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Title: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on October 24, 2017, 09:13 AM
Anyone else thinking about doing NaNo this year? I'm thinking this year is the year. I've written novels, but never one in a month. Going back and forth with age group, plots, characters...and re-reading Chris Baty's No Plot? No Problem! (which is hysterical the 2nd time around, too).

I'm on the edge...somebody wanna jump with me??   :drowning
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on October 24, 2017, 09:34 AM
JFriday, pushing you off the ledge and jumping in right behind you because I've never done this either. I've been scribbling in a notebook and I really, really need to begin working on the computer. And just wait. I'll bet a nice, juicy assignment will come my way in Nov. But I can do both, right?  :horse 
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on October 24, 2017, 10:00 AM
Yay, Vijaya! We'll hold hands and jump!! :stars3

Of course you can do an assignment too. You're Superwoman! :superwoman
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: asingrey on October 24, 2017, 11:46 AM
I'm in! I'm Asingrey on the site. #NaNoWriMo is so inspirational! It's how I got the completed first draft of my first book back in 2015.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on October 24, 2017, 12:21 PM
Asingrey, I just added you as a buddy! Vijaya, I didn't see your profile. If you're planning on going on the NaNoWriMo website, I have the same name there - jfriday. Not that I have any idea what I'm doing, because I totally don't.

Hopefully this won't lead to major embarrassment because I didn't figure out what to write...
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: asingrey on October 24, 2017, 12:34 PM
I added you as well JFriday. I think Nanowrimo is fun no matter how many words you get. For me at least, the inspiration is still there whether I "win" or not.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on October 24, 2017, 02:08 PM
Oh, I wasn't planning on joining the Nano website officially because here's where I procrastinate. Is there a downside to not joining besides the huge embarrassment factor (I'm right there with you on that, JFriday)?
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on October 24, 2017, 02:12 PM
No, it's fine, Vijaya.  I originally was going to try it in, I think, 2012. I joined...and never did a blessed thing. They just send me an email from time to time to tell me what's going on, and it reminds me I still want to try. So I don't think there's a downside.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on October 24, 2017, 06:09 PM
Oh good. I don't want to miss out on something good. It'd be pretty funny if they sent out daily words to insert in you ms and each year's crop of Nano books would have a strange combination of unusual words. No, let's not even go there, oh no ... already going down that rabbit hole: http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/unuwords.htm   but WOW some of these definitions give interesting story ideas. V
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: karen-marks on October 25, 2017, 09:13 AM
Still trying to edit the YA works I started on NaNoWriMo last year! Eeks, do I start yet another project??? 
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on October 25, 2017, 12:43 PM
Karen, why not?? I still don't have a clue as to what I'm going to write...

Vijaya, I've never heard of a single one of those words!! I even googled one to make sure it was legit. It was. :nanana



Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: karen-marks on October 25, 2017, 05:46 PM
JFriday, you will come up with something, the lack of day light is a motivator to force your face into the computer screen :)
That doesn't sound very happy, let me edit that

The waning daylight was an inspiration for Friday to grab a cupa tea and sit by the warm fire and click away at the computer keys.  Her novel arouse slowly but steadily!!

My name is Angelica's Time if anyone wants to befriend me.  Last year I started a novel the previous month and was finishing rough draft and then started another with NaNoWriMo, but couldn't figure out how to put in the word count grrrr.  but still it was a good motivator to write. ..
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Helen on October 25, 2017, 06:33 PM
I'm in. It will be a wild ride, but what else is happening in November? Besides Thanksgiving, a writing workshop,  beta reads, and directing a cantata. Putting on my big girl panties. Just saying. 
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: karen-marks on October 25, 2017, 06:52 PM
Ha ha ha ha Helen~!~!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on October 26, 2017, 07:04 AM
Yay! Pulling on those panties, too. And I just came up with my story!! Karen, you were right! It's a MG dragon story (there, now I HAVE to do it) that I played with about 6 months ago. I think I wrote an opening page somewhere, but I'll just start again. It just sort of fell into place as I was sitting by the window (and fireplace - so see, the fireplace came into play, too! ...no fire in it, though...) so I scribbled down some thoughts.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on October 26, 2017, 10:03 AM
Helen, what is this cantata you're directing? I'm in awe of all you're doing  :bow
I'm trying to clear the plate this month and it helps some of the deadlines are for Nov 1. I'm so grateful Oct has a 31st. LOL.  :catmoon
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on October 26, 2017, 10:19 AM
Karen, I tried to buddy you on the website, but it couldn't find you.  I'm jfriday on there, if you want to add me.

I did see you will be able to see the word count of your buddy; other than that, I'm not sure what it does. Anyone do NaNoWriMo before and know what else happens with buddies??
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Helen on October 26, 2017, 02:45 PM
Vijaya, I will be directing  the drama elements for our choir's Christmas cantata. It's not until December 20th so I do have a wee bit of breathing room.   :autumn
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on October 26, 2017, 04:05 PM
Wonderful Helen.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: asingrey on October 27, 2017, 07:52 AM
Hi JFriday! The main thing that being buddies does is you can see what word count they're reporting so you can encourage each other along and be inspired by what others are doing.

