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NaNoh, Shit...
I was just looking at the rules, and I realize I now have one hour and thirteen minutes to come up with a new outline, because my plan had been to work with a prologue I'd written a couple of years ago and left alone. I've been carefully outlining for a week and a half and coming up with secondary characters and getting a feel for their personalities, and was looking forward to getting writing again, but because prose actually exists--I was going to pick up from the end of the prologue--I have to come up with something else.


ETA: Apparently, according to a forum post, I can re-write the part I already wrote, as long as I don't look at it while I'm doing it.


Okay. It screws up my day schedule, but maybe I'll just write twice on day one. I wanted to change the main guy's last name anyway (main girl and family are fine). It came into my ear as "Ogala," but I'm not sure about it. And I can get in more of the thinking I've done on the world situation.
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victorialupin From: victorialupin Date: November 1st, 2006 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Can you re-write the prologue? Or make a new beginning which suits the same purposes? Both of these options are, I believe, acceptable for NaNo.

If you can't, I'd say stick with the story anyway. If you're passionate about the plot, and you think it's something that you could enjoy writing and feel proud about, then why let the NaNo rules get in the way of that? I would just skip NaNo and get on with the writing, as that's what's really important.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 1st, 2006 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I checked the fora, and someone had something to say about that. Basically, the rule is that I have to ignore what was already written and re-write it. Which means two writing sessions on November 1, so I guess I'd best get back in my midnight writing habit fast. ;p

I wanted to change the main guy's last name, anyway. It came to me as "Ogala," but that doesn't seem to fit him very well.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: November 1st, 2006 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I liked the sane person from the forums last year who said "Just call the new part a sequel, or at any rate something separate, and if you want to merge it with a 'separate' work later go ahead."

The people in the Rules forum mostly... do not impress me. And according to the history section, the founder apparently had an attack of sense for about twenty minutes after people started asking for rules, but then it went away and he started making arbitrary ones on the dubious grounds that this was somehow necessary to get people writing. :P
miss_daizy From: miss_daizy Date: November 1st, 2006 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I had no idea it was so strict! I'm trying a series of inter-related short stories, based on a neighborhood that I dreamed up for another short story. Oh well, it's the thought (and the writing) that count.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: November 1st, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's... odd, if you ask me. Although you're probably fine even officially, falling under "If you think you're writing a novel, so do we." Just say it's in an unusual format. ;)

But really, considering all the authorized "padding" and other wordcount tricks, and the fact that Chris Baty openly admits to having pulled a bunch of arbitrary rules out of his nether regions because he thought they would be necessary to make people write, I think that if these arbitrary rules start getting in the way of writing, equally arbitrary circumventions become appropriate.
From: kristinholt Date: November 1st, 2006 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
*head tilt*

Who's going to know, but you? If those characters are speaking to you, why not?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 1st, 2006 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
If I get it published and become a world-famous author--yeah, right--I want to say that I didn't cheat at NaNo. Because...er... I know there's a reason here. ;p
chocolatepot From: chocolatepot Date: November 1st, 2006 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
No, see, then you have a funny story! I'm going to write a few paragraphs now because I can't afford to stay up past midnight, and then when someone asks me about it in an interview a few years down the line, I can say, "Well, I had an 8:30 class the next morning, so I did a few paragraphs on Halloween! Ecks dee!" ;)

I do find it a little strange how it seems that people on the fora would rather expand every contraction to boost word counts than start a little early ... It must be my odd relationship with rules.
From: kristinholt Date: November 1st, 2006 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Well, when you become a world-famous author, I won't tell. :D

Good luck!
likeafox From: likeafox Date: November 1st, 2006 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
well, seeing as it's nano you could probably go ahead and do it anyway. Just don't count the prologue in your total word count. I mean, I doubt they're going to get picky and not email you your winners certificate because you already had a prologue.

After all... they're more like guidelines.... :P
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 1st, 2006 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
That was my original plan. But who knows? Maybe I can make good use of re-writing the beginning. I know the narrator better now, anyway.
petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: November 1st, 2006 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)
If you rewrite the prologue and, say, don't look at it...I'm sure that'd be ok. My MC is a character I wrote in a short story, and the novel takes place after the short story. I'm not counting the short story into my wordcount, but am using it as a sort of background story.

You can rework it, I'm sure. Or you could wing NaNo! That's always fun, I hear.
lyras From: lyras Date: November 1st, 2006 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I had the same problem - I've just rewritten my first scene, which I originally wrote about three months ago. It was an interesting exercise, actually.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 1st, 2006 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, actually, since I know the ending, I'll be better able to create the theme.
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: November 1st, 2006 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
What the frell? All my friends, including fellow NaNoers, all know what I am/was planning to do--and I was sure I went back an reread the rules when I signed up for this year--but they haven't said anything about this. And I don't remember anything about it.

I sure as heck am not going to come up with a new novel idea in the next 40 minutes. Maybe I should just go unsubscribe. Or slit my wrists.... (j/k) Geez. And NaNo's supposed to be a good motivator, not a reason to become thoroughly UNmotivated....
sixth_light From: sixth_light Date: November 1st, 2006 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
*is cheating liek whoa*

I figure that I wrote the 6000 words a year ago, so it's not like I was trying to get a headstart, and as long as I don't include them in my NaNo wordcount it's all good. *shrugs* The whole point of me doing this is so I finish an original novel, and I like this one, so...as others have said: guidelines.
dalf From: dalf Date: November 2nd, 2006 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Where are these rules?
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