NaNoWriMo 2021

Discussion in 'Writer's Lounge' started by Lily, October 8, 2021.

  1. Lily

    Lily Active Member

    Anyone doing it this year? If so, do you have a plan and a plot or are you just going to wing it?

    I went ahead and created a project, but since I've only ever managed to 'win' NaNo once (the year I joined), and the following year's Camp, well... E:sweatsmile:

    Anyway, best of luck to all! ٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و
  2. CatInASuit

    CatInASuit Administrator Staff Member

    Most I ever managed to write in one year is 10k words. After that, I wish I had the time.

    We do have a word counter for anyone who wants to brag about how many words they have put together.
  3. jessica

    jessica Citizen of Logres

    ::coffee::Not me, but I'll read anything you want to put up!::coffee::
  4. MHThaung

    MHThaung Member

    Not me, at least not officially. Priority is finishing the first draft of my sequel that won't behave past the midway point :(

    I've done it just the once, last year. Went in with 2 different outlines in case I decided I didn't like one, and by day 6 I was making up a totally separate story. Won it, but was a definite NaNoPantsMo!
  5. Lily

    Lily Active Member

    That's still 10,000 words you didn't have before; it works out to be 28.57 pages :)

    Lol thanks! My regular first drafts are usually okay to read but during NaNo I use the pomodoro method, so I'm basically just spewing out any old rubbish while writing against the clock, which means all I have to show for it at the end is pomodoro vomit, not fit for human eyes E:sob:

    That is actually really impressive XD

    If you don't mind, what are you writing? You may have already mentioned it before but since I've been absent from the boards these last few months I missed a lot of interesting stuff. I like hearing about what people are writing; I feel eager to read it but then sad because it's not completed yet E:tongueclosed:
  6. CatInASuit

    CatInASuit Administrator Staff Member

    Stories sometime seem to go that way or so I'm often told: plots that go off in different directions, characters that won't do what they are supposed to do, random ideas that just have to be incorporated...
  7. MHThaung

    MHThaung Member

    Aww, thanks! So far, my novels have been retro SF/steampunk with a cosy/gentle feel. I've published a trilogy in a world with infectious paranormal powers (not paranormal romance or werewolves), and my most recent book is more conventionally steampunk. Pretty niche appeal, but I'm sure there's a readership for me out there somewhere :)

    One night, I was woken up by one of my characters telling me she wanted to kidnap another character. That kind of thing doesn't happen to me often, but it worked beautifully!
  8. Kindler

    Kindler Active Member

    Yeah, I'm ready for it, just like every year... ::Lying Book::
  9. MHThaung

    MHThaung Member

    Posting here for accountability, so you can all yell at me when I go silent. By the end of November, I *will* have a complete draft of my sequel for my most trusted critique buddy to shred. I will! I will!
  10. Lily

    Lily Active Member

    Heh, I'm liking the talk about characters having a mind of their own and not doing what they're told XD

    Wot no werewolves? No paranormal romance? trendsetter, you :p

    Steampunk isn't a genre I'm all that familiar with (only read cyberpunk so far), but it sounds fun! It's good to hear you've decided to go for it this year after all. Best of luck to you, and everyone, Kindler and CIAS too if you decide to take part :)
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  11. CatInASuit

    CatInASuit Administrator Staff Member

    Steampunk is an excellent genre, whether written or the various anime I've seen.

    I'm going to be aiming for a smaller target of 10k or about 300 words a day, instead of the full 50k. It's a little more manageable although I have no idea what to write about. Looks like I will be making it up on the fly.
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  12. MHThaung

    MHThaung Member

    Welcome to the club ::unsure::. I always feel I *should* be a outliner, but nothing ever seems to behave.

    Yes, I'm so immersed in steampunk that I forget most readers have probably never even heard of it. My book just got cut from the Self-Published SF Contest—it sounded like nobody on the team of judges reads steampunk. Which is totally fair, but reminded me it's a rather small subgenre.

    All the best to everyone with their efforts!
  13. Kindler

    Kindler Active Member

    Sorry to hear that. I thought judges were supposed to have a wide range of interests to cover all genres.

    For anyone who hasn't planned anything - maybe the following might be useful?

    Who are the protagonists?
    What is their background?
    What challenge are they overcoming?
    Where is it set?
    What stands against them?
    Who stands against them?
    Who will help them?
    What are the main events on the journey?
    Why am I reading this?
    Will this help me at all?
    Hey is this a hundred words?
    This is easy, can I do this?
    Why do I now have writer's block...?
  14. MHThaung

    MHThaung Member

    Ah, the writer's self-directed equivalent to "Are we there yet?"
  15. Kindler

    Kindler Active Member

    Yeah, it was only 50 words after I counted. No wonder I think I have written a lot each year, only to find it's totally insubstantial.
  16. Lily

    Lily Active Member

    @Kindler Those questions look very helpful. Even though I've planned my novel, I'll use your list for reference, thank you!

    @CatInASuit re: steampunk anime, any recommendations? (to add to the backlog :D) I was thinking about the genre overall, and realised I've played a few steampunk games. Off the top of my head, Skies of Arcadia (years ago on GameCube), SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt on 3DS and PC. There's a sequel as well which I haven't got around to buying yet. I'm pretty sure there's a steampunk Final Fantasy (one of the older ones).

    Also, how did Day One go? I managed 1,703 words so far but that's mainly because of having an easy day at work. The rest of the week probably won't be so good for getting much writing done. Anyway, good luck, everyone!
  17. MHThaung

    MHThaung Member

    I managed a whopping 200 words net - and this is me on holiday for the week! That said, I was editing, so cut quite a bit of my garbled thoughts to make a slightly less garbled embryonic draft.
  18. CatInASuit

    CatInASuit Administrator Staff Member

    Admittedly most of my steampunk comes from playing the Forgotten Futures RPG and I'm also a sucker for the works of Jules Verne.

    Skies of Arcadia is an excellent game into which I sank many, many, hours trying to complete all the quests.

    For anime, try "Steamboy" which is one I did enjoy.

    As for word count, 176 and counting. I'll probably reset the Word Count option we have available here for Nano 2021, so you can proudly display to all on the site how many words you have dictated.
  19. CatInASuit

    CatInASuit Administrator Staff Member

    Last edited: November 1, 2021
  20. MHThaung

    MHThaung Member

    Talking of steampunk, if you're into 3D modelling, the Renderosity store are running a sale on steampunk-themed assets.

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