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NaNoWriMo is over, but the writing don't stop

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  • FearghaillFearghaill If there is nothing but what we make in this world let us make goodRegistered User regular
    No one knows who the killer is, not even you!

  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    I've reached the point in planning where ideas are no longer coming easily and I'm getting bored of trying to figure things out. How do I make it interesting again?

  • LarsLars Registered User regular
    so far, my notes read: write a mystery?

    I feel it is thematically appropriate that I know nothing more

    Theo the Cat was contacted through the usual sources. The message was simple:

    "Write a mystery."

    He gritted his teeth as he read it. He knew what that meant. They wanted somebody dead, and it was his job to make sure nobody ever found out what really happened to the guy. The Jimmy Hoffa special.

    Theo had only successfully pulled this off twice before, and is still in hot water with the boss from the time it didn't go so well. Now he has an even shorter timetable than before. It's got to happen by Sunday night.

    That gives him four days to scope out the target, learn his life, and plan out how to best make him disappear for good.

    This "mystery" is going to require finesse, but it's got to be done quick. Pressure's a terrible thing in this line of work. Now it's time to get the writers together and find themselves some pens.

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  • FishmanFishman Long time gone, Constantinople Registered User regular
    "When what was supposed to be an easy job goes wrong and their contact is discovered dead, Alexis Romanov and the crew of the Penumbra find themselves drawn into a web of intrigue where the difference between enemies and allies balances on a knife edge. But can Captain Romanov navigate the delicate balance of Earth nations, the separatists, and colonial corporations for long enough to uncover the secret that people are killing to protect before all humanity become engulfed in war?"

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  • FishmanFishman Long time gone, Constantinople Registered User regular
    It took me far longer than I would like to admit to distill the essence of what I wish to write down to that two-sentence, 81-word summary.

    I'm really going to need to lift my game if I'm to complete this.

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  • WybornWyborn GET EQUIPPED Registered User regular
    N1tSt4lker wrote: »
    Wyborn wrote: »
    A young girl's dog is hit by a car, and she walks into the underworld to get him back.

    A woman returns to the house where she murdered her husband. His ghost is waiting for her.

    A young wizard addicted to secrets travels north to find a terrible old woman who sits, unmoving, on a glacier.

    May try to do all three of those

    I really want the girl-goes-to-underworld-for-dog book. Now. I want to read it now.
    Grey Ghost wrote: »
    Wyborn wrote: »
    A young girl's dog is hit by a car, and she walks into the underworld to get him back.

    I would read THE SHIT out of this
    Grey Ghost wrote: »
    In fact I'm a little angry that I'm not reading that dog story right now

    All right, all right

    I'll start it tomorrow, fuck NaNoWriMo anyway

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  • WybornWyborn GET EQUIPPED Registered User regular
    smof wrote: »
    I've reached the point in planning where ideas are no longer coming easily and I'm getting bored of trying to figure things out. How do I make it interesting again?

    Can you describe this a bit more

    I have solutions but I gotta know a bit more detail

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  • Theodore FlooseveltTheodore Floosevelt DON'T call me annie... unless you're my friendRegistered User regular
    Lars wrote: »
    so far, my notes read: write a mystery?

    I feel it is thematically appropriate that I know nothing more

    Theo the Cat was contacted through the usual sources. The message was simple:

    "Write a mystery."

    He gritted his teeth as he read it. He knew what that meant. They wanted somebody dead, and it was his job to make sure nobody ever found out what really happened to the guy. The Jimmy Hoffa special.

    Theo had only successfully pulled this off twice before, and is still in hot water with the boss from the time it didn't go so well. Now he has an even shorter timetable than before. It's got to happen by Sunday night.

    That gives him four days to scope out the target, learn his life, and plan out how to best make him disappear for good.

