds2 is watching tv playing quietly, and an hour or two after kids' bedtime but that's not very peaceful as they're bloody awful at staying in bed.

FlyingAardvark Sun 18-Nov-12 22:09:56

I've just had two days of getting no writing done as I was tired out from work and wasn't eager enough to write. I've just done 1500 words now though and feel like I'm headed in the right direction again so hopefully this week I can get on with it.

I'm getting writing done in evenings, I try to get studying done while kids are at school. I work a couple of evenings a week though so if I'm up to date with studying I reward myself with writing time before picking kids upgrin. I don't have anything to research with this story I deliberately went with the idea which had less research as last year I went with one that ended up needing loads of research and I got a bit frustrated with finding myself on the internet, yet again, instead of writing.

Engelsemama Mon 19-Nov-12 11:40:38

finally caught up and then blew by being away for the weekend at a wedding abroad. Fantasties of writing while travelling didn't quite go as planned, though did manage 1600 words on Friday while driving up to wedding (DH was driving, not me grin ).

was cool being back in the UK though as my novel is set in a location inspired by my parents' house, and it was all misty and creepy when we drove past.

So now on 25,000, a bit behind but since reports and bulk of marking/planning are finished I reckon I should be able to catch up this week.

LoopsInHoops Mon 19-Nov-12 15:27:45

I've just come to an awful realisation. I'm not going to get this book finished.
I've keep above the par line on the graph throughout, sometimes (like now) by the skin of my teeth. But that's the problem. It's the graph that's keeping me going. When November ends, does the graph too? <worried>

LoopsInHoops Mon 19-Nov-12 15:28:27

*kept (a bit drunk)

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Mon 19-Nov-12 15:53:37

But if you haven't finished the draft by the end of Nov, surely you'll be close enough to the end that it'll seem manageable and you'll want to do it just so you can get to the end? I can't imagine getting, say, three chapters from the end and then giving up.
And you can make your own graph for the first fortnight in December or however long it's going to take you.

Turnip, my NaNo effort from last year is still short 1500 words short and I haven't looked at it since. sad
Lots of research for my book as I'm including what I hope are interesting snippets about all the places we went.

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Mon 19-Nov-12 16:40:23

Oh, that's a pity FiveHoursSleep. Did you lose faith in it? If you are that close to the end you could do it in a single session!

FlyingAardvark Mon 19-Nov-12 17:26:22

It's a problem I have, NNWM gives me a deadline which helps me stop procrastinating and get the work done. I'm okay with writing first drafts as that's the fun part but when it comes to rewrites and editing I could do with a deadline. Telling myself I need to get so much done in so much time is never the same.

GrendelsMum Mon 19-Nov-12 20:06:27

Yes, I find I really need the external discipline as well. Which is why I've found writing classes so helpful, actually - it's another thing you have to produce a certain amount of writing for, except that you have to produce something you're happy to share with others and have criticised!

I'm still on track - but I'll be glad when December comes!

No, it's a good story and I had a great ending but I kept putting off finishing it and now I've forgotten it.
Once I've finished this years effort, I'm going back to it because it had potential!

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Tue 20-Nov-12 09:56:27

Having trouble concentrating this morning. I've got to 20k and the rebellion has just begun so it ought to be exciting. Time for Write Or Die I think....

GrendelsMum Tue 20-Nov-12 22:31:25

Write or Die is the answer to it all!

Who else is still going? Time for a roll call and a cheer to everyone for all their hard work so far, I think!

I've just crashed through the 35,000 word barrier, so from now on its all downhill.

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Tue 20-Nov-12 22:40:01

Well done on 35! How long is your whole thing going to be?

GrendelsMum Tue 20-Nov-12 22:51:00

Congrats Tunip!

I'm aiming for 50k in November, and then we'll see what happens after that!

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Wed 21-Nov-12 09:52:52

Doubtless the reason why no-one else has answered the roll-call yet is that everyone is busy working really hard and writing smile.
I am thinking I might aim for 50k and try and do this properly, having started late and set myself the target of 25k but got there (nearly) with comparative ease.

I've just taken my heroine to my favourite pizzeria. She won't get to have a pizza though, because they haven't been invented yet - it's in a glorious medieval house in York and I needed a house in 16th c York for her to stay overnight in so I thought I might as well use that one.

