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Hey, hey, guess what?

I got 50k on my NaNo. :D

(right, well, technically I got 50k near midnight on the 14th and I haven't written a word since, but still, 50k.)

I'm still in the game, though - my goal from the start was 75-100k, so I've got a long way to go until I reach the final finish line. And the editing, oh god, the editing I will have to do. But (hopefully!) by the end of all this I will have something resembling a manuscript I wouldn't feel ashamed of letting see the light of day. And if nothing else, I'll have learned a LOT about writing and about my own limits.

Ah, and before I forget - I wrote this before NaNo in one of the writing comms and since then it's been reposted in like, five different places that aren't my own journal. Methinks this should be rectified. So here's the secret to my success! (apologies to the people on my flist who've seen this before xD)


The Twelve Steps to NaNoWriMo Success


Step 1 - Turn off the internet.

Step 2 - Make sure your butt is comfortably seated in your chair.

Step 3 - Turn off/on the music, depending on what works for you.

Step 4 - ah ah ah, I see you reaching for that internet switch. You were just gonna check your email, sure. TURN IT OFF.

Step 5 - Open up your word processor of choice.

Step 6 - Oh come on, I said you need to turn off - NO. STEP AWAY FROM THE TVTROPES PAGE. IT IS NOT RESEARCH. YOU ARE FOOLING NO ONE.

Step 7 - Is the internet off? Good. Make sure it stays off.

Step 8 - Start typing. Type gobbledegook at first if you don't know where to start, but get those fingers moving.

Step 8b - 'Staring at the blinking cursor' is not the definition of 'typing.' Just so you know.

Step 9 - Sorry, bathroom breaks are for people who've written over 600 words. Have you written over 600 words yet? Then keep typing. Tomorrow the limit goes up to 800, so you'd best get that bladder under control now.

Step 10 - No, you can't get up to get a snack. Tell your stomach who's boss. (ie, your wordcount.)

Step 11 - Keep typing until you get past 1667 words.

Step 12 - Do the same thing everyday. Yes, that means tomorrow, too. And the day after. And the day after that. Everyday.



Aaaand viola! Those are secrets to success. Heed them well.


Signed,

The girl who wrote 50k words in two weeks
(why no, I'm not smug about that at all. :3)

Date: 2010-11-16 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mairenn-k.livejournal.com
Wow, 50k in half a month? I'm speechless, congrats! :D

Ahaha, I think I will print out that list and put in on my wall. Maybe that could help me get past step 1, at least.

Out of curiosity, what kind of story it is that you've been working on? Is it original fiction or fanfiction?

Date: 2010-11-16 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ironside.livejournal.com
wow, good job! :D congratulations!

/bookmarks this list

Date: 2010-11-16 11:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] raelynae.livejournal.com
I don't think I could ever write that much so I commend you. You can do it! 50K in two weeks? Kudos!

Date: 2010-11-17 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellabianca.livejournal.com
Major congrats!

LOL. I love the internet instructions. It is an evil temptress.

Date: 2010-11-18 07:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekocat17.livejournal.com
Wow, I don't think I could ever follow that list. XD

Congrats on getting so much done though! ♥

Date: 2010-11-19 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dhuaine.livejournal.com
... I pee too much! D:

Congratulations!! :D Wow. I was like @___@ when I saw that you were aiming for 100k in a month, but now I totally think you're perfectly capable of making it and wouldn't accept otherwise :D Keep writing! ^___^ *cheers*

trip?

Date: 2010-11-19 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rabid-fyrefly.livejournal.com
Yo.... I'm trying to set up a Euro trip....

Would you like to try and go with me?

provides access

Date: 2011-01-17 12:38 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I’ve bookmarked this because I found it interesting. I would be very interested to hear more news on this. Thanks!

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