    This "mystery" is going to require finesse, but it's got to be done quick. Pressure's a terrible thing in this line of work. Now it's time to get the writers together and find themselves some pens.

    this post is now my notes

    gonna dictate it and put the recording on repeat tonight while I drink bourbon and think fictionally

    Larstapeslinger
  • THESPOOKYTHESPOOKY im alucard Registered User regular
    Welp, I'm gonna try to do this thing, this year

    My current concept is a caravan story set in an expansionist empire starring a nobleman, a pack boy, and a military "specialist" whose job is incredibly esoteric and practically useless

    The story's set on a flat world that is essentially pre-Columbian, but ringed on all sides by mountains

    My big Brandon Sanderson hook is the magic system, which revolves around individuals who are told specific incantations by those from the "other side", who then forget what they're told as soon as they cast the spell

    I cannot decide if I want something so cliche as a group that can remember what they're told afterwards

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  • tapeslingertapeslinger Space Unicorn Slush Ranger Social Justice Rebel ScumRegistered User regular
    of course you do, this is nanowrimo we're talking about here

  • THESPOOKYTHESPOOKY im alucard Registered User regular
    edited October 2013
    I REALLY DO

    gimme all the cliches

    my concept title is "Wistborn: One of the Last Few Empires, There Weren't Many"

    THESPOOKY on
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  • MadEddyMadEddy Creepy house watching youRegistered User regular
    Supernatural murder mystery. I've decided.

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  • Gandalf_the_CrazedGandalf_the_Crazed Vigilo ConfidoRegistered User regular
    OK, using the Jim Butcher story skeleton format of
    *WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS*, *YOUR PROTAGONIST* *PURSUES A GOAL*. But will he succeed when *ANTAGONIST PROVIDES OPPOSITION*?

    here's what I got.

    When the design for a new ship capable of traveling to distant planets is stolen, a detective with minor superpowers is on the case. But will he succeed when the theft sparks a city-wide street war between rival corporations?

    ...there are also robots.

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  • FishmanFishman Long time gone, Constantinople Registered User regular
    You managed to be much more succinct than I.


    Oh God I'm gonna fail miserably

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  • FishmanFishman Long time gone, Constantinople Registered User regular
    Wait, 50,000 words. Excessively florid verbiage enables superior effective transmission towards objective!
    Long words not worth extrra, but should be.

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  • OghulkOghulk biggest externality low-energy economistRegistered User regular
    with word counts, its always nice to remember that a short word counts the same as an excessive one, and usually does a better job of transmitting whatever message you want

    unless of course you're mccarthy, in which case hit that novel with a thesaurus over and over

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  • WeedLordVegetaWeedLordVegeta Registered User regular
    So in order to keep the novel from reading too floridly, a fair portion of the chapters will be from the perspective of a travelling journalist who stumbles upon the upcoming Ragnarok nonsense while touring with Hammerblow

    so this is one part Walt Simonson's Thor, one part Almost Famous

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  • tapeslingertapeslinger Space Unicorn Slush Ranger Social Justice Rebel ScumRegistered User regular
    why you gotta be all promenadin' the canine when you can walk the dog

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  • MagellMagell Sphinx! Parts UnknownRegistered User regular
    smof wrote: »
    I've reached the point in planning where ideas are no longer coming easily and I'm getting bored of trying to figure things out. How do I make it interesting again?

    I'm not a good planner so I'd say fuck it and start writing and figure it out as you go. Although I guess you got to wait a week for Nano to start, but the base of an idea, a list of character names, and alcohol are the key components to writing.

  • MorblitzMorblitz Registered User regular
    That's a good skeleton. I'ma use that skeleton. To shitty, shitty results :p

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  • DelaneyDelaney Registered User regular
    If I don't hit 50,000 words, I won't be especially upset. This is just a great reason to get writing again, and to let some of the thoughts lurking in my head out to play. If something interesting happens, then awesome. It will be a boon just to try and be rampantly creative for fun.

