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Journal Entry: Fri Nov 5, 2010, 5:45 AM
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Clearly, I'm playing with skins a lot.

So, I love this journal skin. And it's perfect for November! Go give a huge hug to moonfreak if you love it, too.

As most of you know, I am participating in the month-long, sanctioned madness that is NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don't know what that is, I'm going to tell you and provide a nifty link. For those of you who do, you can skip down to the next section.

NaNoWriMo, more properly known as (Inter)National Novel Writing Month is a writing challenge during which hundreds of thousands of writers get together to pen a 50,000 word novel in 30 days((November 1 to November 30). Sounds simple enough, doesn't it? It's not. You must begin with a new story and write roughly 1667 words per day. To say that this is a little difficult would be a gross understatement. It is one of the hardest things some of us will ever do.

My Pep Talk

Right now, things are going well. I've got more than enough inspiration to cover the words that are flowing from my fingers. Some of it is actually pretty damn good. But, it's still week one. This is my fourth year doing NaNo and take it from me, this is the easy week.

When week two hits you, it hits like a ton of bricks. You've become mired in exposition, your characters have run amok, your plot has derailed into some sort of Matrix meets The Godfather meets The Bourne Ultimatum meets Alice in Wonderland labyrinth and you have no idea how you got there. Whatever your problem is, week two is the worst. This is when you begin to question your sanity. This is when your word count will slow from a sprint to a crawl and it will be an epic battle to get your minimum word count on paper.

Hopefully, you've been able to pad your word count a bit during week one. Even if you haven't, the best advice I've seen so far came from TheBrassGlass. "The important thing is that you are writing." If ever there's a week to ignore word count, it will be this one. Write as much as you can every day.

I guarantee week three will be better. This is the week when you finally hit your stride. Sure, it's not the insane sprint of week one, but you've found a pace that works for you. Word count picks up, story starts to become cohesive and, hey! You've made it halfway through. It's all downhill from here, baby. It's also during this week that your inner editor throws her arms up in disgust, packs up her things and takes a hike. She may have left in a huff, but don't worry. She'll be back.

By week four, you'll be old hat at this. You'll be pushing out your 1667 words (and then some!) with a speed that will amaze you. Sure, you're prose will have gone downhill by quite a lot, but you will finally have given in to the creative force that's just been waiting to burst from you. You may even amaze yourself with some of the glimmers of brilliance that you find peeking out from you on the page. Resist the urge to polish them! Editing this week is fatal, unless you've already finished your 50,000.

For those of you participating, I know you can do this. I have complete and utter faith in you. If you need me to tell you again just shoot me a note, a comment or come find me on dAmn. I'll tell you why I believe you can do it and why I think it's worthwhile for you to. I'm your biggest fan!

For those of you who are not; cheer us hapless crazies on. We're going to need it over the next week. If you know someone doing it, make sure you drop encouraging notes on their pages, make them coffee if you can. Provide a shoulder to cry on when they break down in hysterics over how bad their novel is and how they should just scrap it and start over. Encourage them not to. They'll appreciate it.

Now, I've spent enough time playing with this nifty journal and I've got a word count to pad. On to Nano!



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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
I would normally agree with you about that chronology, but this year was weird. I had a hard time starting because in a sense I had already written introductory scenes and I didn't want to repeat them, so I had to create new introductions! Ick! Week two I really went crazy, and then skipped week three. Week 4 started with an impossible wordcount, and over T-day weekend I wrote basically half the thing in a violent logorrhea. Strange.

But I finished, which means going out on a good note, which means NO MORE FUCKING NANO.
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AGMeade Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010   Writer
Yay! No More Nano. Until you do nano again. ;-)
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I've been sick, so I am behind.

Good luck to you though, as always, dearheart. :heart:
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AGMeade Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010   Writer
I've also been sick.

Thank you.
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GothicJazz Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
:iconcheerplz::iconcheerplz::iconcheerplz:
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AGMeade Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010   Writer
hehe Thank you!
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ArchArad Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Well, if my first week is anything to go by then I won't be finishing, but I am not giving in that easily!
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AGMeade Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010   Writer
I have faith in you! Maybe you're just a slow starter and you'll steamroll the rest of us by the end.
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ArchArad Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
:hug: Thanks for that - I really hope so!
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Elizashizzle Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Go, go WriMo!
This is me cheering you on. :D
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AGMeade Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010   Writer
<3 Thank you.
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