NaNoWriMo 2012 is in the bag.

Canada
November 29, 2012 5:16pm CST
Honestly didn't think I could do it. "The Shadow Sleeps" is now a completed first draft. 50915 words. My second complete novel manuscript ever. Not an easy task with a full time job and a family. The writing is lousy. I embraced adverbs, repetitive words and sentence structure. I ignored grammar and even spelling. I wrote sections that have to value to the story whatsoever. I'm not sure which is harder: Composing a full manuscript in a month or doing a comprehensive rewrite/edit. For anyone else who succeeded this year congratulations. Now that I'm done that I'm planning to spend more time on myLot again, after all I actually make real money here. I will slowly write a third novel. There is a novel length story between "The Shadow Sleeps" and my first effort "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" and I figure to get that down as well. I just won't do it in a month. Haven't even got a title yet. Next round is Camp NaNoWriMo. I'm not sure which month I will take aim at that with. I have several story lines that need to be explored. I'm sure I'll continue to blab about my writing exploits here.
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@alberello (4755)
• Italy
29 Nov 12
Well, it is an honor for me to comment on a discussion of a true novelist! I'm very happy for you that you hand write the "books", where two episodes you've already completed but you have already idea of writing a third. First, I will do my warmest congratulations and my best wishes that your novels are of absolute appreciation for the people who read them. To me, personally, I never thought to write, if not here, just discussions on Mylot! However, I know personally of writers but they write poems. I like them too. Shall I still consider myself a writer of aphorisms I say to friends, just to make them laugh. I can mention one: "If you put the seat belt in the mouth of the mother-in-law, you will avoid road accidents!" It made ??you laugh?
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• United States
29 Nov 12
Yes alberello, it made me laugh..
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• Canada
30 Nov 12
Made me laugh as well.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
29 Nov 12
Congrats, I am so happy for you...:D Unfortunately I got sick on November 17 and just now coming out of it. I was behind to begin with, so I knew I couldn't make it this year. Let me know how it goes, I have never known anyone who actually has done this before..
• United States
29 Nov 12
Oh I forgot, this camp, is that similar to NaNo? Like you have to write a certain amount and there are winners that get their work published?
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• Canada
30 Nov 12
Understand the getting sick part. Sunday morning I had a kidney stone attack and I thought I'd be sidelined just when I was getting close. Fortunately there is this crazy thing I learned that seems to kill the pain at least in the short term. Two of my children finished NaNo ahead of me this year. The fourth family member is poised to finish tomorrow. Looks like all four of us are going to get our certificates. Camp NaNoWriMo is available on the NaNo website. Just go to the drop down "More From NaNo". It's in that list.
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• United States
30 Nov 12
What is this you do to relieve your pain? My husband used to get them, but hasn't had one in years. That is great your family is also involved, congrats to you all... I believe I signed up an account for the camp, (accidentally) when I went to sign up for NaNoWriMo, so I'll just have to check it out again when I am feeling better..
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• United States
30 Nov 12
I finished today. I've now completed NaNoWriMo three times and Camp NaNoWriMo twice. I think my second Camp NaNoWriMo came out the best out of all of them. I also got a little too comfortable with my adverbs, and I have this hasty-typing problem of adding the wrong tense to my verbs... like writing "jumped" as "jumping" or vise versa, but those are simple fixes. The less simple fixes are in story structure and character development, all that jazz. I actually think that I write so much better when I'm writing in one long marathon as opposed to writing slowly day by day. If I'm writing slowly day by day, then I think I typically get distracted, forget important details, get too far away from the story and I wind up with horrible story structure problems. That's probably just me though. Congrats! See you for Camp NaNoWriMo in the summer? I did both July and August this year, so I might do them both next year too.
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• Canada
30 Nov 12
Congratulations on finishing again. I've never put anything together quite that fast. I think I managed to avoid major structural problems. Everything else I thought I learned went out the window though. Might do the spring and summer. It will depend more on my schedule than it will on whether I can think of a story line. I've got at least two semi complete story lines waiting in the wings. Have a couple of others that need further development.
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• United States
30 Nov 12
lol, well you did it! That's what counts. I personally think it's much better to have one bad first draft written than it is to have an idea that's supposedly awesome just sitting around in your head. Even if you scrap everything, it was good practice! But I've never scraped everything before... not from any of my NaNos at least.
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• Canada
1 Dec 12
A rough draft is a huge step beyond and idea in my head. That's part of the reason I'm doing this right now. The idea is to get rough drafts for each of the story lines I have in my head. There is always a lot to change but I find there is always plenty to keep. There were moments in this one that I thought were far better than I thought I could do even after editing.
• United States
30 Nov 12
Congratulations, I have actually written a manuscript a couple of years and just sort of left it on the back burner. I just may revisit it my thing is Im not real sure about where to start on trying to have it published I don't have money to spend on any of these publishing houses.
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• Canada
30 Nov 12
I have no money to invest in my writing per see either. I wrote a manuscript years ago now. Joined www.writing.com with their free membership. Someone out of the blue gifted me an upgraded membership. By reviewing other people's work I was able to maintain that membership without using cash. Got a lot of help with my writing, met several good writing friends. They introduced me to Book Junkies on Facebook and then to a publisher. My first manuscript is being considered for publication at this time. One word of caution, if you post your material on writing.com some publishers consider that already published. I did not run into that problem. I do make my work there private for the most part.
