praguepride
 member, 1714 posts
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Sun 1 Nov 2020
at 13:56
Happy NaNoWriMo
It's novemeber and that means National Novel Writing Month (Na No Wri Mo). Can you write a 50,000 page novel in just 30 days!?!?

I've done it for many years and while I have never published anything I've written just the challenge is a lot of fun and has helped develop me into being a better writer.

If anyone has any questions about how to get started, feel free to ask! If anyone is interested in following along my novel I'm planning on posting the chapters to my World Anvil account so feel free to rMail me and I'll send you the link.
soulsight
 member, 312 posts
 Reality is 10% perception
 and 90% interpretation.
Sun 1 Nov 2020
at 15:54
Happy NaNoWriMo
NaNoWriMo had almost been forgotten, which was possibly intentional.
Despite numerous failed attempts in previous years, possibly due to a severe lack of focus, the signup has been completed, and the formless work has begun to emerge from the fetid morass of the imagination. We've just celebrated Halloween, imagination is replete with walking corpses in the throes of various hungers, spirits kind and unkind, and the occasional man-beast. So, naturally, this year I'll have to write a children's book.
Eggy
 member, 820 posts
Sun 1 Nov 2020
at 23:17
Happy NaNoWriMo
In reply to praguepride (msg # 1):

I keep hearing about World Anvil lately. How long have you been a member and what do you enjoy best about it?
praguepride
 member, 1715 posts
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Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 01:24
Happy NaNoWriMo
I am just a freebie guy. I like it because it comes preloaded with an amazing number of detailed templates that make me think and rethink my world.
Bastian
 member, 41 posts
Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 06:19
Happy NaNoWriMo
How can I start writing a novel? I have an idea, I have some characters and the story but I have no idea how to start and where to go.
facemaker329
 member, 7265 posts
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Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 08:10
Happy NaNoWriMo
There's only slightly fewer approaches to writing a novel than there are people who are writing them...everyone has their own techniques and tips for it.  Some people make outlines that kind of guide their story.  Some make the barest-of-bare-bones outlines and then just keep layering in more details and more dialogue until it becomes a viable story.  Some have a general concept of a plot and some ideas for characters, and just start writing to see where things go.  Some write a carefully planned amount every day...some just start writing every time the urge hits and keep going until they've finished...might be daily, they may sit down and write three times in one day and not touch it again for another week or more.

I like the outline approach, myself, at least to get started.  Figure out your overall plotline, figure out what happens in each chapter, write that out, then go back and flesh the chapters out until you're satisfied.  The important thing, though, is to just write...you can go back and edit bad writing, but if there's nothing written, it's a daunting task to put stuff on the page (or screen, depending on how you write).  Some people like to write strictly on the computer, some like doing it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper.  This is what I struggle with the most...so many other things going on that I struggle to get any sort of consistent writing work done.  That's kind of the whole reason behind Nanowrimo...give you some kind of external incentive to write and establish a pace to keep up with (because it's easy to write two or three sentences and then say, "Well...I wrote.  That's what counts.")
praguepride
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Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 13:44
Re: Happy NaNoWriMo
Bastian:
How can I start writing a novel? I have an idea, I have some characters and the story but I have no idea how to start and where to go.


First of all you write your novel on your own. The NaNoWriMo site just provides resources to track your progress and lots of "motivational" support. Begin writing in your favorite word processor or if you're brave, on pen & paper but word counting suuuucks in that regard.

When you're ready to get tracked go to https://nanowrimo.org/ and create an account. It will likely funnel you right into where you need to go but if it doesn't at the top under the My Nano menu go to Projects -> Announce New Project. give it a name, associate it with NaNoWriMo 2020 (if you want the awards/badges) and give yourself a goal. The default was 50,000 but they've expanded it so you can set your own writing goals. You can do short stories, you can edit/rewrite etc.

It has always been primarily a tool to motivate budding writers to write and not any kind of formalized contest with strict rules and guidelines. 50,000 is the "default" but you can do it more or less as you so desire. I believe they also allow you to do pages for things like a script but don't quote me on that.




As for writing the novel that...that is trickier. Think about novels that you really enjoyed and emulate the overall structure. For example I often do a prologue that sets up the big bad conflict well before the protagonists are aware of it, then the next couple of chapters are introducing characters and setting before launching them on adventure.

One thing I am trying to incorporate is a more cinematic style. I watch a lot of "film analysis" videos and one of them on the movie Inception talked about how Inception did such an excellent job at trimming the fat, that every scene is impactful. So many movies waste time...for example in another movie if a good guy has to infiltrate a building a movie might spend 20 minutes detailing how they steal a uniform and then an ID and then have to navigate this obstacle or that which is fine if the heist is THE purpose of the movie but for a movie like Inception...the heroes just do it. The movie just cuts to them being in position. It had already established that these were the best of the best and so it kept itself laser focused on the things that were important and didn't get sidetracked.

In writing it is common because you don't have the time constraints with movies to get a little...meandery. I think back to Lord of the Rings and there are so many little side adventures that don't really do much for the overall story. I love Tom Bombadill but what value does that whole thing actually add? It was what...3-4 chapters just to get them a couple magic swords?

Anyway even though it is a full length novel a design goal that I have is to trim the fact. I want this thing to be action packed with tight focus as if it was a movie.

Another bit of advice is don't worry about your first draft having cohesive themes or characterization or plotlines. It is the second draft that you go back and make it seem like you knew what you were doing all along :D
Bastian
 member, 42 posts
Thu 5 Nov 2020
at 00:33
Re: Happy NaNoWriMo
Thanks for the tips, I think it will take some time before I'll be able to start writing but I'll think about what you've told me.