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How early do you start thinking about NaNoWriMo?

Asked by EmpressPixie (14733points) September 11th, 2008

Do you start trying to think of a plot ahead of time or just go with the flow when the month starts? I’m excited NOW and impatient for November.

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kevbo's avatar

Last year (my first), I crashed and burned on day 2 after a few weeks heads up. Thanks for the reminder about it coming up this year, though. I just started a novel writing workshop that will run through Sept/Oct, so maybe it’ll dovetail nicely with NaNoWriMo.

EmpressPixie's avatar

I did exactly the same thing the first time I tried it (three years ago). I tried again last year and made it, it was probably one of the things I’m most proud of even if the novel is really kind of awful.

PupnTaco's avatar

Does “never” count as “early?”

EmpressPixie's avatar

Hmmm.. I don’t think so. All the time might.

MacBean's avatar

I spend all year thinking about NaNo, taking personality quizzes and doing writing exercises from the POVs of the characters I plan on using, to get to know them in time for November. But I don’t make any actual plans for the November project. Maybe I should, though. I might actually get something done that way.

PupnTaco's avatar

Looks like a cool project though.

Larssenabdo's avatar

Last year I didn’t spend much time, Pixie. I got an idea fairly quickly and jumped in with the barest story arc. Never went back and edited—I wasn’t really doing it to come out with something fab anyway. But this year I am having a tough time thinking of a plot. I know it’s supposed to be No Problem—but I am sweating it anyway.

I have something which has been sitting 3/4 finished for over a year; I realize that I’ve been writing it from the wrong POV, so it really needs to be gutted. I believe that according to the NaNo folks, that is not something I should be working on, but I wish I could.

I’m excited, but not ready! Do you have a plot?

EmpressPixie's avatar

No plot, but I didn’t really have one last year either. I had a general idea then which is more than I have now. I kind of what to do quirky chick-lit, but I know sci-fi is way more up my alley. I might end up with sci-fi chick-lit, eek! Or maybe I’ll throw all that out and do something else entirely. I don’t know! But it is certainly on my mind.

cyndyh's avatar

I write down idea snippets all the time. When a general large idea presents itself I see what will and won’t work with it from all the bits and pieces. So, the large idea is the main plot or theme. Right now I have no idea what that’s going to be for this year. I end up going with the flow but I usually have more of an idea than I do right now.

St.George's avatar

That’s a bit extreme for me, but I do participate in NaBloPoMo:

EmpressPixie's avatar

It’s really not as extreme as it seems (I say now, wait until Nov 25th when I’m posting desperate questions to finish my novel), and super fun. I’d never heard of nablopomo before, I’m kind of excited about it now.

cyndyh's avatar

NaBloPoMo. When I first saw that, I thought it had something to do with Oktoberfest, as in:

“Do you want to head over to the stage?”

Ha. My mind and how it works. :^>

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