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Discussion in 'NaNoWriMo' started by Philip Overby, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. Philip Overby

    Philip Overby Staff Article Team

    Hey guys, thought I'd open this up since we're probably all in the planning stage of NaNoWriMo. For those that don't know, November is National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) for short. Some see it as an attempt to do a novel that they wouldn't otherwise do and some see it as just a fun time waster. I see it as a way to temper my writing by practicing writing a significant amount in a relatively short period of time. I always outline beforehand so it's not a complete mess.

    As a promise to myself not to write any more "novels" until my WIP is finished, I've decided to do a framed novella, in a way, which is composed of several short stories within. I did this in one of my earlier NaNos to mixed results, but I think it'll be better this time. Here's my synopsis from NaNoWriMo's site. It's called "The Dragon's Tonsil: Tales of a Necrocryptozoologist"(yes, it's a mouthful :))

    So the basis of the story is that one story will weave throughout a series of many short stories. Some may be really short, some may be longer, but at the end of the day I think I'll have a completed project at around 50K.

    What are your plans for NaNo? Like to share them here? By the way, I'm PhilipOverby on the NaNoWriMo site.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2012
  2. JCFarnham

    JCFarnham Auror

    Oh hey! You went with the framing device idea :) Awesome.

    I'm still doing mine:

    Yep. Science Fiction (same setting as last years NaNo). Specifically in the tradition of 90s - early 2000's tv scifi shows. Farscape, the Star Trek franchise, Firefly, Stargate, you name it. I could have scripted it but I wanted instead to write each episode in proper prose.

    Funny thing is I'm getting really into my fantasy series at the moment thanks to some discussion on character over on the NaNo forums. It's threatening to derail NaNo for me haha. The problem is I won't be able to definitely sustain 50k on Faebound because I've already written about 20k of it. With "Convergence" I have no excuse. 50k should be about 16 episodes into the season, if I'm going by usual season lengths topping out at 23ish, I've got plenty of room to expand if needs be. I can just keep writing until I win!
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  3. Chilari

    Chilari Staff Moderator

    I'm planning on continuing working on Jantia's War for NaNo. I'm starting to have doubts about it, to be honest. Wondering whether the morality is too simplistic, whether it's too influenced by my own political views, which I don't want to do. But I'm going to stick with it, and then once it's finished I can get some feedback to see if my fears are well founded or if I've just been overanalysing everything and becoming paranoid.

  4. BigBadWolf

    BigBadWolf Acolyte

    Here's the little blurb for my urban fantasy. It's just a place holder until I get the details sorted out. Still in the middle of that.

  5. Centerfield97

    Centerfield97 Troubadour

    A rewrite of my WIP from the start, I'm excited for November!
  6. shangrila

    shangrila Inkling

    I've got a few ideas tumbling around inside my head right now not related to my WIP, but I think I'll do this one for NaNo. I'll have to do more planning for it though.
  7. Centerfield97

    Centerfield97 Troubadour

    This sounds incredibly interesting. If you need or want someone to read your stuff as you go along I'd love to!
  8. soulless

    soulless Troubadour

    I intend to, somehow (its going to take some forcing), take part this year for the first time.
  9. M.L. Leigh

    M.L. Leigh New Member

    Hi! I'm new. Also my first NaNo haha. All of your ideas sound great!
  10. Jabrosky

    Jabrosky Banned

    Mine's a historical fantasy with a setting based on the ancient Near East, with emphasis on Egypt and Israel. The working title is The Pharaoh and the Bandit, and here's the synopsis:

    Cast of Characters

    Map of the Setting
  11. Zero Angel

    Zero Angel Auror

    I've been kicking around a novella for the last year or two and I'd really like to release it in time for Christmas. Although I wrote a first draft a while back, I trashed it (and it was only about 4K anyway), so I am starting fresh! I think NaNoWriMo is the perfect time to really kick into high gear.

