NaNoWriMo 2013

(210 Posts)
SugarMeFingers Wed 02-Oct-13 09:13:42

Anyone writing a novel this November?
I've signed up for my first try!
I'm doing some planning and outlining at the moment and looking forward to starting.

TunipTheUnconquerable Wed 02-Oct-13 11:52:03

If I can finish my current book (last year's NaNoWriMo) and get it subbed before the end of the month, I'll do it. Can't think of a better cure for submission stress than writing the next one at a breakneck pace.
Need to pull my finger out though!

Rollermum Fri 04-Oct-13 23:55:53

I'd like to do this! I started last November but fizzled out and am still faffing about with the same idea.

I have 10 day old new daughter though, so might be setting myself up for a fall. Having said that watching TV whilst breastfeeding is losing its appeal, so was wondering about writing during the hours she is feeding. Would need to be longhand though, which is frustrating.

I've done this twice, so will give it a go again. It's certainly a good 'getting words down on paper' exercise.

Syncope Sat 05-Oct-13 22:31:49

I've done this for the last few years - never 'won', but I still find it a good exercise in getting words down. Not sure what I'll write this year, and given my rota I doubt I'll get anywhere close to 50K, but I'll give it a go anyway!

What's everyone planning on writing this year?

Dysgu Sat 05-Oct-13 23:10:09

Have just signed up - have done this before but never 'won'. This year I am on maternity leave so hoping that I will have more time. Now I just have to decide what to write...

Rollermum Mon 07-Oct-13 08:20:30

Glad there are a few of us planning to do this.

I'm re-starting a novel I've been kicking around for about 10 years blush. Not using any old words though and doing more planning this time. It is sort of sci fi but not in a conventional sense. Rest of October am planning while breastfeeding - that's the hope anyway. I feel like if I watch any more trashy TV my brain will never recover smile

What about everyone else?

ninah Tue 08-Oct-13 11:40:23

I'm in

SugarMeFingers Wed 09-Oct-13 09:39:25

I've never written before so i'm definitely not expecting a masterpiece!
DH got me a desk last week so i've set up by writing space and done a rough outline! I'm thinking about getting the trial scrivener.
I am writing a fantasy as that is all i read and i love it.
My Nano name is also SugarMeFingers if anyone wants to add me as their buddy. It'd be cool to see how everyone's getting on.
Add your Nano name if you want people to add you too.

louloutheshamed Wed 09-Oct-13 09:43:39

I just signed up! I have a four week old so plan to bf and plan in October too!!

SugarMeFingers Wed 09-Oct-13 09:49:07

I've been watching videos by Katytastic on Youtube.
She's got a lot of advice and tips on planning.

ScarerAndFuck Wed 09-Oct-13 09:53:32

I might sign up, I will have a look later.

Rollermum Thu 10-Oct-13 11:01:30

I've resigned up - username Rollermum6. SugarmeFingers I couldn't see how to find buddies - having a dim moment!

I watched Katytastic's video on planning around three acts. I am not sure how much structured planning there will be - my plan is mostly linear and what happens. There isn't the pattern of challenges she talks about but potentially there could be.

ender Thu 10-Oct-13 12:35:18

First timer with NaNo. I've written short stories, lots of attempts at novels but never managed to finish because not organised enough and get bogged down. Am hoping this time will do it. Just bought Scrivener, I love it, have followed Katytastic's YouTube video and set it up for 3 acts with 9 chapters in each, having fun plotting and planning so hoping to be ready to go by 1 Nov.

Rollermum Thu 10-Oct-13 12:48:58

Hey Ender - didn't realise scrivener could be used in that way. Be interesting to hear how you get on with it.

SugarmeFingers I figured out how to add you now!

SugarMeFingers Thu 10-Oct-13 14:30:28

Yay! I'm planning on getting the nano free trial of scrivener when it comes out. Nano participants get a 20% discount and winners get 50%.

SugarMeFingers Thu 10-Oct-13 14:31:07

Added you too Rollermum!

Dwerf Thu 10-Oct-13 15:17:05

I'll be doing it. I've done it most of the last... um... eight years? Nine years? I forget. grin

PinkFairyArmadillo Thu 10-Oct-13 15:17:16

I've just signed up grin

I've got loads of novel/short story ideas that I've had kicking around for years and keep procrastinating instead of actually doing anything with them. Hoping this might be the incentive I need to finally get at least something written!!

TunipTheUnconquerable Thu 10-Oct-13 16:44:41

LOL, I love that you get an extra discount on Scrivener if you win!
I have Scrivener and I love it so much I want to snog it.
It's not just because it makes composition and redrafting so easy - it's the fact that it autosaves the project as a whole so when your computer crashes you don't find there's a document you'd forgotten about with vital notes on that you'd forgotten to back up. <bitter experience>

CrowmarshGibbon Thu 10-Oct-13 17:10:17

I'm in. won a couple of years ago but still haven't finished what I wrote then. oops.

That was a YA novel. trying my hand at an adult novel this year - scary!

Dwerf Fri 11-Oct-13 08:41:17

I haven't even picked a genre yet, let alone a plot. Last year I did urban fantasy and had to live with the ridicule of my best friend who insisted I was rewriting Twilight. Hmph. Told the entire pub he did. I'm still living it down!

vibee Sun 13-Oct-13 23:07:29

I've been wondering if it'd be madness to try while on maternity leave with a 6 month old, but seems like I'd be in good company! I tried and failed two years ago, but this time I actually have an idea I'd like to try to work on, rather than just a vague notion that I'd like to write something... I'm wondering if it's feasible to do some of the planning on my phone while breast feeding, or if my thumb will drop off...

TunipTheUnconquerable Mon 14-Oct-13 16:42:42

Definitely worth a try. It depends on the baby really.
I have written during maternity leaves but my first dc would never have allowed it.

AlottaRunning Tue 15-Oct-13 15:19:48

I'm in. My 4th year of Nano.

I'm redoing an old draft of mine from scratch. Never had time to do much writing since last years nano due to uni but this is m final year so want to get this story up to standard I can work come next summer.

I already have a few mumsnetters on my buddy list from previous years but I'm jomac79 for anyone else who wants to add me.

I'm doing it smile been doing NaNo for a fair few years now, won almost every year yay smile

Not sure what I'm going to write this year yet. I'm MaddieMcMoomin if anyone wants to add me smile

SugarMeFingers Thu 17-Oct-13 12:41:06

How's the planning coming along? I just watched some youtube vids on story structure by dan wells that were really helpful.
That's part one if anyone's interested.

IBelieveInEngels Thu 17-Oct-13 19:00:06

Just came on to see if there was a NaNo thread for 2013 and here you are!

Last year I did a YA thriller and this year am writing a whodunnit. Won last year (finished my 50, 000 on the evning of the 30th!) but haven't looked at my draft since I finished blush,

My nano name is the same as my mn name.

IReallyShouldBeWriting Fri 18-Oct-13 13:02:06

Oh brilliant, there's some others out there! Can I join you? I haven't done NaNoWriMo before. I've written a few novels - two which will forever live in my sock drawer because they are AWFUL and one self-pubbed as a 75p ebook on kindle.

I'm about to write a sequel to the self-pubbed one - putting finishing touches to the plot at the moment, and NaNoWriMo happens to fall at the perfect time for me to start drafting. Bit nervous at the speed I'll need to write - the last book took me about two years to finish first draft blush

I am so impressed by those of you writing a novel with a baby. Total Scrivener fan here too. I wrote my last book in Word and the rewriting process was such a nightmare. I can already see how much easier that process will be...

LoopaDaLoopa Sun 20-Oct-13 11:10:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

IReallyShouldBeWriting Mon 21-Oct-13 13:00:24

SugarMeFingers that Dan Wells video was really helpful - thank you so much for linking!

Has anyone else made any resolutions to help you focus on drafting? I've changed my MN username (a tad obvious perhaps!) and made a resolution that I'm not allowed on any MN boards apart from this Creative Writing one... I get too addicted to MN. The username change means that I can't log into MN without writing the words 'I Really Should Be Writing' which will hopefully jolt me into remembering that I'm not supposed to be here! I don't want to dereg completely as I'd like to be able to drop in on this board when I've got my word count for the day.