FlyingAardvark Wed 21-Nov-12 13:54:24

I'm not doing so well, not because I'm struggling with the story but because when I do find time to sit down and write I end up falling asleep. I'm still on track though thanks to my good start and nearly at 35k. I have nothing to do today after picking DD up from school so shouldn't be so tired this evening and can get some writing done.

LoopsInHoops Wed 21-Nov-12 14:09:45

Feeling ill. Today might be my first under par sad

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Wed 21-Nov-12 14:22:03

Hope you feel better soon Loops. Don't push yourself too hard if you are feeling ill - any words you can write are better than none but go easy on the target.

Engelsemama Wed 21-Nov-12 14:59:53

I'm on 26,000 but am really aiming to get to 50k by the end of the month - just need to catch up a bit (but reports and wedding weekends are over so am hoping to get focused again over the next week). I can do it!

Well done to everyone who's hanging in there! I have never written this much in my life - never even attempted to write a novel even though I've been saying I will for years.

This is my year - and it's all thanks to NaNo grin

GrendelsMum Wed 21-Nov-12 22:03:29

Congratulations to Flying Aardvark, still well on target at 35k already!

Congratulations to LoopsInHoops, writing to target for a grand total of 20 days non-stop!

Congratulations to Engelsemama who is on a terrific 26,000 - her biggest writing challenge ever!

Keep going everyone, and don't forget to reward yourself for all your brilliant creative effort.

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Wed 21-Nov-12 22:36:54

Nice to have some cheerleading, GrendelsMum smile

I'm so tired now from writing in every single spare moment when I'm not looking after the children and quite a few when I am, and a lot of my writing feels quite ploddy, then I have one of those moments where I think of something that had not occurred to me before and it's just so exciting! Or else I blink and realise I've been so absorbed in it I've written 1500 words without pausing.

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Wed 21-Nov-12 22:39:16

I'd quite like to know how SolidGoldBrass's porno is coming along (I assume that's what she's writing.)

FlyingAardvark Wed 21-Nov-12 23:37:20

37k! Finally got a good chunk of writing done, had to stop myself in the end as need to go to bed, but have plenty still to do tomorrow. Don't feel as though I'm running out of steam anymore.

Well done everyone still going!

I think DH is a bit sick of doing most of the housework this month, I did warn him it would suffer in November as usual!

Penelope1980 Thu 22-Nov-12 07:04:12

Today is the day when I get back on track! Visitors, a badly sleeping baby and sickness have meant I haven't written in a week. Eeek! Today though ... (I say optimistically..)

Penelope1980 Thu 22-Nov-12 07:58:25

Just wrote 1000 words, bring my total to 33,860 and my NaNo November words to c 15 000. Hurrah! Hopefully this means my mid-November writing drought is over!

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Thu 22-Nov-12 09:22:14

Congratulations Penelope! Hope the words continue to flow for you!

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Thu 22-Nov-12 11:49:18

I'm finally having to take a break. DH is away, DS1 has been waking up for the last two nights with night terrors, I'm so tired I'm having trouble putting one word in front of the other sad
I'm at 27.5k though so I might still get there.

LoopsInHoops Thu 22-Nov-12 14:27:17

Back on track and over the sacred line on the graph - just!

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Thu 22-Nov-12 19:32:06

Well done Loops!

Engelsemama Thu 22-Nov-12 20:41:51

Thanks for the encouragement grendelsmum smile

had a bit of a wobble last night so did nothing (again) but have just done 2,000 words so now on 28,000. Have to write an average of 2,400 per day to win - I can do it!

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Thu 22-Nov-12 21:06:20

Engelsemama, I'll race you. I'm 500 words behind you right now (having failed to do anything tonight because my kids are still making a row and dh is away so I keep having to run upstairs to sort the little buggers out hmm)

I reckon we can do it. What are you writing about?

GrendelsMum Thu 22-Nov-12 21:31:46

A race, a race!

Right, you've challenged me - I'm going to settle down and do another 700 words tonight <good excuse not to clean the bathroom>

GrendelsMum Thu 22-Nov-12 21:58:11

Right, thanks to encouragement on here I did another writing session and have just hit the 40,000 word mark with a thrilling chase scene.

Also I seem to have killed off one of my characters. I thought she was just severely wounded and unconscious but I think she may actually be dead.

