Nanowrimo


Sounds like a computer virus, right?

I have decided to give this a shot.  Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month.  You sign up and try to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.  Now I don’t know if I will have the time to write here or there… but maybe I can consolidate a couple of posts from November to get me started since I signed up just today.  I have no ideas, but most writers write about what they know (or think they do), themselves.  I’ve put a cute little new widget in, so I’ve learned something in all this already, and that is what a text widget is… woo hoo!

I might even incorporate a poem or two…. the thought still makes me cringe, though.  I envision net snipers zooming in to steal my poetry…. big brother is everywhere!

At the very least this little endeavor should prove to be amuzing… oh, they don’t care about spelling… that’s all I have to know!

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About dragonmommie

I am a wife and mother of an amazing eight year old boy. When school starts, I don the hat of “advocate”. This is very new to me and so, like everything else in my life right now, a necessary transition. I can see already that I will be honing my communication skills as well as sharpening my assertiveness. I am married to an amazing man, who, spoils me to no end. Not in a material way... NO I'm wrong. When he can, he does spoil me materially as he is well acquainted with my infatuation and love all electronic gadgets. I am a self professed EGG, “Electronic Gadget Groupie.” The most important way he spoils me is with taking over attending to our son's needs. My eye has always been caught by sparkly things, the beautiful, and the unique.

Posted on Friday, November 3, 2006 ~, in Writing. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Good luck to you–I don’t have it in me to do NaNoWriMo–I agonize over the details too much, but I think it’s cool of all of you out there who are taking on this challenge…best of luck!! : )

    http://maryjunebrown.wordpress.com

  2. Wooo Whooo! Way to go, Dragonmommie!! 🙂 This is my second year. Year 1, I only made it to 8000 words and crapped out after 2 weeks. But this year, with a good support system, we ALL can do it!

    I’m a perfectionist by nature, so the one thing that really helps me this year (lessoned learn) is: do NOT edit myself! NaNo isn’t about producing a finished ‘book’. It’s about letting our Muse out for 50,000 words! The plot may twist and turn, go off in completely weird directions, whatever! Our only goal is to hit the word count in one cohesive body of work!

    I’m here for you!! You can add me as a buddy on NaNo too, if you want. I’m JaneBond 🙂

    Hugs and Break A Pen! (LOL)

  3. P.S. I’m creating my book in a Word document – it’s not on line at all, so no ‘thiefery’ going on 😉

  4. P.S. I’m creating my book in a Word document – it’s not on line at all, so no worries about anyone heading out with the goods one night while I’m sleeping 😉

  5. What Grace says 😉
    Consolidating some of the posts you wrote during the last 2-3 days seems indeed like a good way to jumpstart your writing and get you up to speed (word-count-wise) really fast.

  6. I am gonna try to put the widget too, dragonMommy.
    Check out my “test” blog LOL… for my success or failure.

  7. MaryJunebrown- I am finding that I am editing a lot, too. I am slowly loosening up and doing it only when I really need to, like when I need to make a word “intelligible”…. also, I am a really BAD speller by nature!

    Grace= I think I’ve found my muse… or my characters… AND it’s in novel form, but I think I can also work in some of the text of my blog for 1st and 2nd… though I’ll be either rewriting or editing it to fit the story… I can’t wait to write more. I am now working on my DH’s Mac and I can’t stand that the curser is all over the place. We are going to the Apple place tomorrow and hopefully, they will be able to help me out so I don’t go crazy. It’s really annoying and cramping my writing flow! I love your “break a pen”…. really do… and I really break em all the time!

    I am writing mine in Word, also, and I’ll be able to use the word counter in there, too. Hope it matches the site’s word counter.

    Hey, Grumpy Old Matt… thanks for pinging me!

  8. GRACE…. How does the nanowrimo site count words? I know that different word counters do not normally match, but the discrepancy between mine and theirs is off by almost 2,000 words! UGH… discouraging to say the least.

    Oh, my name over there is, what else, Dragonmommie!

  9. Dragonmommie… mmm… Me, in Word, I use the “Statistics” page in File | Properties. I use that number. I wrote the number myself on Nanowrimo. There’s a place on top of where you would normally upload your novel where you can write a number. Maybe I won’t be considered a real winner (if I win!) by doing it this way. I wonder how Grace does it!

    Grace!!!

  10. Hiya, Girls 🙂

    DM…when I want to count my words, I highlight the text (that I want to count), go up to the “Tools” and click “Word Count”. That will bring up a little screen with the exact number.

    WOW on the discrepanies…hummmmm….when I have a minute, I’ll load up mine and see how close it is.

    Maybe they don’t count certain things…like Chapter Headings or something???

  11. Grace…
    The only difference was that I didn’t highlight the words because all the words applied, as it was my first tally. I was totally shocked and plan to use my word counter and manually put in the numbers. Something gets skewed when you convert to a text file, I’ll bet. I just wish that I knew how many characters they consider words…

    On the downer side, I deleted a whole paragraph today and lost it forever… Now I have to try and get it back. I can’t believe how this is progressing. I actually have a nice story going, but it’s not really moving yet. Much of it is one character reflecting of a lot of things and that is sort of introducing other characters that have not actually shown up yet in the story, in person. I am really getting a kick out of it.

  12. Much of it is one character reflecting of a lot of things and that is sort of introducing other characters that have not actually shown up yet in the story, in person.

    You sure you’re not channeling me here LOL ?? Sounds like my novel Dragonmommie. A character reflecting… and that character introducing characters who have not yet gotten involved with the main character in the “NOW” timeframe of the novel. Some who won’t even show up ever. Except one character, who did get involved in the present action, but he’s gonna die soon I think. It’s good reading! 🙂 (Seriously).

  13. ((( DM ))) I’m so glad you decided to NaNo

  14. Chill… Yeah, my main character is channeling your’s, all right! It was the only way I could think of to set up my story, though I have no idea where it will go, I suspect it will be a showdown at the end, if I ever get there.

    Grace… I am glad, too… though I will get nowhere near our goal of 50,000 words.

  15. I suspect it will be a showdown at the end

    I confirm : It will be a showdown. It is ineviatable. I won’t let you down, anyway, that’s for sure LOL… I just saw your new count : 2904. At that rythm you’ll write a sequel as well. I am so glad you’re doing this.

    I am keeping with it. Taking a short break now to change clothes, get some pyjama on, and make some tea. I ate too muh chocolate.

  16. Was looking for NaNo counters for the Blog and stumbled on your questions.

    The “official” nano counter uses text files. So you have to save your word doc as a txt and then use the upload to get the count. That is only necessary at the very end. it must be a .txt file as it will miscount rtf or doc.

    as for word it has a word counter built into the tools menu. Mine is off by at most 60 words.

    Oh, when you save the file as txt it strip the format off so that chapter heading become part of the text.

    Something to watch out for is the – – – or # # # that some people use for chapter or scene breaks. in a txt file they will be counted as words. In word they may not be counted at all.

    Hope this helps.
    Whyy

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