I've done an outline by days in November - with each scene to write assigned to a day - about three or four scenes per day and the last scene scheduled to be written on 27th November leaving me room to frantically catch up... I have no idea if it's achievable though.

Mine's a thriller by the way - second book in a trilogy so it was semi-outlined already but since watching the Dan Wells video I've added a lot more structure.

Any other prep people are doing?

LoopaDaLoopa Mon 21-Oct-13 14:35:51

How much prep are you doing everyone?

TunipTheUnconquerable Mon 21-Oct-13 16:08:21

I read a heap of books in the summer for research (I'm doing historical) in between drafts of my last, so there's that.
I would like to have the architecture of the book sketched out before I start, but I'm not sure it will be set in stone. Usually I have some key scenes and the ending figured out before I start but am not quite sure how it fits together.
I don't know what would happen if I had each scene planned. It might be that I'd end up with a much tighter, better novel, or I might find my creativity blocked. It would be interesting to see some time.

LoopaDaLoopa Tue 22-Oct-13 00:00:18

Have you anything published, Tunip? Struggling so much no with redrafting the last, I'm looking forward to forgetting about that and starting anew. I worry though that I'll become so engrossed with this one, my last will go out the window forever. How to avoid that? How to find time, with FT job, family, toddlers etc?

TunipTheUnconquerable Tue 22-Oct-13 12:13:47

Just some short stories, a few years back.

I'm so looking forward to starting my next! If I have to come back to the old one (which will happen if I get any more good advice about how to improve it) I think it will just be a case of sitting down at my desk and forcing myself, if I'm not in the mood.

Turniphead1 Tue 22-Oct-13 15:13:50

Hi everyone. It's my first time posting on the CW board. I am recovering from an operation and rather than wasting my time thought I really should give myself that push to start some creative writing. I have been promising myself that I should start for oooh, the last twenty years.

My first port of call was of course Mumsnet. It seems that I don't do anything, book a holiday, buy a product without checking here first. This lead to finding out about Nanowrimo and Scrivener. I wondered has anyone tried Storyist - or are we all wedded to Storyist? I like the fact that Storyist can be used on an ipad. But upon reflection - even typing this post on my ipad is hurting my (crutch-tired) hand. A laptop is probably much better.

I have not written any fiction since I was at school. I have on,y the briefest idea as to genre. Various tiny bits of plot ideas floating round. Hmmmm.... This is going to be fun.

I will also check out the you tube novel planning videos you suggest. Another thought should be to read something a little more challenging than Curtis Sittenfeld. As much as I love her.

I look forward to getting some inspiration from all the people here who have actually written novels or short stories. Or anything at all.

Turniphead1 Tue 22-Oct-13 15:14:42

Wedded to Scrivener I meant.

IReallyShouldBeWriting Tue 22-Oct-13 15:38:39

Turniphead1 - I'm wedded to Scrivener now. Sickness, health (should health ever befall me), for richer (should wealth ever befall me) for poorer... I type 70 wpm on my laptop - that's not going to happen on an iPad. I'd end up with some crazy autocorrect surrealist anti-novel! And I'd get frustrated when it finally starts flowing and I need to get the words out quickly.

If you're just getting into writing for the first time then just have some fun with it. There are lots of people on the NaNoWriMo forums who just seem to be having a great time by letting the creativity flow without censoring it. That said, I have outlined the hell out of my book for NaNoWriMo. But then I do have a specific book I want to get written. This will be my first time of writing to a strict outline and trying to write at speed and it's an experiment really.

TunipTheUnconquerable - I don't know what would happen if I had each scene planned. It might be that I'd end up with a much tighter, better novel, or I might find my creativity blocked. It would be interesting to see some time. - yeah that's what I'm experimenting with! I wonder what will happen... I do have almost every scene planned but with a tiny bit of 'wiggle room' for if I have an idea as I'm writing. I don't know if it will make it boring to read and dull to write or whether it will make it better structured for the reader and with me having a better idea of what I'm sitting down to write each day. Who knows... About to find out!

TunipTheUnconquerable Tue 22-Oct-13 16:02:04

'If you're just getting into writing for the first time then just have some fun with it.'

I totally, totally agree with this.
The great thing about NaNo is that it encourages you to turn off your inner editor, which is why a lot of people who've never got through a whole first draft before manage to do it with NaNo.
Often people start writing and do a few chapters then they worry because it's not good enough or get stuck on what happens next and end up giving up. Putting the focus on merely turning out large numbers of words sounds like it will just result in crap, but actually it stops people from undermining themselves by being too self-critical. Then once you've got a draft down on paper you can figure out what's wrong with it and make it better.

thursdaysgirls Tue 22-Oct-13 18:03:25

8th year of NaNoWriMo. Had No Plot? No Problem since I was 19. LOVE IT. I tweet Chris Baty quite often too >.< SO glad to see a thread on MN.

AlottaRunning Wed 23-Oct-13 10:52:55

I'm doing a lot of planning this year. It's my last year of degree and have an assignment due 28th Nov so need to concentrate more on that in last couple of weeks. I want to be clear what I'm writing for nano so I can get a good start.

I leave some room open for change as I get a lot of ideas while writing but I like to have some structure and an idea of important scenes.

I'm a huge scrivener fan and tend to have a loose outline of what I want to happen in each act and chapter.

I also recommend getting an internet blocker while writing, I'm terrible for deciding to look things up and then getting lost in a sea of wikipedia and before I know it 2 hours have passed.

TunipTheUnconquerable Thu 24-Oct-13 11:48:10

I've just bought 'The Anatomy of Story' by John Truby, because Caroline Lawrence recommends it on her blog (and she always writes well about writing IMO). It's a screenwriting book - they're often good on plot.

I'm subbing my last one now. Not going to send off any today, though, because I was up too much of last night and don't want to risk making stupid mistakes.

redmapleleaves Sun 27-Oct-13 08:59:16

Hi, great to find so many are signed up.

It will be my second year at nano but life is much busier this year, and I haven't done any prep yet. Am getting inspired by reading Chris Baty's No plot no action (or similar title) - he's the guy who set up nano and its a really inspiring book encouraging you to just get writing even if you haven't done the prep. And also watched some free creative writing videos on Openlearn, the Open University's free bit, which were really inspiring as prompts for writing.

Good luck to us all

IBelieveInEngels Sun 27-Oct-13 10:23:16

Have just been for a run which has helped me think through my plot and character a bit more (now need to writ it down before I forget). Last year I only discovered NaNo in October and planned my book in a week. This year I only have the bare bones and on top of writing/work/toddler am trasining for a 15k smack bang in the middle of the month and heading away for another weekend in November - just hope I've left myself enough time!

Cherrypi Mon 28-Oct-13 17:25:44

Yay it's almost nano time. Not a clue what to write this year.

makemineabacardi Tue 29-Oct-13 16:43:55

Does it have to be from scratch? I have a novel I've been writing for ten years blush and this could just be the kick up the arse I need to finish it. Studying in the final year of my diploma aswell as a FT job so not the best timing but there you go.

Had a few short stories published down the years but nothing major and I miss the writing vibe!

TunipTheUnconquerable Tue 29-Oct-13 20:15:13

I have no idea if the official NaNo rules say it has to be from scratch, but you can make your own rules.
Using it to finish a long-procrastinated project is an excellent use for the general energy and vibe.

makemineabacardi Tue 29-Oct-13 20:49:14

Great, this is gonna be fun! Actually more excited about this than studying which is a bit sad wink.

Inspiration dust for all! Will the thread keep going? Would love to see how everyone gets on. smile

Syncope Thu 31-Oct-13 00:09:30

24 hours to go and I have no idea what I'm going to write. Have had a couple of half-formed snippets of ideas floating around my brain for a while but real life has sadly intervened and distracted me from getting any further.

TunipTheUnconquerable Thu 31-Oct-13 07:46:09

I still don't have a plot. I'd been thinking I'd have this week to do it but I kind of forgot it was half term.
I might just spend a day or two writing unconnected snippets of stuff before I actually go to page 1.
Mine's historical and I know what happened in her life but it's a question of where to start and finish to make it work as a story.

LoopaDaLoopa Thu 31-Oct-13 14:43:25

Oh God, I'm not ready for this, and so bloody busy!

