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Old 11-30-2008, 01:33 PM   #32601
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Isn't it hard when your imagination is reduced to a series of dots?
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Goddamn this thing can eat!
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3000 words and 8 hours of NaNoWriMo left...
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I saw that I was thinking a Robin Williams festival. Good Will Writing!
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How did you get Robin Williams out of NaNoWriMo? You must need glasses or something.
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:13 PM   #32608
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Doesn't NaNoWriMo encourage quantity over quality, thus making all its participants produce soulless, rushed content?
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I keep thinking isn't the content of this story more important than the number of words? You haven't mentioned anything about what it is about. Only how many words you need to write.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:02 AM   #32612
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I keep thinking isn't the content of this story more important than the number of words? You haven't mentioned anything about what it is about. Only how many words you need to write.
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If I'm just writing 50,000 words of crap, why bother? Why not just write a real novel later, when I have more time?

There are three reasons.

1) If you don't do it now, you probably never will. Novel writing is mostly a "one day" event. As in "One day, I'd like to write a novel." Here's the truth: 99% of us, if left to our own devices, would never make the time to write a novel. It's just so far outside our normal lives that it constantly slips down to the bottom of our to-do lists. The structure of NaNoWriMo forces you to put away all those self-defeating worries and START. Once you have the first five chapters under your belt, the rest will come easily. Or painfully. But it will come. And you'll have friends to help you see it through to 50k.

2) Aiming low is the best way to succeed. With entry-level novel writing, shooting for the moon is the surest way to get nowhere. With high expectations, everything you write will sound cheesy and awkward. Once you start evaluating your story in terms of word count, you take that pressure off yourself. And you'll start surprising yourself with a great bit of dialogue here and a ingenious plot twist there. Characters will start doing things you never expected, taking the story places you'd never imagined. There will be much execrable prose, yes. But amidst the crap, there will be beauty. A lot of it.

3) Art for art's sake does wonderful things to you. It makes you laugh. It makes you cry. It makes you want to take naps and go places wearing funny pants. Doing something just for the hell of it is a wonderful antidote to all the chores and "must-dos" of daily life. Writing a novel in a month is both exhilarating and stupid, and we would all do well to invite a little more spontaneous stupidity into our lives.
And my story is about five members of a community choir whose lives intersect and change one another.
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And my story is about five members of a community choir whose lives intersect and change one another.
OK
And what now? Do we get to read it somewhere on the web?
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Heh.

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And my story is about five members of a community choir whose lives intersect and change one another.
Did you start out with a written outline and fill in between the spaces or did you just let it rip? Heck, I almost have to have an outline just to write an e-mail.

And now, a random image
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And what now? Do we get to read it somewhere on the web?
Maybe, but not just yet. It's very rough and I need to edit first, which'll be in a while. I want to let it sit for a while first before I come back to it.

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Did you start out with a written outline and fill in between the spaces or did you just let it rip?
The latter.
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What did you let it rip?
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When novels start ripping things, society and life as we know it usually end.

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What did you let it rip?
The Thread™, of course.
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