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[Camp NaNoWriMo] again? If you insist...

QuothQuoth the RavenMiami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
edited March 2016 in The Writer's Block
November snuck in like a thief, so catch it and hold it captive in your murder basement until you grow bored of it. Torture it with all the words you can muster.

Don't forget to sign up or sign in: http://nanowrimo.org/


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Links (updated October 2015):

Seven Steps to the Perfect Story: http://www.the-cma.com/news/seven-steps-to-the-perfect-story

NaNoWriMo Blog: http://blog.nanowrimo.org/
NaNoWriMo Forums: http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/forums
NaNoWriMo Forums – Writing 101: http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/forums/writing-101

The Snowflake Method: http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/art/snowflake.php

Worldbuilding Questions: http://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/fantasy-worldbuilding-questions/

The Art of Dramatic Writing – Premise: http://www.writerswrite.com/fiction/egri.htm

Jim Butcher – Story Skeletons: http://jimbutcher.livejournal.com/1308.html
Jim Butcher - The Great Swampy Middle: http://jimbutcher.livejournal.com/1865.html

The Lester Dent Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot: http://www.paper-dragon.com/1939/dent.html

How to write a novel in three days: http://www.wetasphalt.com/content/how-write-book-three-days-lessons-michael-moorcock

Fun plot generator: http://fictiongen.inky.me/

Writing.com’s NaNoWriMo prep calendar: http://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id/2051298-October-Nano-Prep-2015-Calendar

A map to get out of writer’s block: http://nybookeditors.com/book-editing-copy-editing-proofreading-self-publishing-blog/2013/3/12/a-map-to-get-out-of-writers-block#sthash.AuWOZpt7.dpbs

Jeff VanderMeer’s Wonderbook site: http://wonderbooknow.com/

Stephen King on imagery: http://www.wordplayer.com/pros/pr13.King.Stephen.html

The Emotion Thesauraus: http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/p/the-emotion-thesaurus.html

Stuff from Chuck Wendig’s blog, which is generally NSFW due to saucy language:

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/09/25/25-things-you-should-do-before-starting-your-next-novel/
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/01/17/25-things-writers-should-start-doing/
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/05/14/25-things-you-should-know-about-outlining/
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2011/09/14/25-ways-to-plot-plan-and-prep-your-story/
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/11/27/how-chuck-wendig-writes-a-novel/
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/10/08/welcome-to-nanowrimo-prep-school-word-nerds/

A massive conglomeration of random characters, premises, generators and challenges for the folks who need some inspiration: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13xS8Klc7HdTI5vC2nisrys_ixQgh6sp0d5Szq4TUJ5g/edit?usp=sharing

A generator for names, locations, and other random stuff: http://donjon.bin.sh/

One of my favorite generator sites, especially for regular ol' people names: http://www.seventhsanctum.com/

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  • tapeslingertapeslinger Space Unicorn Slush Ranger Social Justice Rebel ScumRegistered User regular
    Oh hey, it's a nano prep thread!

    So, for the past 4 years or so now, I have done this: NaNo Prep on wdc

    The calendar is public access but there are some token prizes for participating on the main site.

    The goal of the prep is to get you to write for about 15 minutes a day so that you have already built the habit of daily writing in small doses by the time November rolls around (working on the assumption that anything you do daily for three weeks straight is a habit).

    There are lots of additional resources listed in there, so even if you don't need the prompts/guidance to stay busy it's worth a look.

    The instructions are a little more oriented to mainstream novels but feel free to adapt them to your genre as needed - - the instructions should be interpreted as loosely as you need to do to get where you want to be on November 1st.

  • AmaliaAmalia AuthorFace Registered User regular
    guys I do not know if I can NANO this year since book two releases on Nov. 5th. Someone talk me into/out of participating on top of writing all the guest posts for a blogtour that has yet to be organized.

    Sometimes I blog. Other times I tweet. But I'm always writing. (and so is that other Amalia)

    Give the Gift of Thor! Or maybe you'd be interested in that Orc Book I wrote.
  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    You should participate anyway because even if you fail, you'll still have more words for your new book/story/whatever than if you don't participate. And it will give you a needed mental break from the shilling.

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  • AmaliaAmalia AuthorFace Registered User regular
    True. and I could go at a more relaxed pace of like 2K a day instead of trying to speed demon through.

    Sometimes I blog. Other times I tweet. But I'm always writing. (and so is that other Amalia)

    Give the Gift of Thor! Or maybe you'd be interested in that Orc Book I wrote.
    tapeslinger
  • MagellMagell Sphinx! Parts UnknownRegistered User regular
    I already have a map, a bunch of character names, and a vague idea of what my story is so I'm doing fairly well in the planning department.