Stravy Thu 31-Oct-13 15:09:17

I faithfully promised a fanfic update by today so I could abandon my adoring fans it during Nov. I have not written it. I have also left my laptop charger at a friends house 200 miles away. Bollocks.
I'm not even going to mention all the work/kids/life stuff I should be doing.

Frightchen Thu 31-Oct-13 17:21:24

Aha! Found you in the nick of time! I've been participating in NaNo for 7 years now, according to my profile. Skipped one or two of those years, and finally cheated won last year.

I'm breaking the rules this time round by doing a collection of short stories (don't tell the NaNo powers that be!) as I did last year, and the resulting book will be printed in December and gifted to my best friend for Christmas (she's doing likewise for me)

What fanfic do you write, Stravy ?

IBelieveInEngels Thu 31-Oct-13 18:23:03

Aargh! Have vague plot and only 2 characters. Training for 15k in middle of month, off with flu today, backlog of marking and reports due in November, seem to have a ridiulously full social life this month (very unlike me), and DS decided not to have a nap today....I am so not ready!

coppertop Thu 31-Oct-13 18:29:57

I'm in.

I've won twice but then had a couple of years where it just fizzled out.

This year I have a basic outline, so I'm feeling a bit more hopeful.


TunipTheUnconquerable Fri 01-Nov-13 10:32:11

Aaaaand they're off!

Stravy Fri 01-Nov-13 13:17:49

Frightchen Bad Girls blush

haven't started my NaNo yet hmm

chaoshayley Fri 01-Nov-13 13:30:57

Hello! I'm doing NaNoWriMo for the first time this year and, as a serial lurker on Mumsnet, I thought that I'd look in here to see if there was a thread going.

I hope you don't mind, but I've added some of you as 'buddies'. hmm

And I've downloaded Scrivener on your recommendations - thank you! smile

redhappy Fri 01-Nov-13 13:49:58

I've just made a last minute impulse decision to join! I've wanted to do NaNoWriMo for years and years, and life has always got in the way. This year I have no excuses.

I've just joined up in the website. I have a vague idea knocking around in my head. Trying to stay relaxed about it rather than get overwhelmed and give up before I've even started!

How are you all writing? Do you write on something like word then import to the website each evening to tot up your word count?

Anybody looking for buddies? I don't want to put my username on here but if anyone wants to pm me I'm happy to tell them my username!

coppertop Fri 01-Nov-13 14:02:07

Redhappy - During the month you just update your word count by typing in the number of words that you've written.

When you've reached 50,000+ you can copy and paste the whole document (I've written mine in Word) into the word count verifier.

I've written 1800 words so far. I'm trying to stay ahead for now because I won't have as much time once half-term is over.

redhappy Fri 01-Nov-13 14:10:32

Thanks coppertop. I'm a bit of a technophobe, but I've managed to dig out an old USB stick so I'm going to type it on Word and save it on there.

I'm the other way round, will have plenty of time once half term's over, but obviously if I don't keep up with the daily targets to start with will be impossible to catch up.

TunipTheUnconquerable Fri 01-Nov-13 14:16:24

I'll have more time after half term too.
It's not that I'm not getting time today, it's just I get interrupted every 10 minutes or so.

I'm not using the NaNo website because there are enough websites and forums in my life already and I'll never get any actual writing done if I get sidetracked by another.

Meanwhile I'm trying to figure out how unreliable a narrator my heroine is and why she's unreliable - I am still not quite sure if she's knowingly devious or deceiving herself or a combination of the two. Maybe it's something I can't decide at the start and it will just have to emerge as I write her.

redhappy Fri 01-Nov-13 14:24:06

Gosh your post has me in a panic Tunip I can see how clueless I really am!

Right, I've made soup, cleared the clutter in the kitchen grin ...I need to get off her and make a proper start! I'm going to limit internet time to evenings after seven.

Frettchen Fri 01-Nov-13 14:29:05

14 hours in and I've written nothing... Stupid work! But I do plan on diving in this evening and trying to get as far ahead as possible as I know things will come up later in the month, and would like a nice comfortable buffer.

Stravy oooh, interesting fandom! Not one I've ever read, but I do love the idea of writing something set inside a prison. <feeds to collection of unformed plot bunnies> I want to get back to fanfic after this NaNo, and keep toying with the idea of a crossover between Supernatural and Grey's Anatomy - can't go wrong with demons in a hospital, right?

redhappy - I write on Word; always have and always will (I can't justify buying a new writing program when I have something that does the job perfectly) For the majority of NaNo I just type my daily wordcount into the wordcount box on the NaNo website. At the end of the month I copy and paste the whole thing into the wordcount verification thingy (when it's available) to get my final count.

TunipTheUnconquerable Fri 01-Nov-13 14:31:58

Oh no Redhappy, don't panic!

Last year I wrote my NaNo having hardly ever read any books about writing. In the process of editing it over the last year I became totally addicted to them and now I am fascinated by the theory and nuts-and-bolts of it, so I'm writing this one in a completely different way, with much more self-consciousness. It might turn out to be a disaster.

You absolutely do not need a technical vocabulary to do NaNo and write a fabulous draft. All you need to do is sit down and let the words flow. The time to worry about that stuff is if you try to edit and redraft, because it starts to feel like a toolbox you can use to improve it.

A vague idea is honestly all you need to start with.

LoopaDaLoopa Fri 01-Nov-13 14:37:58

Done my words for the day at work somehow. smile

TunipTheUnconquerable Fri 01-Nov-13 17:02:08

Yay Loopa, well done!

I'm being sidetracked by working through the exercises in 'The Anatomy of Story' by John Truby and finding it mind-blowingly exciting.

Syncope Fri 01-Nov-13 19:42:06

I've written 382 words. It's a start. grin

Dysgu Fri 01-Nov-13 20:36:10

All the DC are finally in bed (may bot be actually asleep yet but have left DP to sort that!) and I am about to make a start. I will also have more time once half term is over and they are back in school (well, 2 of them).

I have a vague idea of a story in my head that I have been mulling over - adult fiction - and I am just going to see where is goes...

Dysgu Fri 01-Nov-13 20:37:04

Oh - I am EvanAlmighty if anyone would like to add me (am hoping taking baby DS's name will be a good luck charm smile )

Stravy Fri 01-Nov-13 21:17:21

Just downloaded the free trial of Scrivener and have spent the day arsing about with it rather than writing anything. I have a beautiful virtual cork board with pics of my characters as they will be played in the inevitable itv drama grin

SuperConfused Fri 01-Nov-13 22:47:23

Oh this is wonderful. Can I join in?

I have been a member (ahem) for five years apparently, but if I manage, this will be my first year to actually write more than 300 hundred words blush

Terrible timing in a way as I'm on a work trip then on holiday for most of November, but I figure I'll be in boring dodgy hotel rooms so I should be able to squeeze in a bit of time. Have just written an outline, now need to divide into chapters then will actually start writing. Eek!

Dysgu Fri 01-Nov-13 23:24:11

I managed 1205 words. I like the graph and stats page that tells me at this rate I will finish on December 12th.

Must do better...
But as I only have an outline of an idea and am not sure where this is going I had to stop to work out what is happening next and how to get to where i want the character to be...

SugarMeFingers Fri 01-Nov-13 23:57:58

Hello, i was busy planning and haven't checked the thread for ages! My DH woke me at 1 minute past midnight, the coffee came out and i started typing. I wanted to get ahead as I've got a party to go to tomorrow and my total for the day is 4211 words. I have never written that much before in my life. Really enjoying it. It's great to see so many signed up. I'm off to bed now as i'm all typed out for the day. smile

CallingAllEngels Sat 02-Nov-13 07:58:47

Between DS/hospital appointment/work social I did a big fat 0 yesterday. Though I did spent the waiting time in the hospital fleshing out my plot and characters (though still have no names so am making them up as I go along!).

DS has been awake since 5am, so I gave up at 6.30 and came downstairs. Have managed just over 650 while he watches cartoons. If I carry on at this rate I will finish in April apparently! (so need to get cracking!).

Have a MN name change, but Nano name is the same as before.

Wow sugar - that's dedication!