  12. gavintonks

    gavintonks Maester

    I am writing a Vampyre story Vampyres are feeding on humans when they dream and harvesting their life force
  13. Sinitar

    Sinitar Minstrel

    I'm not entirely sure why I decided to take more liberties with this year's Nano, but I'm going to write a fanfic. Its plot is captivating, the characters have been adapted to my writing style and I'm simply thrilled to finally have the opportunity to work on it. For my previous works, readers and critics acted as my source of motivation. Kind words are the perfect incentive to keep going, and critiques are even more so. This fanfic, however, will only have one reader(which is me), so I'll rely on the word count wars for my daily dose of motivation.
  14. Sparkie

    Sparkie Auror

    I'm revisiting an idea given to me by MS member Elder the Dwarf. He told me almost a year ago that I should follow up on my observation that, within the realm of Fantasy, you can 'write the story of the best swordsman in the world from the sword's POV.'

    Thus, here's the synopsis I just posted on the NaNo site:

    Imagine the story of the best sword-fighter in the world. Now imagine how the sword would tell the tale.

    This is the story of Grace Swift, soldier and acknowledged Master of the Rapier among her peers at the Guild of Swords. Her unnamed blade serves as the tale's first-person narrator.

    When the current Guild Master is killed alongside her in battle, Grace faces criticisim from her Guild rivals Tor and Raj. In response, Grace invokes a Right of Challenge on the eve of what may be the battle that makes or breaks her nation. Before a day passes, a legend will be born.

    Maybe It'll work, maybe not.
  15. Amanita

    Amanita Maester

    I'm already working on two projects at the time, so I probably won't start anything new now. Therefore, it won't be a real NaNo this year, but I'm going to try and find the discipline to actually write 50 000 words during november. ;)
  16. J. S. Elliot

    J. S. Elliot Inkling

    I've come up with a way of working/satisfying my Writer's ADHD while still managing the 50k minimum, provided I can just get the words out. The Pandora Compendium will be a collection of relatively short chaptered stories, perhaps five chapters each. Here's the summary I just wrote for the NaNo board, though it could apply to the still unnamed but planned original novel:

  17. soulless

    soulless Troubadour

    I have been working on my own fantasy world for way too long now with little actual writing and may push one of the two big (novel length) stories I have planned to do for NaNo. A few days ago I thought of doing a tale much earlier in the history of my world but there's really not enough to make 50,000 words, it could a novella at a push, but likely a short story. I've been contemplating writing my earlier of the two before the later for a while, but tonight it has really hit me that the later would probably be a better tale to write first, not least because I know where I want it to end up, which I haven't got quite as fleshed out in my head for the earlier.
  18. wildink

    wildink Dreamer

    I have only done nano once before so I don't really have a system of getting ready but I did decide that since I am going to have the time in November I would give it another shot however the only things that I really have ready is an image that I have had i my mind for awhile which did develop a small idea that I am not sure is going to work out. I have a couple of characters and the first two chapters sort of in my mind so I am hoping that once I get started the characters will start talking.
  19. Drasn

    Drasn Dreamer

    This will be my first NaNo, was going to start pantsing an idea i had a couple weeks ago. Found out NaNo was November so I also decided to write my first outline. Pantsing always leaves me feeling overwhelmed because I feel the need to fix everything as I make story changes. I'm hoping that working on NaNo deadline, having a detailed outline, and even using a quick storyboard I put together will allow me to push out a decent first draft by Nov 30. Best of luck to all of you guys that plan to tackle NaNo
  20. JCFarnham

    JCFarnham Auror

    I can't stress enough how outlining has helped me. For NaNo, it a requirement of mine. Pantsing is fine in most other cases I suppose, but of the people I know who have won NaNo, more or less all of them have at least some outlining done. That doesn't mean you're copying out your story again, nothing is set in stone until you post that sucker (most common complaint against outlining...). I think of them as signposts. Knowing what could happen, knowing the characters and how they'd react... these are all things that can help smooth out those times when you're wracking your brain on what to write next.

    Why not make is easier on yourself? :p
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