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  •  rebuttal to rebuttal of rebuttal of rebuttal... (2+ / 0-)
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    glorificus, Deejay Lyn

    I don't think DKos subject fields are going to let us continue this thing...

    I have no doubt you, and many others look at your finished product and feel it's something you can work with. That's the process if you take a month or ten years. The first draft is never complete. However, it may be true, and it's likely true that the part you (or others) can work with is the first 5,000 words, and not the remaining 45,000. Which would have made it nice to stop, take a few days, look over your work at that point, rather than plowing forward without any examination and reflection.
    It varied from attempt to attempt.

    The 2003 win, I wound up cutting the first four chapters but kept a great majority of the rest (with rewrites and edits). If I'd quit during the terrible four I wouldn't have got to the rest of the stuff I really liked.

    In 2006 it worked exactly the way you described. But it was useful to see where I went wrong and figure out why.

    One NaNoWriMo I only managed 8 chapters (about 18k) but they were pretty good chapters and I kept all of them largely intact.

    One NaNoWriMo I kept nothing, but the ideas were used in other stories.

    One NaNoWriMo wound up becoming the basis for an ongoing serial fiction project.

    My point is I've never looked back on a NaNoWriMo, win or lose, and seen it as a waste of time. Something valuable has always come out of it. One year there wasn't a lot, admittedly, but one of the things that did was pretty important.

    But again... it won't be the same for everyone.

    The Baptist Death Ray (wrightc [at] eviscerati [dot] org) "We are all born originals -- why is it so many of us die copies?"
    - Edward Young

    by The Baptist Death Ray on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 04:50:12 PM PDT

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      Have you ever written a novel that wasn't a NaNoWriMo? I mean, have you ever sat down to write a novel with the resolve to make the first draft as good as you can, without a time limit? Or perhaps, a more reasonable time limit?

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      by Zackpunk on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 04:52:25 PM PDT

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      •  You're actually asking two questions :) (1+ / 0-)
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        Second question first: my default is to try to get the chapter "as right as can be." My default is also to get so engrossed in the minutae of doing that, that I take weeks to finish a chapter. NaNoWriMo is a very good counter for that.

        First question second: It depends on where you draw the line between NaNo and not-NaNo. Some NaNoWriMo's have me picking up a story idea I've tried to write in the past but failed to make much progress on. And some writing projects I pick up outside of NaNoWriMo's were based on failed NaNoWriMo attempts. So... yes? No? I don't know. It's all writing, all year 'round.

        The Baptist Death Ray (wrightc [at] eviscerati [dot] org) "We are all born originals -- why is it so many of us die copies?"
        - Edward Young

        by The Baptist Death Ray on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 05:07:08 PM PDT

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