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Thu 22-Nov-12 21:59:50

Oh no! Poke her and see if she makes a noise.

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Thu 22-Nov-12 22:01:13

Could you get to 60k by the end GrendelsMum? I'm thinking 50 may be a little unambitious for you wink

GrendelsMum Thu 22-Nov-12 22:19:10

Well, maybe 55,000 if I keep up!

Engelsemama Fri 23-Nov-12 13:09:01

Back from spending half my day off at work in meetings sad .

Okay, Tunip - that's got to spur me on!

I am writing a YA suspense novel about a young teacher who returns to the area she grew up in after the tragic suicide of her husband abroad. She gets a job at a prestigious boys school, but things do not go to plan. She gets the feeling that all is not as it seems. Cue lots of creepy weather, bleak countryside, spooky goings on, things that go bump in the night, weird (and evil) colleagues, trying to solve multiple mysteries and at the end (when I get there) a thrilling (I hope) life and death situation.

But it all ends happily ever after grin

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Fri 23-Nov-12 13:36:53

That sounds really intriguing Engelsemama. I would love to read it when it's done.

I have wasted the morning too - I have pulled something in my back due to too long sitting at my desk in an inappropriate chair (this ancient elm ladderback thingy I got at an auction). After a morning of hot baths and lying on the floor I'm back at my desk now, on a more sensible chair, but I only have an hour till schoolrun time.

Engelsemama Fri 23-Nov-12 13:43:29

DS is still asleep so am trying to do some now (done 500 so far) and then I will crack on tonight with some wine to help me on my way. Do not have much on this weekend (and no schoolwork to do) so will be using naptimes and evenings to write on, and perhaps disappear upstairs for a few hours and leave DH with DS a bit to try and catch up.

I need to get few days of 3,000 in I reckon.

Am on a course next week and will have laptop with me, so wondering whether I can do some sneaky writing inbetween -and maybe during-- sessions blush

Engelsemama Fri 23-Nov-12 14:20:46

Done 1,000. grin

Engelsemama Fri 23-Nov-12 15:40:13

Okay, managed 1500 this afternoon. Am cracking on tonight once DS is in bed. I really want to be on at least 36,000 by the end of the weekend.

LoopsInHoops Fri 23-Nov-12 16:43:55

40k grin

Engelsemama Fri 23-Nov-12 17:58:45

Well done Loops

I am hoping to be on 30,000 in the next 25 mins!

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Fri 23-Nov-12 18:09:38

Yay, go you!
I have 3 manic children and the stove repair man so not much chance of writing for a bit....

GrendelsMum Fri 23-Nov-12 18:43:09

Yay! Go for it!

I am currently constructing 24 reindeer cupcakes for the Church Advent fete tomorrow morning, and DH is insisting on reindeer quality control. Reindeer must have piped eyes and muzzles, chocolate pupils in their eyes, jelly bean noses, and chocolate pretzel antlers.

There may not be much writing today...

Engelsemama Fri 23-Nov-12 18:47:34

Okay, so took me slightly longer than 25 minutes but have finally broken 30,000.

Now time for vino methinks.

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Fri 23-Nov-12 19:13:53

Well done Engelsemama, it will be well-deserved vino.

GrendelsMum, sounds like literature's loss will be Christmas-themed cake decoration's gain smile

FlyingAardvark Sat 24-Nov-12 22:43:18

I'm starting to think I wont make it to 50k, I'm on 39k now but working overtime which means less studying time and even less writing time. So may only have two more days to get 11000 words done hmm

I'm hoping that knowing what I'm writing will help me, whereas last year I just pantsed it at the end.

GrendelsMum Sat 24-Nov-12 22:54:00

Fingers crossed for you, Flying Aardvark. That's a big challenge, but still just about do-able.

I'm on a roll today and hit 44k. Six days to go!

KinkyDoritoWithJingleBellsOn Sun 25-Nov-12 12:04:09

DD has 2.5k to go to 50,000.

I am in awe of her, and a bit ashamed of my own lack of enthusiasm.

GrendelsMum Sun 25-Nov-12 12:18:28

Congratulations to your DD, KinkyDorito - that's a great achievement. No wonder you're so proud!

LoopsInHoops Sun 25-Nov-12 12:18:31

Well done Kinky's DD! That's amazing! Have you read it yet?

