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Heise
2nd November 2010, 00:20
edit: I am not writing about the website itself/or its members.


I am participating in a November Contest.

http://www.nanowrimo.org/



Nov. 1 marks the start of National Novel Writing Month (better known as NaNoWriMo). During the month of November, thousands of writers will work toward the goal of completing a 50,000-word novel. The ideal participant has been described by NaNoWriMo organizers as anyone "who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved."

The idea is that the short deadline actually makes the task more manageable. The "kamikaze approach" is supposed to force participants to "lower ... expectations, take risks, and write on the fly."
1) It's okay to not know what you're doing. Really. You've read a lot of novels, so you're completely up to the challenge of writing one. If you feel more comfortable outlining your story ahead of time, do so. But it's also fine to just wing it. Write every day, and a book-worthy story will appear, even if you're not sure what that story might be right now.

2) Do not edit as you go. Editing is for December. Think of November as an experiment in pure output. Even if it's hard at first, leave ugly prose and poorly written passages on the page to be cleaned up later. Your inner editor will be very grumpy about this, but your inner editor is a nitpicky jerk who foolishly believes that it is possible to write a brilliant first draft if you write it slowly enough. It isn't. Every book you've ever loved started out as a beautifully flawed first draft. In November, embrace imperfection and see where it takes you.

3) Tell everyone you know that you're writing a novel in November. This will pay big dividends in Week Two, when the only thing keeping you from quitting is the fear of looking pathetic in front of all the people who've had to hear about your novel for the past month. Seriously. Email them now about your awesome new book. The looming specter of personal humiliation is a very reliable muse.

3.5) There will be times you'll want to quit during November. This is okay. Everyone who wins NaNoWriMo wanted to quit at some point in November. Stick it out. See it through. Week Two can be hard. Week Three is much better. Week Four will make you want to yodel.
And we're talking the good kind of yodeling here.


So obviously it's more for fun and in one month so it wont be a serious Novel. If anyone has any ideas they can pitch to me, I'd be honored...if I get serious about this I will spend everyday researching to send something decent. I was thinking of starting off with the idea of two characters loosely based off Bill and Kerry who do paranormal research, talk to whistleblowers and so forth and end up finding some kind of profound cover-up that they only know, or something to that extent. However, I am not thinking X Files.

Beth
2nd November 2010, 00:22
edit: i am not writing about the website itself/or its members.

Heh, that could be pretty funny.

shadowstalker
2nd November 2010, 00:27
Ya I was thinking on that type a thing but I did a book on underground basis that raise children.


http://www.nanowrimo.org/
The link only takes me to a blank page:confused:

Heise
2nd November 2010, 00:32
Cool. Where are your books?

shadowstalker
2nd November 2010, 00:45
Cool. Where are your books?

http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fStoreID=833416
its called "Project: Ascension"

Heise
2nd November 2010, 01:28
http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/whatisnano


I dont know if this link works, the page was loading slow though.

pilotsimone
2nd November 2010, 02:43
Writing a novel based off Project Camelot/Avalon...

So, it's safe to assume it's a drama? :o

Project_Buggy_Beach
2nd November 2010, 03:53
Writerís ideas are like gold bars you keep them hidden and password protected, because if its an original idea especially in the realm of Science Fiction you donít want a nimrod running with it and destroying any valid attempt at weaving a colorful silk tapestry into a full rug. I could give you ideas I donít want to see repeated, Independence Day, Splinter Of A Mindís Eye (If you like the Starwars series worth reading). Just off the top of my head, youíre a normal guy working in an office and you surf to Avalon/Camelot your kind of intrigued, interested but donít really expect it to effect your world view, until one day when your signed in Avalon Forum and for an unknown reason the power in you cubicle fails and a man appears telling you heís a time traveler and he needs you to do something very important blah, blah blahÖ


Iím not withholding any gold bars I swear. :bolt:

noxon medem
2nd November 2010, 23:48
A basic plot:

Brothers.
Twins, from two eggs of the mother, with two different fathers.
Is it possible ? Yes, of course. Use your imagination.

Or imagine them Born in a freethinking household, collective,
the big ideals being free love and common effort ...
Or maybe a case of insemination, secret or not ..

:argue:
Brothers are very different, they loose contact after the teenage,
and one disappear into some unknown, alternative life.

Your story follow the one who choose a more "standard" frame of living.
- Now he is around thirtyfive, with heavy issues of past and future.
(and death, it kick in around the mid-thirties for most men)

A personal crisis build up over job, family, the existence, mortality.
- Personal morality, as opposed to moralism ..
(one is useful, the other not)

And he have started having some strange dreams.
Then his brother reappear, and a journey begin.

:typing:

norman
3rd November 2010, 02:53
Try telling a story about a lot of farm animals who get excluded from half of the fields and suspect that there are some very interesting things going on in the fields they are excluded from but don't quite understand it all.

Then.......

A winter sets in.......

Stuff that they suspected was being moved around and taken away and processed and hidden etc starts to appear on the back of a little buggy. A guy and a girl jump out of the buggy and start taking stuff off the back of the buggy and dropping it into feed troughs along a line in their field.

All the animals rush up to the line of droppings and gorge themselves on what has been put down for them. It's quickly consumed and the animals drift away to other parts of the field. The next morning the same thing happens again. By the third morning some of the animals are already standing by the feed line waiting shoving each other around a bit too. They start to talk about where it's all cominng from and gradually work out that it's all come from the fields they are excluded from.

This behavious goes on all winter becoming more and more communal. The muddy pool that they have made around the feed line has made them all the same color and grumpy. Some of them are talking about getting away from the muddy pool and trying to break through into the 'exclusion' fields to access the food from it's original source but others say no "let's mind our own business and let someone else do all the harvesting, processing and delivery for us". Others even suggest that they don't really need to eat at all and pretend to go off and ignore the feed line but they always seem to turn up when they think the others aren't looking.

The situation settles into a very regular rutine, and then, very suddenly something astonishing happens. One morning they all get up and go to their computers and discover that the internet has gone!

Project_Buggy_Beach
3rd November 2010, 07:05
Norman sounds like Animal Farm gone upscale! ;) I'm still contemplating how the cows type with hoofs?

Arpheus
3rd November 2010, 23:36
Norman sounds like Animal Farm gone upscale! ;) I'm still contemplating how the cows type with hoofs?

LOL,thats was just classic!