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Title: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Aerif on October 23, 2008, 03:49:18 PM
AKA National Novel Writing Month (http://www.nanowrimo.org/)

For those who don't know about it, (a group that included me until this morning), NaNoWriMo is an annual competition that challenges people to write a 50,000 word novel in a month, it's a way of blowing off creative steam and is supposed to be a lot of fun  :seraismile:

So will anyone here be participating in it?
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Muffin on October 23, 2008, 04:37:31 PM
AKA National Novel Writing Month ([url]http://www.nanowrimo.org/[/url])

For those who don't know about it, (a group that included me until this morning), NaNoWriMo is an annual competition that challenges people to write a 50,000 word novel in a month, it's a way of blowing off creative steam and is supposed to be a lot of fun  :seraismile:

So will anyone here be participating in it?

What happened O:
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Reives on October 23, 2008, 05:12:40 PM
Ahh, I remember this from like 6 years ago! Back then I was on a certain large-scaled forum that included a writer's board that I actively participated in, and NaNoWriMo was always stickied when it came around. c: I never got to participate in it myself though, as it's a lot of work. But aye, certainly a good opportunity for some creative writing.  :vikonsmile:

Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Sarkilas on October 23, 2008, 05:13:50 PM
This sounds fun. I would definitely do this if I had the time, but I barely have time to work on my own novel, which isn't even close to twice the amount of work needed for this event after 8 months...
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Ruzu on October 23, 2008, 05:38:38 PM
Sounds interesting I'll try it like next time it comes around as I'm still working on a novel of my own (Hobby).
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: abigailian on October 26, 2008, 12:21:59 AM
I think I get extra credit if I do this, and since I miss writing, I will probably participate. (I have some fun ideas too...)
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Sarkilas on October 26, 2008, 07:53:19 AM
I think I get extra credit if I do this, and since I miss writing, I will probably participate. (I have some fun ideas too...)
Awesome! If you finish it, be sure to toss it our way, ye? :reivsmile:
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: abigailian on October 26, 2008, 02:51:30 PM
As long as it doesn't have commercial potential. :P
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: menti on October 27, 2008, 06:12:10 AM
If it happened in my summer holidays, I might attempt it. However I have too much stuff to do at the moment.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Sarkilas on October 27, 2008, 10:28:27 AM
As long as it doesn't have commercial potential. :P
Why you little-!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: abigailian on November 03, 2008, 09:43:54 PM
Well, I d get extra credit for this, and i signed up and all, but I only get credit for writing three pages. Therefore, I will post the first three pages here, and that may be all there will ever be to the story. (Although I am rather fond of it already, so there may be a couple chapters by the end of the month.)

If you want to see something I already wrote, here it is! (http://www.geocities.com/piscis_ex_aqua/storyview.html)
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Reives on November 05, 2008, 12:09:04 AM
If you want to see something I already wrote, here it is! ([url]http://www.geocities.com/piscis_ex_aqua/storyview.html[/url])

Read it; cool stuff. Not much to comment on the story so far as it's still just starting, but I've learned some stuff from reading it as far as the descriptives go - especially the prelude. The intro's style and the references to light's speed was used rather effectively, and had a nice feel. As for criticisms: After the intro, it seemed to fall back toward a more generic path in its style, but again, it's too early so there's not much to be said. I can't help but feel that some of the names seem unnecessarily complicated, though. o:
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: abigailian on November 05, 2008, 12:23:45 AM
Hehe, it's really old, and really bad, honestly. It IS actually finished, and I had the whole story posted there at some point, but I took it down. Mihwe's name is the tragedy of the story; it SOUNDS soo cool (Mee-hway) but looks so bad. :'( My friends liked his name so much they wouldn't help me change it, lol.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Legacyblade on November 11, 2008, 06:53:24 PM
slight necropost, but I finally joined. crap, I gotta catch-up, I've only written 401 words!!!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: abigailian on November 12, 2008, 12:58:17 AM
I need some help. I really like the name TAY-vin for a main male character, but I'm not sure how to spell it. I'm leaning towards Teivon or Taevin.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Reives on November 12, 2008, 01:06:40 AM
I originally had the 'A' sound in mind for r'EI'ves, but apparently many thinks of it as "Reeves" from that spelling - So I think "ae" is better if you want an A sound.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: abigailian on November 12, 2008, 01:09:57 AM
Well, in Reivier I always think of it as a long a, but for some reason in 'Reives' I think of 'Reeves." Maybe it depends on context? Tee-vin is just stupid sounding, and I could have spelled it Teevin if I wanted that. Because I REALLY like that 'o' and Taevon is really weird looking.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Legacyblade on November 12, 2008, 01:39:21 AM
If it's fantasy, Taevon is a great spelling. If your story is set in the real world, that looks too...fantasy-ish. I personally like spellings that look like a fantasy name (thayne instead of thane, ect). Another possible spelling would me Tayvn. But your ae spelling is cool.