    "I will participate in the game. It's a wonderful, wonderful opera, except that it hurts." - Joseph Campbell

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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    I'm working on a short story now which I plan to have done by Halloween since it's of a supernatural nature and I suppose I'll link it in here when I'm done

    For NaNoWriMo proper I've got a detective novel in mind
    Protagonist is a fairly low-rent private investigator who's initially hired to look into some recent corporate espionage jobs that have been going on, which he's initially reluctant to take because it's a bigger job than he usually works, but he's finally convinced by the possibility that an old flame may have been involved
    As things progress he finds out that he's in way over his head and crosses paths with various spies and agents of a secret group within the US government

    All this is a bit of a jumble, but my gimmick here is that the detective is really sick near the start of the story so most of the time he's running a crazy fever or doped up on meds, and the intention is to call into question whether he's actually getting involved with dangerous assassins and femme fatales or if this is all a fever dream he's having

    I feel like it's a bit ambitious but since there are literally no stakes and no risk involved in writing this I'll give it a shot

    Also it takes place in a quasi-cyberpunk setting, not too removed from our own time but (very) minor cybernetic implants are slowly becoming more common, and the influence of huge corporations continues to rise

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  • YaYaYaYa Decent. Registered User regular
    checking in from the script side, my goal is to hit 90 pages by November 30th, and I'm about a quarter through my planning and structure, so I'mma have a busy week leading up to the first of November

    basically it's going to be an exploration of working hard and following the correct channels to succeed in life versus underhanded ambition and manipulation for success through the lens of a group of possibly sociopathic assassins

  • lonelyahavalonelyahava Mortius is correct Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
    Ok.


    I'm gonna try.


    to do 50k words

    by the 19th.

    FishmanBrovid Hasselsmof
  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    edited October 2013
    Magell wrote: »
    smof wrote: »
    I've reached the point in planning where ideas are no longer coming easily and I'm getting bored of trying to figure things out. How do I make it interesting again?

    I'm not a good planner so I'd say fuck it and start writing and figure it out as you go. Although I guess you got to wait a week for Nano to start, but the base of an idea, a list of character names, and alcohol are the key components to writing.

    It's annoying that I will be writing in the day and working in the evening. So alcohol won't get to play its part most days.

    Tapeslinger's post up there just helped though. If I get stuck I'll just throw in a cliche. I've been trying to avoid them, maybe I should be embracing them.

    Brovid Hasselsmof on
  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    You're writing a first draft. Avoid nothing. Chuck it all in there. Make yourself a big ol' pot of slop. It may not be delicious but it will be edible and you will have a full belly instead of an empty one.

    tapeslinger
  • ShenShen Registered User regular
    "When a young woman's sister goes missing under mysterious circumstances, she ensnares a demon to aid in her search. Can she keep him under control long enough to find her sister, and does her sister even want to be found?"

    She binds the demon to her service with a rad tattoo, and her sister has been abducted by a cyber demon. It is a story for a modern age!

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  • SchadenfreudeSchadenfreude Mean Mister Mustard Registered User regular
    edited October 2013
    I'm gonna give this a go this year. Been years since I've written anything more than an 18-page short screenplay but in at the deep-end what?

    This is what I'm leaning towards doing so far:
    Drogheda 1649. Parliamentary forces under the command of Oliver Cromwell have breached the defenses. Civilians and soldiers alike are put to the sword as his army takes the city.

    Welsh mercenary Nathaniel Morgan, disgusted by the slaughter saves a young woman from a group of his 'comrades'. Anna is a Spanish woman of seemingly high birth. Her entourage slain; she offers Nathaniel untold riches if he can escort her safely to a waiting ship in the walled town of Galway on the western side of the island.

    They escape the city and set out west pursued by Hendrick a veteran of the Thirty Years War with a black reputation and currently an agent of unknown forces with designs on the girl. They also must contend with a country that hasn't quite left its pagan past behind encountering dark spirits and their earthly servants, as well as a hostile population as Cromwell's forces spread chaos in their wake.

    That's basically my starting off point.

    The opener reads like historical fiction but I hope to include some horror/fantasy elements. The conceit being that any of the local myths and legends of the area are basically true. So in Ireland we've got pookas and leprechauns and banshee etc. plus old fashioned Christian Witchcraft. If anyone's played Darklands you'll get what I'm going for.

    Still have details to work out, like what the MacGuffin is. The Spanish lady is definitely not some sort of princess. (If she was she'd be some inbred mutant Hapsburg who could use her bonus limbs to run up walls). She knows something however and needs to get to the American colonies with it. I'm thinking she's an agent for some other power - all very vague at the moment and I don't want to get too Assassin's Creedy with the conspiracy theories. Also whether the whole thing is set in Ireland, or they make it to the boat relatively soon. If so, then there'll be some piratey adventures (No peace beyond the Line!) and voodoo too.

