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nano monthly meetup 
  exsanguinated
 
01:51pm 01/12/2003
 
mood: groggy
hi folks.

i'm the co-liaison for toronto and we had such a great group this year we have found ways to continue to occasionally spend time with eachother until next nov.

here's hoping you can make some use out of this meetup:


registering with meetup.com is free. it's a great service to meet people on a variety of topics. nanowrimo is just one of them.

congrats on nov being over. see you next year, or perhaps at a nanomonthly meetup.



**crossposted to several nano communities**
 
     

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Day 3 
  carrieb
 
08:34pm 03/11/2003
  How's it going for everyone? So far I've met my daily goals, even though I have to force myself to keep writing. I am my own worst critic so I find it hard to get excited even though I really get into it when I do get started.

What are your word totals? I'm at 5455
 
     

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  theescapeartist
 
09:21pm 01/11/2003
 
mood: accomplished
Hey everyone. How is your first day going?
I finally finished up for the night. I hit 2100 words. I haven't written this much in a very long time. The problem that I'm having is that I enjoy telling the story and I'm not so much SHOWING the story? Anyone else have this problem? Tips how to get past this? If anyone would like to read or track my progress I'm posting my work in the journal linked at the end of this post. If you add me, I'll add you. It's not friends only though because I have non-LJ users that like to read my work. Hope you are feeling as accomplished as I am today. Please discuss any concerns. stolenmagic

Day One
2100 Words
 
     

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  oulangi
 
04:20pm 01/11/2003
  So It's started and I've written exactly 0 words. Not from a lack of stories: I have 3 different ideas and I'm trying to figure out a way to combine them. And I'm cheating - though the Characters are ostensably OC, they're actually just thinly disguised Viggo and Sean Bean.
Screw it, I like writing VigBean.
 
     

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thanks 
  strobe_hearted
 
03:17pm 01/11/2003
 
mood: content
Hey, thanks to escapeartist for inviting me. In response to your previous questions, I will be posting my progress on:
http://www.livejournal.com/users/bravenewnovel
And as of today at 1am I finally hit on a concept for the book. In the past two years I've attempted to write a novel, and FAILED, because my heart and passion lies in shorter vignettes or poetry. So I am going to give in to my tendencies, write a series of 50 interlocking vignettes and call it a novel just to see if I can. It will still meet all the other requirements.
so, 50 Passions: A Book of Portraits, has been born. This also makes the word count so much easier to manage.
Good luck to everyone, write happily!
 
     

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It's Almost Here 
  theescapeartist
 
01:22pm 31/10/2003
 
mood: crazy
Well, it's almost here everyone. It's just about 11 hours away.
Last night I planned out some characters, named a few of my towns, and ran through some ideas with some friends. I was wondering if anyone will be posting their work in their journals, parts of their work in their journals, (or here?)
or if anyone wants to hook up and chat by IMs or email about our stories, ideas?
This is all provided we have extra time.
I can't wait. What are you all thinking about now?
 
     

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Hi There 
  _the_door
 
03:57pm 30/10/2003
 
mood: determined
I have never attempted NaNoWriMo before, and I feel like my plot is rather controversial for me. When the Door Closes is mostly autobiographical, and it deals with sex--most of it from the perspective of a child.

I am about to out for coffee and work out my character sketches. But I feel like I need someone to confide in. *spaz*
 
     

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Naming Characters (cont.) 
  theescapeartist
 
10:33am 30/10/2003
  It came to me while in the shower this morning that the name for my main character was to be Selena. Anyhow, I have tons of other characters to name still...and here are some websites that generate names, you can click on them to take you to the webpage..fantasy name generator

Random Name Generator

If these don't work out for you there are tons more...just put Name Generator into Google.
 
     

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New Here - Introducing Myself 
  living_in_limbo
 
11:09am 29/10/2003
 
mood: artistic
New here, in a new Journal. I set this up specifically for Nano, as this is the title of my Epic

1. Who are you? Where are you from? How long have you been writing? What kind of writing do you usually do (short-story, poetry, novel, journalling,etc.) Have you done Nanowrimo before?

