Congrats to all the NaNo winners!

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Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:06 am Post

Congrats to all who wrote one word or 50K of them!

To see the love (mostly... there's always one crank) check out the NaNoWriMo Tech thread. Note that it is one of the longest threads in the tech forum.

http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/node/3699920

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Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:22 pm Post

Yay! Good to see a lot of positives. I was 5K words behind on the morning of the 30th, but I finished. Don't think I would've been able to do that with just Open Office.
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Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:06 pm Post

garpu wrote:Yay! Good to see a lot of positives. I was 5K words behind on the morning of the 30th, but I finished. Don't think I would've been able to do that with just Open Office.


Congrats! I knew you could do it!
Blessings, Stacey

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Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:45 pm Post

I made 8,600 words in the last two days. Scrivener and my trusty Alphasmart Neo have been invaluable in achieving NaNo victory!

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Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:40 am Post

This was my first NaNoWriMo and I have to say I'm proud of myself that reached the 50k mark and have a healthily respect to anyone else that finished. With that said, I proved to myself that I could do it and I most likely won't try it again next year.
I was doing pretty good until my Mac died on my on the 15th. My new computer didn't come in until next Monday, so that left me a week behind. It was a scramble (I was able to get my work off the old one), but I got my 50k on the 29th.
Congratulations to all the winners!

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Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:54 am Post

Broken Thought wrote:This was my first NaNoWriMo and I have to say I'm proud of myself that reached the 50k mark and have a healthily respect to anyone else that finished.

Ditto. I really doubted my ability to write at least 1667 words every day for a whole month (which is pretty much how I did it), but was pleasantly surprised by proving myself wrong.

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Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:21 am Post

It was my first NaNo too, and I started with similar doubts as I'm a pretty slow writer. I kept stats on a spreadsheet - it took about 64 hours of writing in total, with an average rate of around 850 words per hour. My peak session rate was around 1250 wph, and slowest around 600.

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Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:32 pm Post

This was my fifth attempt and my first success at NaNoWriMo. I have to admit that the Scrivener coupon is what motivated me. :-) I didn't start writing until the 10th and I finished my novel on the 27th. I tend to work in bursts. Scrivener was a great tool.

Unfortunately my novel is terrible. I padded the heck out of what really wanted to be a 20K word novella to win. I'm now editing it back to the good part of the story and loving how Scrivener helps me save the junk elsewhere in case I want it but tighten up the thread of the real story that was in there.

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Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:24 am Post

I always end up cutting it down to about half after November is over, don't let that discourage you at all. Sometimes, what you have is a really great short story that never wanted to be a novel in the first place. There's nothing wrong with that.

As far as I'm concerned, November is for rough drafts and for adding depth and dimension to the plot pieces and finalizing the outline.

The real writing begins in December, when you take what you have from NaNo, rip it to shreds, keep the pieces that fit in line with your outline. :)