• United States
30 Nov 12
Thank you for the advice and I will definately check into this site.
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• Canada
30 Nov 12
No problem
@Nxwtypx (58)
• United States
29 Nov 12
Congratulations. I really wanted to do NaNoWriMo, but I was in a creative slump at the beginning of the month. Very well done!
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• Canada
30 Nov 12
Thanks! I would try NaNo even if you feel you are in a creative slump. I didn't believe I could do it this year because of time constraints. I know the apartment is a mess and there are important things that got neglected but I got it done.
• United States
30 Nov 12
Well, I don't think I can do 50,000 words in 30 hours, haha, that's 27 words a minute!
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• Canada
30 Nov 12
It's too late to start now but there is always Camp NaNo.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Nov 12
I have a couple of unfinished novels and several potentials on my computer. I decided with the novel I am on to write more a day and rather then just do a couple of pages, have increased it to four. Now that is double spaced. I have a working title but have not decided on whether to keep it. I have to put some more descriptions, but now I am concentrating on the dialogue. And improving the map of the planet I am writing about. Still do not know what NaNoWriMo means, especially the Na part.
• Canada
30 Nov 12
NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month. The national part is a bit of a misnomer now because it really is international. It started in the US but I'm in Canada and one of my friends doing it is in Italy. Daily writing goals are so important to being able to actually write a whole book. Good luck with the ones you are working on.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
1 Dec 12
Maybe they should call it International Novel Writing Month or You Better Hurry up and write that Novel, but I guess it would be harder in another language. However I cannot see just restricting a novel to one month. I am on mine all year except for Sundays. That i my day off.
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@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
30 Nov 12
I wanted to start NaNoWriMo this year, but everything came together for this month for me... lots of appointments to make, going to the dentist and the psychologist, spending a lot of time with my boyfriend. So I was like, it's not worth doing it, as I really wanted to make a longer piece of writing, maybe a whole book. So I'm gonna try it next year (maybe the camp time). But at least I have several story ideas, and I really think one of them is going to be the basis. All of them are, with some exceptions, light beach read, maybe slightly feminine... I've got a "trilogy" in mind with a young make-up artist (starting out from a youtube channel) getting into the world of the media and her "adventures". I even have the main plot points and some of the main characters... I just hope the main heroine comes out as I want her to be (I want her to be likeable, unique, but not an into-your-face really crazy and random personality with a tomboyish, glamour-opposed streak). I also have a story about an intern at a new and popular music company at the management section who hates her job, as she wanted to be a journalist, but this one was given to her at the university, and her dealing with all the bratty and scandalous new starts and starlets. The only one which is not really light, is set in an alternate universe where a young girl is imported as a slave to another country, where she, because of luck, ends up being a maid at the president's house where she falls in love with the president's right hand, whom is not what she believes him to be, but he isn't even what he himself believes to be. It's going to be more of a psychological drama than some action book, but it would be pretty exciting and fast-paced. I'm still on the fence what to choose, but now I'm thinking I'm gonna go with the make-up artist one, but maybe because that's the last one I made up, and it ha
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@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
30 Nov 12
and it has the most impact on me now. (sorry for posting it in 2 parts, but I might have accidentally pushed a key).
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• Canada
30 Nov 12
If you have a story to write you've got a couple options. One you can sit day after day writing a bit each day until the rough draft is finished. The other option is to do Camp NaNo which is basically the same thing except you're doing it with a group. Can't start editing it intensively until you have that first draft. A recommended book is "The Weekend Novelist" by Robert J. Ray. It helped me a lot.
• United States
4 Dec 12
Hey koop! Congratulations on your NaNoWriMo win! I made all kinds of preparations to participate this year, including pages upon pages of notes for character and plot development and so on. Unfortunately, I had too many conflicts at home to pull it off this year. But I haven't done a Camp NaNo yet, so that sounds fun! You do know about WriDaNoJu (Write a Damn Novel in June) and NaNoWriYe (National Novel Writing Year), don't you? There are all sorts of opportunities to pull off a novel. Best wishes! :-)
• Canada
4 Dec 12
Sorry conflicts kept you from winning NaNoWriMo this years. I had not heard of the others that you mentioned. Looked into them a little. If I do Camp NaNo I honestly doubt I'll have time for any of the others.
• United States
30 Nov 12
That is great that you completed NaNoWriMo! I got a decent start on my novel during this month, but I won't be "winning" NaNoWriMo this year. However, if I can keep working on this manuscript a bit at a time through December and January and get to editing around the end of January/beginning of February, I may end up with a decent novel. After four or five run-throughs with the editing, I should have something that someone might actually want to read. At least, one can hope...
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• Canada
30 Nov 12
That's the spirit. Even if you don't earn your winner certificate, participating and carrying on is great. I have a friend who uses NaNo as an inspirational prod. She had never been a winner yet she has two published books out of it already. This years effort will likely be published next fall. I would be happy to emulate that kind of success.
@peavey (16866)
• United States
29 Nov 12
Awesome. Glad you came up for air! Rewriting/editing is harder than writing no matter what you start with. Good luck with it.
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• Canada
29 Nov 12
Well that part gets to wait till I cool off on the subject a bit. I'm hoping to write the second installment before going back to review this one.