    Just need to work out a little more detailed outline and figure out how I fit together the different PoVs.

  • KCWiseKCWise Barefoot in my Husband's KitchenRegistered User regular
    Yeesssss! So pumped to NaNo this year!

    I've got 3 great ideas. I don't know which I'm gonna choose...gonna develop all 3 and make a choice at the end of the month...

  • CptHamiltonCptHamilton Registered User regular
    I'm spending much of October in Italy on vacation, but am hoping to draw some writing inspiration there-from. I'm not planning to take part in the official NaNo-ing on the grounds that I'm an ill-tempered jerkface and I have a problem with the Office of Lights and Letters and their online representatives, but I haven't done any worthwhile writing in a while so I figure November's as good a time as any to get back on the wagon. If I don't get anything out of my Italy trip I'll probably either do the sequel to my 1950's paranormal detective thing that ElJeffe's reading or else the WitSec-For-Demons idea I've been kicking around for a couple of weeks.

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  • MagellMagell Sphinx! Parts UnknownRegistered User regular
    Amalia wrote: »
    True. and I could go at a more relaxed pace of like 2K a day instead of trying to speed demon through.

    I love the idea of 2K being a light day for you. It makes me laugh, even though I know it's true, because I've seen how fast you can blow through NaNo

    Quoth
  • CheeselikerCheeseliker Registered User regular
    It's coming fast.

  • ShenShen Together through the ages of the world we have fought the long defeatRegistered User regular
    It's me, I am the big NaNo failure. Actually prepping this time and going in with some incentive due to an unsuccessful Masters application though, so maybe this year's the year!

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  • AmaliaAmalia AuthorFace Registered User regular
    Magell wrote: »
    Amalia wrote: »
    True. and I could go at a more relaxed pace of like 2K a day instead of trying to speed demon through.

    I love the idea of 2K being a light day for you. It makes me laugh, even though I know it's true, because I've seen how fast you can blow through NaNo

    I'm pretty sure I said this was what I was going to do last year, too, but ended up madcapping through my 50K anyway.

    Sometimes I blog. Other times I tweet. But I'm always writing. (and so is that other Amalia)

    Give the Gift of Thor! Or maybe you'd be interested in that Orc Book I wrote.
  • MagellMagell Sphinx! Parts UnknownRegistered User regular
  • JurgJurg In a TeacupRegistered User regular
    Never done NaNoWriMo before, but hey, I've always wanted to do it and I'm not in school so fuck it. Plus, I've got an idea.

    I've done the poetry version (30 poems in 30 days) twice successfully, once unsuccessfully (26 poems though), so I can handle writing every day. I'm just nervous about doing something longer, since I'm used to writing much shorter pieces. Guess I better check out those tips up top.

    How much pre-writing is considered kosher? Not that I'm spectacularly used to pre-writing anyway.

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  • MagellMagell Sphinx! Parts UnknownRegistered User regular
    It's not a real competition so everything is kosher.

    If you start writing before hand as long as you write 50K new words in November you have accomplished the goal.

    I've tried Nano twice. The first time I got halfway through, with no plan. The second time I got over 80% of the way done with a plan and am still working on finishing that novel because I actually knew how to do it.

    How much planning you need to do depends on how you write, but I'd recommend having a rough outline that lets you get from scene to scene so you can keep the words flowing out. Also have names for characters and things they are going to use. Nothing kills time and word production like having to come up with names for places and people.

  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    So no one AC side seems to be down with participating in natcowrimo, which is my bastard child of nano re purposed for comic making. I was thinking about posting about my progress over here, I'll spoiler the art so its not taking over the thread or anything. Would any of you be opposed?

    For reference, heres the thread over on the ac: http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/181252/natcowrimo-almost-october#latest

    KCWiseAmaliaRingo
  • Vincent GraysonVincent Grayson Frederick, MDRegistered User regular
    Doing actual prep work this year instead of pantsing it. We'll see how it goes. Last year's book was pretty terrible and amazingly inconsistent, as I didn't do any real plotting ahead of time. This year's will be much better.

  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    I do not oppose awesome arts. Draw all the things!

    AmaliaRingo
  • ElJeffeElJeffe Moderator, ClubPA mod
    Iruka wrote: »
    So no one AC side seems to be down with participating in natcowrimo, which is my bastard child of nano re purposed for comic making. I was thinking about posting about my progress over here, I'll spoiler the art so its not taking over the thread or anything. Would any of you be opposed?

    For reference, heres the thread over on the ac: http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/181252/natcowrimo-almost-october#latest

    Nah, this is a cool idea, and I wholly endorse your artsy people mingling with our artsy people.