Karen, I couldn't find you on the site either.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on October 27, 2017, 10:57 PM
I think I'll throw my hat into the ring.   :jackolantern

I've got an idea I started outlining and this is the time to push forward! (Gulp.)
I may have signed up years back, but didn't really use the site for my writing, just went my own way and if I recall came out okay. I'll be very happy with a first draft to tinker with.  Best to all. I'm heading to the website to check it out.    :star2    :star2           :star2     :star2      Some magic dust to help us out.      :star2
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on October 28, 2017, 08:17 AM
Yay, hairaplenty! We can all do this! (right?? :badidea)
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on October 28, 2017, 08:19 AM
http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/unuwords.htm 

What a great website, V. I actually found a word on it I can use - in a silly but useful sort of way.   :grin3

I'm in. I've needed a jump start for a long time. I've got an outline, notes, and back story. I just hate writing the first draft.  I may only complete 500 words a day instead of 1000, but I'm more of a half-marathon kind of person anyway.  :)  I'm better off not signing up on the site, though. Somehow I'm better off without  that extra layer.

See ya'll at the start.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on October 28, 2017, 10:22 AM
Yay Pons! Wow, what a crew!! 500 words a day is more than most people ever do, so go for it! :star2
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on October 28, 2017, 11:57 AM
Yes! Sometimes I write more, sometimes less. If I beat myself up about it, I stop. I'm a Full-time teacher, so I write in the am(4:30) I do what I can and do not make myself feel bad for doing less if it happens.

    :spider  Can't get on the website. But contacted them. I just want to browse around. I'm excited to join you guys on this draft journey.    :sadbye 

                                                                                                              :autumn

Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on October 30, 2017, 01:53 PM
getting ready....made some good notes on the story the last two days, and it started coming together! :running

except...then it fell apart.  :shrug

So I'm back to  :umm for most of it, but that's okay, we can do this, right?? Yes we can!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on October 30, 2017, 02:18 PM
Pons, 500 words/day is a good, steady rate. The first draft is the hardest for me and I'm hoping I can shut up my internal editor and just write.

JFriday, it's funny how a story sounds great until it falls apart. Don't worry, it'll come together. I'm always surprised how much really comes together when I do write because my brain is certainly not all that organized. But it's in the writing itself that the answers lie.

I ran a whole bunch of errands today and ready to collapse but tomorrow I can stay home and make a list--get organized.

I'm so glad that there are several of us here wanting to write a new book! We have another day to clear the decks and off we go!!!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on October 30, 2017, 03:08 PM
Tomorrow I need to collect all my files and notes and get my head back into the story. Of course, it's Halloween and laundry day, but I still plan to line all my ducks up in a row.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: SandyM on October 30, 2017, 04:11 PM
Newbie here -  I actually just discovered the discussion forums. Glad I found this one!

This will be my 2nd attempt at NaNoWriMo and first novel. As a new-ish writer, I've had a hard time making myself to write everyday after/before work, but this time will be different! I have a new plan in place. And even if I don't finish a draft, I'm hoping I can get into a regular habit of writing. I haven't tried finding buddies in the past, so maybe that's the trick. I'm LabGirl on the site, if you want to add me as a buddy.  I'm getting excited and a little nervous! :)
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on October 30, 2017, 04:54 PM
Sandy, just tried to add you as a buddy but there's a glitch at the site; they're working on it. I'm jfriday if you want to try me later.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Melody on October 30, 2017, 05:33 PM
I'll jump in with you, JFriday, along with the others joining. I'm going to use it as a chance to rework a first draft. I'm in a mad dash to get all my notes together by tomorrow night so I can start typing new stuff on Wed.

Good luck, everyone.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: SandyM on October 30, 2017, 05:48 PM
Just added you, JFriday!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on October 30, 2017, 08:57 PM
Yes, we CAN! JFriday.
Yes, we can.
Mine looks like mucky-muck, but I'm going to be diving in.    :witch
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on October 31, 2017, 05:07 AM
Added you too, Sandy!

And yay, Melody! Glad you're on board!

Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 01, 2017, 06:03 AM
Yay! Happy NaNo.
I was so tired this morning but once I got into my story I pushed to 618 words.  :poke  The best part is seeing my storyline coming out. Must have been percolating in my mind these past months.   :badidea
Best of luck to all you scribblers.    :yourock
                   
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 01, 2017, 08:26 AM
Yay, hairaplenty!

I've got a sick grandbaby with me, so in between walking her back and forth and changing both our clothes twice, I've gotten 690 done.  And the characters are already surprising me!

We CAN do this!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: SandyM on November 01, 2017, 08:44 AM
That's awesome, ladies! (Well, not the sick grandbaby part.) I had 20 minutes to work on it before work and I could only get around 360 words down. I've been struggling with finding an opening hook for my stories when it suddenly came to me last night after going to bed! So, now I'm antsy about getting home so I can keep going! I keep sneaking notes into my little notebook. Luckily, my boss is wearing loud shoes today! Shh...

Good luck, everyone! And I hope the little one feels better soon!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on November 01, 2017, 10:42 AM
You all are inspiring me. I'm still :writing3 in my notebook, so don't have word counts but hoping to be :typing next week. Wrote one page so far.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: dewsanddamps on November 01, 2017, 11:47 AM
I'm revising, not NaNo-ing, but wanted to say :cheerleader :cheerleader :cheerleader :cheerleader :cheerleader
:goldstar   :goldstar   :goldstar
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 01, 2017, 01:22 PM
Thanks, Dews! I did that last year. Jump in any time!!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Melody on November 01, 2017, 04:16 PM
Thanks for the encouragement, Katie.  Posting my stats for today. Goal is to write 1000 new words each day while revising. Just met the goal and typed 1000 more words. Phew....

Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 01, 2017, 07:06 PM
I didn't get a chance to write until after dinner, but I managed 511 words today. My goal is 500 a day, so that's okay. I do quite a bit of planning before I start writing, but new ideas and details come to me as I write. That has already begun to happen, so I'll count today a success.

Congrats for everyone's progress.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Betsy on November 01, 2017, 09:11 PM
Good luck to all you marathoners. Not for me, but I'm cheering you on from the sidelines.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 02, 2017, 05:53 AM
Thanks, Betsy, we need you to cheer us on!