BTW, if any of you are doing this, what's your username? I want to see your story, and add some people to my buddy list, XD (mine is Legacyblade)
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: abigailian on November 12, 2008, 01:02:04 PM
I'm not sure this will make it very far, as I REALLY don't have time to get anywhere near that many words, plus I only need three pages for the extra credit. There aren't any words yet, even. Stil fairly early pre-writing stuff. (I have to figure out what that cliche prophecy is XD)
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Legacyblade on November 12, 2008, 02:52:28 PM
If you don't want to publish the novel, just write. Don't plan beforehand. This is called discovery writing. And if you start now, just give yourself a daily quota of words you have to write. I have hardly ANY free time, yet I've set a schedule and am going to keep it. Though I do have an advantage, and have been planning this story, writing practice scenes, attempting to write it, and fleshing out the characters since early june. But you can make a great story without planning it, you'll just need to do more in the revision stage (AFTER november). Or maybe you could do a Quintessence-TBV fan novel, aka write a novel of what happens in Quintessence. If you don't hit 50,000 words by the time you get to the end of chapter 9, then just speculate about what happens after that, XD
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: abigailian on November 12, 2008, 07:29:00 PM
Nah, I'm passing this year. Maybe next year. I have serious enough time management issues as is. But I DO feel like I need to have a plot, in case I feel like picking up the story later on.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Legacyblade on November 12, 2008, 07:46:30 PM
Well then, might as well get some practice and writing lectures in. I recommend listening to all, or at least most, of the podcasts on this site.

http://www.writingexcuses.com/page/6/
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Ruzu on November 14, 2008, 01:14:36 AM
I'd enter if I could keep track of how many words I had typed up I rather not go and count my words over and over and be like oh my gosh, 15,000 words D: 35,000 more to go.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: menti on November 15, 2008, 03:24:59 AM
Er.... word count?
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: abigailian on November 15, 2008, 04:05:50 AM
http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/faq
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Ruzu on November 15, 2008, 03:12:41 PM
...D: Had did I miss that yesterday...? I must've been out of it.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Legacyblade on November 15, 2008, 07:31:03 PM
OMG, this is eating my life. I haven't done anything but write in my novel the past week, XD
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Reives on November 15, 2008, 07:37:29 PM
Well at least you're being productive. :P
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: soranokira on December 04, 2008, 03:03:16 AM
This is tough =O
50k words! I already have troubles writing a composition that's 500 words...
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Cyril on October 14, 2010, 08:18:58 PM
(Necropost, ahoy!)

I've participated in NaNoWriMo 2007 and 2008, and actual won the latter! Now it's 2010, and I'm at it again. I'm not sure how it's gonna go (I'm not worried about running out of story, just out of time!).

Anyone else gonna NaNo it up this year?
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Merlandese on October 14, 2010, 09:08:04 PM
This is the first I've heard of it. Sounds cool. Although, a pretty terrible moth to have it, since I'll be (mostly) bogged down with school, but I wouldn't mind reading a novel or two. :musicnote:

And wow, this thread is old.  :-X
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Cyril on October 14, 2010, 09:26:40 PM
And wow, this thread is old.  :-X

Vasha told me to! He said that necroposting isn't a big deal!

