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[*] posted on 6-30-2007 at 07:34 PM
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I'm totally lost for a plot: is it plausible to novelise my Screnzy script? Or not?



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[*] posted on 6-30-2007 at 09:35 PM


Novelise Screnzy? Why not? After all, you can do anything for JulNo, right? So long as it's 50K+ words.

My friend has this method of coming up with a plot:
1) Choose a word
2) start writing.

I used a different approach for JaNo:
1) Choose a name
2) Find out what it means
3) start writing
(sometimes steps 1 and 2 can be combined)

Hope that helps!




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[*] posted on 6-30-2007 at 09:51 PM


I also recommend, if you're still stuck, to skim the newspaper for ideas. Real life has the potential for fantastic fiction. :)
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[*] posted on 6-30-2007 at 11:43 PM


Thanks guys. My first word: Helen. Uh huh. I might novelise Screnzy and see how I go...could turn out to be interesting! [And I can get all my descriptions and more in there - yay!]



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[*] posted on 7-1-2007 at 07:49 PM


:confused:Thanks for the ideas. I'm STUCK. I keep fighting internally over should I plan a plot ahead of time, or just start writing and see where I end up...
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[*] posted on 7-2-2007 at 12:21 AM


Question: I'm working on a novel for kids, but my target word count is only about 30K: How does this work to get 50K in the month?



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[*] posted on 7-2-2007 at 05:38 AM
Well...


I don't really have a plot yet. All I have are 5 or 6 names, and a feeling that this will be a fantasy novel.
When I'm trying to come up with a story off the top of my head, I turn on the radio and write down the first song I hear. Or, even better, I use the song that is stuck in my head (in this case, How To Save A Life by the Fray). Either way, SOMETHING will happen, since I always have so many ideas floating around in my head. Once you have the song, find a cool name and just think about it for a sec, and you ought to find some sort of scene in your head. Then, build an entire plot around it.
To the guy with the kids' book: I dunno. You could always let it get bigger, since 50k really is nothing when you're reading it. And, you can always cut later!

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[*] posted on 7-2-2007 at 05:45 AM


Yeah; or, you could try to get the 30,000 in 60% of the time...

If you can.

I like the last idea - write 50,000 and cut it down when you're done.

You get to edit out the bits that don't work, then.

I always like to write about half as much more than I need (e.g. 750 words where 500 are needed) and then cut that bit out. That way, you only have what you need, and the bits that are good left...
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[*] posted on 7-2-2007 at 06:00 PM


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:confused:Thanks for the ideas. I'm STUCK. I keep fighting internally over should I plan a plot ahead of time, or just start writing and see where I end up...


For my JanNo, I planned out an outline, not very specific, just about a paragraph per chapter about what will go on, and I managed to write it easy enough.
Every other book I tried I began just writing with no definite ending or middle in mind. And I always failed.
It really depends on the writer, but I find it much easier and less frustrating to have an outline. It'll probably end up changing, but it's there as a skeleton of your book. (ooh, that sounds creepy!)




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[*] posted on 7-2-2007 at 06:14 PM


Hey, JSC: have you ever been to Lazette.net? Lazette Gifford has the same thing you do. I DEFINITELY have to have an outline of some sort. I tried writing my Screnzy script with no planning beforehand. It was the worst bunch of incoherent rambling that I have ever written or read.
So...planning is good. Very good. *hugs outline*
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[*] posted on 7-2-2007 at 06:19 PM


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Originally posted by RiftDoggy
Hey, JSC: have you ever been to Lazette.net? Lazette Gifford has the same thing you do. I DEFINITELY have to have an outline of some sort. I tried writing my Screnzy script with no planning beforehand. It was the worst bunch of incoherent rambling that I have ever written or read.
So...planning is good. Very good. *hugs outline*


I've never been there, but I'll definitely check it out soon when I'm trying to avoid writing ;)
I was almost going to write this JulNo without planning, since it's the 2nd of July and I woke up this morning with no outline. But I came to my senses and I'm almost done with the outline =D Thank you, planning!




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[*] posted on 7-2-2007 at 06:27 PM


I'm gonna find my other one I started and see if I can get some more into that, although I have a sneaky suspicion it's on my laptop and I'm using my desktop today



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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 09:51 AM


I've finally gotten my plot figured out, mostly. I drew a map, hollylisle-style, and everything made sense. Now I know where and when the important things happen. Now I just have to start writing.

Does anyone else have problems with actually *starting* a novel/script/short story? I'm good once I'm in, but actually going in gets my subconscious all riled up. Like walking into a really ominous cave, or getting into the pool when you think the water is cold.
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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 12:27 PM


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Originally posted by WaterRatsFan
Question: I'm working on a novel for kids, but my target word count is only about 30K: How does this work to get 50K in the month?


You could always write two novels... but that would be impressive!




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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 12:42 PM


You make it sound like a bad thing! :D
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[*] posted on 7-3-2007 at 07:01 PM


Not to mention insane, but it might just work, considering I am writing them both simultaneously



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[*] posted on 7-4-2007 at 01:10 AM


I think I've finally managed to convince myself of NaNo's motto: No plot = no problem. Seriously. I think I write better when I don't know where I'm going or what I'm trying to say. I'm certainly less self-conscious than when I'm following an outline, no matter how much I like the idea.

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[*] posted on 7-4-2007 at 05:04 PM


I was going to try that, just wing it, but I couldn't. I've done so much outlining recently it's become force of habit, even if its just in my mind. I had all these whacky ideas....that I might work into mine seeing as its a for fun thing



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[*] posted on 7-4-2007 at 07:46 PM


I never outline (too lazy :D ), I just think think think about it while I'm doing chores and stuff. So, a lot of my material comes into my head while I'm walking, going to sleep, and walking the dogs. And listening to music on the bus. And (insert something here). So, I come in with a general idea of what will happen, but it's not solid, because it isn't on paper. It works out well that way.



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[*] posted on 7-7-2007 at 12:46 AM


Well, the basic outline is there...with a lot of stuff added in



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