Well done everyone for a great start except me

DarlingScribbler Sat 02-Nov-13 08:11:12

Hi all, signing up because I really need a kick up the jacksie;

Day 2 - Word count - 0

Have mn name changed (frequent lurker name changer) to my nano name (first timer self sceptic) and I usually write poetry mostly due to my inability to stay at a keyboard for any length of time. I too wish I had the tenacity of a 14 year old.

Good luck!

Cherrypi Sat 02-Nov-13 08:47:04

I really like scrivener strabby. I've written 1666 words but I'm already boring myself with my plot. So far my character has gone to the library and had coffee. Dull dull dull.

Stravy Sat 02-Nov-13 09:18:11

Is that a case of writing what you know, •cherrypi• ? Mine is murdering her husband hmm I'm out of my depth, I wish she would go to the library.

AtomicLyn Sat 02-Nov-13 09:30:07

Hi all!

I'm using my nano name for this. This year I plan on writing a whole 120k novel, despite having never won nano any other time ever hmm

Day 1: 3916

My novel can be summed up as The Bell Jar meets X-Men!

I use Scrivener & for brainstorming I've been using Scapple by the same people & it's been great! There's a free trial, but it's that good I'll probably buy.

Good luck everyone!

DarlingScribbler Sat 02-Nov-13 10:22:13

just did 2123, crikey maybe this can be done after all, have no plot, can't think of character names and do not like the odd mundane v.s spooky stuff that is occurring but it is words on the page right?

Does anyone else write the thing then come up with character names?

Stravy Sat 02-Nov-13 10:24:55

@womenwriters on twitter did a thing on choosing character names

TunipTheUnconquerable Sat 02-Nov-13 10:26:43

I've used 'holding' names before, and just fixed the final ones later on.

DarlingScribbler Sat 02-Nov-13 10:34:42

I think I will do the holding names thing then, please be my friends on nano, I have none and will try not to use up this thread with my vacuous wanderings grin

AlottaRunning Sat 02-Nov-13 14:53:08

I managed to do 1667 before I went to work yesterday and then another few hundred before I went to bed. Will try and get more done today. I'm trying to get ahead in the first two weeks so I can relax and concentrate on uni work in the final 2 weeks.

I usually have names for my main characters but not secondary ones, or I find half way through I don't like someones name and change it.

Place names I'm terrible thinking off so just call them something daft until I think of something more sensible.

TunipTheUnconquerable Sat 02-Nov-13 17:12:15

I get the road atlas out for place names and surnames.

redhappy Sat 02-Nov-13 21:56:22

Have finally got started. It's been so difficult finding time with the kids at home. But I've been trying to do a bit of planning in my head, and scribbling odd notes down. I'm not someone who can just wing it, I much prefer to have a plan.

The last writing I did was at Uni, but the last creative writing must have been at school!

So, my word count is well below where it should be! But I'm rather pleased with 399 words so far today. Going to stay up for another couple of hours and see what I can get done.

Really impressed by everyone's wordcount, and the other commitments they have going at the same time!

ninah Sun 03-Nov-13 16:12:52

Darling I'm going to 'buddy' you because I like your slack start! grin you are making up for it now though! I am ninah on there if anyone wants to find me. I have a poor average and I am really struggling to get started.

GoldiChops Sun 03-Nov-13 21:55:28

Phew, glad I found this thread. This is my first year doing NaNoWriMo and I'm struggling! actually this is my first time attempting anything writerish- I have all the thoughts and ideas, none of the gumption. So far this year I have managed 1361 words, and two broken keyboard keys. Yay me!

I'm RedRiding on the site, and I'm writing a YA dystopic novel. Fun. I've added anyone who's posted their names on this thread, I think the more people I'm accountable to the better! Add me!

GoldiChops Sun 03-Nov-13 21:56:02

Stupid me. I'm RidingHood on there. Ooops. I was close though!

CallingAllEngels Mon 04-Nov-13 07:58:03

Oops, life is getting in the way of nano - am not even at 1000 yet. Dealing with mc complications right now so worrying about that and ds seems to have picked up that something is up so is clinging to me like a limpet.

Must do better (mn nnc but easy to spot).

AtomicLyn Mon 04-Nov-13 08:59:03

Engels Sorry about your mc. I had one in November 3 years ago which put an end to my NaNo... well, that wasn't exactly at the forefront of my mind, but it was part of the overall effect. Are you from the October 2011 due date club?

I'm finally not a slacker this year so now I can be a person you're all grrr at! I've always found if you write daily your word count naturally rises. I also like to stop when I know what's going to happen next so I can get back into it easily the next day. Except if you completely forget...!

TunipTheUnconquerable Mon 04-Nov-13 09:43:46

So sorry about your mc, Engels x

ninah Mon 04-Nov-13 10:17:10

Engels I am so sorry too. Nano is prob least of your worries. I'm going to still be writing long after Nano so if you fancy a word count support thread longer term on here I'd certainly be up for one, as I imagine would a few others writing a new book. Tunip?
There was one on here a while ago, and it was quite useful at this stage of proceedings ie filling up pages!
Take it easy on yourself.

TunipTheUnconquerable Mon 04-Nov-13 10:31:54

Yes, I will be sticking around longer term. I'm not sure what's going to happen about my NaNo but whatever happens I have to write a first draft over the next few months.

Last year I started NaNo late and finished a few days late but I counted myself as winning because I didn't take longer than 30 days. There were people on last year's thread still cheering me on even after November which was lovely.

CallingAllEngels Mon 04-Nov-13 12:12:15

Thanks ladies. Mc was 3 weeks ago but something is hanging on somewhere, despite scans showing nothing so have to go back to hospital tomorrow. Have an enormous backlog of work that has built up because I just can't concentrate on school and DS has now entered the terrible 2s and is kicking off (excellent timing DS, well done).

Yep, Atomic that's me (Are you who I think you are with a nc? Met you this summer/winter?)

I will try and get on with some writing (definitely have an hour inbetween blood test and hospital appt tomorrow) but right now (DS has just gone to bed but not sleeping yet) I need to sort some shit out for school. The more I leave it, the worse it gets.

Will be back when I have some nano action to report!

LoopaDaLoopa Mon 04-Nov-13 13:46:38

Calling sad xxxx

ninah Mon 04-Nov-13 13:55:02

you go, Engels!
mc is such a cruel thing, and so misunderstood. I was a zombie with mine (mmc so was waiting for it to happen..). Particularly difficult for you as it's still ongoing with all the hosp and stuff. My ds was 2 at the time, also. Sending you lots of good wishes.
I'm kind of in a similar boat tunip. I am not so fussed about nano but I need a draft! Last one is out there doing the rounds and this is number one of trilogy. The Fun One. I did start number three but that's The Grim One so I've put it off. Strictly speaking, it needs to be written in the Caribbean with room service and remedial dacquiris.

MysteriousHamster Mon 04-Nov-13 19:15:03

Hello all, I'm NaNoing again this year. I've done it a handful of times over the last ten years, 'winning' about half the time. This year I'm being a rebel and continuing an existing project I actually did for Nano 2011 - where I wrote 50k and then promptly dropped it for something else I had to finish. I think the idea is worth seeing it through to the end, so hope I can manage it this November.

((hugs)) for Calling, I've been there, you have to be kind to yourself and not expect too much of yourself either. You might find writing a useful distraction, you might not, just see what happens.

Up to 7500 and quite pleased with that. I normally get ill at some point so I'm trying to build up a buffer zone.

ninah Tue 05-Nov-13 00:07:39

7500 good heavens. Nice buffering!

TunipTheUnconquerable Tue 05-Nov-13 09:24:21

Good morning, all.
I have nearly finished the creative writing book I was reading - just one more chapter to go - and have a better idea where I'm heading now.

Later today I might even actually write some words....

MysteriousHamster Tue 05-Nov-13 11:39:12

Good thing I'm buffering, just remembered I've got to drive up north for a family do on Saturday, driving back Sun, so I'll probably end up doing nothing for the two days, ack!

JuliaScurr Tue 05-Nov-13 12:01:52

this is harder than it looked
doing this is a brilliantly justifiable diversion from actually writing :D

LoopaDaLoopa Tue 05-Nov-13 13:38:55

8000 smile This YA stuff is much easier to write than heavy-going political feminist dystopia! Strange that..!

