Friday, 30 November 2012

So, NaNo

How was it for you?

I gave up on my attempt less than half way through. I've completed it in the past and may, just possibly, attempt it in the future.

Come on - confess to your failure or brag (quite justifiably) about your success.

34 comments:

  1. Doing Nano scares the pants off me, Patsy, because I don't think I could ever commit to writing all those words without editing them as I progressed. For the control-freak writer living in my head to invite failure is not a good idea - I might never write again - although some round here might call that a blessing. :]

    I do however, support friends who are taking part by leaving comments for them, and they've told that this is very encouraging. If it were me, replying to the comments would distract me and I'd forget that I was supposed to be doing NaNo!

    So well done to all those who succeeded in hitting the 50k mark, but also to those who tried (like you, Patsy) At least you started! :]

    marion

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    1. I can cope with not editing, but I do need to do a bit of planning and preparation - it's allowed but I hadn't got it done in time.

      We're all different so it's not surprising that we write in different ways.

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    2. And yes, comments are encouraging ... and (for me) distracting!

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  2. I hit 50,000 yesterday but my first draft isn't finished yet so I'll be continuing for a little while yet.

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    1. Well done, Chippy! It's great you've done so much and still feel motivated to continue. Suggests you have an interesting storyline.

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  3. Well done for managing even that much! It's a great idea but you have to have such commitment - I decided it wasn't for me. Well done for hitting 50,ooo words Chippy.

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    1. I'm not entirely sure it's for me either, Wendy.

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  4. I got my certificate!!!! LOL!! But no bragging as I tried to read wot I wrote and it was so BAD, utter rubbish! All 53,000 + words of it! LOL! Take care
    x

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    1. Yay! Congratulations! One good thing about a rubbish first draft is that whatever you do in the way of editing it is likely to be a big improvement ... and I'm sure there will be some good stuff in there too.

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  5. NaNo is a NoNo for me, but did you see the interview with E L James, author of Fifty Shades? She said she started the book with a vague idea and just carried on without any planning at all - so it seemed to work for her.

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    1. I wrote one book like that (vague idea, no planning I mean - not erotica) and decided it's not the best way for me.

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  6. If I write 45,000 words by the end of the day I can still make it! *grin*

    (Kidding. I've never attempted NaNo. Nothing makes my words dry up like that kind of pressure.)

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    1. I think the pressure helps some people, Linda. Not everyone though, obviously.

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  7. I've gotten to just over 31K. I hope to finish in December. It was hard to commit to the daily word count and we had a run to the East Coast for a funeral thrown in for good measure. I learned ALOT about my own writing process and exercised my writing muscle. I will do it again. What I wrote is BAD, BAD, BAD, but I see the potential under the dreck. I'm already starting the edits in my head. But it will be months before anyone sees one word of it!

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    1. That's still an impressive word count, Jeanne. Good luck with the next stage.

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  8. Didn't participate this year. I'm a non-player.

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    1. Why not, Alex? It's not as though you do much else ;-)

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  9. You did better than moi, for sure. I didn't even start!

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    1. You do know they do a script writing version? I'm going to hack into your computer and sign you up.

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    2. Really? I would, indeed, be interested to know more.

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  10. I think it's too much pressure Patsy, and I'm sure I'll cheat when I have a go next year. Good for you for trying it though.

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    1. I might cheat next year, Suzy. I did that one year by writing short stories instead. That was fun and I got loads done - some of which were pretty good once I knocked them into shape.

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  11. I've just commpleted 50 000 words and I'm completely over the moon. I still have a bit of the first draft to write, but I'm extremely pleased. I did some planning beforehand and a few things got thrown out or thrown in along the way. I've probably got another 10 000 to do. It's taught me loads about how I write too.

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    1. Well done, Rachel.

      NaNo is good for teaching us about how we write, I think.

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  12. I'm a huge fan of Nano, as you know Patsy :)

    If I wasn't for being persuaded to do Nano in 2010 I wouldn't be writing now. And I guess that's why I'm passionate about it. It's an opportunity for people who have never before considered writing to give it a go.

    I love the idea that you just bash the words out and end up with a draft zero, something that resembles a story that you can then work with :)

    I did short stories myself this year and actually enjoyed that more than the previous 2 years when I wrote novels!

    Being an ML this year was hard work, but I still managed 55,000 words ;)

    Xx



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    1. It is a good opportunity to just give it a go and see what happens, Vikki.

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  13. Hard luck Patsy .. but you gave it a go ... and you've had lots going on .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Yeah, I gave it a go and I haven't lost anything.

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  14. I failed in the sense that I only managed 23,791 words, but I feel like a winner because I now have a complete outline for a new novel and, buried under all the rubbish, there are character sketches, snatches of conversation, bits of description etc that I'll be able to weave into it. I've saved it all, but probably won't look at it again for several months!

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    1. I think you're absolutely right to feel like a winner. Well done.

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