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I'm thinking about doing NaNoWriMo - in fact, I signed up for it. But just today. And now I need to figure out what & if to write. So I was wondering...

How many of you are doing it? Do you make a complete/partial outline, or do you wing it? Because I'm at winging it stage right now. And worried about being on a deadline.

Any advice is appreciated!
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bionic From: bionic Date: November 2nd, 2005 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I am so winging it. I started writing today, a Clark/Lex story. I didn't actually sign up for Nanowrimo. ewps. but i'm basically going to try and accomplish as close as possible what people who signed up for nanowrimo are supposed the accomplish, which is of course the 50 000 words. Eeeek. Daunting. nearly impossible. but, writing is writing, and that's always a good thing.
andtheafterglow From: andtheafterglow Date: November 2nd, 2005 04:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I signed up for it, but I have no idea if I'm going to actually do it. I'm not really motivated, and I don't have any ideas for what to write about. :|
yoursweater From: yoursweater Date: November 2nd, 2005 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm doing it, though I have no idea what I'm actually doing. All I know are my characters - the plot is pretty much non-existant at this point. I figure that way, I won't get bored with myself. It's worked pretty well so far, I finished my first day goal about ten minutes ago.

And you should definitely sign up, I'd be excited to see what you end up doing.
yoursweater From: yoursweater Date: November 2nd, 2005 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and I found that looking through the forums really motivates you to write more, especially after seeing how well some people are doing. It does to me, at least.

It's almost like it's not the writing itself that's exciting, it's more doing it as a group effort, all at the same time.
bliss_ From: bliss_ Date: November 2nd, 2005 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Ummm....what is it??? :D
mos_self From: mos_self Date: November 2nd, 2005 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)
How many of you are doing it? Do you make a complete/partial outline, or do you wing it?

I'm winging it. I've never been able to work from an outline.
Alas, I am the kind of writer for whom it's either feast or famine: either the words come or they don't. (Usually they don't!).
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: November 2nd, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm the same way!

I do have an idea... but I don't know for sure. Kind of a fanfic, yet a tangent off of canon...

irishcaelan From: irishcaelan Date: November 2nd, 2005 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Just take a stab at it - the attempt is the main thing.
severina2001 From: severina2001 Date: November 2nd, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought about doing it, but I just don't have any plot in mind that I think could be sustained over that many words. And I hate to start something and not finish -- makes me feel like a failure.
rainbowstrlght From: rainbowstrlght Date: November 2nd, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is my third year, and I always wing it. It worked for me first year (though I didn't make the goal, 'cause my plot wasn't that long), and the second year I "failed". This year I'm writing a story that's been in my head for eight years - so maybe it's more plan/wing it?

If you overplan, you waste time on an outline that might get away from you. But on the other hand, not-having-any-idea-where-you're-going can get frustrating at times. You might feel lost, and that's discouraging.

The point of NaNo is really quantity, not product. Everyone's first draft ALWAYS sucks - you just need to jump in there, and get it over with. :) I would just start typing, and not look back - or worry if it makes sense. (You can always fix it later.)
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