GoldiChops Tue 05-Nov-13 13:47:25

I'm not finding the YA that easy... I can never hit the right balance between too adult and patronising. I'll persist though!

Chapter 2 started today. Only 2058 words total but that 2058 more words than I thought I'd do! Already every single part of the book has changed from my plans, except the MC names and the genre.

Onwards and upwards!

ninah Tue 05-Nov-13 13:54:17

I've been having some time out in shoe shops, have work stuff coming up which practically demands some kick ass boots

MysteriousHamster Tue 05-Nov-13 13:55:13

Julia - out of interest how is this a diversion 'from actually writing'? I'm pretty sure I'm writing stuff :D

It's totally cool to just have fun with it, Nano is a really good laugh in the right community anyway, but I'm definitely going to see my project through to submission after this smile (then probably realise I hate it a week later)

TunipTheUnconquerable Tue 05-Nov-13 13:56:30

That balance is something you can tweak later, though.

LoopaDaLoopa Tue 05-Nov-13 14:05:59

I have totally channeled my 16 year old self. A bit too much. There are things coming out that I thought I'd blocked out, and it's not even autobiographical. May need to edit a lot of that out!

10K words. The fastest 2k ever written?!

Toomuchtea Tue 05-Nov-13 17:35:38

Can I join in? I am trying something different (ie serious) and have no idea whether I'll finish it or not. So far I have done 747 words. My nano name is Toomuchcake. Think really I should write a novel about food, as I have an awful lot of source material.

Calling, I'm so sorry about your news. That is rotten.

coppertop Tue 05-Nov-13 17:48:21

Sorry to hear about your mc, Engels. I hope your appointments were okay today.

I'm still just about keeping up. I've done a little over 7,000 words so far, but should get more time later tonight after The Mentalist has finished.

AlottaRunning Tue 05-Nov-13 22:25:44

I've passed the 10k mark but I'm already starting to dislike my story! I need to move it in another direction to keep it going, it's just sounding daft at the minute.

My characters just seem to want to sit around talking all the time when I want them to do something but I can never think of what. I know what I want them to do eventually but getting them to that point is the problem.

Of course the easiest thing to do is probably skip that bit for now, go to the next bit and then come back to the problem areas but I just keep hoping something will come to me and I won't need to.

Rollermum Wed 06-Nov-13 08:29:27

Sorry to hear that Engels, I hope you're ok.

Well lots if you are going great guns! smile

I haven't started. My LO has completely changed her breastfeeding pattern and style so I have less time than I thought. Also reluctant to start something longhand. Tried my laptop bought in January again and it is sooooo slow! Am going to abandon it.

Excuses excuses!

TunipTheUnconquerable Wed 06-Nov-13 09:01:03

Alotta - look for the minimum number of steps it would take to get them where you want them to be. Or just take them straight there and scatter in explanation of how they got there as and when feels right.

Rollermum - you could always set yourself another goal that is less ambitious in your circumstances but still worth doing, like 25k or 10k. If by the end of the month you had the first 3 chapters that would still be good, right?

cathyandclaire Wed 06-Nov-13 09:26:37

Hi only just heard of NaNoWriMO on another thread, I'm late and disorganised but very tempted.
I've been trying and failing to finish a YA book which is a combo of novel and technical info...sounds weird I know but think it could be good. Would that be acceptable do you think? Does anyone check up on content or is it a kick up the backside a motivational tool?

TunipTheUnconquerable Wed 06-Nov-13 10:04:56

There's no check on content, it's just for motivation. Technical/novel YA sounds really intriguing!

MysteriousHamster Wed 06-Nov-13 10:38:21

No one checks, so just go for it!

Pure NaNoists would say you should always start a new project. The idea is, I believe, that if you're less invested you're more likely to write crazy amounts without thinking too hard - and it works. But if you don't want to start something new (I didn't), then Nano's a great motivator anyway.

cathyandclaire Wed 06-Nov-13 10:52:05

Thanks! I will definitely go for it then, it's been practically done for YEARS but I'm too hopeless to finish it and too chicken to send it off to anyone.
I'll do this and then my New Year resolution will be to submit it.

Maybe next year I'll do something new...

AlottaRunning Wed 06-Nov-13 11:42:23

Thanks Tunip, I've gone for a brief summary of where I'm trying to get them so now I can just write the more exciting part. I'm just too impatient

TunipTheUnconquerable Wed 06-Nov-13 12:08:36

Not too impatient.
If it's boring you it will bore your reader. Ditch the boring and cut to the chase.

SugarMeFingers Wed 06-Nov-13 12:16:19

hi everyone, hope you all enjoying writing your novels! I hit 10k yesterday and my total is now 10437. This is the most i have put on paper ever! I'm really enjoying it tho and am now trying to get my toddler to sleep so I can do some more. I'm writing fantasy, what's everyone else doing? smile

Rollermum Wed 06-Nov-13 12:27:03

Thanks Tunip - you are right. I will go for 10k. Progress not perfection!

Sugar I am writing sci fi which is unusual for me.

I've tried my laptop again and it was better though still infuriatingly slow! Also figured I can type one handed if not too worried about caps - autocorrect helps a lot. Whoop!

Toomuchtea Wed 06-Nov-13 15:38:28

10 k is amazing. I am currently on 1.5, but am now having a break to do some research. Having written non fiction, I do find it tremendously hard to write without being sure of my ground, because I don't want to find I have my characters moaning about something which turns out to have been introduced half way through the war and not at the beginning. Maybe I should have stuck with my fantasy novel, which ground to a halt at 10k. Read it again yesterday, and I quite like it but can't think how to get it going again.

Alotta, if there's something I really want to write I have gone ahead and written it, and then gone back and worked towards it.

TunipTheUnconquerable Wed 06-Nov-13 16:18:07

Toomuchtea, are you writing historical?

I've just passed 2000. It took me ages to get started because as well as research, I had specific plotting issues due to the sort of historical I'm writing. My last one was 'made up people involved in real historical events' and this one is 'real people in real historical events'. So first I had the problem of how to make a coherent story out of the mass of stuff that happened to my main character, and now I'm constantly having to stop and check where people were at different times.

It's kind of tricky NaNo-ing historical, because the research slows you down. But OTOH that's precisely why I need to do it, because otherwise there's too much temptation not to start till you've read just one more book and then another and then another....

Toomuchtea Thu 07-Nov-13 09:19:21

Tunip, yes, I am. It's something I wanted to write an article about, but never got round to, so have based a story around it instead. It was either WW2 or late Romano-Britain, which is another thing I've wanted to write about for ages, and WW2 is slightly easier to write about in that it needs a bit less research.

I wrote another book set in the fifties in which I included a small anachronistic incident, but it's itching at me, as I know how people are about these things. If you write it, it's fact, even if you say in the intro that it isn't.

Having to check where people were does really slow you down.

This week and next are slow for me work-wise, so I'm hoping I can get a decent amount done now. The thing is, I really like doing research. As you say, it's so tempting...

TunipTheUnconquerable Thu 07-Nov-13 10:05:37

Humph. I looked at my calendar and realised I need to write 3k a day (because I never get anything done at weekends due to dh's penchant for days out) and now I'm panicking and can't concentrate....

makemineabacardi Thu 07-Nov-13 10:44:06

I've fallen behind too - poorly myself and DD last weekend so a slow start. Currently only done 5k words - some of which I'd already written since this is a novel I've already started ten years ago. blush But I'm making changes as I go. It's been ages since I wrote anything so the wheels in my head are a bit creaky still.

I'm also writing SF Rollermum smile

I think I worked out that it needs to be about 1.6k words a day in order to hit the target, think that's right? Trying not to focus on the word count though as that distracts from the writing process - think you need to do the same Tunip. Just enjoy and go with the flow. smile

Toomuchtea Thu 07-Nov-13 11:08:41

Agree Makemine. Tunip, do what you can. I have only managed 3k a day when desperate with a deadline and it nearly killed me. I can't write at weekends either.

Toomuchtea Fri 08-Nov-13 08:47:22

Really bad day. Managed 200 very bad words - I am going backwards.

I hope everyone else is doing better!

TunipTheUnconquerable Fri 08-Nov-13 09:26:24

Makemine/Toomuch - thanks, you're right.

