NaNoWriMo 2014


  • SockDev

    November's already here, it's almost time for NaNoWriMo!

    Is anyone else going to be participating?

    if so want to share how you are doing?

    I'm starting work on my novella?... novelette?...story. I doubt this will be a full novel in length but it's a story I've had in my head for a long time and i need to get it out of my head.

    Is anyone else going to be joining me?


  • SockDev

    self.Interest.pique("NaNoWriMo");

    I've been working on my own stuff for the last three months; currently have a ~28,500 word novelisation (WIP; it'll definitely end up longer when I resume work on it), and a five-part short story that, collected together as one, ends up ~16,500 words (which makes it a long short story I guess). And I'm up to ~1,400 words on the follow-up, which I started writing just two days ago.

    So clearly I can write.

    Whether I join in this NaNoWriMo or not, I might, but then I might not. I'll see if I can come up with an idea.

    As to whether what I write is any good... well, that's for others to judge I guess :smile:



  • I thought NaNoWriMo was some kind of anime until I Googled it.


  • SockDev

    edited in an explanatory link. sorry. forgot that.



  • I'd imagine if I was the type of person who was taking part, then I'd know what it was anyway.

    As my creative writing talent stretches to that of a house brick, then I'm not :smile:



  • I might try to put down some of my short story ideas, but I say that every year.

    I think I just prefer them in my head.


  • SockDev

    @loopback0 said:

    I thought NaNoWriMo was some kind of anime until I Googled it.

    Or possibly a game like Ni No Kuni :)


  • SockDev

    @blakeyrat said:

    I might try to put down some of my short story ideas, but I say that every year.

    I think I just prefer them in my head.

    I'm sure we'd give you reasonably honest critique if you were to ask, and I know that there are people here who would be genuinely and sincerely curious to see.



  • Well if I did put them down, they certainly wouldn't be under the Blakeyrat "brand", so they'd never end up here.


  • SockDev

    @blakeyrat said:

    Well if I did put them down, they certainly wouldn't be under the Blakeyrat "brand", so they'd never end up here.

    Fair enough. Just saying that there are people here that would legitimately be interested and not for trolling purposes.


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  • @blakeyrat said:

    Well if I did put them down, they certainly wouldn't be under the Blakeyrat "brand", so they'd never end up here.

    Are you trademarked already?

    To be honest, though, go and do it. I liked your "submission" - taking the piss aside, your style is pretty fucking amazing.

    As for me - I'm way burned out after London, so I doubt I'll be able to give it a go. A few short stories would be doable, but a full novel is a bit too much.


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    I've been having a lot of trouble getting my latest novel down, so I'm going to do some easy no-consequence fanfiction for my Nano this year, just to get the writing muscles nice and warmed up so I can finish this draft in December when I'll be taking time off work. I probably won't finish, since work's been pretty busy lately, but it should help a lot :)



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