    Anyhoo, my Nanowrimo name is Phlegmzubal so feel free to follow me if that perks your interest. I guarantee it'll be the best nine paragraphs you'll read all year! :D

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  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    That sounds cool, Schadenfreude! My idea was originally going to be historical fiction with some fantasy stuff thrown in, but at some point the fantasy stuff took over.

  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    Also I was sat on my sofa earlier and had an idea about a scene or bit of dialogue and thought "ooh I should save that!" But there was no pen and paper within immediate reach and because I am monumentally lazy I didn't want to get up and walk to my desk so I thought "eh, I'll just remember it."

    I totally don't remember it.

    MadEddy
  • FyndirFyndir Registered User regular
    Text someone your ideas if you have no pen or paper nearby.
    Me, text me.

  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    Ok. But my ideas tend to come in bits and pieces or fragments of imagery so you'll probably get a bunch of texts that say "wet dog falling crockery" or something.

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  • LarsLars Registered User regular
    I have a Notes app on my phone that I use for quick ideas.

    If I'm driving or whatever, I have Siri take notes for me so I don't have to try and type it in. You can just press the button and tell Siri "Add ________ to Story Notes" or whatever.

    Of course, sometimes she doesn't understand me and I end up with weird sentences in my Story Notes. "Traffic Bully finds Odin?" WTF?

  • SchadenfreudeSchadenfreude Mean Mister Mustard Registered User regular
    smof wrote: »
    That sounds cool, Schadenfreude! My idea was originally going to be historical fiction with some fantasy stuff thrown in, but at some point the fantasy stuff took over.

    It's just so much work making up geography and history when there's so much of the real stuff about :D.

    Of course if I do manage to actually finish it and don't wuss out two pages in there's gonna be an absolute nightmare of editing/2nd drafting to make sure what history I do cherry-pick is correct.

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  • tapeslingertapeslinger Space Unicorn Slush Ranger Social Justice Rebel ScumRegistered User regular
    Grey Ghost wrote: »
    I'm working on a short story now which I plan to have done by Halloween since it's of a supernatural nature and I suppose I'll link it in here when I'm done

    For NaNoWriMo proper I've got a detective novel in mind
    Protagonist is a fairly low-rent private investigator who's initially hired to look into some recent corporate espionage jobs that have been going on, which he's initially reluctant to take because it's a bigger job than he usually works, but he's finally convinced by the possibility that an old flame may have been involved
    As things progress he finds out that he's in way over his head and crosses paths with various spies and agents of a secret group within the US government

    All this is a bit of a jumble, but my gimmick here is that the detective is really sick near the start of the story so most of the time he's running a crazy fever or doped up on meds, and the intention is to call into question whether he's actually getting involved with dangerous assassins and femme fatales or if this is all a fever dream he's having

    I feel like it's a bit ambitious but since there are literally no stakes and no risk involved in writing this I'll give it a shot

    Also it takes place in a quasi-cyberpunk setting, not too removed from our own time but (very) minor cybernetic implants are slowly becoming more common, and the influence of huge corporations continues to rise

    This sounds like a cyberpunk version of one of my favorite novels of all time
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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    Yesssssss
    What novel is that?

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  • Gandalf_the_CrazedGandalf_the_Crazed Vigilo ConfidoRegistered User regular
    I will say that the thread title gives us way too much credit.

    5,000 words? More like 200.

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  • tapeslingertapeslinger Space Unicorn Slush Ranger Social Justice Rebel ScumRegistered User regular
    Grey Ghost wrote: »
    Yesssssss
    What novel is that?

    Dreaming of Babylon, Richard Brautigan

  • FyndirFyndir Registered User regular
    smof wrote: »
    Ok. But my ideas tend to come in bits and pieces or fragments of imagery so you'll probably get a bunch of texts that say "wet dog falling crockery" or something.

    I am totally fine with that, I will save them and possibly amuse myself by trying to put them together into a single coherent idea, whether they were intended to be that way or not. 8->

  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    How many miles to Babylon? Four-score and ten...

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