I wrote zero words of actual story BUT I did make quite a bit of progress with plotting, so it wasn't a wasted day. I think tbh a historical with an unreliable narrator and interweaving narratives just isn't going to come out without a proper plan.

Also, I'm trying to write a jousting scene without knowing anything proper about jousting, and that's just silly.

coppertop Fri 08-Nov-13 09:43:18

I'm falling behind a bit, but I knew that I would once school started up again. It also hasn't helped that I have a dc off ill.

I'm hoping to catch up a bit this weekend. I've written just under 10k so far.

AtomicLyn Fri 08-Nov-13 11:16:13

Engels I'm not that person. I actually never posted on the post-natal group, I had a massively difficult screaming baby and I used to read what everyone else was doing when I was feeding in the night so I had company but I was too miserable to say anything myself. Hope things are okay with you.

Toomuchtea I love doing research too and sometimes get distracted. Mine's set in a slightly alternate 1950s. I thought I'd have a bit more leeway, but as I'm writing I know it needs to "feel real" so I don't have as much leeway as I was expecting!

I've hit 10k but did lots at first and have slowly tailed off with life interfering. I'm hoping to get caught up and maybe ahead a bit this weekend. And right now as I'm child free but I'm in an I'm rubbish funk that I just need to ignore!

Any writing is more than no writing!

JuliaScurr Fri 08-Nov-13 12:04:18

breakthrough!! Just wrote about 50 words :D
Oh, but the quality...
Adding a bit of knifey foreshadowing involving tomatoes

CallingAllEngels Fri 08-Nov-13 13:05:12

We have lift off! (Kind of). Managed to do some writing in car on way to UK yesterday and am now nearly on 2000. Not sure how much else will get written this weekend (visiting friends and family) and realise chances of reaching 50k are rather slim this year but ideas are beginning to churn and not ready to throw in the towel yet.

atomic I rarely post anywhere except my ante natal thread and good housekeeping (apart from my recent incursions into conception) so it's very funny that anyone should recognise me!

bacardi if you write 1667 words a day you will win!

SugarMeFingers Fri 08-Nov-13 13:07:16

when i hit a bit of a wall i set a timer and write non-stop for 20 minutes. really boosts my word count and i'm sometimes surprised at what comes out of it.
Also i'm not worrying too much about the quality, just want to get my 50000 words so i can get scrivener half price and win obviously! my story is not going to be even nearly finished by 50000 words!
I am having lots of fun tho and when i come downstairs after writing my dh says i'm in a better mood, so that's always a bonus!

Toomuchtea Fri 08-Nov-13 13:10:55

Tunip - I have a jousting children's story I can lend you if you want. It's Josephine Pullein-Thompson's A Job With Horses, and it has plenty of detail on other Medieval stuff, like quintains. The narrator is explaining it all to the reader, so it's quite easy to pick out the essential points.

Have now managed to write a few more words, though just by describing the house I grew up in which is easy peasy and not really adding to the story. At least it's words.

Atomic, I wrote something set in the 50s too, and it was much more complicated than I thought. The worst thing was, how much did it cost to make a telephone box call, and when you did, did you have to go via the operator? And then things like deciding to have a character drive an e-type Jag, only to find out they weren't in production then and having to find another sports car that was.

Mmmango Fri 08-Nov-13 15:19:39

OK, I'm not sure what you lot have just got me into... read the thread, thought November 8th is a bit late to start, wanted to look at the NaNo site though and seemed to have to sign up to do that, so I did... then I wrote 1873 words of absolute rubbish and I appear to be aiming to write a novel this month. Hmph. About what, I have no idea. Anyone have any links to free tips to help with character /plot development?

I'm going to back through the thread and add anyone who's put their NaNo name down - mine is MangoLassi.

AlottaRunning Sat 09-Nov-13 23:32:39

I've got over 20k now, quality isn't great but I definitely have something to work with. I've tried to concentrate on the scenes I know what I'm doing with and important stuff and glossed over the inbetweeny stuff.

I usually start off well and get well ahead in the first 2 weeks but tail off toward the end and finish on 50k on the 30th.

I don't know what genre mine would fall in, I've done something different each year, it started out a YA romance this year but it's moved away from being YA I think and not particualrly focusted on romance either confused I always struggle with knowing what genre to put myself into as like writing a variety of things.

SugarMeFingers Sun 10-Nov-13 13:19:52

I plan to get 20k today, i'm at 18,416 now so i'll do that after lunch. I'm having fun though and i've copy and pasted my writing from scrivener into word so it's saved a few times.
Also i made the word pages the same size as a paperback and put 2 per screen so it looks like a book, it amuses me to see it like that! i've got 81 novel pages.

Toomuchtea Mon 11-Nov-13 10:34:09

Hugely impressed Sugar and Alotta. I didn't manage any writing at the weekend at all, as I'd thought, so am still bumbling along at around 5,000. At this rate I am set to finish in January.

How's everyone else doing?

ninah Mon 11-Nov-13 10:50:50

same as you too much tea!

Toomuchtea Mon 11-Nov-13 13:24:50

Ninah, let us eat cake. And have brew. And cake and brew to anyone else still bumbling along at the foothills of Nanowrimo.

LoopaDaLoopa Mon 11-Nov-13 14:55:52

Urgh, nothing at all today, been disaster relief organising instead

GrendelsMum Mon 11-Nov-13 17:56:38

How's it going folks? I'm having a month off from writing and it's great!

Hope you and the family are all well, Loopa. Best wishes for your relief organising.

TunipTheUnconquerable Mon 11-Nov-13 20:52:01

I am dropping out but for a very good reason connected with my last year's NaNo smile

Will clarify once my disbelief has worn off.

Good luck everyone!

LoopaDaLoopa Mon 11-Nov-13 22:50:39

Well done Tunip! Yay! smile

Toomuchtea Tue 12-Nov-13 11:47:41

Well done Tunip - that sounds very exciting indeed. Well done!

TunipTheUnconquerable Tue 12-Nov-13 21:11:13

Right, just briefly, now that it's sunk in:
I sent my last year's NaNo to some agents (after repeated rewriting over the course of the year) and one has very kindly agreed to represent me. She wants to get it out to publishers before Christmas, so I need to drop the new NaNo for now and make my final changes to the old one.
I will pop in from time to time and cheer you on if that's ok!

ninah Tue 12-Nov-13 21:19:57

ooooh! blooomin fabulous! (I had you down as a crafty name change on the 'what to do while waiting' thread grin)
Many congratulations! I really like the sound of your ms. I wish you the very best. It's wonderful to see all that work paying off. Exciting times!

ninah Tue 12-Nov-13 21:21:48

ps, any chance you could keep us posted on what happens now? am intrigued. And v nosy.

TunipTheUnconquerable Tue 12-Nov-13 21:31:22

Thanks Ninah!
I am innocent of namechanging. Been Tunip for ages.
I will keep you posted. There are no guarantees - it's lovely to be over this hurdle but it's just the beginning really smile

ninah Tue 12-Nov-13 21:36:41

I thought you were really clever and talking to yourself as a double bluff, explaining nano etc blush. Anyway, it was you I was thinking of when I said I have a really good feeling about this ....
That's a pretty major hurdle though! (don't I know it ... ) am intrigued by the view on the other side! (rushes back to Donald Maas, thoroughly reinvigorated).
I did manage a few words today. It was like pulling teeth, and not with oil like the rage is on s and b

ninah Tue 12-Nov-13 21:38:24

I can see a front cover .... smile smile smile
is really special that someone from all those struggly threads has done it! well done, that BIG hurdle!

GrendelsMum Tue 12-Nov-13 22:26:23

Isn't it great!

And great to hear that Ninah is also reading Donald Maas.

AlottaRunning Tue 12-Nov-13 22:33:35

Wow, well done Tunip! Always good to hear of someones hard work writing paying off.

ninah Wed 13-Nov-13 07:12:48

haha Donald, cracking the whip...MORE tension!
Not much hope of nano today, staff meeting .... or maybe that' s the perfect opportunity!

SugarMeFingers Wed 13-Nov-13 10:51:43

Oooh Tunip, that's great news. congratulations!
My word count is 24505 so will be reaching the 1/2 way point when i get time to write later.

