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I'm losin' her, Jim... - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
I'm losin' her, Jim...
Okay, so the method of writing where you get people into a situation and just free associate? Not so hot for me. I was going great guns on "Evacs," as my icon indicates, then at some point, I entirely lost the thread, because it was on a different track than it started on, and I hadn't done the groundwork for the new track, and I didn't know the people, and I didn't like the set-up I'd done for Edwin, who was turning out to be more important than Ora or Livana, because the story had changed what it was about, and the adults were taking a more central role. I look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair.

Blegh. I'm not a NaNoer, I guess. Too changeable. I need to have a better plan, like I had last year, but a story that's still fresh, like I had this year. I'm not going to try NaNoing it, but I'm going to re-organize and start over, where I should have started in the first place. Except that now I'm not sure where that is... I need to think.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: November 20th, 2005 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)


As a newcomer to all of this, I can't see how NaNo could produce quality writing, but it sounds like the concentrated effort has given you a some material to work with and some new ideas which is probably as much as anyone could hope for in three weeks. Better to stop and take stock than carry on just for the sake of it. Hope its given you some pleasure in the process. Looking forward to more Shades along the way.
disturbed_kiwi From: disturbed_kiwi Date: November 20th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: hesterlester

Nano is quite definately not about producing quality writing. I'm happy to be getting my story out of my head and if all goes well I might rewrite and edit away but the goal is simply to acheive numbers.

The philosophy is:
It's all very well to claim that one day you'll write that novel but odds are you never will, because you'll be worried about how good it is. Here, that doesn't matter.
sreya From: sreya Date: November 20th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
From what I understand, your novel doesn't have to be complete or even make sense at the end of the month - you just need to have the 50,000 words. If you're still interested in the story, just work at it from a different angle, and don't worry about integrating everything right now. You can go back and play with that later.
vytresna From: vytresna Date: November 20th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, you've certainly written compelling original fiction with Evacs, and I know that had been bugging you for a while.
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: November 20th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Hugs* NaNo's complicated, I couldn't do it at all. But you might, you're halfway there.

Oh, and I saw your entry re: something SQ related... since it was flocked, I'm not going to elaborate, but I do hope you know I know the feeling. If you still feel down and need to talk, send me a PM.

(And sorry if you saw the last comment - blech, bad wording.)
jetamors From: jetamors Date: November 21st, 2005 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like the same kind of thing that I used to do with school essays; I'd get to the final paragraph and *then* figure out what I had been talking about all along. Probably something that only practice can fix.

But keep on writing! Don't worry about making it quality; you can always go back and throw out heavily edit the beginning of the story if you'd like to work on it further.
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