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Not a lot to report these days. Still prepping for Nano. Still hoping life will be kind to my NaNo ambitions.

If you're doing Nano and looking for buddies, I am masqthephlsphr (surprise, suprise) over at www.nanowrimo.org.


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Oct. 16th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
I wish you the best of luck! I don't think I'll ever attempt NaNo again--too many words, for my limited abilities.

*uses writing icon*
Oct. 16th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
It's a ballpark figure for me. I'm going to attempt to get to 50,000 words just because that'll keep the fingers moving on the keyboard, which is really more the point, but if I don't "win" nano, I'll still win at having a month of pure story narrative as opposed to my usual procrastinationy meta-planning activities.
Oct. 16th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
That makes sense using NaNo to focus you on just writing and getting out the words. Whenever I spend a lot of time planning a story, I usually end up failing to get out the required number of words. My best stories have been the ones where I had a concrete idea and simply shaped the story as I wrote it. (But then, those have all been shorter stories, not novels.)
Oct. 16th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
That's usually my way of doing it, too--plotting/shaping as I go, not a lot of pre-planning. And the story goes in such unexpected directions when you make it up as you go along instead of outlining.

With this story, I've been struggling, because every time I think I have a good "mythology" for the fantasy elements, I find something in it I don't like. So I've been poking at that incessantly, afraid to start and invest too much word count in an idea that I don't like in the end.

I know I could really get the Most Awesome Idea Ever if I let the right brain take over and come up with the ideas as I go along, but it's all been a matter of putting my nose to the grindstone and just writing already.

I figure nanowrimo is a good way to motivate that.

Edited at 2010-10-16 06:48 pm (UTC)
Oct. 16th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can see that. If your premise isn't sound, then it might fall apart later on. But I suppose there comes a time when you need to stop worrying about that and just write, and then try to fix any holes that might appear once you're done.

You'll be okay, you have such a drive to write :)
Oct. 16th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
It's an addiction/compulsion, really. I don't think I could stop if my hands fell off. :- O
Oct. 16th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
i still haven't added you there since well i'm lazy and haven't been back since i reupped.

And now my brain is telling me to scrap my idea and do this new shiny thing
Oct. 16th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Or do both, switch according to whichever is working better for you.
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