Engelsemama Sun 25-Nov-12 13:47:11

Wow Kinky - that's fantastic.

Well done grendelsmum

Keep going aardvark - you're ahead of me!

I'm starting to wonder if I'll make it. id din't write yesterday. have managed 2,000 so far today but DS will be awake soon. I need to average 3,000 per day to get done. Am on 32,500 and 'should be' on 41,000 at the end of today. Have to bang out another 3,500 to get to my target for the weekend hmm

Maybe I should think about a late night tonight - it's not as if I have to work tomorrow confused

I'm torn between really going for it and calling it a day (not with the novel but reaching 50,000).

Also, what happenes if I reach 50,000 and it's not finished? Should I just submit it anyway (as Part one!).

LoopsInHoops Sun 25-Nov-12 13:50:00

I doubt any will be ready at 50K. It's just for word count verification. I fully intend to keep going with mine for a few months afterwards.

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Sun 25-Nov-12 15:11:33

I'm not going to make it to 50.
The last few days have been a washout really. But it doesn't matter, I started late and thought at first I wanted to do at least 25, so anything over that is a bonus.
If I can get to 40 I'll be very pleased.

GrendelsMum Sun 25-Nov-12 16:09:26

Oh, sorry to hear you won't reach 50, Tunip - after you challenged me to hit 60k, too!. But I'll be cheering you on to hit 40 on Friday evening - best of luck!

GrendelsMum Sun 25-Nov-12 16:10:59

No, keep going Engelsmama, and keep aiming for that 50,000 - you'll be so chuffed when you manage it!

This is not a finished novel by any means (or very unlikely to be) - the point is that this is a short first draft of a novel for you then to work on from January 2013 on. Imagine - you'll have the first draft of your novel by Friday pm!

KinkyDoritoWithJingleBellsOn Sun 25-Nov-12 17:53:25

thanks all.

Loops I haven't read DDs work yet, but she is a very good writer and very imaginative, so I'm hoping it will be good - although will need a good edit. She has cancer, so I'm really pleased she's done this as it has done wonders for her often low self esteem.

KinkyDoritoWithJingleBellsOn Sun 25-Nov-12 19:12:39

Apparently she's now at 51.5k.

Let editing commence! grin

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Sun 25-Nov-12 19:19:55

That's really impressive Kinky. Loads of teenagers start novels but getting to so many words is really unusual - I certainly never did at that age!

Engelsemama Sun 25-Nov-12 19:42:29

Kinky tell your DD that there is an English teacher here struggling to do as well as she is!

Well, you ladies have given me the kick up the bum I needed. have just done another 2,000 so that's 4,000 today. Going to have a break now, but will maybe come back to it and send DH off to bed on his own.

Am on 34,600 so only 1400 short of the taregt I set myself for the weekend to be in with a realistic chance of getting to 50,000.

KinkyDoritoWithJingleBellsOn Sun 25-Nov-12 20:31:39

She lives with one who is struggling to do more than 2000 words, Engels grin. In my eyes, you are doing brilliantly.

Engelsemama Sun 25-Nov-12 21:48:41

The pressure is on and it seeme to have worked. Just done another 1400 to bring me up to 36,000, so reaced my own target for the weekend.

have done 5,500 today shock That's more than my combined total in the last week!

I can do this! Going to bed now (past my bedtime here in mainland Europe) but I live to write another day grin

Engelsemama Mon 26-Nov-12 13:13:29

Powering through (or was, but DS has just woken up so will have to wait a few hours now). On 38,600. Would like to do another 1400 today to get me up to 40,000 before bed tonight.

I really hope I can make it - 2500 per day then (though only have evenings for the next 3 days).

Engelsemama Mon 26-Nov-12 13:14:16

Aargh, and have just realised we're going out on Friday night for sinterklaas.

When is the cut off? Is it midnight wherever you are or midnight USA?

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Mon 26-Nov-12 13:44:32

Engelsemama, that is just brilliant. At one point before the weekend we were neck and neck (well you were 500 ahead of me). Now you are more than 10,000 ahead grin You are soooo going to do this!

But mine is moving again now so I don't mind. No forward motion is a lot worse than slow forward motion.

LoopsInHoops Mon 26-Nov-12 14:59:24

Midnight wherever you are. I'm regretting putting my real (SE Asia) loaction now!

