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message 1: by Dorilis (new)

Dorilis I signed up for the NanoWrimo about a week ago and have been working on my characters and outline since then. Officially the competition started yesterday and I was wondering if anyone else signed up for it???


message 2: by Pirl, The Awesome One (new)

Pirl (pirlismyname) | 1745 comments Mod
I did:D I sent out a letter to the whole group and everything. Didn't you see it?


message 3: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I've started it :)


message 4: by Amy (new)

Amy (Amy_Bookworm) | 504 comments I've gone into the writing bit of this website & searched Nano... Lots of novels & novellas & started Nano's...
Eeee! I like reading so much more ;)


message 5: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn (Carly1967) | 39 comments I am doing Nanowrimo - I am at over 7K words in the first three days. So far I am really loving it.


message 6: by Amy (last edited Nov 04, 2012 01:35AM) (new)

Amy (Amy_Bookworm) | 504 comments Carolyn wrote: "I am at over 7K words in the first three days. So far I am really loving it."

Well done Carolyn! I never write a lot (I'm more of a reader, as I've said previously- in school I get grades I'm really happy with for literature, but then it's like... I have to write something based on this?) One of my RL friends is doing it, so I go to her... 'I'll see what the word count calculator says & see if I wanna go for it.' I'm a member of the site so... It wants me to do 3000 but that's default, not calculated.

Edit: Had ten minutes, wrote 211 words as calculator said. Took a wild guess, 15 hours of writing during the month & got... 569700.
Don't think I will be writing that much somehow.
How about I go calculate a quarter & then a tenth of that? Too little?
((Must malfunction- 14,242 is my new target based on that & I worked out that if I write 211, it should be 1266 an hour. Google tells me 14,242 divided by 1266 rounds up to 12 hours. So if I spend 12 hours writing, that's what I can get. Sounds more reasonable.))


message 7: by Pirl, The Awesome One (new)

Pirl (pirlismyname) | 1745 comments Mod
3K in the first three days. We'll see about today, but I think I'll mostly catch up tomorrow- I have a free day.


message 8: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Oh my. I've not even done 1,000 yet. Although I did only sign up yesterday. I'm trying to make up for the days I've missed today :/

Btw, what happens on the 25th?


message 9: by Dorilis (new)

Dorilis Pirl{or maybe Meg} wrote: "I did:D I sent out a letter to the whole group and everything. Didn't you see it?"

Are you person who posted the link? That's where I found out about the challenge. I looked for post but it was too far behind... I don't know if there is better a better way to look for older post; I'm fairly new to the whole discussion board thing...

Anyway, I got started on Friday as of now I have 3,128. I'm hoping to catch up today.

Has anyone done this before? Can you share the experience?


message 10: by Amy (last edited Nov 04, 2012 06:44AM) (new)

Amy (Amy_Bookworm) | 504 comments Last day you can change rod count goal & they say who wins (no, it might depend what Nanowrimo you are signed up for... YWP anyone?
Second year f doing YWP... Last year was hard- I was trying to rewrite a story I'd written for fun earlier & it was pretty cliche (can't get right spelling on iPad).


message 11: by Sarah (new)

Sarah What's YWP? And so my story has to be finished by the 25th of November?


message 12: by Amy (last edited Nov 04, 2012 07:05AM) (new)

Amy (Amy_Bookworm) | 504 comments With my target every five days I need 2.5k roughly. Behind that...
Sarah ✌ wrote: "What's YWP? And so my story has to be finished by the 25th of November?"

No. They begin it then Sarah. 30th at latest. For under-18s who want to enter but can have a lower target than 50k. They recommend 30k, but I'm aiming for less than that too.


message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Okay thanks :)


message 14: by Sarah (new)

Sarah So should I be doing the YWP then? Not the one I'm doing now? Is that for adults only? O.o


message 15: by Amy (new)

Amy (Amy_Bookworm) | 504 comments Sarah ✌ wrote: "So should I be doing the YWP then? Not the one I'm doing now? Is that for adults only? O.o"

If you're aiming for 50k+ you can actually own an account on both as you are under-18, but if you don't want to aim fr 50k then only be on YWP like me. You can join YWP too or instead. It is optional :D


message 16: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Okay. Cause I'm 14 and I just.. :/


message 17: by Amy (last edited Nov 04, 2012 07:45AM) (new)

Amy (Amy_Bookworm) | 504 comments Sarah ✌ wrote: "Okay. Cause I'm 14 and I just.. :/"