Yay, Melody and Pons for reaching your goals! Sick grandbaby dropped off asleep, so I was able to get a bit of writing in. Mornings are my best times (that coffee kicks in), but I have to work around the little love.  Up to 3179 for yesterday and today, so I've got some writing to do later if I'm going to hit 50K.

cheers for everyone! :cheerleader
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 02, 2017, 06:17 AM
You guys are way ahead of me, but I'm not dropping out!
406 today. Tomorrow: THE WORLD! Muwahhahaha.            :drinking2
Okay, my goal is five hundred a day.      :sadcry
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on November 02, 2017, 08:03 AM
Thanks for :cheerleader
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 02, 2017, 11:07 AM
Hairaplenty, of course don't drop out!! 500 words a day is fantastic!  :stars3
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Melody on November 02, 2017, 04:25 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Betsy. Hair, 500 is great!  I set a GOAL of 1000 so that I will feel good with 500.

But yes, snuck in my 1000 words before dinner. Unfortunately, I had to delete about the same amount from my draft, so it is only up by 500, but hey, that's the way it goes when revising, so I'm feeling great with the 500 words added.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 02, 2017, 07:51 PM
598 words today for a total of 1109

Good night, all.  :star2
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Cathie on November 03, 2017, 06:13 AM
Last year I did not get very far at all, just wasn't excited about that plot and trashed it.  I wasn't sure whether to enter this year again but all your comments got me on board. I signed up yesterday just to make sure I showed up to work each day, so here I am on the Blueboards  :gaah.

Cathie W  on the site.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 03, 2017, 06:58 AM
Welcome, Cathie.
I figure anything I get down on paper is a win!
Good luck.              :yay
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 03, 2017, 08:48 AM
Hey Cathie, just added you as a buddy! hehehe now you've got someone checking up on ya...

Yay Pons and Melody for reaching your goals!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 03, 2017, 09:10 AM
I figure anything I get down on paper is a win!

Ain't it the truth.   :grin3

Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Cathie on November 03, 2017, 11:11 AM
Hey Cathie, just added you as a buddy! hehehe now you've got someone checking up on ya...

Yay Pons and Melody for reaching your goals!

Exactly what I need from a "Writing Buddy"!

UPDATE: Did 1264 words today! And I like them!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 03, 2017, 03:49 PM
1032 words today for a total of 2141

This was a good day for me, but I know I'll fall behind around Thanksgiving when I'll have family here. Of course, my rough draft is so extremely rough that it would make your teeth hurt to read it, but it provides a base for me to build on. Rough drafts are  the worse part of writing for me.  :)
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Melody on November 03, 2017, 05:06 PM
Agreed, Pons.  Happy to be adding to a draft. Did 1200 words today....
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 03, 2017, 06:08 PM
Wow! There is a lot of writing going on! Isn't this great??

I have to confess you're about to learn how insecure I am. I'm so totally paranoid I won't meet the 50K limit that I keep writing over the daily count, just to make sure I'm not left behind. :sadcry I wrote about 3500 words today and I'm brain-dead. I took a break, went back to the computer, and ... nothing came out of my fingers. So that's it for the day.

I left my characters standing around and I don't know what they're going to do next. I hope they get inspired by tomorrow and let me know.

But hey, there's dragons in it. If I get too stuck, I can always have one flying around or something.  :dragonchase
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 03, 2017, 06:14 PM
I wrote about 3500 words today and I'm brain-dead. I took a break, went back to the computer, and ... nothing came out of my fingers. So that's it for the day.

Wow!  I don't think I've ever written 3500 words in one day. Congratulatons!

Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: andy-nordvall on November 03, 2017, 08:01 PM
I'm doing NaNo too.  6,032 words!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 04, 2017, 09:29 AM
Yay, Andy! Thanks, Pons!

Hit 1400 for today. That might be it for the day.

Hope everyone else has a great writing time today! :star2 :star2
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 04, 2017, 08:21 PM
Squeezed in 547 words on a busy Saturday. Total = 2688
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 05, 2017, 06:24 AM
Yay, Pons! That's a chunk!

We used to have a thread for writing 1000 words a day. We should start a new one after this month of 500 words a day.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 05, 2017, 08:05 AM
306 on Saturday which I had to turn around and cut. But at least I know where I'm headed. Not sure of my total word count. Will check after today.     :autumn   Congrats to you guys who are really killing it!!!!!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 05, 2017, 08:49 AM
well, I was really killing it, but after another 400 words they're still not doing much. This is what happens when you dash ahead on the word count and hit a wall while everyone else is still delighted with their shiny opening scenes. :blushgirl
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 05, 2017, 09:01 AM
We used to have a thread for writing 1000 words a day. We should start a new one after this month of 500 words a day.

I know 500 words a day sounds puny, but it seems to be something I can handle at the moment, and it gets me to the computer on a regular basis. I once read someone who said her goal was writing 15 minutes a day because she could almost always meet it. She also knew she wasn't bound by a certain number of words. After 15 minutes at her computer,  she was free to leave, but she almost always stayed. Her writing life became more productive and enjoyable.

I think sometimes our goals defeat us. They focus so pointedly on the end result and not the process.

Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 05, 2017, 09:24 AM
I agree, Pons. I do better when I have an easier goal, and then pass it and keep going. I get more done that way.

I don't think 500 words is a puny goal. It's a good goal, and one we could surpass if we were in the zone and had the time. When we're not and we don't, we could still churn it out - painfully, maybe, but it would be done.

well, back to trying to figure out how to get my characters to stop talking and do something...
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: asingrey on November 05, 2017, 10:32 AM
Dropped in to say you're killing it, JFriday! I saw your word count on the site, and wow!

