Sunday, 4 November 2012

Brief NaNo Update

The challenge of NaNo was never going to be easy for me. I'm not brilliant with deadlines, pressure stresses me out, and I'm attempting to write a novel that sounded good in my head, but isn't coming out quite the way I planned!

That said, I am very pleased that I'm meeting the daily word count goals, and staying on track. Word warring with Clare Dugmore is pretty much the only thing that is getting me through, though - thanks Clare! :D

Last night, I was happily writing away and I got jolted out of my work by this idea that my novella, If I Let You Go, needs a sequel. This irritated me on many levels because while I have been asked about it, I wasn't sure I had anything else to give. However, Madison, Dominic and Tilly are screaming at me to write some more and so I may have to do something about it quite soon. But not in the middle of NaNo. Unless I can write 50K over two stories lol, but maybe that's cheating!

How is NaNo going for you guys?

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  1. I don't think it would be cheating!
    Congratulations on meeting your daily word count. Keep at it - you can do it.

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  2. Don't you hate when that happens. :)

    I think Alex might be right. It's 50,000 words. Not finishing a ms. Many people won't finish their ms cause it'll be way over 50K. But the point is to write 50K.

    So since they're screaming in your ear, you might be able to kick that one out, finish it since it's a novella, then start on the other. As long as you've got 50K, you should be fine. (Of course I'm no NaNo expert, being this is my first year. But that makes perfect sense to me.) And just upload them as one document at the end to qualify for you 50K.

    NaNo's going good. Didn't do much yesterday, but I had a good start.

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    1. My brain is buzzing with ideas now, I don't know what to do with them all lol! I think I will stick with the planned novel, and if I get stuck, I'll switch to the novella for a while.

      Glad you've got off to a good start!

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  3. I don't think it matters if it is over different ideas. Good luck with it.

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  4. There is only one point to NaNo: More Words.

    I started in the middle of a novel, and if I hit the end (unlikely) before the end of it, I'll start rewriting the earlier chapters which need to be brought into my new continuity. I don't think that's cheating. I think the goal is 50,000 words on the computer. Good luck.

    After getting off to a pretty slow start (day 1: zero words) I'm almost at the daily total and I'm flirting with that "on track" line, so things are going well.

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    1. Excellent!

      Glad to hear you are closing the gap on that daily word count goal!

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  5. I'm not well with deadlines either! I absolutely freak out and then, I don't write as well. The words feel FORCED in someway. And man, I hate forcing my writing. I like it to come naturally.

    Good luck with NaNo! You can do it! Have some faith in yourself, Kyra! :)

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    1. I totally agree! It's hard when you HAVE to get the words out!

      Thanks, Livia!

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  6. I agree with the others, it's not cheating. :) Glad to hear you're on track with your goals, and that you're gettng new ideas, too! :)

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  7. I'm basically writing short stories and hoping to finish the last 15k or so of my last-year's Nano novel this year. I was assured by many folks that this is not cheating and I guess I don't really care if it is because I just want to write. Nano is there for the community and motivation to get those words out, IMO, so I think as long as you are writing, it's all good.

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  8. I don't think it would be cheating! Most people will write more and I know someone writing two novellas for NaNo instead of one big one. Keep writing, you can do it! :)

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  9. You're welcome. The word wars help me immensely too, and are a lot of fun. I can't wait to do some more tomorrow. How are you getting on today? Good I hope.

    I can't see why you couldn't do it over two novels ... heck, I'm doing a continuation and already have 50k from August. I think it's in the spirit of NaNo, so I'd say go for it. :D

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    1. Yesterday went surprisingly well, but I can't wait to word war with you again!!

      Great, I might do that, then!

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  10. You're doing awesome! It's not cheating to write the 50k over two stories. I know some people that are doing that, some that are rewriting a novel, and some doing a series of shorter stories. It's just the word count that matters. And you can't ignore your characters. They're the bosses!

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  11. I don't really think anything much is cheating nowadays with NaNo. So long as you write 50k, that's what counts! Good luck!!

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  12. I think you've got your answer. 50,000 is the goal and I think just the fact you've accomplished that or more and even less in a months time is to prove to yourself the you can. And you obviously can!

    Don't stress, enjoy!

    A second story sounds like a great idea, you have wonderful characters to work with!

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  13. I'm not doing NaNo, but I'm cheering everyone on. You're doing fantastic. Good luck with the rest of the month.

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  14. I didn't join at all. I think you are amazing. Keep your head up!

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  15. I haven't signed up. The thought of writing 50 000 words in one month is terrifying...
    Good luck to you... sounds like you are well on track!

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  16. Congrats so far, Kyra! You're doing awesome. I'm so glad for you!

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  17. I'm not officially doing NaNo, but I was hoping to add 50,000 more words to my WIP. I've realized I need to put it on hiatus yet again, since it's just not flowing as well or as easily as it was. Hopefully, once I start my third Russian novel, the words will start flowing again. My guesstimate for that book is around 450,000 words, so there's no way I'll be done in only a month.

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  18. I admire anyone who's doing NaNo! Go you!

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  19. Good luck with nano! You can do it!

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  20. I'm with Rachel - huge admiration to you for doing NaNo! Yay!

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  21. Ohhh... good for you, Kyra! So awesome. NaNo is a great thing... Keep pushing! Keep going!

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  22. Congratulations! It's soo hard to keep up with that schedule! Keep going - you're sure to make it :)

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  23. I've never given NaNo a go so well done you. It sound hectic but I bet it'll be rewarding when it's finished.

    Good luck for the rest of the month :-)

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  24. Glad you're meeting your goals. Woot!

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  25. Keep that creativity flowing! I'm not doing Nano but I just got the first twinges of longing to re-immerse in a writing project...

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  26. Great job on staying on track! I signed up for Nano and I really WANT to do it, but I'm SUPER far behind, so unless a miracle occurs, I'm not sure I'll be finishing anything this month. I still want to try though.

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  27. Is it wrong that I am SOOOO excited that you're considering a sequel for If I Let You Go?!
    I heart that book and Madison, Dominic, and Tilly are amazing characters!

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