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Posted: Oct 28th 2010 7:39PM Beau Hindman said

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Sweet! I'll be doing Nano for the second year in a row...this is great to hear!

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Posted: Oct 28th 2010 8:27PM Irem said

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This is awesome. :D What a great idea. I'm trying it for the first time this year myself; good luck to Mr. Platt and everyone else participating!

Posted: Oct 28th 2010 9:00PM Darkdust said

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Much respect to Platt, but he is NOT writing a novel in a month's time. He's drafting a novel in a month's time, and the difference between those things matters a great deal.

Posted: Oct 28th 2010 10:17PM Vagrant Zero said

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No it looks like he's writing the novel in one month. He's already done it twice before (in 2004 and 2009).
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Posted: Oct 29th 2010 1:28AM Darkdust said

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I think you may misunderstand the difference between a first draft and a completed manuscript. Finishing off the first is a worthy accomplishment but you still have lots of tightening, rewriting, and editing cycles remaining.
A novel doesn't spring forth from the head of its creator fully grown like Athena leaping out of the head of Zeus.
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Posted: Oct 29th 2010 4:45AM Meagen said

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The idea of Nano is to get people focused on the goal of writing an entire novel instead of endlessly re-drafting a first chapter. Why do people keep popping up to complain that it's not really "writing", or not really "a novel", or not really "in one month"? ...okay, maybe not that last one, but it's only a matter of time.
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Posted: Oct 29th 2010 5:03AM Dblade said

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As Beau said (and one of the few times I agree with him 100% is on Nanowrimo) it's designed to encourage people to actually finish a completed first draft of a novel. That's the hardest part.

Editing can take a long time or it can take very little. It depends on the writer and how his writing style is. Some people write first drafts for discovery, while others meticulously research and plan before hand and have very little editing to do after. It's possible to finish and edit it in one month: 3k words a day will have the 50k words met in 18 days, with 12 more for editing. 3k words don't take that long to write either.

Still, even if you don't write the novel completely in a month, belting out a first draft under some serious time pressure, and with the encouragement of others is really fun. I failed to meet my goal last year but I'm looking forwards to trying again, and it's also a great way to meet other local area writers.
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Posted: Oct 29th 2010 12:54AM (Unverified) said

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This is interesting, as the guidelines state you cannot share the writing duties with a partner. Maybe I'm seeing something that isn't there, but wouldn't making it a collaborative work be sharing the writing duties? Or perhaps I'm simply misinterpreting the guidelines, and receiving creative input for direction etc. is OK, so long as only one person is "putting the ink to paper", so to speak? Either way, Mr. Platt is doing something very cool here, and I wish him the very best of luck! :D

From: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/node/402740

"Can I share writing duties with a partner?

No. But we would like to take this opportunity to plug our Script Frenzy event. Script Frenzy participants write a 100-page stage play or screenplay in April, and for Script Frenzy you are welcome to work with a partner."

Posted: Oct 29th 2010 1:50AM Beau Hindman said

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The important thing to remember about NaNo is that it is just a voluntary, fun event -- there are no cash awards or first places. While there are rules, they are only there to help encourage writers to go for it.

As far as writing a novel in one month, it is very possible. Whether it is good or not depends on both the reader and the writer. (After all, there are no rules here. And there shouldn't be.) If you write somewhere near 1200 (iirc) words per day, you will have 50k at the end -- with a few days left for editing/rewriting.

The great thing about NaNo is that it takes a good creative butt-kicking and wraps it in with a holiday atmosphere. People that have never written anything in their lives write during this event -- it's a great way to finish something. I think we all know someone who claims to be a writer, yet never actually finishes anything. NaNo is a good exercise for those people, as well.

Beau
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Posted: Oct 29th 2010 9:47AM archipelagos said

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Great idea, I wish him the best of luck! Hope the community of FE gets involved, too. This will be my 2nd year of NaNo too and hopefully - muses willing - my second success. Good luck to everyone writing this year.

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