Way to go to everyone who's been writing!

I'm writing, but I'm doing my scenes out of order, which may mean I end up with a lot of revising and cutting at the end. But I got stuck, so I just skipped ahead. We'll see how this goes. Hopefully, at the end of the month, I've had fun with it, no matter what shape my novel is in.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 05, 2017, 02:04 PM
Today - 537 words
Total - 3220 words
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: asingrey on November 05, 2017, 05:17 PM
Way to go, Pons!  :stars3
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on November 05, 2017, 07:23 PM
:yay for all the writing.

Total fail on the wip--but for very worthwhile things (All Souls High Mass with Faure's music and conference over the weekend). Hope to jump back in tomorrow. My brain is buzzing.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 06, 2017, 05:39 AM
3265 total!  Woot!
I had to go back in and delete a bunch but the reward for killing my darlings was getting to know my characters better and therefore writing more. On my way!
We're doing it folks! This thread was a great idea, JFriday.  Pons!  :yay

 :writing3
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 06, 2017, 09:06 AM
Asingrey, I'm doing the same thing you're doing. I'm starting to skip around.

This is honestly how I ended my writing yesterday and yes, I'm counting it in my word count:      I’m incredibly sick of this dialogue and I’m skipping to something more interesting.

and then today I started a new chapter where there's actually something going on.  I don't know how she's going to get from the previous place to the new chapter, but right now I'm just delighted I'm not bogged down in that awful dialogue. If I wasn't doing NaNoWriMo, I would have deleted the whole scene and started over.

But that's for later, right??

Asingrey, your word count is smashing!! And Pons, yes, way to go, girl!!!! Vijaya, hope your buzzy brain was working overtime! and hairaplenty, 3265 - wow! even with killing those darlings? Glad to know you got to understand the characters better - that makes writing them so much easier.

Onward, yes?!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 06, 2017, 09:12 AM
I have managed to turn off my internal editor completely - at least for a while. This goes against my nature which wants to make things as perfect as possible before moving on. I really need to get the bones of this story in place, though, then I'll welcome Internal Editor back. I kind of miss her.

:congratulations to everyone on all the progress.  :yay
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Cathie on November 06, 2017, 11:26 AM
I agree, Pons. I do better when I have an easier goal, and then pass it and keep going. I get more done that way.

I don't think 500 words is a puny goal.

I'm glad to hear someone saying that because my daily word count is not much at all but I feel I'm making progress.  The thing is I cannot turn off my inner editor at all--I keep going back and refining or elaborating. Oh, well, at least so far I like what I am doing.

Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Melody on November 06, 2017, 06:13 PM
2000 words  today, but kind of fried afterwards and didn't check emails etc. till just now.... Did dinner, grocery shopping and a long walk afterwards, instead.

Congrats to all those really high word counts.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 06, 2017, 07:40 PM
Congrats, Melody and Cathie.   :star2   I'm on target with my 500.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 07, 2017, 01:53 AM
Wow, Melody, that's fantastic!    :stars3   :star2
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: asingrey on November 07, 2017, 05:41 AM
I got 1,000  words yesterday. That seems to be my average for a week day. Congratulations to everyone who keeps making progress!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 07, 2017, 06:03 AM
Asingrey, that's wonderful!    :goldstar

I'm in today at 382. All dialogue. I can't seem to get these guys to DO SOMETHING!    :lalala
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 07, 2017, 09:20 AM
Hairaplenty, that's what's been happening with mine, too!

I haven't written a word yet today. Voted, returned a shirt, went to the grocery store...I think I'm procrastinating because I have NO IDEA where this story is going right now! I have to come up with something other than the ending, right??? grrrr...

But everyone else is forging forward so  :star2 :star2 :star2 there are some sparkles to help us along!!

Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on November 07, 2017, 10:00 AM
I'm in today at 382. All dialogue. I can't seem to get these guys to DO SOMETHING!    :lalala

Haha, how about I send over a parrot to liven things up. I'm not kidding you, I ended up adding a parrot as a joke to my historical but he was such a great character, I ended up weaving a whole subplot that makes the book richer. So parrots for all!!! Won't it be funny if all our stories had one common element.

Ladies, you're doing great. I aim to follow your example this afternoon. Having a cup of tea right now.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 07, 2017, 10:15 AM
Well, I just dove in and wrote something. At least I split up the characters so they can't talk to each other anymore!!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 07, 2017, 03:21 PM
7 day total - 4296
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 08, 2017, 02:59 PM
Nice, Pons! Vijaya, I'd love to work a parrot into mine! Don't think I can, though. Rats.

Just wrote some even though I had no idea where it was going (I need to plan more next time), and it actually got a bit more interesting!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Melody on November 08, 2017, 07:43 PM
500 yesterday, 400 today. Hopefully, the next few days will be better....
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 09, 2017, 05:56 AM
Yesterday and today for a total of 402.
Vijaya, I had a Minah bird in one of my books. He was so much fun to write. In real life he would, Someone's at the door. In the voice of the person he learned it from and it was so real and creepy because that person had passed on. In my book, he used a few off-color words.   :drinking2
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 09, 2017, 07:45 AM
Melody and hairaplenty,  :yourock!

One thing I'm learning from this is I'd rather take several months and put a lot more thought into a draft than do it without having a clear thought of how the story arc is going to play out and just diving in. But I'm still glad I'm trying this and I'm still going to write (mostly garbage) to keep the word count going.

