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    Just jumping in here...

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by IfAnEchoDoesntAnswer, Feb 21, 2011.

    Hello, all!

    I've been "meaning to start writing" for, oh, maybe a quarter-century now. Finally used this past NaNoWriMo as an excuse to declare that "someday" had arrived.

    I made the 50,000 words. It was 50,000 words of crap, but that's exactly what I needed to help get me past the fear of just writing already, dammit. Yes, I produced a large mass of horrible writing, and the universe didn't implode!

    So, I've finally started working on my writing.
     
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    Hello, and welcome. :)
    You did better than me at NaNoWriMo, I didn't make 50,000 words for various reasons. :p
     
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    :)
    I only finished because I let it devolve into a very heavily tell-don's-show extended summary with copious amounts of exposition, (with lots of self-contradiction, because several key premises shifted.) But hey, that's a starting point-- now I'm making everything consistent and writing the scenes as scenes.
     
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    Hi

    What was the theme/genre, and how long did it take you?

    Dom
     
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    Gigi_GNR -- Thanks!

    It's still very much a work in progress. It started out as high fantasy, but got a lot grittier as I was working through the implications of things. One of the themes that seems to be emerging from the story is about nobility of spirit in a world where things aren't always black and white and there are no easy answers-- and sometimes no "right" answers.
     
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    Sounds like an interesting project. I also participated in but didn't complete NaNoWriMo this past year...got to about 20 000 words. :p
     
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    Welcome to the site! :)

    I feel so out of the loop. What's a "NaNoWriMo"? :/ *scampers off to google for the answer*
     
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    Ain't that the truth! What a world! Hope you manage to finish it off to your satisfaction. Maybe we'll see an exerpt when you're up for it. PM me if/when you do - I'd be interested.
     
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    @Silver_Dragon, @Darkjester79, @amateurvoice, @Tessie91, @ArtWander: Thanks!

    Thanks! It will probably be a while before I get to the point of "this is the best I can do for now, lets see what feedback I can get", though :cool:
     
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    Hello IAEDA, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

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