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  • buffylovebuffylove Registered User regular
    Been working on stories for the webcomic, but really interested in this. Starting with some prep to get used to prose again would be good. Wonder if there's anything like this for script (movie) writing?

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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    There used to be Script Frenzy, but now it's all bundled into the same event, pretty much. Or you can do Camp NaNoWriMo in April, in which people write everything from scripts to poetry, and you set your own word count.

  • Nova_CNova_C I have the need The need for speedRegistered User regular
    I was going to take a pass on this year's nano because I've been totally dry for a while. I had nothing. The story I wanted to go with just would not form.

    A couple days ago I realized I had a story already chambered - the backstory to the table top game I've been designing. So I'll be going with that.

    I've had a really rough return to work after my vacation, so I'm a little burned out right now, but I should be ready to really dig in in a few days.

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  • Curly_BraceCurly_Brace Prototype Mimiga VillageRegistered User regular
    edited October 2013
    Gah, so tempted to do this again. But life always goes insane for me in November, like every year I swear. I suppose doing the October preparation would help me out some. Also, is the IRC channel still a thing? 'cause talking to y'all there helps.

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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    Yup, we still hang there. Come on down and see who's in.

  • MagellMagell Sphinx! Parts UnknownRegistered User regular
    I have a rough outline and one sheet of names/bios so I'm doing pretty good compared to normal.

    Got to give all the random people on the boat names as well as the rescuing part

    I'm going to come up with a slightly more detailed outline for one half of the story because it's got some espionage stuff and I don't think that can be winged as easily as stringing together fights.

  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    Well awesome!

    Dude to the nature of comics, I started planning out my shit in August. I want to get a comic done and not laid out, so I am working on the layouts now with the hopes of getting something more refined in November. There's some of the preliminary stuff in the AC thread, But I'll just cross post the pages here, since it should be pretty easy to see what I'm getting at.

    My goal this year was a simple story that was strait forward. I only wanted a few characters to tackle, trying to reign in the endless sprawling spiral that my yet-to-see-the-light-of-day ideas tend to get stuck in.

    Here are the current, scratchy, scratchy pages:
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    KCWiseQuothCurly_Bracetapeslinger
  • FearghaillFearghaill Slickiwikiwikest there is Wow WowRegistered User regular
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    fancy automatic version: http://fictiongen.inky.me/

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  • FearghaillFearghaill Slickiwikiwikest there is Wow WowRegistered User regular
    Instead of pretending there’s a million dollar prize for writing the best script ever, pretend your very life depends on proving that you suck. Pretend there are Nazi soldiers going door to door in your neighborhood, shooting all the good writers in the head. They just got to your door and they want you to see a sample of your work. If you give them any indication that you have the slightest bit of literary talent, or style, or knowledge of storytelling, you are going to die. Save your life by making them say, “not only is this guy not a good writer, he’s not even a writer.”

    That’s called a first draft.

    - Dan Harmon

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  • jdarksunjdarksun Scion of Chaos Registered User regular
    edited October 2013
    Fearghaill wrote: »
    fancy automatic version: http://fictiongen.inky.me/
    This thing is awesome.
    Your title is: “The Aerobots”

    In an ancient Soviet Russia, a young farm boy with dreams stumbles across an enchanted sword which spurs him into conflict with an army led by a sadist, with the help of a shape-shifting female assassin and her condescending tone, culminating in a daring rescue preceding a giant explosion.
    Dunno about the title, kinda steam-punky while the rest of it is pretty base fantasy.

    I'm stuck, because I don't have an idea yet. I should have started brainstorming last month. Usually I write off of a bizarre dream or a cool mash-up idea I stumble across, but nothing like that has struck my fancy lately.

    What do you guys use to prime the idea pump?

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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    Generators like that one, and reading. The more random stuff you read, the more ideas will present themselves to you. I've started stealing liberally from history and just swapping out elements.

  • FearghaillFearghaill Slickiwikiwikest there is Wow WowRegistered User regular
    I'm torn between trying to hammer out the same story I've been trying to write the last couple years, because I really like the idea and have found so much cool history stuff researching it, or trying to start from scratch with a new idea

    my concern is that in the past I've been too attached to the idea to let myself write fast & loose as is basically required for NaNo

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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    There are a couple of ways to look at this. If you're having trouble getting the words out, then NaNo may be ideal, because it's a firm deadline that forces you to get your butt in the chair and make with the words. If you're worried about having to do a ton of polishing after, then NaNo may not be for you. But that said, rewriting is a fact of writing, so trying to avoid that by taking it slow is sort of counterproductive. Unless you're going to make a commitment to getting it done outside of NaNo at your own pace, there's no reason not to at least try again.