I'm Mary Sue, I'm sort of rootless, living where ever I end up. I started writing since February, fan fiction, as it was an easy way to get comfortable putting my thoughts into words. I am now ready to move on to real fiction. This is my first Nano.

2. Do you have a plot for this years Nanowrimo?

I'm doing a semi-autobiography, or as known in the fanfic realm, A Mary Sue. So, yet I have a plot, a conflict, but no ending as of yet.

3. Do you like to make outlines? Have you made one yet?

No, but I have a character sketch of what motivates each character, what their conflict is, etc.

4. How do you plan to accomplish the word limit? Daily goals? Weekly goals?

No goals, just a time period to write in. And I plan to write whatever I happen to be thinking about that day, edit and organize into a story later.

5. Do you write at a certain time of the day?

I'm going to try to block out a period of time, but who knows?

6. Anything else you would like to say about writing.

I'm wondering if people are going to post as they go anywhere?
 
     

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Names 
  carrieb
 
12:45pm 29/10/2003
  So does everyone have their characters all named? I am getting there, but naming characters is the hardest part for me. I'm considering going to a baby name site and naming my characters strictly based on meaning. It could be interesting or it could be just plain stupid. Right now I feel like all my names are way too generic, but I'm writing a YA and I remember reading that you shouldn't make your names too wacky in a YA book. Maybe that's a load of crap though. I do know I am using the Swedish name Gunnilla for an evil witch, just because I don't particularly care for the name.  
     

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Newbie here 
  carrieb
 
01:05pm 27/10/2003
  How strange. A couple of hours ago I did a nice long post introducing myself and answering the questions and now it is just completely gone. I can't imagine where it went. I hope it's not posted in some other strange community that I never check. I don't think photographers will be happy to have a Nanowrimo introduction show up on their page.

Enough of that! I'll try to recreate my brilliance (I'm not really arrogant, just self-effacing). I hope this group works out well for me. I'm excited to see that it is "4adults". I like the official forums, but they are just way too much to handle. If I make a habit of checking them I'll never get any writing done.

Ok, on to the questions!

1. Who are you? Where are you from? How long have you been writing? What kind of writing do you usually do (short-story, poetry, novel, journalling,etc.) Have you done Nanowrimo before?

Wow. Five for the price of one! I'm Carrie, a 29 year old former English teacher from Oregon who's now living in the North Pole (Kiruna, Sweden). I've been writing since I could clutch a crayon, mainly "reports". I do a lot of journalling and have lots of experience doing "reporting" in the form of college newspaper and yearbook. I want to be a fiction writer, but I have some sort of mental block when it comes to writing fiction. I've always hero worshipped authors so I find it difficult to wrap my brain around the fact that I can also be an author. I'm hoping this Nanowrimo will give me the kick in the pants that I need. I've never done it before.

2. Do you have a plot for this years Nanowrimo?

Yes! I don't think I could do this without a plot. I'm writing a contemporary YA fantasy. It has a flying bed. I need flying beds (the flying bed is a very tiny part of the story, but it was my whole inspiration).

3. Do you like to make outlines? Have you made one yet?

I've never been a fan of outlines. I am able to hold information in my head pretty well and that has served me well for small papers. However, I don't think I can do this project without one. I always seem to be good with beginnings and endings, but middle kill me. To combat that problem I'm doing index card scenes. Not an outline, exactly, but it works for me (I hope). I'm writing random scenes on note cards and they are quickly building up to a pretty cool plot.

4. How do you plan to accomplish the word limit? Daily goals? Weekly goals?

Daily goals is the only way to do it. I figure that 1700 words a day should be a breeze. If the numbers get any bigger than that the whole things seems insurmountable. This would be a good time to mention that I am currently a "household manager" and I have no children. Plus I type really fast.

5. Do you write at a certain time of the day?

I write through out the day. I guess mornings and evenings are my most productive times, mainly because afternoons are reserved for swimming, grocery shopping, socializing, ect.