Hopefully there will be some gems in there somewhere that will resurrect into a decent story down the line.

and there's always the dragons... :dragonchase
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Melody on November 09, 2017, 07:26 PM
Agreed, J Friday. I learned that lesson a few years back. I'm reworking a draft, so I'm not being so tough on myself on word count because I'm having to delete a lot from my original draft.

 But...1100 words today.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 09, 2017, 10:14 PM
Boy, JFriday, that's for sure. It's REALLY hard to get in the groove. In fact, I can't FIND the groove. I keep hoping it will show up.   More    :drinking2
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: SandyM on November 10, 2017, 06:10 AM
I think I've lost my groove this week. I have a rough idea of where my people are going, but I can't get motivated to get them there. It's been a really stressful week at work  with a lot of overtime, so I'm hoping I can get back with it this weekend. Just a little disheartened. I know if I get started then ideas will come. I just can't seem to get started. Any ideas? Although, a parrot might actually work...   :eh2
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 10, 2017, 07:02 AM
Sandy, maybe if you just skip to an interesting scene - it doesn't matter where in the story it is,  just something you can wrap your brain around and has something happening - you'll find it starts to flow. I've done that a couple of times now. And hold your place by putting something like:

Much too boring here. Moving to a better scene. I'll fix this later, somehow.

And count that in your word count. ;D

hairaplenty, maybe that will work for you, too, and you'll get that groove. I absolutely LOVE writing when everything else falls away, time stops, and I'm lost in the story!!

And Melody, I think next year I'll be more reasonable and maybe work on a draft, too!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on November 10, 2017, 07:15 AM
Sandy, please don't feel bad. Remember what *your* goal is--and work towards it. If you need to take a day to brainstorm, do that. And yay that a parrot might actually work :grin3

Hair, how fun to read both about your fictional and real mynah bird. We had one that died from a fright--the cat was stalking it. We also had a parrot we rescued who was obnoxious and didn't say a word. But I loved my grandmother's parrots who were very tame and had a large vocabulary and sang songs.

You all are doing so good :typing  I'm still scribbling in my notebook--and it's slow (2-3 pages per day). But my goal is to have a first draft, so however it happens is good.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 10, 2017, 08:18 AM
I fell off the wagon yesterday, but am ahead in my word count, so I'm still on track with 500 words a day. Yesterday just had too many boring, must-deal-with, life details in it.
Much too boring here. Moving to a better scene. I'll fix this later, somehow.
I do this, too, but it's usually with a scene that is going to require a lot of thought and finesse. I'll put a place holder that says something like - Conversation about what the clue means here. And you bet I count those words in my daily total. :) If I spend too much time working on one scene or detail, it stops my forward momentum. I've just got to get through the blasted rough draft. Then I can enjoy myself revising and agonizing over scenes and details.  :grin3




Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: SandyM on November 10, 2017, 08:34 AM
Okay, thanks guys! I'm feeling much better. I appreciate the ideas. I'm getting more excited about going back to it after work tonight. (It also doesn't hurt that the sun is shining after 3 gloomy days!) It's always nice to know that you're not the only one. Happy Writing!  :thankyou
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 10, 2017, 10:00 AM
Oh, SandyM, I'm right there with you. Blank paging it!   :lalala
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Cathie on November 10, 2017, 12:34 PM
 I'm still going back and reworking things but it's making things better. So I keep putt-putting right along, feeling good about making a little progress in the right direction each day.   :writing3
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 10, 2017, 02:33 PM
Cathie, I just saw your word count. You're doing great.  :cheerleader
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Melody on November 10, 2017, 04:52 PM
500 words today
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Cathie on November 10, 2017, 05:14 PM
Cathie, I just saw your word count. You're doing great.  :cheerleader
Thank you, and I hope to make your count today my total word count by the end of November!  :yourock
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: SandyM on November 12, 2017, 02:06 PM
Your ideas all worked! I'm back to writing again. I even put the parrot in (granted, my story already included shape-shifters, so adding a parrot was surprisingly easy). I think my problem is that I've reached the part of the book where I really need to sit down and figure out some of the details, so I know where it's going. You know, the part that I've been saying "oh, I'll just figure that out later. " Well, it's later.  So, I decided to just write and see where the story decides to take me.      :dogwalk

Everyone's word counts are looking awesome, by the way!  :dancer
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Cathie on November 12, 2017, 05:21 PM
Your ideas all worked!
Yay, Sandy!  :stars3
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on November 12, 2017, 05:52 PM
Great progress all. I have 4K. I made myself :typing instead of scrawling in my notebook.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 13, 2017, 06:18 AM
Wow! Vijaya, that's awesome.
I'm still here. Hanging on by a shirt tail. I've spent some time revising the ending of my novel out on submission. In case I get any nibbles.   :naughty
 For the Nanowrimo I've done 1047 since last Thursday.
I took a plotting planner off the internet which asks questions, and got my juices going. Its helped me get into my characters and storyline, more.
Sounds like everyone is still plugging along.  :yay   We are amazing.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 13, 2017, 09:10 AM
I'm a day behind, but hope to catch up. The rough draft process is doing it's job, though. Story details are becoming clearer and plot elements (like naturally compelling reasons for characters to be where they are, doing what they're doing) have begun to present themselves.

 :cheerleader for Progress!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 13, 2017, 10:19 AM
Glad everyone is doing so well! I'm learning a lot, like I don't want to just go for a word count again, I want to write like I usually do - slow and steady. But I'm still glad I'm doing this. I've always wanted to do a NaNoWriMo.

I think I'm sort of cheating now, though.  :embarrassed2 My story died. I mean, it really died. I've always had more of a plan before, and knew the ending when I started, so I knew where the story was going. But this time I had no clear path when I started, and just thought - well, I'll write and it will come. They say that's what happens during NaNoWriMo, so I'll go for it.