Still on target, 43500. smile

Well done everyone, we're getting there!

Does anyone think theirs is any good? I daren't re-read it in case I hate it!

Penelope1980 Mon 26-Nov-12 18:57:13

wow am impressed with some of you, esp engels! My attempt petered out a little so now am hoping for 20,000 new words - bringing my total to 40,000. I don't think I was properly able to get into the spirit of NaNo and the lack of editing thing, probably because the process and pain of editing my first novel earlier in the year (which, I recently submitted for an assessment, eeeek) is still fresh so wasn't able to surrender to literary abandon in quite the same way! At 37,000 words am not even half way through my novel as well so suspect it will be a longer haul as well hmm

<humour my attempts to justify slackness to self>

GrendelsMum Mon 26-Nov-12 18:59:28

No, it's sodding awful, but at least i'm still on target!

TunipTheVegedude Mon 26-Nov-12 19:02:53

Mine is a pile of crap. I haven't lost faith that this general plot and this characters and these themes could make a good novel, it's just the one I have half written isn't it!

That's ok though isn't it? The frustration will come when I'm on the fourth draft and it still isn't anywhere approaching the platonic form I have in mind.
Will there be a NaNoWriMo veterans thread to jolly each other along with subsequent drafts?

Engelsemama Mon 26-Nov-12 19:22:47

okay, am on 40,000 with 4 days to go shock Have done nearly 10,000 in the last 48 hours. Not going to be quite so easy being on a course for work the next 3 days.

hoping I can pull it out of my hat (and that my rotten cold goes away).

I suffer from teenage-itis. I spend so much time writing with and for teenagers (secondary school teacher), than am convinced I sound like one now. I feel like I have a good 'tale', but I think on re-reading I will find that I need to branch out a bit with my language.

Veterans thread sounds like a great idea Tunip smile

My brain is fried now. Almost ready for bed grin

FlyingAardvark Mon 26-Nov-12 19:46:44

Mine started off well but feels jumpy now, still something to work with though. I've already had ideas on how to change it and make it a better story, it will probably end up completely different to the nano version.

I'm at 41k, hoping to get some more done tonight, feeling more positive about getting it finished now.

GrendelsMum Mon 26-Nov-12 21:37:08

48k - feeling very positive!

KinkyDoritoWithJingleBellsOn Tue 27-Nov-12 07:52:01

I suffer from teenage-itis. I spend so much time writing with and for teenagers (secondary school teacher), than am convinced I sound like one now.

I feel your pain, Engels. This is what stalls me when I write. I might just write for YA.

Everyone is doing so well. Here, have a very early wine.

GrendelsMum Tue 27-Nov-12 08:45:15

Everyone's doing brilliantly - led by KinkyDorito's daugher, who's an example to us all! thanks all round.

DH suggested a great plot twist that I've now run with, with the result that my main character seems to be off her rocker / severely psychically disturbed. She's just had some near hallucinations and is now sobbing in a morgue. Which is great fun for me.

TunipTheVegedude Tue 27-Nov-12 10:46:27

I think I'm totally out of it now sad

I shut my finger in the door this morning - quite badly though it's actually just a small cut - lots of blood, vomiting, fainting and pain. I'm finding it hard to type now so going v slowly.

GM, morgue scene sounds ace!

GrendelsMum Tue 27-Nov-12 12:41:29

Oh, so sorry to hear that, Tunip.

You know, I think we should have some sort of Nanowrimo Secret Santa to congratulate everyone who's made it through. Everyone sends the next person on the list a bar of chocolate!

LoopsInHoops Tue 27-Nov-12 13:21:29

Or a first draft to proofread?!

GrendelsMum Tue 27-Nov-12 22:48:06

Yey! That's 50,000 words done. I've validated the novel on the site so that it's all done but will keep going for the next few days to see if I can reach 55,000

KinkyDoritoWithJingleBellsOn Wed 28-Nov-12 06:21:55

Well done GrendelsMum thanks

TunipTheVegedude Wed 28-Nov-12 14:42:44

Well done GrendelsMum!

I would be happy to read drafts for people, but mine won't be ready for anyone to read until it's been through at least two full edits.

