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Myaru ([personal profile] myaru) wrote2016-11-03 01:08 pm

Real quick Nanowrimo brainstorm.

At the beginning of the year, when setting my goals, I took Nano off the list--again--because it has a record of burning me out for one or two months after the finish line, and that's counter-productive re: the "write every day" goal.

But!

There's a yearly word count to meet on my goal sheet, and for the last two months, I have NOT been writing every day. I'm damn well going to meet that word count, so... there's some catching up to do, and Nano is as good a way as any to make up the deficit. Only problem is, since this wasn't in the plan, I also have nothing lined up that would work for a 50k word sprint. Technically you're not supposed to use something you're already working on, which I respect. However, as someone who tends to write long-form stories voluntarily anyway, I'm less inclined to follow the major rule, which insists you must work on a novel.

Options:

1. Come up with a new novel idea
Pros: this is the holy grail of Nanowrimo, and it's not like the story has to be good. I've got tons of one-liner ideas for stories.

Cons: even I hate working with nothing, and this is coming from someone who uses the pantser/Pratchett method of having a few cool ideas and wandering around to connect the dots while writing. Having "a few ideas" amounts to waaaay more guidance than you might think.

2. Use a novel idea/plan that isn't ready
Pros: there's more internal guidance for the story, as mentioned above. Doing this means writing something I already want to explore, so that's also cool, and I can get the connect-the-dots draft out of the way sooner. This way would definitely allow more thorough fleshing-out of characters and ideas I haven't been thinking about lately.

Cons: there are volumes of literature out there to invalidate a writer's assessment of their own work and whether or not it's ready, which amounts to, "Stop being afraid to start and just do it!" Sometimes the writer is right, though--it isn't ready. Starting before you aren't ready, legit, is a good way to stall and abandon a story, in my opinion. See: The Summer Chronicle. First of all, I started with a very vague idea. When it grew a surprise plot, that was cool! There was no planning involved in this, though; I got a long way in before finally stalling and writing myself into... if not a box, a situation where I did not want to continue because I hadn't adequately planned for one of my seat-of-the-pants plot twists. Is that story finished? Hahahah no.

That said, I was also kind of afraid to write Ashnard. So there's some truth to the "stop being afraid" thing.

3. Do the anthology-of-short-stories again
Pros: I get to write in smaller bites, and explore more than one idea.

Cons: This technically isn't an approved project type, unless Nano has changed. (Which is possible. I don't bother to look at the website anymore, because "Write 50k words in a month" is all I feel the need to know.) Also, this runs into the problem #1 has: using lots of story ideas that are ill-considered at best.

4. Ignore the rules and continue the current project anyway
Pros: no changes necessary right now!

Cons: This project definitely doesn't have fifty thousand words in it, which brings me to the problems mentioned in #1 and #3.

5. Use this opportunity to rewrite something long
Pros: This is much easier than coming up with something new; a lot of the work is done for me, and I have three projects like this sitting in the electronic drawer, waiting for rewriting. There are also long fanfic projects that fit this bill, if I don't feel like working on the originals.

Cons: Honesty is the best policy, and--I don't feel like working on that stuff right now. This kind of project can involve a ton of preparation and editorial work as well. I mean, if you're not going to seriously reconsider or re-plot or re-develop... why do the second draft? I think there's a good reason this isn't an "approved" sort of project for Nano.


I'm already late, so I need to decide by the end of today. Hmmmm. I'm leaning toward #2 or #3. I've done the anthology thing before, and it did expand my available pool of revisable work quite a bit, but... yeah, hm.
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[personal profile] bonnefois 2016-11-03 11:23 pm (UTC)(link)
I've done the "just do a lot of stories" type since 2008. I haven't gotten spanked out of the challenge yet :P Technically rewriting and projects you already started are also not approved or suggested types, so I wouldn't worry too much about sticking to the guidelines.

I'm doing the many stories again. Maybe one of these days I'll do a full one story again, but last time I did it, I spent most of the month procrastinating and hating the story because I wanted to write literally anything else. You could always do unofficial Nano with just a word counter and a lot of determination, and not work through the site.
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[personal profile] samuraiter 2016-11-04 12:06 am (UTC)(link)
I am looking at the options and drawing a blank, quite frankly. The last time I attempted writing on this scale, it was for a novel that I had planned well in advance, and that was nine years ago. :-| If I think of anything, I will let you know, but there is nothing in my brain pan.
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[personal profile] hilow 2016-11-05 04:03 am (UTC)(link)
I honestly suck at writing with nothing. I get so panicky that I don't know enough about what I'm doing and I need to do A Lot of Research (usually for like ...vague mentions of things in-story).

Technically fanfic isn't allowed but I do it anyway. Really, NaNo is just an excuse to write a lot for me. Sometimes it feels good to write knowing other people are struggling along, too.

I did some research for my current story but it's a very contained piece that might not even get to 50k words and what I need to remember to do is focus on the story itself and make it flow right--not worry about getting my word count in so much as setting scenes. (Too bad I obsess over the word count anyway... I suck!)
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[personal profile] aurumite 2016-11-07 07:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Screw The Man! Screw The Rules!

But fwiw I'm definitely not getting to 50k; I'm just using this as a push to write every day and commiserate with other people writing. I don't feel as bad struggling if I know other people are struggling too, haha. And I find that I'm much more accountable when I work with other people, even if it's just having to report a word count or word warring.

Ironically, last year I went into November with a "no rules" mindset (I didn't even formally register/tell anyone I was doing a mini-nano), which NEVER works for me because like you, I NEED RULES, but. I ended up getting out a 10k original short story that month, and that's way more productive than I've been since...college, probably. I feel really happy looking back at that, especially knowing that if I'd aimed for 50k and got 10k of something unfinished, rather than making my goal to finish one small project, I'd be really guilty and disappointed in myself. So if you're leaning toward #2 and hammer out two or even just one 20k story...that's not half bad, heck.
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[personal profile] hilow 2016-11-10 06:27 pm (UTC)(link)
You can always go a week over, too. ;)