Well, it didn't come. I kept beating it, but after about 20K it was making less and less sense. It got to the point where it was not enjoyable at all, because I didn't know what to write when I sat down, and I didn't want to think about it when I wasn't at the computer (and I usually LOVE to think about my stories). So yesterday I started another complete plot line that I'd thought about before and I took off with that. It has basically nothing to do with the beginning, but at least I have something to write about again.

I figure I will at least have several good scenes by the end of all this, and two stories I can think about pursuing. That's enough.  I hope.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Cathie on November 13, 2017, 01:07 PM
 JFriday, I do not think you are cheating at all. If the story died, it died, and you are going forward with a new path. I think that's good and all the words count!  :writing3
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: SandyM on November 13, 2017, 01:48 PM
I agree.  That's definitely not cheating, JFriday! Did you read Julie Murphy's NaNo pep talk today? It was talking about this exact idea! Basically, with every writing project we walk away with something new, something magical - even if it's just one small idea or one small scene. And that makes it time well-spent.  :grin3
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Melody on November 13, 2017, 03:37 PM
needing to stop and do some revisions so won't have word counts for a few days. Once I start writing new stuff again, I'll post
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 14, 2017, 11:34 AM
hey, thanks, guys. You've made me feel better. :hearts
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 14, 2017, 12:50 PM
JFriday, I don't see any cheating. Just time to alter your path.

Day 14 and I made it to 7007 words. I know I'll fall behind closer to Thanksgiving, but I am pleased to have make it this far. I am tempted to stop and revise, too, but I'm forcing myself to move forward with one of the roughest drafts ever, but still a draft. Details are falling into place.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on November 14, 2017, 06:06 PM
JFriday, I'm sorry your story died. I definitely need to know the ending and the major signposts along the way before I begin. So many stories begin for me with a character in a pickle and sometimes the writing reveals the plot and other times not. Good for you for knowing what works for you.

Wrote another 1000 words today for a total of 5K. What I'm not liking is the haphazard way this is happening. Definitely NOT my style. I want to go back and reorganize but I think I need to keep going forward. Look what happened to Lot's wife!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Betsy on November 15, 2017, 04:57 AM
Congratulations to everyone sticking with it.

JFriday--I always keep my incomplete stories. I've often used parts of them again. Lots of false starts in this business. Good for you for trying.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Melody on November 15, 2017, 06:19 PM
J Friday that has happened to me before too. That's why I wanted to do a draft this time that was in pretty good shape so most of the words wouldn't be wasted. But, hey, two stories is not a bad problem to have. Maybe they will end up as novellas? And it's always good to find out where a story is going. Sometimes you just don't know until you dig in. So at least now you know....

No new word count today, but I spent time revising and outlining more clearly so I know where to take the already drafted scenes. Will start up again with new stuff tomorrow....
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on November 15, 2017, 07:07 PM
I wrote a synopsis and proper outline given I'm all over the place and I'm totally counting those words, about a 1000. Wrote another 1000 for a total of 7K. It's good to have a roadmap that I can refer to finally.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: asingrey on November 15, 2017, 07:21 PM
Checking in to say everyone is going great! It's so much more fun with all the company.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 16, 2017, 04:28 AM
I'm writing! Just not on my Nanowrimo project. And Vijaya, I'm all over the place and I'm totally counting those words   ME TOO! So about 480 words for yesterday. 
We're halfway there, gang. We've got this.   :yay

Magic dust for hard-working writers:     :star2        :star2
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 16, 2017, 06:24 AM
Yes, half-way there! Yay!

Everyone is doing stunningly well.  Vijaya, yes, count that as words. I'd hate to admit what I've counted toward word count!

I've actually gone back to the original story line, now that I've had a couple of days of rest from it while I worked on another direction, and started working on the first one again. I figure now I'll follow each one until it starts limping, then I'll go back to the other one. And maybe something here will turn into a real, live story! One never knows.

More  :star2 :star2 :star2 :star2 to help us along.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Melody on November 16, 2017, 11:29 AM
Way to go, V.  If I count my revisions and notes that def. takes me to my daily word count.

JFriday, good for you for picking it up again.

1200 new words today so far. Back to the grind. Glad to see so many sticking with it.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 16, 2017, 02:25 PM
My husband picked up a consulting job (good news), but now we're sharing a computer, so it may slow me down. I'm still pleased with my progress though. It's gotten me over a hump.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: SandyM on November 16, 2017, 03:27 PM
Well, I've run out of story, too. As in, I've reached the end of the story as I had outlined it. I definitely sped through it because I felt rushed, so I know I need to go back for some world-building and to write the scenes I purposely skipped. But my day job has just been incredibly stressful and I'm really struggling with my creativity in the evenings. So, I think I'm just going to write some fun scenes in the same world...maybe they'll fit in the book, but maybe not. Maybe I'll work on some background material. (It counts if it's all in the same world, right? I mean, if I counted my written conversations to myself about how to fix scenes later, then I'm pretty sure I can count random scenes, too.) My main goal this month was to write everyday and to prove to myself that I can make the time to do it. That part is going well.   :writing3

Everyone is doing great! I'm impressed with everyone's effort and I agree that it's much more fun with you guys around! 
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Cathie on November 16, 2017, 04:12 PM
Everyone is doing great! I'm plugging right along, slow and steady, but it looks like next week with Thanksgiving, I'll be doing less writing. :turkey2  :applepie  :thanksgiving  But it's Thanksgiving--I'm ready for a full tummy and chillin' with the family.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 17, 2017, 05:49 AM
Melody, great word count. Pons, congrats on hubby's consulting job! Sandy, it all counts. All of it. Maybe one of them can come up with a special recipe...that'll count, too. And Cathie, I agree. Family trumps word count. Actually, family trumps pretty much anything.