    In terms of trying an alternate story, it might also be a good idea. It will give you practice with not only writing on a deadline, but also letting the words do their thing instead of getting in your own way with all the random fears and hangups we all have with the first draft. Maybe if you feel like your story is more disposable, you'll be more inclined to write it instead of having your inner perfectionist strangle it in the womb.

  • MagellMagell Sphinx! Parts UnknownRegistered User regular
    For novels my ideas come from the idea that I know I want to write a novel set in a genre, because I love to read said genre, so I know what kind of story I have to come up with before I start brainstorming. Last year was sci-fi, this year is fantasy, and probably next year will be cyberpunk. I don't worry about a super convoluted plot just interesting characters and an interesting problem for them to deal with even if it happens in a fairly linear way it can still be a good story.

    Nova_C
  • EmperorSethEmperorSeth Registered User regular
    I've done Nanowrimo almost every year since 2003 (I skipped 2005,) but 2012 was the only time I actually failed. This year ... this year, I want REVENGE. And also to write the fourth book of my series.

    You know what? Nanowrimo's cancelled on account of the world is stupid.
  • AmpAmp King of Card Games Registered User regular
    Im thinking to taking it up this year. Ive been meaning to do it for the last five and have never really had a free novemeber due to Uni and work. So this year seems to be it. Ive got a story idea floating around , the way im tackaling it to stop me from getting board is that there are four seperate stories that I want to tell that all come to gether so I can switch between them and bring them all togther at the end...maybe Im not sure I get the feeling that planning will be needed.

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  • JurgJurg In a TeacupRegistered User regular
    I'm a few days behind but I did the protagonist's background story and god damn have I left my prose game get weak.

    Oh well. Still having a lot of fun.

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  • buffylovebuffylove Registered User regular
    I'm not sure I'm going to be able o do the prep for a novel in time. I might switch and write a screenplay instead. Not quite the idea, but I figure anything that gets me to write more...

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  • Nova_CNova_C I have the need The need for speedRegistered User regular
    edited October 2013
    So, the main characters from my novel are coming back for this year's nano. That'll make three in a row.

    I've been pretty much dedicated to these two girls for two years and I am no where close to running out of stuff to throw them at. So many plans.......

    Anyway, the novel is part of a main story arc in a sci-fi setting, but I was thinking that they're getting into the merc business. So why not have side stories that are much shorter than the novel's 140k words and are self-contained stories of the jobs they take? That's what I'm doing this year.
    Alexa and Katie have left everything behind. Everything except the Arclight. With the converted military transport as home, they go into the merc business for themselves, but soon find that no one will hire a couple of teenagers. Desperate to make their mark, they are pointed to a job no one wants, that pays nearly nothing, and requires them to take the Arclight to a place few even know exists.

    I'm tentatively titling it Dark Station.

    Which is weird because after two years I still have no idea what to call my novel.

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  • AmaliaAmalia AuthorFace Registered User regular
    I think I'm gonna hit up a local plot-planning/meet-up this Sunday!

    Sometimes I blog. Other times I tweet. But I'm always writing. (and so is that other Amalia)

    Give the Gift of Thor! Or maybe you'd be interested in that Orc Book I wrote.
    tapeslinger
  • KCWiseKCWise Barefoot in my Husband's KitchenRegistered User regular
    So I have three viable stories... I've narrowed my choices down to two, but they are both such good ideas that I'm very torn. The first idea is the Before Her Time story (alternative history/supernatural) that I keep coming back to. I'm just about 2/3rds of the way through my outline and I'm so in love with it. It's very-very much out of my usual comfort zone. The other is lit fic, reworking the first short story that I posted here (about the boy at home on suspension), changing the context, and expanding it a bit. Lit fic is the comfort zone and that I really want to tell, too. I am only maybe 1/3rd of my way through that outline, but the more I work on it, the more I love it.

    I'm so terribly torn. There is part of me that wants to go witht he story that is out of my comfort zone, simply because it will force me to expand my storytelling skillset... but then again, if I get to the end of the month and I feel like I wrote 50,0000+ words of complete shit that isn't worth editing, I will really feel like I wasted my time.

  • tapeslingertapeslinger Space Unicorn Slush Ranger Social Justice Rebel ScumRegistered User regular
    I'm going to be the one to suggest: go with the one that's outside your comfort zone. It's easier to spin out with the words when you're exploring, I always find. It's familiar turf where I run out of things to say, in my experience, anyway.

    You WILL write some shit. It might even be 50K worth of shit, but I have high doubts it won't be editable.

    Keep both outlines, whatever you choose.

    AmaliaKCWise
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