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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Subject: NaNoWriMo?
Date Posted: 9/21/2009 5:21 PM ET
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I know I've seen participant badges in a few of youse guys' signatures...so who's doing it?  This will be my second attempt, after a miserable failure last year.  Discipline!  I'm still not sure what I'll be doing.  I'm too focused on other garbage right now.

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 6:48 PM ET
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This will be my 3rd year during nano. I have a rough idea of what I'm doing. Our local group is small but dedicated. My goal is to finish editing my current story before the craziness of November begins.

Date Posted: 9/22/2009 9:42 AM ET
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I think I'm going to have to sit out this year.  I was able to do it with little to no problem when I was in undergrad, but now that I'm in grad school, I don't think I'll be able to.  I'm going to miss it.



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Date Posted: 9/22/2009 12:19 PM ET
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this will be my fourth year.  i love NaNo.  I have won each year through sheer stubborness..

I think I am doing fantasy and maybe also a myster..I tend to do 2 stories each time and just usually end up winning with one of them.

I find switching out between ideas helps me not get writers block and lets my brain come up with the needed solutions.

Already have let my ML know I am in for the local write ins..

Date Posted: 9/22/2009 12:27 PM ET
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I was thinking about doing it this year. The reasons I'm completely resistant to it are probably the exact reasons it would be good for my persnickety, slow-writing, perfectionist self.

Subject: NaNoWriMo
Date Posted: 9/22/2009 1:54 PM ET
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I did NaNoWriMo a few years ago, but I haven't had the umph to do it since.  What really helped me get through it was a support group at writing.com.  They really helped keep me encouraged and also read my stuff as I was writing it.  If you wanna check it out, my profie is

 

http://www.writing.com/sdrapkin

 

I will be glad to show you around if you think that you might like this tool.  I don't write much on it anymore because going back to school has put some time restraint on computer time.

 

Sarah

Date Posted: 9/22/2009 3:17 PM ET
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Sarah - thanks for the suggestion.  I went to take a look at your profile, though, and it seems to be down.

I think I want to do this - it freaks me out so deeply, I'm taking it as a sign that I really, really should. 



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Subject: reply
Date Posted: 9/23/2009 1:04 AM ET
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They changed the urls...tricky devils.  Like I said, I don't often there much due to time restraints, but I think I might be up to NaNoWriMO.  Let me know if you need an accountability buddy!

 

http://Writing.Com/authors/sdrapkin

Date Posted: 9/23/2009 3:44 AM ET
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Nanowrimo is lame. Nobody actually reads the novels anyway. It's just an excuse for hipster assholes to blog about their writing process.

 

I changed my mind. I'm working on a novel about a german cannibal prositute named Ingrid.

Date Posted: 9/23/2009 1:10 PM ET
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Jesse- um no one is meant to read your novels. They are meant to just kick you in the pants and write a rough draft that you then finish working on through the year.  Anyone who claims to have written a totally finished and polished novel in that time is well either james patterson or lying.. ehhe

Date Posted: 9/23/2009 1:17 PM ET
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Years and years ago I was in a writing class where we were required to handwrite poems and give them away to people. 

It was really remarkably freeing and I truly believe all process is good, all writing you do is good.  If I've learned one thing, it's that your dream project, the thing you care most about, the thing that you think will be your Masterpiece, rarely winds up being your most read, most successful or best liked work. 

I think I've mentioned this before, but the thing I've written that has been far and away the most successful, was a bit of a throwaway.  I wrote it on a crazy deadline because I had an opportunity to hang out in San Francisco for a few weeks if I could manage to cobble something together.  And of course, this is the thing that people love - NOT the things I labored over or nearly killed myself to write.  There is such a value in the freedom of saying, "Oh, whatever, I'm just amusing myself, or writing this for fun."  It sometimes loosens you up in a way that's kind of ideal.

Nanowrimo is lame. Nobody actually reads the novels anyway. It's just an excuse for hipster assholes to blog about their writing process.

Why worry about other people - hipsters or otherwise?  Do what you want and do what's useful for you writing-wise.  In the mean time, please don't p¡ss in my Wheaties.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 9/23/2009 1:17 PM ET
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Jesse - if that was a joke, I don't get it and didn't care for it.

Xengab - Robert Heinlein claims he wrote Glory Road in 23 days. I have always taken this as proof it can be done!



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Date Posted: 9/23/2009 1:48 PM ET
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We should start a NaNoWriMo thread here when it begins, so we can check in on each other's progress.

Date Posted: 9/23/2009 5:42 PM ET
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I didn't mean to hurt anybody's feelings. I just think nanowrimo is awful. Sorry for having a goddamn opinion

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 9/23/2009 5:56 PM ET
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There's a difference between having an opinion...which you could have kept to yourself...and calling me an assole hipster.

Date Posted: 9/23/2009 6:13 PM ET
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It's analogous to going into a thread about cats.  And than announcing that people who own cats are all @ssholes.   It's completely rude.

There's a difference between having an opinion of an event and nastily characterizing people negatively who wish to participate in said event.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 12:37 PM ET
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Glory Road was written, edited and ready to publish in 23 days is this guys claim? Never read it and his name is not ringing any bells.

Jesse- angry much?  All you needed to say was that you did not like it..

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 1:21 PM ET
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Jesse- angry much?  All you needed to say was that you did not like it..

I looked at Jesse's profile and Jesse's age is listed as 18. 

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 9/24/2009 7:25 PM ET
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xengab, you wound me.  Robert Heinlein is my favorite author and, in the opinion of many, the greatest science fiction writer of the 20th century.  When the Science Fiction Writers of America created the Grand Master award, he was the first to receive it.  Anyway, he mentions Glory Road as an aberration, since he usually took months to write a novel. Also, I believe his wife was his proofreader/typist...if you're talking about the back-and-forth between a publisher wanting changes, I do not think it applies to Heinlein at that stage of his career.  This was the early '60s and Heinlein dragged the genre out of the pulp realm and into mainstream fiction almost singlehandedly. 

ETA - I am not saying SF is mainstream even now...he may be the only author ever to have an SF piece published in Yankee magazine.



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Date Posted: 9/24/2009 11:47 PM ET
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OOH.. I will be sure to check him out. I love a well written scifi novel :) Thanks for that information.
Date Posted: 9/25/2009 12:31 AM ET
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Oh, Xengab, read Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein, it's wonderful!

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 11:34 AM ET
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This is my first time doing Nano! I came here to start this thread actually. If you want to look me up on the site (I'm not a hipster or an asshole, and I'll be nice), I'm looking for writing buddies. My Nano name is crogers4. I'm writing supernatural/thriller.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/2/2009 7:16 PM ET
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Cool.  I'm matthcarl on the NaNo site, and part of the Albany, NY network...I hope to meet up with some locals for a write-in myself.  (I am most likely an a-hole, but not very hip, and it is not necessary to be nice to me).

I have a few different story ideas I'm thinking about, but I haven't settled on anything particular.  One is soft SF, one is post apocalyptic, and one is supernatural horror. 

 

Subject: me
Date Posted: 10/3/2009 1:19 AM ET
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Hey I got my NaNo account all set back up.  I am SarahSedaii and I am in Nashville, TN

Date Posted: 10/12/2009 2:00 PM ET
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Ok. Against all sound and logical reasoning, I'm doing NaNo this year.  Yes, I'll also be working on a huge database project, three 20+ page papers, and gobs of other schoolwork, but I'll miss the craziness too much to sit out.

My NaNo username is sharp_teeth. 

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