TunipTheUnconquerable Wed 13-Nov-13 11:19:58

Brilliant, Sugarme! Are you the first person on the thread to get halfway?

I have a new creative writing book crush now - The Anatomy of Story by John Truby. No point in anyone reading it now but I think when it comes to the big post-NaNo redraft for anyone who wants to take their book further, it could be useful.

I do love Donald Maas and am currently pondering his stuff about characters of 'high moral worth'. My last book was absolutely stuffed with them but what with being set at the Tudor court my new one is not.... confused

Good luck with secretly writing in your staff meeting, Ninah!

coppertop Wed 13-Nov-13 16:24:02

Congratulations Tunip! That's fantastic news! grin

I almost caught up at the weekend after writing an extra 5k. I've fallen behind again though and am still at 16k.

I'll get there eventually smile

AlottaRunning Sat 16-Nov-13 15:47:45

At 33k now, my outline has changed a lot though so having to plan as I go. I know how I want it to end but having to make small changes to make it flow.
I'm actually looking forward to redrafting as I keep having moments of knowing a better way for the story to go, so having to stop myself from editing now and wait to do all that. If anyone read the story as it is it wouldn't make much sense, I'm just making little notes where I need to make changes.
I have 4 days off work so will be getting most down between now and then but then I have other commitments so hopefully I'm well enough ahead of schedule that it wont matter much.

TunipTheUnconquerable Sat 16-Nov-13 16:50:10

Wow Alotta, you're well on the way!
You could have a rewriting and editing thread afterwards like some of us did last time.

AlottaRunning Sat 16-Nov-13 20:53:27

I always plan to do a rewrite when nano has finished, usually around January but uni work always get in the way. If I can keep on track with uni work then I will spend a little time redrafting.
On the plus side this is my last year of uni so I will have plenty of time to spend on writing come June grin

TunipTheUnconquerable Tue 19-Nov-13 11:12:37

So who reckons they are still in the game?

Alotta, Coppertop, Sugarme - anyone else?

<sits down near finishing line to watch>

coppertop Tue 19-Nov-13 14:15:01

I'm behind but still hopeful. grin

Just over 25k so far. I'm hoping to catch up by the end of this week.

How's everyone else doing?

MysteriousHamster Tue 19-Nov-13 14:38:02

I am getting by at 31k but have got an awful cold and just want to take time off from it all. Think am running myself down with late nights. But the end is so near - must battle on!

CallingAllEngels Tue 19-Nov-13 20:41:08

Great news tunip (and I have ordered myself anatomy of story for my Christmas stocking!).

Well am still on 3700 where I've been for the last week BUT pg hormones finally dropping, 15k race done on Sunday and reports and marking finished as well. All a weight off my mind and maybe means I can focus on Nano a bit more?

Of course, in order to win this year I will have to write nearly 4000 a day which is highly unlikely given that I have a lesson observation on Tuesday and a toddler...err..everyday!

Still, am going to type up the bits I wrote by hand on the road and in the hospital and maybe that will get me a little back on track. I'd love to at leastget to the halfway mark this year by the end of November (all 12 days of it!)

Toomuchtea Wed 20-Nov-13 11:06:49

Good luck Calling - 15k race is truly impressive (almost as much as toddlering).

I wrote a massive amount of rubbish yesterday, having been buried in other stuff. Am now up to 21,500. Goodness knows when I'll finish. Off to write more drivel now.

Hope you feel better soon Mysterious. I am at the sniffly stage and am hoping it will go away.

AlottaRunning Wed 20-Nov-13 12:48:47

Well I've been on a roll the past few days and reached 43k, this is the best I've ever done, I usually struggle in the last 2 weeks.

I noticed yesterday my house is suffering from neglect though, I've been doing minimum amount of housework I could get away with. Will have to have a big post-Nano tidy.

I'm just going to keep plugging away while I have ideas in my head but I can relax a bit and concentrate on uni assignment (even though I don't want to!)

makemineabacardi Thu 21-Nov-13 09:20:50

I've fallen massively behind due to both me and DD being ill. sad Only at the 25k mark but I'm actually on a bit of a roll since I managed 5k yesterday despite being at work all day and studying in the evening. smile

Well done Tunip by the way!

coppertop Fri 22-Nov-13 11:47:49

Just over 30k so far.

I'm still behind but I think I'll be able to catch up.

<crosses fingers>

elfycat Fri 22-Nov-13 19:54:49

I'm on 36k words. Finally caught up after a busy patch at the beginning of the month and now trying to get ahead as I'm busy to the end (invcluding writing an OU essay (28th) and attending the first day of a fostering course (30th).

I lost a study day today as DD1 is too ill for school. I have it too but I can type through a cough. If she goes to bed nicely in a minute I should do OU work and not novelling. If she's a pickle who comes down every ten minutes, for an hour, with another question I shall do NaNo. grin

ninah Sat 23-Nov-13 11:26:54

I'm out sad
there is no such thing as part time teaching, unfortunately, especially when Ofsted scents blood

SugarMeFingers Sat 23-Nov-13 11:55:47

Hi everyone, I have been busy typing and have managed to cross the 50K goal. word count is now 50106!
I'm off to have a celebratory coffee and then have to start tidying as my house has also been a little on the neglected side!
Keep going (if you want to) there's still a week left and anything you do have is more than you had a month ago. x

TunipTheUnconquerable Sat 23-Nov-13 11:58:40

Ninah, sorry to hear that. Let's have a first draft motivation thread later when we have more time. I'm STILL researching and don't feel ready to write.

Well done to all the NaNo-ists still in the game!
So Alotta is in the lead, with Elfy, Coppertop and others going strong!

TunipTheUnconquerable Sat 23-Nov-13 11:59:16


Congratulations Sugarme - you've won! grin

AlottaRunning Sat 23-Nov-13 13:11:42

Unfortunately I've had work and a bad cold so feel absolutely wrecked and haven't wrote a word since Thursday. Going to do some now as not planning on moving today!

I als have an OU essay due on the 28th Elfy, I haven't wrote a word of it yet but have done all my notes. Why is it a 2000 word essay seems impossible and yet I can manage 50000 words every November with barely a problem?

I'm trying to stay in the habit of writing at least 1000 words a day so just going to keep on writing when I can.

Well done Sugarme!

elfycat Sat 23-Nov-13 13:38:14

I know it's the Thursday 'hand in your essay day' for a lot of courses but... AA306?

AlottaRunning Sat 23-Nov-13 15:38:51

I'm EA300, children's literature. Really interesting but so much reading involved.

elfycat Sat 23-Nov-13 17:11:50

Shakespeare... last course for my literature degree. Essay on Macbeth. urgh...

I couldn't take EA300 as I used up that option taking the A363 Advanced creative writing. I wanted to the Children's Literature but came to the OU to take the creative writing modules so that was the priority.

And you know what? After a year of university level creative writing courses my NaNos are worse than ever. The OU taught me how to free-write so I don't even try to write a readable first draft.

they taught us how to edit too, but that's a lot more effort

AlottaRunning Sat 23-Nov-13 18:24:08

I did the level 2 creative writing and know exactly what you mean!

I'm impressed I can get a draft written now but edit's afterward feel more like a chore.

I can't seem to read anything without picking it apart either!

Toomuchtea Mon 25-Nov-13 12:41:30

Well done Sugar! I'm now on 40,000. Goodness this is going to require so much editing. I might, just might, now finish but who knows? I think I might be running out of plot before 50,000!

alotta, I can't read anything without picking it apart either.

I find non fiction is a lot harder to write than fiction, because you can't just blether on. You need to have done the research before you even start, and then there's often bits you have to double-check, or explore further to make sure you're saying something sensible.

TunipTheUnconquerable Mon 25-Nov-13 13:13:50

Non-fiction is harder and definitely a lot slower than fiction. I'm trained for non-fiction really because I used to be an academic and I had a massive late-night attack of Impostor Syndrome the other day when I thought 'What if the agent finds out I've just made it all up?' shock
Then I remembered it was fiction and making it up is the whole point grin
I still feel guilty though. Like someone's going to tell me off for the fact that my characters weren't real.

ninah Mon 25-Nov-13 17:20:56

I'd have thought non fiction was simpler, not so many imponderables.