6. Anything else you would like to say about writing.

I guess not. I've taught writing yet I've never taken that final step and really concentrated on fiction writing. I'm hoping to disprove the adage that "those who can do, those who can't teach". I'm not teaching right now, so maybe it isn't appropriate. I don't know.
 
     

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Hi! 
  wolfwrites
 
04:22am 23/10/2003
 
mood: chipper
I just joined, and I thought I'd say hello. I'm really looking forward to NaNo this year (my second), and hoping that I'll be able to finish.

That's all for now. Good luck, everyone!
 
     

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You asked for it! 
  chickyboo
 
06:43pm 22/10/2003
 
mood: amused
1. Hi there! My name is TK, and I am from Los Alamos, New Mexico (though curtently residing in Portales). Like any normal kid, I have been writing since 2nd grade, but I have been writing stories and such since 4th grade. I usually write... well, I am always working on a few different things. I have a group of short stories for a larger work, a group of poems for a larger work, and 2 novels. My nanowrimo is going to be more like a journal self-help thing so there's that too... This is my second year doing this so I'm kinda scared. I didn't make it last year.

2. My plot this year... well, like I said... it's more of a self-help book based on the seven deadly sins and seven heavenly virtues. Maybe more of a short story format, though, I'm not sure, yet.

3. Hahaha... That is quite an evil question. Well, let's put it this way... If I added my outline thus far to my nanowrimo, I'd be 5% the way done. I tend to go very in depth with outlining. ><

4. I play to accomplish the word limit by doing it by the hour. I am setting asside 2 hours every weekday. On friday, if I have not reached where I should be, I am not going to allow myself to go home or to visit people over the weekend. (I am an attention whore so this is quite the motivation)

5. No, not really... I have set schedules, but the time is at a different place each day.

6. I like writing, because I like when you finish somthing of this magnitude, put it out there for people to see and watch their jaws drop. Very ebil!

Anywho! Hope y'all are ready for it!
 
     

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Welcome Post 
  theescapeartist
 
08:12pm 21/10/2003
  Hi guys. I noticed that a few more people joined the community. I wanted to welcome you all. So the time is quickly approaching. So to get this community started, I thought I'd ask you all a few questions.
So here they are:
1. Who are you? Where are you from? How long have you been writing? What kind of writing do you usually do (short-story, poetry, novel, journalling,etc.) Have you done Nanowrimo before?
2. Do you have a plot for this years Nanowrimo?
3. Do you like to make outlines? Have you made one yet?
4. How do you plan to accomplish the word limit? Daily goals? Weekly goals?
5. Do you write at a certain time of the day?
6. Anything else you would like to say about writing.

I encourage you all to feel free to post entries about Nanowrimo about writing in general. This is so exciting!
 
     

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  wuukiee
 
12:42am 20/10/2003
 
mood: excited
Thanks for the invite!

I'm very excited about NaNoWriMo this year. It's my first time participating.

I'm running a community too, http://www.livejournal.com/community/glafnanowrimo/ but it's for "locals" in Indiana, so it's mostly to arrange meetings and such.

I'm looking foreward to being a member here, however, where there's more activity and it seems to be about the writing process and writing itself.

I can't wait to see where this goes :)
 
     

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Yay! 
  chickyboo
 
06:52pm 19/10/2003
  I think this community is a fantastic idea. I was a little bit disgusted with a nanowrimo chat I was participating in yesterday. The topics of the chat were boy bands, Harry Potter, and kissing. Need I say more?

I can't wait to see what this group becomes! Thanks for inviting me.

~TK

PS. I found this fantastic site about writing, it pinpoints a lot of mistakes that amature writers make. I was very pleased to know what to avoid. ^^;;; http://www.bartleby.com/141/
 
     

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Hi Everyone 
  theescapeartist
 
11:26pm 18/10/2003
 
mood: excited
Hi Everyone,
My name is Nayo and I am the moderator here. I hope many more people will join within the next few weeks before Nano officially begins.
If you don't know what this community is about hit the user info key and you will find out everything you need to know.
 
     

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