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It's getting close to that time of year again [Oct. 4th, 2009|05:05 pm]
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Currently I'm tossing up whether or not to do nanowrimo again this year. Main reasons not to are: (1) still not likely to have much in the way of spare time available; and (2) have even less of an idea of anything than I did last time. The last time (and the one before that), I at least had a vague idea of where the story was going to go in the end (although last year's one ended up going somewhere completely different in the end). This year, I've got a vague starting point and a couple of vague character ideas, but that's about it.

So what I'm looking for opinions on is basically this:

* Is it worth me trying out something again this year, knowing that it's probably not going to go anywhere in particular?

and

* Is there anything in particular anyone would like me to try my hand at writing? (There's some stuff I probably won't have a go at, but at least listening to other people's ideas might spark off one or two in my own head).

And if anyone's reading this and hasn't seen my last couple of nanowrimo projects, that just means I've forgotten to add you to the filter that sees them - if you're at all interested in seeing the results (if any), just let me know and I'll add you.
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[User Picture]From: thenab
2009-10-04 07:49 am (UTC)
I was all set to do it last year but I got utterly frustrated with their site during the first week.

Maybe if I can hold off going near them for that time I'll be more successful. People keep telling me they like the way I write. I just need, to write.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-10-09 10:29 am (UTC)
I don't remember the site being appallingly bad last year. It could possibly have been being overloaded, but I wouldn't have noticed as the entire Internet looked like that to me at that time (my internet connection last year was extremely poor, after about five years of steadily worsening "service" from IHUG, which got bought out by TIG, which got bought out by IINET, which got bought out by Vodaphone... the original Internet hot potato, it seems...)

But you don't have to sign up or take part officially or anything... it's just a framework (and "support group") for what is basically a writing exercise. You can always just write it in word or notepad and count the words yourself (I know word has a word count tool).
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[User Picture]From: foenix
2009-10-04 11:12 am (UTC)
IMO, it's always worth trying.
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[User Picture]From: dkphoenix
2009-10-04 02:51 pm (UTC)
I agree with Foe. It's worth trying. Even if you don't have the time to finish it during November, you might later.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-10-09 10:23 am (UTC)
The last couple of times I gave it a go, I managed to get enough words during November but didn't actually get the story finished... the first time, I spent most of December writing the last couple of chapters, and the first three months of the following year fixing up all the bits that needed serious editing just to be readable. The second time, the story came to a very abrupt stop at the end of the first week of December; I toyed with the idea of tying up some loose ends, but in the end decided not to as (1) it started in the middle of the action, as well, so that ending it in the middle of the action seemed to fit; and (2) I was just too lazy to do anything more to it (I haven't even done any editing of it since then!).

Still not sure what I'll do, but I've got an opening scene sort of half thought out. I just don't know why what's happening is happening.
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From: cajetan65
2009-10-05 09:55 am (UTC)
I'm sure you've got a lesbian steampunk story in you... lol

If not - what the hell? Any writing is better than none - and it doesn't have to be for Joe and Joanna Public to read
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-10-09 10:20 am (UTC)
Steampunk is so last year. Clockpunk is where it's at now (think The Girl in the Fireplace).

And some of my characters may well be lesbian. I don't ask them which way they swing unless the plot requires it (and my sort of plots generally... don't.)
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[User Picture]From: quaxo9
2009-10-07 08:03 pm (UTC)
I agree, Dave. Give 'er a shot. I think I might even have the guts/time/energy to give it a go this year! Could be fun... ;)
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-10-09 10:18 am (UTC)
Of course writing elsewhere might have gone a bit more smoothly if someone's character hadn't asked my character a question I have absolutely no answer to...
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[User Picture]From: quaxo9
2009-10-09 04:03 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry Dave! It's just that she WOULD ask...you don't have to give an answer. She's a bit like a goldfish at the moment, so Mouse could likely point at a chair and say "LOOK! A DUCK!" and she'd be completely distracted. :P Just saying he didn't know would likely earn an "Oh. Okay." and she'd be game for pretty much anything. I have...three other characters I've been itching to bring in...but I'm not sure that Mouse would find them entirely helpful. ;)
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