Happy writing to all, whatever gets done!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 17, 2017, 12:58 PM
Okay, I know I have to go back and work this in earlier, but so far I think this is my favorite line in my story:

...and she pulled out a miraculous piece of rope that Providence had placed in her pocket to help with my word count,...
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: SandyM on November 17, 2017, 01:06 PM
JFriday, that's perfect!!  :lol5
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 17, 2017, 01:24 PM
...and she pulled out a miraculous piece of rope that Providence had placed in her pocket to help with my word count,...
:lol4  Love it.

I spent the last two days revising a story to submit to a contest whose deadline is today. I'm counting that as writing, but I can't report an increase in word count. I can live with that.  :)
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Cathie on November 17, 2017, 02:22 PM
...and she pulled out a miraculous piece of rope that Providence had placed in her pocket to help with my word count,...
I love this!!!  :yourock  :dr


Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Melody on November 17, 2017, 03:43 PM

...and she pulled out a miraculous piece of rope that Providence had placed in her pocket to help with my word count,...

LOL!

You guys are definitely encouraging me to push harder.  Did my highest word count yet today, maybe ever:

3200 words. Woohoo!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on November 17, 2017, 04:13 PM
Love that line JFriday. No writing today :( but I'm thinking about it. You all are doing great!!!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 17, 2017, 06:09 PM
Glad you liked the line. :crazy Glad you got a laugh, Cathie and Sandy.

Melody, amazing word count! You go, girl!

Pons, I hope you win the contest!!

Vijaya, had I put more thought into mine, maybe my lines would be a little more logical. Hope you are able to think things through.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 19, 2017, 01:18 AM
1300 total on my new chapter in my old book. SO much easier to rewrite/revise rather than a 1st draft.


                                                                                 :flame
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 20, 2017, 04:59 AM
JFriday, I hadn't read your post before. HAHA.  Let's all grab a piece of miraculous rope. (BTW your story sounds fun.) Every time I have to mention where my main character moved from, I write (That place) because I haven't decided where he's from, yet, and I don't want to slow my pace down. Whatever it takes!
Melody, you're a Rock Star  :goldstar 
Cathie, somehow I invited people to Thanksgiving Dinner at my place. I've been cleaning like a mad woman and perusing the Food Network.
Yesterday I wrote 473. Today? Not yet. It's only 5:00 am.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 20, 2017, 11:53 AM
hairaplenty, I need several more coils of that miraculous rope. I'm running on idea fumes at this point and it's not pretty.

I realized I switched a couple of minor characters' names, and I just kept going. I really really really hope no one ever reads this. :huh

Hope everyone meets whatever goals they have this week!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: SandyM on November 20, 2017, 01:25 PM
Also on fumes over here but not nearly as far along as you, JFriday! Now I'm just making up background stories for every character, building, agency, plant, etc. One of my main characters is still named CockyBoy because I haven't committed to a name yet. I have to admit that I'm still enjoying this world I've created though...and the extensive background of the edible Flulilies.  :flowers2

Happy writing, everyone!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 21, 2017, 08:48 AM
Sandy, I laughed out loud at CockyBoy! Love it! And edible Flulilies? Oh, I'm hooked!!

And don't be impressed with my word count. I'm just trying to get this finished! You're right on target for finishing by the end of the month, as are the more sane people.

I've learned I write much better when I don't have a word count goal, particularly a massive one, hanging over my head. Instead of having the story unfolding to a good conclusion as my goal, the number becomes my goal. And the story suffers terribly. I mean as in stupendously, completely, awfully terribly.

I'm sure there are writers who excel under a number goal, but I'm not one of them. Lesson learned.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 21, 2017, 09:38 AM
Sharing another line which shows great literary genius:

Shel picked up another pitchfork which was conveniently leaning against the side of the door, apparently unaffected by the high winds, and started to help.

No one can ever, ever look at this. Ever.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 21, 2017, 10:00 AM
Sharing another line which shows great literary genius:

Shel picked up another pitchfork which was conveniently leaning against the side of the door, apparently unaffected by the high winds, and started to help.

No one can ever, ever look at this. Ever.

 :lol4 I feel the same way about my draft: no one can ever read it, but it is actually getting me to a better place. (I hope.)

Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: SandyM on November 22, 2017, 06:26 PM
 :lol5. I am really stuck over here. I think I'm getting too focused on my word count. My goal this weekend is to get back to enjoying the story and worrying less about the deadline. I'm mostly finished with work this week so I'm hoping I can relax, write, and read for the next 4 days. Oh, and eat pie.   :applepie
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 23, 2017, 09:44 AM
Sandy, I totally got focused on word count and I've never had such awful writing. So I think you have an excellent plan. Besides, when you focus on and enjoy the story, that's when the writing flows.

I hope everyone enjoys their pie!! :applepie
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Cathie on November 23, 2017, 01:24 PM
Just popped in to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I'm stuffed and so ready to nap! Hopefully, I'll be hitting the keyboard tomorrow.

