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Who wants to join me in starting to write a novel in 2013?

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milk Fri 21-Dec-12 09:37:34

As subject says: Who wants to join me in starting to write a novel in 2013?

I thought we could push each other on to get it finished smile Similar to a losing weight thread, except it would be for gaining words grin

TunipTheVegedude Thu 21-Mar-13 21:43:00

Well done JoshandJamie!

Don't worry too much about whether it's any good. First drafts are meant to be crap. Just get the first draft down and then once you've got it on paper you can work on making it better.

sadeyedladyofthelowlandsea Thu 21-Mar-13 23:08:54

I killed someone today.

I feel bad about it, but it had to be done.

Now it makes much more sense why my protagonist has such a terrible relationship with her mother.

But I did also spare someone else from death in an RTA. So it all balances itself out smile

TunipTheVegedude Fri 22-Mar-13 08:38:07

Did they deserve it? Did you cry or think 'Ha!'?

theoriginalandbestrookie Fri 22-Mar-13 10:13:54

Hello alotta and joshandjamie.

It's funny I thought I hadn't done much apart from a bit of concerted effort last night but just checked word count from last Sunday and I've done 2k this week so that's ok, will try to do some more today.

In the Stephen King book he gave the example of someone who wrote 300 words per day. I was reading it and though pshaw what a lowly amount, but actually it's great to sit down at my notepad or computer and think well all I need to do today is 300 and that will only take 20 mins at most. Usually I keep going so it's nearer 500.

I don't do that every day as life or Mumsnet gets in the way, but it keeps the momentum going.

sadeyedladyofthelowlandsea Fri 22-Mar-13 10:27:42

They didn't deserve to die, but it was needed. I cried for my protagonist when she realised what had happened.

The reprieved character...I thought 'HAHAHAHARRRRR!' when they died. But then I rethought and grumpily rewrote (I'm keeping the first draft of their death though, just to keep them on their toes).

Morris Mentum is my friend at the moment, but I'm prepared for him to bugger off at the first sign of trouble. Hopefully his sister Maureen will hang around.

TunipTheVegedude Fri 22-Mar-13 10:55:15

'I'm keeping the first draft of their death though, just to keep them on their toes).'


I have a scene where someone is about to die (though the death itself is offstage) and I cry again every single time I rewrite it.

AlottaReading Tue 02-Apr-13 17:37:15

I've written down a structure for what I want to write now and all I need to do is start writing. I'm jusy worried that I'll start writing then not have time to carry on and lose motivation. On the other hand if I don't start writing I could lose motivation anyway.

I have assignment due beginning of May then last one for this year mid-June, I did think I could wait till then and then try and have first draft done before October. But I don't think I can wait that long. I'll have to make a plan for writing short amounts once studying is done. And deal with the procrastination when it bothers me. confused

KinkyDorito Thu 04-Apr-13 08:35:54

I finally have an idea, but I suspect it has probably been done before. I always do this and it puts me off.

I also need to do lots of research.

I just need to overcome the doubts and get on with it!

milk Sat 06-Apr-13 15:54:54

In theory I should have wriiten 21,000 words...

In reality I have written 3,681 words blush

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 09-Apr-13 14:42:31

Dies it have to be a novel? Can it be a script?

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 09-Apr-13 14:43:16

Oh, sorry. Just saw date it was started. You must be all well into your drafts. Nevermind me.

AlottaReading Tue 09-Apr-13 23:07:04

Don't worry Drink I only started writing my draft last week. I don't think I'll get any further than writing a first draft this year but it's helpful coming onto a thread like this for some motivation.

I've done nearly 10000 words since I started last week, a lot of it garbage but I'm pleased so far.

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