Any Nano Rebels Out There?

Discussion in 'NaNoWriMo' started by Carly Berg, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. TheeFreakShowee

    TheeFreakShowee New Member

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    Can never finish what gets started, so yes, guess so. Like someone else said, it tends to be best for getting a big push on a new idea, then stopping and letting it simmer for a couple weeks before going back to it later.
     
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    ToBeInspired Senior Member

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    I only use NaNoWriMo based off of hours, not words. If I produced 30k words or 300k words it's the time that really matters.
     
  3. Kater

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    NaNo Rebel is an interesting idea. I love the idea of NaNo but I never have time time or focus to really get into it like people do. I also think it would be a waste of time to rush through 50k words in a month, 50k words that are rushed and probably unusable (in my case they would be, anyway). I'd rather go slower and write good work that I can use, that I'm proud of, etc. I might try it this year though to see how far I get and to interact with other people who are doing it.
     
  4. ChickenFreak

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    My first and second NaNoWriMos were very useful in getting my fiction-writing apparatus oiled up and running--not unlike starting a car in the middle of a very large and empty parking lot and driving it around just to get used to using the pedals and the steering wheel.

    But, yes, I find that I can't actually steer at that speed, so I don't do straight NaNoWriMo any more.
     
  5. Edward M. Grant

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    Last year I wrote 50k words in November, wrote another 50k in December, and published the 100k novel on Amazon in January. It's only made about $500 so far, but it's probably the best novel I've yet written and still sells a copy or three every week.
     
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    I get what you're saying, about how the 50.000 words would feel rushed to you, and they would be unusable. But I don't look at it that way. I see the 50.000 words that I have to write in November as an extra motivation to sit myself down and give myself time to write. Which I don't do in other months (except for the Camp NaNo months). Because I'm going to write the story anyway, so why not try and write a big part of it in November? And if I don't get to 50.000, it doesn't matter. I don't lose anything.
    Out of the six years I've done it, only one year did I end up deleting most of it in the end because it was useless. The other years, it was what I had meant to write anyway. Because I didn't look at it as something I now had to rush, I just looked at it as extra motivation. :)
     
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  7. Edward M. Grant

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    Yeah, I mostly use NaNo as an excuse to not have to worry about anything but writing for a month. It's how I've written most of my recent published novels.

    It's not so much rushing as just spending more time in front of the keyboard.
     
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    I'm going to participate in my first nano after trying out a camp... however I may need to rebel so I can continue the series I'm working on... only one part is going to even be 50k+ long and I already got 7k+ words in.
     
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    I'm currently just hoping I'll be able to either do NaNo or my homebrew November writing challenge this year at all, because my laptop is still out of commission :rolleyes:
     
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    I hate the idea of this stupid thing, to be honest. It screams "oh, my novel would be so good - if only I had time to write it." I find it kind of insulting to professional creative writers.
     
  11. Edward M. Grant

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    Some of my favorite novels were written in less than a month (if I remember correctly, Moorcock wrote some of his Elric novels in less than a week?). Speed and reader satisfaction are unrelated, particularly if you're able to quit your day job and write full-time.

    And many professional romance writers are writing and publishing a novel a month, because they need to in order to keep up with the market. They might take three months to go from 'Chapter One' to a finished, edited ebook available to sell, but they start a new book at the beginning of every month and send it out to their editor at the end of the month.
     
  12. A.S.Ford

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    I am considering trying NaNoWriMo again next month ... I usually stick to the April and July Camp NaNos as I prefer the set up (your own word count choice, cabins with supportive people, etc.) but for some reason (perhaps it is because I am not returning to University this month as I have just completed my MA degree so maybe I miss having some sort of pressure from an external force, especially since I haven't been able to secure a job yet for myself) I am itching to take on the NaNo challenge. However, I think I will need to be rebel if I am to take NaNo on this year as I only want to work on my current novel (I am 55% of the way through - about 33,000 words - and want to have the first draft completed by summer 2018 at the latest) ... the only hitch with that is the fact that the novel I am writing is only supposed to be a 60,000 word project so if I manage to complete the remaining 27,000 words of my novel during the NaNo challenge then I will need to think of what to do for the remaining 23,000 words for the challenge, haha, but I am sure I will work something out when/if it comes to it.
     
  13. NightEmperor

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    I'm going to attempt at this NaNoWriMo thing. It's good to challenge yourself. Push your limits and succeed.
     
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