Alameda Wed 28-Nov-12 14:46:25

very well done everyone smile

have failed with only about 10000 words (not all about one beautiful torso) but will keep writing, at least nanowrimo got me started so well done me too, a bit, sort of

Engelsemama Wed 28-Nov-12 18:49:54

Well done grendelsmum

I'm still hanging in there! On 42,435. My brain is fried (on a course this week so too much listening) but determined to get my 2500 (at least) done today.

I'm going to do a late nighter tomorrow as I can't see myself getting anything done Friday while DS is awake.

BBL to update.

GrendelsMum Wed 28-Nov-12 19:57:04

Well, thank you very much people! Tunip - if you'd like to read last year's Nanonovel, now polished up and approaching completion, it would be very much appreciated.

Well done Alameda - 10,000's a huge achievement from scratch!

Best of luck for the final stretch, Engelsemama

TunipTheVegedude Wed 28-Nov-12 20:05:23

Would love to Grendelsmum, I'll PM you my email addy.

Engelsemama Wed 28-Nov-12 20:38:35

On 45.384 so just about on target.

have just had my thrilling chase (that has been playing in my head since I came up with my plotline) and now have a nice juicy death to describe, then tying up all my loose ends/justice is served and all that.

ALMOST THERE grin (but going to bed now)

TunipTheVegedude Wed 28-Nov-12 20:49:31

Go Engelsemama! grin

I have a bloody keyboard. I keep forgetting I'm supposed to be typing one-handed and my cut opens up again. I finally crossed the 30k barrier though.

Alameda, 10k is still a hefty chunk.

FlyingAardvark Wed 28-Nov-12 22:27:37

Well Done to those that have already finshed!

Good Luck to those still going!

Also Well Done to those that aren't going to get to 50000 but have still written something.

I'm on just over 47000 so looking good for getting it finished.

Penelope1980 Thu 29-Nov-12 19:54:28

Congrats to you that have already fininshed! I am hoping to get to 40,000 today, although had written 19,000 of those before Nov.

In other news I got my first manuscript back from the assessor. It was a really good thing to have done - he said it's unpublishable in its current form and that I should totally re-write two characters, but that my main character is well done and have other strengths. So, that gives me hope. Now to decide whether to keep writing novel B, or do another injection of work on novel A. Decisions ...

Engelsemama Thu 29-Nov-12 20:57:41

I've just hit 48,000 and this last bit is killing me. I'm really having to spin it out now!

maybe a beer will help hmm

Engelsemama Thu 29-Nov-12 22:16:19

Almost, almost - 550 to go

TunipTheVegedude Thu 29-Nov-12 22:17:05

Go on!

Engelsemama Thu 29-Nov-12 23:07:47

I am officially a winner! Just scrambling before I submit. finished before midnight, but haven't submitted it yet so will go in as 30th november. acn enjoy myself tomorrow now smile

50, 120

KinkyDoritoWithJingleBellsOn Fri 30-Nov-12 07:15:18


thanks thanks thanks thanks wine wine wine


LoopsInHoops Fri 30-Nov-12 08:31:12

Oh God I'm over it now. 48K, it's Friday 4.30pm here...

Cannot. Be. Bothered.

Engelsemama Fri 30-Nov-12 10:14:34

Go on Loops !

48k? It would be rude not. grin

Thank you kinky smile

LoopsInHoops Fri 30-Nov-12 10:59:57


TunipTheVegedude Fri 30-Nov-12 11:03:30

<holds breath>

GrendelsMum Fri 30-Nov-12 11:06:09

Congratulations, Engels! really really well done!

Keep going Loops on Hoops!

LoopsInHoops Fri 30-Nov-12 11:20:28


Engelsemama Fri 30-Nov-12 12:33:43

Well done Loops !

TunipTheVegedude Fri 30-Nov-12 12:53:07

Congratulations Loops grin

Is that three winners so far - Loops, Engelsemama, and GrendelsMum? With FlyingAardvark still in the running.

I'm having a much better writing day today. I am back to typing with both hands and it's flowing at a more respectable speed. Perhaps you winners would be kind enough to pop in over the next couple of weeks to urge me on till I get there? smile

TunipTheVegedude Fri 30-Nov-12 14:14:36
LoopsInHoops Fri 30-Nov-12 14:16:18

Will certainly stay right here with you tunip, not long now, you'll be there smile

Engelsemama Fri 30-Nov-12 18:52:09

Thanks for the blog link tunip - love it!

