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NaNoWriMo

Hello, my writing peeps!

Just a quick question, and feel free to wipe me off the planet if this is the last thing any of you want to know about/discuss etc:

Is anybody contemplating taking on NaNoWriMo this year? I've thought about it in the past, but this year, I think I'm finally in a place where I can actually do this - even though it requires planning, and even worse, a plot.

It's just, I think I might need some encouragement, you know? Maybe somebody who can shoot me an email, or daily PM or something like that. A visual kick in the arse, as it were. I'm willing to return the favour, if needed! I know I can't spend all day on social media, cause that defeats the purpose of setting a writing goal, but as much as the family is behind me (meaning, in theory, but the reality is a different beast), you guys are my best bet for success, I think.

Also, does anyone know if bluespirit on AO3 is here on LJ? I need to contact her(?) and ask a question, but it doesn't need to be out there for all the world to read.

Ta - and many happy words to you all. :)

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simplyn2deep
Oct. 30th, 2014 04:19 pm (UTC)
I believe bluespirit on AO3 is bluespirit_star here on LJ
usakiwigirl
Oct. 30th, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Now I know who to surreptitiously stalk, lol.
asphaltcowgrrl
Oct. 30th, 2014 04:20 pm (UTC)
For me, work begins to get crazy in November, so getting anything done is next to impossible. And, for some WTF reason, my kids have exactly TWELVE days of school this next month. I'm not sure what genius made this year's schedule, but they could have done better than that. LOL

Anyway, I'm thrilled that you feel like you're in a place to take on this challenge finally! I wish you all the luck!!
usakiwigirl
Oct. 30th, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
I'm plotting, and I'm planning - three whole pages in a notebook already filled with scribbled notes, and chapter outlines. That's so not me! The term pantser in the dictionary has my picture next to it, lol.

The only jobs available where I'm living are full-time, high-stress jobs where my husband works, and that's what made me sick last year. I'm lucky in that I don't have to work in order for us to survive, and doubly lucky in that my remaining child living at home is old enough to manage on his own, mostly.

This is nit to say things are going to be smooth sailing; we are sponsoring a newcomer to the country at some point this month, when we're still relative newcomers ourselves. That's going to suck up a fair bit of my time. And the president of this fair land died this week, so the country has gone into collective mourning, with the possibility of civil unrest tossed in for good measure. I have no idea how that's going to affect my plans.

But I'm still looking forward to trying, lol!
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erinm_4600
Oct. 30th, 2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
I have all the enthusiasm to do it, and the plot is TOTALLY worthy of the word count.... but I spend more time plotting the ideas than writing anything.

Good luck to you!
usakiwigirl
Oct. 30th, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
Ahh, I feel you. For me, it was always this mad urge to write, but the dreaded blank screen effectively nixed any budding ideas long before they could actually grow into anything resembling an actual plot. Most of the time, I can't find a plot in a wet paper bag with a road map and compass. I'm actually surprised I've written out as much as I have this time around. Even if I don't plot the entire story, or write a synopsis of every chapter, I've given myself a better chance of completing this thing than any other year.

Well, if I actually start it on November 1st, that is!
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hanorganaas
Oct. 30th, 2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
Im doing NaNoWriMo if you need motivation I will help definitely!
usakiwigirl
Oct. 30th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
Woohoo!

Sounds like a plan. Seriously, a message a day, just to see how I've done (and to possibly kick me a little) is just what I need. And if you want the same in return, I'm all for it.

:)))
penombrelilas
Oct. 30th, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'll be participating in mini_wrimo but am considering writing for NaNo, after all. At least the lighter version, which means writing a bunch of stories that add up.

Had I known that my progress with my WIPs would have been this abysmal, I might have used my time to plot a bit more, so that I could have written those stories. But maybe I'll just write random scenes, just to figure out where things may be going.

I'll definitely be rooting for you! It's great that you have the motivation to do it!
usakiwigirl
Oct. 31st, 2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
I think just doing anything at all is good. I've been dry for so long - more than a year - so it kind of freaks me out that I'm even considering this, let alone actually plotting something out. Whatever you do, you should be happy, happy, happy! YOU CAN DO IT. :))))

If you want a cheerleader, just let me know. I'm happy to send out a little kick in return for a kick of my own. :)
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kaige68
Oct. 30th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
You know, that I know, that you can do this! YOU CAN!!!

Chime in here as often as any of you would like. Let us all know how you're doing every day if you want! Challenge each other to make the day! Whine as you see fit! We will be happy to do whatever it takes to get these things done!!! YOU CAN DO THIS!
yuidirnt
Oct. 30th, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
Would it really be okay to make daily posts for Nano? I'd love to get cheered on/cheer for other people here, 1mw is such a wonderful community ;D
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usakiwigirl
Oct. 31st, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you, bb. You know, this is the most supportive group of writers ever. EVER, I SAY!

I can do this, I can do this, I can, I can, I can. You're right, I can.

I will check in regularly, maybe not every day, but often for sure. It's people like you, pushing people like me, that gets these things finished, lol.
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weakmoments
Oct. 31st, 2014 05:24 pm (UTC)
I'm participating in NaNoWriMo again! I'd love to shoot you a quick little message every day or every other day or whenever to see if you need help locking away your inner editor or telling you how it's okay to hear the voices because the voices bring the words. :D Just not that pesky inner editor voice. You know that voice because it's the nasty, high pitched piercing voice that tells you all your grammar issues and your typing/spelling mistakes. She's bad. She goes away in November and returns in December! :D Anyway, I shall be participating and can give encouragement...might need a little of that myself as well.
usakiwigirl
Oct. 31st, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! I've added you to my list of those few I know who are participating, so expect the odd PM now and then from me as well.

I expect that the issues with my inner editor are going to be my biggest problem, right up there with finding a plot. When I write normally, I edit continuously, and it's going to be a tough task to ignore the urge to reread the previous days' work before setting fingers to keyboard. My grammar-nazi inner nerd is going to need a hell of a lot of therapy when this is over!

Right, back to laying out chapter points. October only has an hour and a half left, and I still need a good night of sleep!

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