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.

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.

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

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

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 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 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 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 Sun 01-Dec-13 15:24:41

Congratulations Elfycat and MysteriousHamster!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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 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 11:14:55

Well done Coppertop!

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

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

I've finished! grin

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations Toomuchtea!

Keep going, Coppertop - not long now!

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.

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.

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.

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