FlyingAardvark Fri 30-Nov-12 19:17:54

arghhh I've been at work all day, dropped DS off at cubs, switched laptop on, fell asleep, just woke up and now got to pick DS up.

I will get this finished after 8pm!

Well done to everyone!

Penelope1980 Fri 30-Nov-12 20:15:25

Congrats! wine wine wine

I did 20,000 new words in the end, bringing my total to 40,000. My aim is 50,000 by christmas and to finish by the end of Feb (think book will be about 80,000 based on plan).

So I will still be hanging around writing if any of you care to join me?

I have re-thought some of what I've currently written based on my assessment that I got for my first novel, so have decided on a burst of editing of my current draft as well before I continue, while the ideas are still fresh.

Yay! Got to 50K today, but really need to write another 10K still.

GrendelsMum Fri 30-Nov-12 21:52:32

Congratulations FiveHoursSleep - terrific news!

Well done to Penelope - keep in there for your next 10,000 by Christmas!

GrendelsMum Fri 30-Nov-12 21:53:27

We'll keep in here with the support and cheering until Tunip is done!

FlyingAardvark Fri 30-Nov-12 22:26:10


mummytime Fri 30-Nov-12 22:31:03

I submitted 50 000, need to do major revision and finish some chapters etc, but very pleased as I started late.

GrendelsMum Fri 30-Nov-12 22:44:49

Go Aardvark!

Go Mummytime!

TunipTheVegedude Sat 01-Dec-12 13:44:13

Congratulations FiveHoursSleep, FlyingAardvark and MummyTime!

LoopsInHoops Sat 01-Dec-12 13:51:23

Excellent, well done! smile

TunipTheVegedude Sun 02-Dec-12 20:38:59

The nearer Christmas gets, the harder it's going to be to get anything done and I MUST finish before then - not just the 50k but the whole draft.

LoopsInHoops Mon 03-Dec-12 09:46:48

Getting there tunip smile

GrendelsMum Mon 03-Dec-12 20:14:10

Hey, good for you!

Penelope1980 Tue 04-Dec-12 06:53:36

I'm here to support you turnip! At 40,000 now - was higher, but just deleted a bunch of words after deciding to do a story line a bit differently.

TunipTheVegedude Tue 04-Dec-12 09:13:46

The internet was down but I had a cracking day. Or should that be, so I had a cracking day.

GrendelsMum Tue 04-Dec-12 13:37:22

well done - nearly there!

TunipTheVegedude Wed 05-Dec-12 14:18:27

Done it!

Can I count as a winner, given that I started on 8th Nov and it is still only 5th Dec?

Quite a lot still to happen in the plot. I've just written a creepy scene with the Duke of Norfolk in it (this Duke of Norfolk, not the current one who I'm sure is perfectly lovely).
It's going to be over 80k in the end I think, but there is plenty of rubbish to cut.

Penelope, how's yours going?

GrendelsMum Wed 05-Dec-12 15:06:17

Congratulations Tunip! Just popping in to say well done - you ARE a winner!

Engelsemama Wed 05-Dec-12 15:16:26

Well done Tunip !

I have the nano Winner logo on my facebook and since everyone now knows what Nano is cause I've been wittering on about it for a month people keeping asking, "So, what prize did you win then?" grin

LoopsInHoops Wed 05-Dec-12 15:18:55

Yay! Well done! Excellent stuff. smile

TunipTheVegedude Wed 05-Dec-12 15:57:47

Thank you grin

I can't believe how thrilled I am, given that 1. I never meant to do NaNo in the first place, and 2. I'm not even at the end of the novel.

I love the way NaNo gives you permission to celebrate. I would never have dreamed of celebrating a first draft before, in case it was rubbish, but actually it's worth patting oneself on the back no matter what it's like.

FlyingAardvark Thu 06-Dec-12 11:43:12

Well Done Tunip!

TunipTheVegedude Fri 07-Dec-12 15:06:22

And now the draft is done!
62k in the end (the last chapters went faster than I thought).

I am bereft. I've been working at this madly for 3 months (2 months of research, one of writing).

Now for more research and all those 'how to edit' books while I put the draft in a drawer.

Alameda Fri 07-Dec-12 15:11:53

you are amazing, well done

actually you all are

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