*duck and cover*

But anyways, yeah. Gonna be potentially awesome. Though I'll admit I'm torn: they say that when you're doing it, you're supposed to cut out distractions. But the next Harry Potter movie is coming out November 18!

*oh, the conflict*
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Merlandese on October 14, 2010, 09:34:51 PM
And wow, this thread is old.  :-X

Vasha told me to! He said that necroposting isn't a big deal!

*duck and cover*

Haha.  :) Nothing wrong with it in my book.

I hope you decide to do it. I would like to read what you send in.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Serenity.neko on October 15, 2010, 05:41:23 PM
-saw this on the forum and totally has to say- THIS IS SUCH A COINCIDENCE! :O I was just working on a book I'm writing when I clicked on this. That is so weird, and not to mention it's supposed to be a novel I'll try to publish. Everyone I know says "You should totally publish your books!"

...Okay, now I'm just babbling. BUT STILL, novels are so fun to write~  ;D 
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Miss Nile on October 15, 2010, 05:59:51 PM
I wanted to do it last year and write a novel about the current game I am making-but didn't have time to do it so I decided to do it next year. So here is next year and I absolutely have no time to do this. :( I wish anyone who joined luck, though. This needs will and time. D:
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Cyril on October 17, 2010, 03:09:27 PM
I hope you decide to do it. I would like to read what you send in.

I might post it eventually, but I'm usually pretty squeamish about letting people read my rough drafts. Only one person besides me has even read my '08 entry, and that's just because he's one of my best friends and he whined really really loudly.

So yeah, maybe when it enters... *checks watch for some reason* third revision or so.

Maybe.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Kracken Kitty on October 18, 2010, 03:48:54 AM
I'm in! :3 I wanna be good at writing scripts and make manga so this will be a great exercise. Wait...can it be like...just short random stories?
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Cyril on October 18, 2010, 09:37:02 PM
I would assume so. As the main website says "if you think you're writing a novel, then so do we!" The only rules are that it's 50,000 words written entirely within November. Besides that, go for it.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Kracken Kitty on October 18, 2010, 11:31:38 PM
Sweet! ^^ Thanks muchly! :3 Now all that's left is to figure what to get out of the brainfarts and put them into words. LOL!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Cyril on October 20, 2010, 05:02:55 PM
Yup. That's the low-down.

As for me, I've already hit writer's block. Which is dumb, because I haven't even started writing it yet. Pretty much I need a systematic description of the magic I'm going to use, but I keep running into problems with them being dependent on an A theory of time (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/time/#TheBThe), which is bunk. That probably doesn't like a big deal, but it kind of is.

*head-desk-palm-face-smack-HARD*
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Cyril on October 24, 2010, 03:09:33 PM
For those who are interested, here's a video explaining what I just said, but more hilariously and in an Australian accent:
watch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZk-chthx0A#)


Made for NaNoWriMo '07.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Merlandese on December 01, 2010, 03:50:02 AM
So NaNoWriMo is over. I didn't do it, but a few of you said you were going to give it a shot and I'm interested in what has sprung out. Where're those stories, people?  ;)
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Vasha on December 01, 2010, 10:08:52 PM
I don't know a whole lot about Cyril's story, but I know he finished a couple days ago ;)
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo
Post by: Serenity.neko on December 02, 2010, 08:48:52 PM
50,000 words proved too much for my poor brain. |D;; I didn't make the cut, but I enjoy looking back over my story. They say to turn your brain farts into words but I just find it really hard to write a story when it doesn't have any visible plot on the horizon. -stands on tiptoes and peers off into the distance, shielding her eyes- In any case, my novel is 49,000 words, roughly, and I'm not even done with that thing yet. I have been working on that thing for years now, though, so at the beginning of the month I really doubted I could write a 50,000 worded book in a month with school and all, and my family isn't all that supporting of my interest in writing, oddly enough.  :-X