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  •  my NaNoWriMo record. (2+ / 0-)
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    glorificus, Deejay Lyn

    First time I tried it, I kicked its ass - I wrote a scary-as-hell zombies-in-a-storm-drain novel, called Signal 30, 6,000 words over the requirement and 2 days before the deadline!

    Second time I tried it, I finished another horror novel... but, it took me two years.

    Third time I tried it... well, that was another horror novel called Daisyland, started in 2009 and finished... well, I'll let you know if that ever happens... :p

    "Glenn Beck ends up looking like a fat, stupid child. His face should be wearing a chef's hat on the side of a box of eclairs. " - Doug Stanhope

    by Front Toward Enemy on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 09:09:44 PM PDT

    •  First time seems to be the charm. (4+ / 0-)

      First time out you have momentum and enthusiasm and "hey this is NEW and WEIRD!" on your side. And then the second time around you remember all those times the first time when you hated everything about life, and then you realize you're doing it again.

      Then you remember you haven't played a video game in weeks.

      (Well that might just be me.)

      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 09:15:32 PM PDT

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      •  Maybe 1st time you have the best ideas (0+ / 0-)

        At least hopefully you put the best ideas out there first? Or maybe you like it so much you don't want to wait a year to bundle your ideas. Maybe there's something you always wanted to write about but never got around to--and that's a powerful motivator.

        I think the element of novelty is an important thing to get you going, but that's not to say NaNoWriMo can't lead to more everyday stuff or stuff you'd do if you had time. You can't budget when you're going to be creative.

        But for something this unusual I think novelty outstrips experience & first time writers may let an idea stew before writing it all out in a month. People who've already written may not be able to wait a year, but of course the can/should set their own deadlines.

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