Uh-huh, don't want to aim for 50k like me? Don't worry we are the same age. 14 is a good age. If I was an air cadet I could fly a plane. And I can work r volunteer... In fact, one of my friends just got an sent for modeling. She could have got an agent earlier but after 14 it seems so easier & better. Loads of people in my year still act older & aren't happy. I wouldn't want to be 16 yet!


message 18: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Haha I don't wanna grow up :( One if my friends dresses like she's about twenty and wears heels FOR SCHOOL. She's a nightmare sometimes but then again she still is really immature a lot.


message 19: by Pirl, The Awesome One (new)

Pirl (pirlismyname) | 1745 comments Mod
How do you change your target?


message 20: by Amy (last edited Nov 04, 2012 08:57AM) (new)

Amy (Amy_Bookworm) | 504 comments That's common... My friends are the same, it's like "You look more mature... As for acting? You're more immature than me, mate."

((Edit: On YWP Pirl? Just so everybody knows YWP stands for Young Writer's Program, that's why it is separate! I really like the Dare Machine but I store them in case I'm low on words & have writers-block))


message 21: by Amy (new)

Amy (Amy_Bookworm) | 504 comments I know you all haven't finished (haha, who could have? 10k a day I don't THINK.
When you do you can listen to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCpe_p... (NanoWrimo ate my soul). Until that, she's got 7 other songs related to our favorite event in November (unless you're awesome & have a birthday during November!)


message 22: by Susan (last edited Nov 11, 2012 09:44AM) (new)

Susan (Citril) | 2 comments I am ... but need just over 9000 today to bring me up to date!!

I am on as ~ http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participa...


message 23: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 148 comments I have started but I am not sure that anyone would really like the story I am writing. It's called: Does Love Always Feel This Way? and I would be more than pleased to post it here and I desperately need some advice and feedback.


message 24: by Pirl, The Awesome One (new)

Pirl (pirlismyname) | 1745 comments Mod
I just officially gave up. Wrong time, wrong year.


message 25: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn (Carly1967) | 39 comments I am still at it but I have developed an inner ear infection that is supposed to keep me off the computer - I just cover it with a tea towel and keep going. Susan I hope you do not mind but I added you as a Writing Buddy - I am Carly1267.


message 26: by Lilac (new)

Lilac  | 127 comments November is the most busy month for me so I don't have time to do NaNo. I'd do it if it was in March or something but I'm WAY too busy this time of year. Earlier this year my friends and I actually decided to have our own NaNoWriMo in February (and 1st of March) because we weren't busy then. I think my target was 20,000 but I sort of gave up 'cause I didn't like my story after about day 10 and I stopped at 6,500 wordsish. Then I started another one and did 1,500 words and gave up and started another and did 3,000.

I guess I'm a bit too fussy and couldn't get rid of my "inner editor". Did anyone else download the worbooks? I downloaded Middle school and high school ones because I live on the UK so I didn't know which one I'd be at.


message 27: by Amy (new)

Amy (Amy_Bookworm) | 504 comments Me neither. To me it was about quality, not quantity & how does that help one in NaNoWriMo?


message 28: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn (Carly1967) | 39 comments One thing I found is that it has gotten me to write everyday.Some days were crap others had moments of glitter, but it is only the first rough draft - something is down in black and white and that was wonderful to me. I did get my 50K+ but I am still not done my story I will continue with it but now I can take my time and work it into a social life that revolves around Christmas.


message 29: by Dorilis (new)

Dorilis Dorilis Camacho I was very motivated when I started; I had a good feeling but perhaps I chose the wrong year because though my heart was in the right place my mind has been very busy (during this month I have started law school, moved and quit my job). I did wrote over 12,000 plus I'm happy with what I have so far and I will keep writing the story. I'm optimistic that I'll finish it by January before the school semester starts.


message 30: by Pirl, The Awesome One (new)

Pirl (pirlismyname) | 1745 comments Mod
I hope you all had a lot of fun this month never sleeping.


message 31: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn (Carly1967) | 39 comments Actually I only needed about 2 and 1/2 hours a day to write. I limited television and internet and still managed to get decent sleep - I also did not get a lot of full day supply jobs so I got lucky with time.


message 32: by Pirl, The Awesome One (new)

Pirl (pirlismyname) | 1745 comments Mod
... *looks baffled* I was joking, when I was still writing I got sleep...


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