Nanowrimo

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  1. Viergacht

    Viergacht Thunderdragon Roleplaying LitRPG Author Citizen Beta Reader Aspiring Writer

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    If you're not familiar with it, the basic idea is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days (about 1,667 words a day). You don't win any prizes, the goal is just to get a first draft knocked out as fast as possible. You can go back and edit later on, of course. Several people have actually gotten works published that started as nanos.

    Anyways, I wondered if anyone else was going to try this year?

    https://nanowrimo.org/
     
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  2. Matthew Siege

    Matthew Siege Level 8 (Thug) LitRPG Author Citizen

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    Just to add, the last few years there were some pretty cool bonuses for participants (and better ones for "finishers"). Scrivener discounts, 4thewords vouchers, etc. Very much worth the price of admission (which is $0).
     
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  3. VRRanger

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    Thanks for posting......my friend was telling me about this or something similar...sounds interesting, I might do this.
     
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  4. James T. Witherspoon

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    I try to participate in NaNoWriMo every year, but it doesn't always line up with my own writing schedule. This year, it looks like I'll be in the middle of the first draft for my Apocalypse 2020 sequel, so I'll probably participate and write 50,000 words on it in November. It's always a good motivator and a great way to meet other writers.
     
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    I'll be in working on Hacked. Finally got back to writing it, and it made me happy to see my characters again.
     
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    I can almost always tell the difference between a nano novel and a regular one. Usually comes down to plot holes - writing stream of consciousness like that, it's hard to get from point A to point B without leaving at least a few behind, unlike a well prewritten book.
     
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  7. James T. Witherspoon

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    That doesn't necessarily mean a nano book. I outline my nano stories ahead of time so they're still very much planned.
     
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  8. Viergacht

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    The version you write during Nano is jsut like a first draft, you are expected to edit it afterwards.
     
  9. Charlie Moorcock

    Charlie Moorcock Level 5 (Veteran) LitRPG Author Citizen Aspiring Writer

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    Yeah, I'm in. I generally write about 60k a month but it would be cool to write with a community for a month. Hopefully I'll have Escape Life Online finished by then so I can just slip into the sequel.
     
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  10. Paul Bellow

    Paul Bellow Game Master Staff Member Shop Owner LitRPG Author Citizen

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    Check out the LitRPG Leaderboard thread in the WIP forum.
     
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    Look at all the non-nanobooks that get released with terrible or nonexistent editing. There are quite a few I've read that use spellcheck in lieu of an editor - it always shows.
     
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    Found a fb group, nanowrimo - writers support group
     
  13. VRRanger

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    OK, created my account...If anyone else is thinking of NANO and power writing a LitRPG or anything else and want to do the whole "writing buddies" thing let me know.
     
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  14. Yuli Ban

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    Yep, I'll be doing it. I'll also be committing to NaNoWriMo '17.

    Funny as hell, my NaNo account dates back to 2013. Yet I've never finished a novel for it... This year, it's gonna be a breeze though since I've gotten practice. I could probably outdo it, instead averaging at around 2,500 words or even 3,000 words a day instead. It's frighteningly easy to do that, especially when you have a journal writing online software and various tricks to ward off writer's block to help you.

    Speaking of which, check out:
    https://750words.com
    http://writeordie.com


    Yes, you do.

    None of them compare to my favorites from a couple years back, where you got free copies of your (presumably unedited or lightly edited) novel courtesy of CreateSpace, but they're all great.

    The crazy thing is that even if you can't afford an editor (which is most people ever), you still have a free tool to help edit your novel like a professional. It's a tool built into every human, even if some don't have it activated. It's called ears.
    If you listen to your writing, you can basically become your own editor because there's a massive audiovisual disconnect. The "you" who reads is not the same "you" who listens, bizarrely enough.
    I've had this happen, where I write things down and read them back and think it sounds perfectly fine. Then I either run it through a text-to-speech software or I read it outloud and I go "who was the invalid who thought this whole passage was a good choice to put down in words?" You pick up on spelling and grammar errors that your eyes automatically gloss over (often multiple times with multiple rereads even). You can 'hear' flow that your eyes may miss that, when you rectify, suddenly seems imperceptible nicer to read.
    It's unreal how often "the cat burrowed under the the rug slit to run away" or sentences like it can escape you. Even when I read that sentence, my brain is pulling some O'Brien 1984 BS, trying to mesh the two "the's" into one. As a bonus, the preceding sentence doesn't flow well either because of confusing tenses. Is 'read' past or present? Why am I using a present perfect verb when a present participle works so much better?

    An editor helps too. More than most will immediately guess. But I'm just saying, if you don't have ready access to one's services, there are plenty of better options than relying on Spellcheck.
     
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  15. AmyH

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    I've registered but I'll be wearing the rebel badge while I finish up one project then start on the next :) I'm not a terribly fast writer but I just managed 55k in 31 days, so I'm aiming to win this year!
     
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