 Hairaplenty, hope the mad cleaning frenzy and food prep weren't too stressful and  you are basking in lots of praise!
JFriday and Sandy --Yay, pie!  :applepie
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 24, 2017, 06:44 PM
Oh, yeah, NaNoWriMo.   ::)
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 25, 2017, 08:57 AM
Oh, yeah, NaNoWriMo.   ::)

This is me, too. I'm a week behind from Thanksgiving, but ready to get back in the saddle again today.   :whitebunny  Onward and Upward!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on November 25, 2017, 09:23 AM
Oh, yeah, NaNoWriMo.   ::)

Me three. But I'm :cheerleader all of you who are working diligently.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 25, 2017, 12:52 PM
Less than a week to go. I hope everyone is satisfied with whatever they reach.  :star2 :star2
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 25, 2017, 08:33 PM
I failed miserably at the word count, but have taken this month to delve into my novel/plot and characters. I jumped in with both feet and really had no idea where I was going, so I've taken some time to figure out what this book is going to be about.
Plus, I've rewritten a lot on my completed novel, so I call November a win. I think we're all winners!   :goldstar
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 26, 2017, 08:20 AM
Hairaplenty, you have won. Kudos for you. I've done well with word count but that's all I focused on, so my plot, characters, story arc, setting - you name it - failed. So we balance each other. :greatminds

And we all have more than we had a month ago. And there's still more time. So I agree, we're all winners. :goldstar
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: SandyM on November 26, 2017, 11:54 AM
I agree, we've all won. We have all explored ideas that were not around one month ago.  I set out to prove to myself that I could follow through on 50,000 words and I just finished. My goal was to write everyday and prove to myself that I can do this while working full-time. I fell in love with the world I created and most of my characters (even if only 1/3 of them have names right now). It's a skeleton draft, but I didn't expect it to be more than that. I can't wait to start revisions after the first of the year.  Now I just have to type all those handwritten pages...if only I could skip that part.  :typing
 
I hope everyone reaches their goals or at least has fun trying! Thanks to everyone and I'm still cheering for all of you!  :stars3


Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 26, 2017, 12:56 PM
 :autumn     :autumn   Heaping piles of congratulatory autumn leaves on you SandyM. You did it!
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on November 26, 2017, 05:59 PM
Sandy :congratulations Knowing you can do what you set out to do is such a great feeling. And now you have some great habits to draw upon. It's so important to do hard things once in a while.

And to all who are meeting their goals, :congratulations

Alas, I did not meet my goals at all, so that's a fail. You'd think after making a proper outline I'd make progress but I've been too sick :bluesad  I hope I can have a complete draft by the end of the year.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 26, 2017, 07:18 PM
Wow!  :congratulations  Sandy. That is monumental. Hats off to you!

I won't meet my original goal of 500 words/day, but I did accomplish the bigger goal of getting over starting-the-rough-draft dread. I will end up six chapters into my new ms and that is enough encouragement to keep me going. November has been a plus for me.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 27, 2017, 07:59 AM
Vijaya, so sorry to hear you've been sick. I hope you're feeling better. Everything is awful when we're sick. I hope you can finish that draft.

Pons, glad you started that rough draft!

And Sandy, Congratulations!!! :running

I've reached 50K too, so I made my goal, but as I said, it's awful writing. Maybe I can salvage something from it, even if the story takes a completely different direction.

There are, after all, dragons in it.  :dragonchase
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on November 27, 2017, 11:47 AM
Thanks, JFriday. I'm on the mend so am :writing3

And :congratulations to you for being a nano winner. You can always revise the crummy pages but you have pages!!!  There was a nice article over on Writer Unboxed about how Nano can help creativity.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on November 27, 2017, 12:02 PM
There are, after all, dragons in it.  :dragonchase
Can't go wrong with dragons.  :)

I've reached 50K too, so I made my goal, but as I said, it's awful writing. Maybe I can salvage something from it, even if the story takes a completely different direction.

:congratulations



Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on November 27, 2017, 12:49 PM
Thanks, Vijaya and Pons!

I'll have to go take a look at that article.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Cathie on November 27, 2017, 01:20 PM
 :wow :congratulations JFriday and Sandy M!! That is amazing and the month hasn't even ended!

Congratulations to Pons! Six chapters is amazing and I'm thrilled for you.  :yourock

Vijaya so sorry you've been ill, hope you are well or almost well. :flowers2



Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Melody on November 27, 2017, 01:52 PM
Wow, congrats to those who met their writing goal. I am going to plug away until the end of the week. I may even go until December 15 to try and get my word count of 50-55,000 words. This past week was a bust with the kids home from school. Right now I am at 40,500 words, with lots of revising to do.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on November 28, 2017, 05:59 AM
JFriday, huge congratulations to you! Of course, there is salvageable stuff in there. I believe a lot of our subconscious comes out when we fast draft. Now you have the fun of revising and finding those gems. So happy for you!
Yesterda: 474
Today:174    :shrug
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: JFriday on December 01, 2017, 08:52 AM
Well, congratulations to everyone! We made it, in varying forms, to the end of the month. And we're:

1. Still sane
2. Ahead of where we were on October 31
3. No longer under pressure (at least for NaNoWriMo)

So  :yay and  :congratulations !! We did it!

And thanks for all the encouragement from everyone. That made it enjoyable. :love5
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Melody on December 01, 2017, 09:14 AM
Yes, having a team to do this together was a definite plus. Thanks for all the encouragement, gang.
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Pons on December 01, 2017, 09:42 AM
It's been fun. Thanks for the company and support.  :thankyou
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: hairaplenty on December 01, 2017, 06:51 PM
It was fun! And having a team made me more accountable. Thanks,  everyone! Good luck with your future project.   :star2
Title: Re: NaNoWriMo2017
Post by: Vijaya on December 02, 2017, 06:57 AM
Well, congratulations to everyone! We made it, in varying forms, to the end of the month. And we're:

1. Still sane
2. Ahead of where we were on October 31
3. No longer under pressure (at least for NaNoWriMo)

So  :yay and  :congratulations !! We did it!

And thanks for all the encouragement from everyone. That made it enjoyable. :love5

This. Thank you all :flowers2