AlottaRunning Mon 25-Nov-13 20:02:37

I finished last night and got it validated today! I'm actually glad to get it out the way for now as have a million things to do before Christmas. I've just been checking out CampNanowrimo as think it might be better for me to do something like this is July rather than November.

Looking forward to when I can redraft and edit this one smile

TunipTheUnconquerable Mon 25-Nov-13 22:03:08

Congratulations, Alotta!

SugarMeFingers Mon 25-Nov-13 22:17:53

Yay! Well done Alotta! My daily word count has dropped quite a bit since I passed the 50K goal. Only did 580 today. I am determined to finish this story though!

Toomuchtea Tue 26-Nov-13 09:18:49

Well done Alotta - that's brilliant! I have, unfortunately, run out of plot, so am going to have to go back and insert bits. I hope, if I put my mind to it and no huge bits of work come in, to get it done today. We'll see.

Ninah, non fiction takes forever because of the research, and then with every sentence you write, you have a phantom supervisor/editor/hawk eyed person who has hauled you up for things before over your shoulder asking if you can validate what you've written. And then you submit something, only for the publisher to change their mind on what they want and you have to go back and spend an entire month doing nothing but reading in order to do the bit they've now decided they want. Although you may have opinions on what you're writing, facts are generally facts and you have to get them right. Writing fiction, you still do need to get your facts right (I read a self published book where if only the author had done some elementary research, she would have realised her entire book was based on a completely false premise) but there's not the sheer, grinding, mass of them to check, and research, and then wonder whether it is indeed a fact or not, and what you think about it if it is. And whether what you think is consistent with everything else you've thought so far.

Toomuchtea Tue 26-Nov-13 13:57:50

Finished and validated. Had to go back and add in and flesh out various bits in order to get the word count, but it's done. Not sure what I think about the whole process. It felt a bit like doing a bit of creative writing for an exam.

coppertop Wed 27-Nov-13 11:36:50

Congratulations to everyone who has won so far! grin

I still haven't quite caught up but have nearly 42k words. It will be close but I think I'll make it.

TunipTheUnconquerable Thu 28-Nov-13 12:15:29

Congratulations Toomuchtea!

Keep going, Coppertop - not long now!

makemineabacardi Thu 28-Nov-13 15:15:41

I've been absent from the thread as DD has been very poorly so writing has gone on the backburner. sad Still determined to finish in time though - 41k words as we speak. Put so much effort in I have to make myself finish it!

Lots of plot going on its just time I'm short on. Hoping to join the rest of you who have won. smile

AlottaRunning Thu 28-Nov-13 22:17:54

Congratulations to those who have finished and Good Luck to those still going.

makemineabacardi Fri 29-Nov-13 15:48:13

5k words done today... 2k words left to go. Can I do it in time? wink

TunipTheUnconquerable Fri 29-Nov-13 15:52:51

I think you probably can grin

Sorry to hear about your dd.

I might not be NaNo-ing but I do finally have some momentum going with my new book. I'd forgotten what a great feeling it is seeing the words mount up!

coppertop Fri 29-Nov-13 18:31:22

Just 2.5k words left for me to do now. I may have to lock my children in a cupboard somewhere for a while tomorrow so that I can finish. grin

coppertop Sat 30-Nov-13 09:50:30

I've finished! grin

(The cupboards weren't necessary after all. wink)

TunipTheUnconquerable Sat 30-Nov-13 11:14:55

Well done Coppertop!

Looking forward to the editing and rewriting thread next year <hopeful>

makemineabacardi Sat 30-Nov-13 17:45:55

I finished at lunchtime too. smile Now currently basking in the warm glow of my winner's certificate. My story isnt actually quite finished, but since its science fiction I think I can get away with that. Now I just need to be finish it! Its been loads of fun and the challenge has really given me the kick I needed to get started again after years of procrastination. smile

Is there an editing challenge?

TunipTheUnconquerable Sat 30-Nov-13 17:58:48

Congratulations! wine

They do a NaNoEdMo in March where you do 50 hours of editing, but it's not quite the same and if you're really keen to get going you'll have started before that anyway!

makemineabacardi Sat 30-Nov-13 18:37:38

Well that might work well for me since I have a big exam in january I really should be studying for... blush

wine for everybody tonight? smile

CallingAllEngels Sat 30-Nov-13 18:47:54

Well done to everyone who won this year.

I'm still on 3700. Never quite got going with everything going on. Hopefully I will be trying again (with novel ande ttc) pretty soon.

Dwerf Sat 30-Nov-13 19:03:19

There's always next year, or camp nano callingallengels grin Mine is nowhere where near finished but i have the purple bar, so all is good smile

elfycat Sat 30-Nov-13 21:50:10

Just finished. I had to start writing what might be the sequel but it's all one story so it counts.

MysteriousHamster Sun 01-Dec-13 13:57:05

I just finished yesterday, phew! It was tough at the end there and my story isn't done (I need about another 20-30k in it so my task now is to stay focused and see it through.

Congrats peeps smile

TunipTheUnconquerable Sun 01-Dec-13 15:24:41

Congratulations Elfycat and MysteriousHamster!

Toomuchtea Wed 04-Dec-13 17:28:54

Congratulations to everyone who finished. How did you find the process? I felt oddly dissatisfied at the end of it, and even more so when I read what I'd written. There are a couple of bits which were ok, but boy, does it need work.

I found I could work at speed if I put my mind to it, but it was way outside what I'm comfortable with.

TunipTheUnconquerable Thu 05-Dec-13 09:55:19

I think reading through a NaNo draft is always going to be a pretty painful process. If you write your first draft as quickly as possible there are going to be all kinds of things wrong with it at the micro and macro level that will make you cringe, but the point is you now have a first draft that you can fix.

If you're capable of writing slowly and carefully and still getting to the end that's great but for a lot of us, introspection turns out to be fatal and we're better off writing a crappy first draft than risking getting disheartened by stopping and looking at what we're doing.

With my NaNo last year I dumped a whole chunk of it straight off, and there was hardly a sentence that didn't get changed - the voice needed work which meant a lot of very close rewriting. A lot of the dialogue was sound, though, and I surprised myself by finding that the action scenes which didn't come at all naturally to me actually worked pretty well.

I put mine away over Christmas last year and read generic books on the craft of writing, which made a lot more sense to me having got the experience of that draft behind me than they would have done previously. You're not expecting to produce finished or even 'good' work from NaNo, what you are doing is making a massive leap in your writing skills as well as giving yourself a draft to start work on. (Or just having fun smile)

Toomuchtea Fri 06-Dec-13 15:42:48

Thanks Tunip. That makes me feel slightly better. I agree that actually finishing something is the really hard thing. The last thing I wrote I did online in front of an audience, bit by bit, as it was the only way I could think of to make me get to the end of something that wasn't non fic. I've always copped out before by announcing that I simply couldn't write fiction.

I suppose, like everyone else, I actually can, but it's the quality that's the issue.

What did you read on the craft of writing?

TunipTheUnconquerable Sat 07-Dec-13 11:16:47

I've become a bit of a creative writing book addict over the past year, but the ones I read between NaNo and my second draft were:

-Writing YA For Dummies (can't remember author)
-Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell
-Writing The Breakout Novel by Donald Maas
-Self-Editing For Fiction Writers by Browne and King

I knew I needed to focus on plotting but actually I also picked up a lot about characterisation (which I thought I already knew about) from the YA book.

Toomuchtea Sat 07-Dec-13 12:58:00

One can always learn. That's brilliant - thanks so much!

MysteriousHamster Sat 07-Dec-13 23:57:27

Nano is always an interesting process for me. I usually dump around 3-5k of useless scenes rightaway. Then when I edit I tend to cut a lot of extraneous words and repetition so more goes then. But whatever I'm left with is still a lot more than I'd do in a normal month, so for me it's worthwhile. Sort of - I always battle with burnout and if you run into a problem during November it's very hard to find the time to fix things properly.

I was doing a 'rebel' nano and carrying on with a previous WIP. I already had 40k on that, and now after some obvious cutting post-nano I have around 83k. I will have a lot of work to do to finish it and get it up to about 100kish.

I wrote a lot details about bears and ships and historical stuff that while revising I will have to do a lot of research about smile

I normally take December off and just sleep/read/eat/drink, then get back to work properly in January.

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